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Film Experiments: Tea-Soaked Film

If you cannot do without your daily dose of tea, this tipster is for you. Read on to find out more.

A while ago I wrote a tipster for a film soup that has raised the eyebrows of many followers. I’m talking about I rullini amano il caffè (in Italian). Inspired by this recipe, I went on to try it using tea to see if the effects would be just as interesting and special.

Here’s what you’ll need for this film soup:

  • drinking glass
  • hot water
  • teabag (I tried it with a classic tea)
  • a few cookies (so we can kill time by eating!)
  • a roll of film (I’ve always preferred to use Kodak Gold 200)

First of all, heat some water – a little for your film and a little more for you so you could enjoy a nice cup of tea, too. Once heated, prepare the tea and put it in the drinking glass with the film in it. Put the remaining tea in another drinking glass. Make sure to immerse the entire film in the liquid and let it rest for two hours.

Eat the biscuits with the remaining tea while waiting.

Drying the film

After two hours, it’s now time to dry the film. The simplest but also the longest method is to leave it to dry on its own. On average it takes a couple of weeks.

For a faster drying process, you would have to remove the film from the roll. In this case, the whole procedure must be carried out in complete darkness or run the risk of burning the emulsion with light. Obviously, when you’re drying the film, it’s good to always do it in the dark. Afterwards, rewind the film into the canister but leave a little piece of the leader out.

Regardless of the drying technique you use, the results will still be the same. You just have to load the roll into the camera, start shooting, and wait for the results from the lab.

Here are some examples taken with the Sprocket Rocket.

As you can see, the effect is very special. You may also notice that the photos are dominated by a purple tint, and are slightly underexposed.

written by simonesavo and translated by simonesavo

5 comments

  1. julea

    julea

    Wow, I'll definitely try this out! Thanks a lot!

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  2. dotted_dress

    dotted_dress

    Cool tipster, I have to try this with some super strong English breakfast tea!

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  3. abecd

    abecd

    Hmm maybe i will try this with some chinese tea, haha

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  4. boredslacker

    boredslacker

    Nice! Very close to a tungsten look! Wonder if different teas have different effects.......

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  5. barocio

    barocio

    Does this need to be done before shooting? What if I do after shooting, before developing?

    27 days ago · report as spam

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The original version of this article is written in: Italiano. It is also available in: 日本語 & Français.