Cook your Film and Create Crazy Effects!

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Anyone looking for an easy way to quickly and conveniently manipulate his 35mm so that it delivers the craziest and most unpredictable color effects should try this easy tipster!

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Since I started my journey with Lomography, it always fascinated me how easy it is to create great effects with simple means and inexpensive films. One day I was standing in the kitchen and wanted to make noodles for dinner but when I saw the water boiling on the stove, I unceremoniously threw two films into the boiling water instead of adding salt and pasta. When the first film was developed, I was absolutely thrilled!

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The results and implementation were so impressive! It’s also suitable for anyone who can transform his bathroom (for example) into a darkroom. It’s also super fun and is easy to do even for beginners.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A stove
  2. A cooking pot
  3. Hair dryer
  4. A darkroom
  5. And any number of unexposed films

I used the 200 and 400 ISO Rossmann and dm films because they have specially good colors but generally any 35mm film can be used.

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1. First, water is brought to a boil using the cooking pot.
2. You add the 35 mm films to the boiling water unwrapped and without film canister. Let them boil for 10 minutes.
3. Then in the darkroom, unroll the boiled film and dry them with a hair dryer and then rolled them up again.

Finally, a few notes: The film deforms due to the heat and is then no longer a “standard” roll of 35mm film. This can restrict the use of some cameras the LC-A, for example. Because of moisture left in the film cartridge, the film may stick to itself. I therefore recommend you let the film rest for some days and unroll it and then roll it up again in the darkroom before using.

This kind of film manipulation is great fun and delivers unpredictable effects. Go check it out and let me know how it worked for you! My experiment albums can be found here and here.

Enjoy cooking!

written by dopa on 2014-01-14 #gear #tutorials #film #35mm #pan #cooking #pot #tipster #135 #film-manipulation
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  1. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    Cool photos!
    What about cooking the film after exposing it? So the film is straight and unsticky in the camera.
    And for people who develop their film, it doesn't need to be dried.
    Anyone ever tried?

  2. dopa
    dopa ·

    This question was asked in the comments of the German original article as well, @aguillem, but thank you for asking. The effect arises from the fact that the emulsion is washed out, and irregularly in part, before an exposure takes place. Afterwards, the effect is not the same, then the cooking is almost the presoaking of the film, and then corresponds to the first Schrittdes C-41 process, in very hot water. So I guess you can't get this results after exposing, sorry.

  3. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    Thank you!
    I tried spreading ammonia or Vanish on the exposed roll then heat it up (I'm uploading them). It gave interesting results because the products react with the emulsion, but I'm quite curious to know how it would turn out if I did it before exposing!

  4. dopa
    dopa ·

    I've been courious for a while, what Sodiumhypochlorit (NaClO) would do to film, because it's high oxidative characteristic, @aguillem

  5. aguillem
    aguillem ·

    Here are the pics I was talking about:…

  6. dopa
    dopa ·

    massive destruction.... don't miss the tipster by simonesavo using detergent:…

  7. aguillem
    aguillem ·…

    I guess Sodium hypochlorite was used, because Wikipedia says:
    "Sodium hypochlorite is the most commonly encountered bleaching agent, usually as a dilute (3-6%) solution in water. This solution of sodium hypochlorite, commonly referred to as simply "bleach", was also one of the first mass-produced bleaches."

    I like the blue on the photos 7, 8 and 9. I guess if the process is modified this effect can be increased :)

  8. aguillem
    aguillem ·


  9. dopa
    dopa ·

    due tot the use of ACE we can be sure that not Sodiumhypochlorite did the effect, as they advertising "Bleach gently, without Chlorine"... at least in Germany they do

  10. dopa
    dopa ·

    an organic peroxide, perhaps,@aguillem...

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