E6 Processing with Expired Chemistries


One of the unexpected joys of homemade processing: using expired chemistries.

We love expired film and expired cameras, so we could love expired chemistries, right?

Using a Jobo ATL3 for some time now, I progressively observed some strange results with my E6 processes. I suspect that the reversal bath or the bleach (which took a dark orange tint) to be responsible.

So, as you can see in the gallery, things are going a bit wrong. A strange orange tint instead of clear whites, weird edges around lights in long exposures, confusion between positive or negative image, some unpredictable bursts of contrasts, and long dirty marks like if the film hadn’t been rinsed properly (but it was).

Furthermore, I noticed that Kodak films were more sensitive to expired chemistries than Fuji films, which is surprising as I use Kodak chemistries…

Anyway, if you ever have the chance to get expired chemistries don’t hesitate, just try them!

written by stouf on 2010-09-02 #gear #tutorials #film #expired #e6 #lab-rat #tipster #development #homemade-processing #chemistries #jobo #film-processing


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    wow! great tipster and fantastic experimentation by master @stouf!!! The results are very surprising, almost surrealistic!! great job man! :)

  2. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    super cool!!

  3. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    i like no. 11 & 14 . great results!

  4. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    The master, indeed. Well done!

  5. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Dude. Snow and graveyards--get some sun!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks a lot guys ! I submitted this post about 6 months ago... Since then I discovered that the reversal bath was guilty !
    Thank you so much for the nice words...
    @kdstevens: You're right, and I'm working on that... : )

  7. mackadoo
    mackadoo ·

    this is amazing! and such lovely pictures!

  8. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing ! should rename Pr. Stouf ;)

  9. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thank you ! Lomolove everyone !

  10. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    J'avais loupé cet article. J'adore le résultat !

  11. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    How did I miss this?? Amazing pictures, great tipster.

  12. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    This is great! :D

  13. parsifal85
    parsifal85 ·

    bello bello bello!!!

  14. parsifal85
    parsifal85 ·

    12-14-16!!!! are great pictures!! and the rest too

  15. ik
    ik ·

    what happens if you do the same whit b&w pictures

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