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Broke? Aint Got No B&W Film? Just Color Develop it Anyway!

Found yourself unemployed and you still want to shoot black and white film but you can't find one? This will fix you up. Even if there are no stores carrying b&w film, that's okay just get some C-41.

Photo by camerabrain

Hey everyone! I found myself in a predicament the other day. Here’s how I solved it and I hope this helps someone else too. I recently became unemployed and there’s been a lot of time to wait for the scarce employers around here to call me back.

Meanwhile, I wanted to shoot some black and white through my Lomo but nobody sells film around here but WalMart and they don’t carry black and white.

Photo by camerabrain

I have some basic black and white chemicals but most are old but they still work. What I did was I shot a roll of C-41 with my Lomography camera and developed it in b&w chemicals and it worked! I got some images out of the roll… how exciting!

Photo by camerabrain

Here are a few tricks I tried and it only got better.

1. Shoot whatever C- 41 film you have at a lower ISO. I used 200 ISO film so I shot at 100 and got perfect images.
2. No matter what ISO I used, I get clear images if I develop for 7 minutes at 20 degrees celsius using a film developer that uses a 1+9 ratio. Then I stop bath it in water and fix it. I left it in the fix for about a minute longer, so that’s roughly about 6 minutes.
3. The negatives will be a little darker than usual C-41 negatives. But so far, my scans look their best as long as I do that in black and white mode.

I feel alive again!

Photo by camerabrain
Photo by camerabrain
Photo by camerabrain

written by camerabrain

6 comments

  1. rocafish

    rocafish

    Wooow!!! Amazing! I will totally try! :D

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  2. marcel2cv

    marcel2cv

    I did that "by accident" and it worked like a charm in Caffenol. :)

    http://www.lomograph(…)os/17947301

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  3. jvujnovi

    A very interesting idea. I've only done it for C-41 black & white, but I may try this with C-41 colour as well. When I did it for C-41 black & white it was grainier and had more contrast (which is exactly what I was looking for).

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  4. glenn

    excellent

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  5. jourdanlynch

    jourdanlynch

    I have also done this before a long time ago out of curiosity... only got two shots from the roll the others had no contrast or tone to them... barely visible, ghostly images... Its interesting but pretty hit and miss in my experience... don't do this to a roll of film you consider important.

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  6. jourdanlynch

    jourdanlynch

    I have also done this before a long time ago out of curiosity... only got two shots from the roll the others had no contrast or tone to them... barely visible, ghostly images... Its interesting but pretty hit and miss in my experience... don't do this to a roll of film you consider important.

    4 months ago · report as spam

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