Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Baking Gives the Blues

With all this baking soda and dishwashing, I thought I would have some fun with my film myself. So I powdered up my film with some baking soda and gave it a drink in red wine vinegar. Some rinsing with water, drying, shooting, and developing and every picture has a blue hue. Here's how I did it.

This tip is fun and unusual. It isn’t difficult or expensive. It’s rather easy and it includes cheap items that are usually found in a pantry. However, this can be time consuming. If you want to try it and give it a try, this is what you need.

*35mm Film
*2 tablespoons baking soda
*1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
*Boiling Water
*Cold Water
Other Necessities:
*Hair Dryer
*Dark Room
*Big Bowl
*Sink! If you skip on anything, don’t make it the sink!

Here’s what you do. You put your baking soda in the bowl. You put your film in it. Before you do anything else, you have to put in the sink. When you add any liquid, it will blow up and you will have a mess. Next, you want to add the red wine vinegar and watch the fire works!

Have fun with that part. I felt like a kid back in high school doing a science fair.

Sadly, all good things must end and the boiling water has to be added. I added this slowly only because I was afraid I would damage the film. I let it set for about 1 minute because I had to get the cold water. I don’t know if that made any difference or not. When I got the cold water running, I poured out the bowl, took the film, and rinsed it. After that I went into my bathroom, since that is the darkest room, and I sat in there for about 10-20 minutes drying it.

To dry your film, you want to take it out and take a blow dryer to it. Before you roll it back up, it has to be dry. If it isn’t dry, the film can stick and it can damage it, which happened to me already, or it is hard to turn in the camera.

After it is dry, you can load it into your camera of choice and have fun! I used my Superheadz Playmodel DIY 35mm Camera. The distortion is from the camera.

Prepare for the unexpected and good luck!

written by bass_clarinet_2000


  1. superlighter


    a bluescale.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  2. caromi


    I really like this. What film were you using?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  3. bass_clarinet_2000


    I used Fujifilm Superia for this one.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  4. greezer

    hmm.. I'm thinking about just trying for fun this procedure BUT with something else.. for example with coke or ice tea.. any guesses, if this would create any effects?
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  5. toffeeish


    WOW!! That looks so cool!!
    I need to try this sometime!!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  6. bass_clarinet_2000


    @Greezer I honestly have no idea. It's worth a shot though!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  7. roundthings


    Looking forward to trying this one!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  8. dearjme


    Will do this tonight!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam

Read this article in another language

This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Spanish.