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Caffenol experiment

Caffenol experiment

Not sure what went wrong...not sure what went right. I kind of need to figure it out before I try again, though.

dinospork This photo was shot on film. Taken by dinospork with a Pentax K1000 loaded with Ilford Delta 400 film (available in our Online Shop) in Vancouver, WA, United States. These tags describe this photo: caffenol, home, process, experiment, fort, vancouver, pentax, and k1000. Date: 2012-02. This photo can also be found in the album First try: Caffenol C, Ilford 400.

8 comments

  1. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    I think you got some great results out of it. But honestly I dont care for the whole Caffenol thing.

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  2. dinospork

    dinospork

    @clownshoes I'm still deciding how I feel about it. I like the idea of doing my own processing, and of processing without using toxic chemicals, but I will need to get better results out of my second run to try a third. I'm going to bulk load some short rolls and try again with fewer pictures. I definitely need a new developing tank. I used an old bakelite tank with a bakelite reel, and that thing was a pain to load.

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  3. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Digitaltruth has some chemicals they boast are eco friendly. I find with real chemicals there is alot less mixing and measuring and they don't smell gross. Also there is a speed loss with Caffenol. http://www.digitaltruth.com/

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  4. lighthouseblues

    lighthouseblues

    I can understand your frustration, even though it is a great victory just to try!! I have been curious for this caffenol dev for a while, but never got to the point that I can say to myself; now, now is the time to try!..... So CONGRATS, both to your results and for trying!!
    Regards
    Marie

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  5. dinospork

    dinospork

    @lighthouseblues Thanks! It wasn't so much frustrating (except for trying to load that stupid bakelite reel) as just puzzling. I think I've got it figured out now. I'm going to bulk-load some short test rolls and try again.

    It's not hard, by the way. Once you have all your supplies, it's as easy as cooking something pretty basic. Getting the timing right is really the only challenge.

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  6. adash

    adash

    Use rodinal, stand development is 4ml per film, and a bottle will last you years. I've been reading about this caffenol prank for a while, but apart from curiosity, I find no real use for it.

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  7. dinospork

    dinospork

    @adash after some repeated failures, I'm definitely falling swiftly out of love with the idea. I'm planning to give it one more go after replacing my ridiculous development tank with something more functional. If I don't get a result, I'm done with caffenol and will be ordering some Rodinal.

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  8. adash

    adash

    Give it a try, buy the smallest bottle you can find (you anyway need very little per roll) and try semi-stand. That is develop in cool water for two or more hours, with inversions every 20 or 30 minutes. It gives a lot of grain, but great sharpness, and lower than ordinary contrast, just perfect for scanning. I am sorry, I have none uploaded, but the thing works like a charm. Remember that you need about 4ml of concentrate per roll, no matter 35mm or 120 film. 8ml for two rolls in the tank, etc. Pre-soak, stop, fix and rinse as usually. Probably a good compensating developer (promicrol?) is needed for speeds higher than 400 however, as Rodinal may expose too much grain.

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