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Film Lab Rat: Stimulated Film

Fact: We consume caffeine every single day in one form or another. Most of us, if not all, are addicted to coffee and had made it a part of our morning ritual to drink a cup to keep us energized. This gave me an idea to try and use it to stimulate a normal film.

Wikipedia defines “Caffeine” as a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. This substance is easily absorbed by the body that boosts our central nervous system that helps us make it through an all-nighter. Hence, caffeine is a powerful influence in our lives.

With this thought in mind, I wanted to know how influential can this substance be once absorbed by a color negative film.

The procedure was easy. I made myself a hot cup of coffee. No milk and sugar. Just black coffee. Opened a new film and dropped it inside my glass. Let it cool for a while. Shook it from time to time to make sure the liquid had been well absorbed by the negatives. After several hours, I removed the film and put it just outside my window. It dried after a day. (If you don’t have a day to spare, you can actually just blow dry the entire roll in a dark room.)

Loaded the film into my Fisheye 2 camera and there it was.. ready for outdoor shooting.

Please see photos below to see the results of my experiment.

I’m happy with how the coffee granules produced dots on my shots.

The dried drip effect also made my pictures interesting.

The substance stimulated the colors of the film and made them more bright. See the difference by looking at this photo.

Thus, giving more energy and vital boost the normal film needs just like how coffee affects human’s alertness. (Cant wait to try it on a slide film!)

Get your film addicted to coffee too! Stimulate it with caffeine. 1 cup is all you need!

written by bluemie5

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