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A nice LabRat tutorial to gain strange effects on your films!

Digging through the kitchen to see what else I could use for some LabRat experiments I found baking soda and thought “give it a try!” So I mixed baking soda and boiling water in a glass with lit and of course one film: Agfa Vista 200. I think you can also use a cocktail shaker to mix everything very well. After the concoction cooled out I put the film on a heater to dry. This took several weeks to be on the safe side. Next time I will use a hair dryer in a dark room to dry the films!

I loaded my LC-A with the dry film, set it to 200 (so the original film iso, could have overexposed a bit though) and shot it. My lab, Fotofachlabor Roland Wacker, Pforzheim, Germany, was informed so he used one way chemicals to develop the films. I must say that I like the results very much. The purple tones are due to the heat of the boiling water and the baking soda made this tree like structure – very nice!!!

Here is the gallery:

written by mephisto19

29 comments

  1. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Incredible results Stephen. Bravo.

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  2. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    nice !!!

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  3. vicuna

    vicuna

    fascinating results!!

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  4. squamy

    squamy

    Very cool! I must give this a go!

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  5. superlighter

    superlighter

    Bicarbonato di Sodio!? Wow!!

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  6. superlighter

    superlighter

    a Q. how many spoon of Soda? and what's the difference if you use an Agfa 200 and setting the LCA at 200 too?

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  7. stouf

    stouf

    Excellent ! Feels like Alice in Wonderland : )

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  8. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    fantastic! try it on a redscale film,stephan! :))

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  9. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    delicious shots!!!
    but the spammer above makes me vomit. argh.

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  10. staciehewitt

    staciehewitt

    I just did it to a roll of film! Now time for the waiting...

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  11. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Ahhh! These are nuts!
    Would it come out as nice if I the film was processed by machine?

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  12. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    really nice! i should try it soon :D

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  13. macstef

    macstef

    great gallery... really need to try this.

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  14. roonandbeks

    roonandbeks

    We soaked this film in hot alcohol the dryed it with a hairdryer, it came out quite nice. http://www.lomograph(…)e-box-booze

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  15. frenzal

    lovely effect!!!
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  16. naxoman77

    naxoman77

    nice psychedelic style!

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  17. chris-carnage

    chris-carnage

    so u soaked the film in this mix before shooting? nice. i do negative bleaching and i tried to pre bleach the roll... doesnt work lol

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  18. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    so awesome!

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  19. troch

    troch

    Fabulous results, Stephan. Add to the "do this at home" list!

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  20. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    like it!

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  21. eighteyed-hendra

    eighteyed-hendra

    how if i add lemon juice?

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  22. lucide

    lucide

    awesome! really trippy :)

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  23. glenn

    excellent

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  24. staciehewitt

    staciehewitt

    Will this work if I get it developed at a basic little photolab or should i spend the extra and send it off to a real one?

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  25. mimifleuri

    mimifleuri

    Stunning!

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  26. denial_denial

    denial_denial

    I think this is the best article I've seen. I've just soaked a roll in bicarbonate of soda.

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  27. maelstrom

    maelstrom

    God, I know this urge! It's the 'I-can't-go-to-sleep-til-I-try this!'
    Thanks for the tip Mephisto!

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  28. xxxanderrr

    xxxanderrr

    Was hast du eigentlich genau benutzt? Backpulver wohl eher nicht, oder? =D

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  29. ayer

    ayer

    looks like LSD trip...
    will do!

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