Developing Mistakes and Its Beauty


A critical step in developing films is loading it correctly in the reel, but doing it wrongly can give you some good surprises!

Loading the film in the reel is one of my nightmares when developing at home with Rodinal. You have to be careful not to have the film not to touch itself or else everything could go wrong. I have to confess, I am not good at this. Actually all the films I have loaded in my stainless steel reel have touched itself. But instead of being depressed about it, I have been surprised by the results, the beauty of the unexpected.!

The effect that it has on the final photo is that you will get a burnt effect. Chemical reaction goes crazy in the parts where the film contacts itself and gives this unexpected bonus to your photos.

So if you are not good loading your films when developing, then it is not a bad case after all. Just do it like me and let the mistakes give you this old-style, bad-treated photos for it has a great charm of its own!

written by rater on 2009-07-16 #gear #tutorials #diy #medium-format #rodinal #tipster #development #120-film #holga #fuji-neopan-400 #error #blazinal #wrong-development #reel #error-tips #kodak-tmax-400 #rodinal-1-50 #film-processing


  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Wow great gallery of mistakes!

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah, I agree - like painting the pics!

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Gorgeous ! You're right, no need to be sad ! These are pieces of art !

  4. livvyluv
    livvyluv ·

    I'm all about the mistakes over here! Beautiful pics...

  5. dududada
    dududada ·

    Haha! Beautiful mistakes.

  6. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    some look good, but the aesthetics is still arguable (sorry for being alone of the kind here :)

  7. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    This drove me nuts until I invested in a good reel. I did have one or two that I really liked with the mistakes though.

  8. rater
    rater ·

    Thanks or the comments!
    @breakphreak: oh, I do think that sometimes I would have prefered a "normal" photo... but as it is too late, I have to make myself happy with what I got, so I try to see the beauty on those errors!
    @lomosexual_manboy: now I am getting used to the reels, last rolls I have developed were OK, though as you say there are easier reels!

  9. dotdotdot
    dotdotdot ·

    i make plenty of mistakes during developing too.. but like u say.. it sometimes bring out the shots even more. Great article!

  10. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    beautiful mistakes!

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