Spice Up Your Life


You all have it at home – and it will spice up your photos

There have been reviews, tipsters and lab rats about salt and film. Vicuna dropped his camera in the sea, mandi made risotto and I? I just took an Agfa Vista 200, Salt and boling water, put all in a little bowl and let it cool down. To dry I just put it on the heater for some weeks. When I was sure it already gone dry, I loaded it into my LC-A, set it to 200 iso (so the same ISO the film has), went out and shot the frames in Utrecht, Netherlands.

That was it – for me.

The problem was how to get the photos developed?! Should I just give them to the one hour lab here and run the danger the salt will damage the machines and they will kill me coming back getting the film?
Well, I decided to call my photolab (Fotofachlabor Wacker in Pforzheim, Germany) and informed him what I did to the film. He used one time chemicals and not the regular ones to develop my lab rat films. I really like the results!!! The purple is due to the heat of the boiling water (I guess as I have seen it on old films or if films were heated up) and you can see the salt grains – VERY NICE!

I will definitely try this again – but I guess I will dry the film in a dark room with a hair dryer,so it does not glue and stick and damage the camera…

Here are the results. Enjoy!

written by mephisto19 on 2011-02-09 #gear #tutorials #art #film #mephisto19 #tutorial #salt #lab-rat #tipster #development #film-processing


  1. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    great tipster, its working I was also try it with a baking soda !

  2. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    Did your local lab get mad? :3

  3. staciehewitt
    staciehewitt ·

    I just did this type of thing with baking soda but the only place in my town to get it developed is a Walgreens. Has anyone tried developing film like this at one of those or should I just pay the extra money and ship it to a real photolab?

  4. ik
    ik ·

    @mephisto19 geeft da hetzelfde effect me andere kleurefilms

  5. ik
    ik ·

    merci voor de tip trouwens

  6. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    it is the colour shift that tints your prints blue-ish, or is it the natural colour of the evening sky?

  7. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Nice tipster! Will try this some time in the future :D

  8. ayer
    ayer ·

    Dying to try this!!!!

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