A Start In Stand Developing

From the first time I heard about a technique where you could let your film sit in developer for an hour (or longer in some cases) that yielded usable negatives I knew I wanted to try it.  It couldn’t be simpler, really.   My method for one roll is:

  1. Mix 500ml water at 20C with 5ml of Adonal (this gives me my 1:100 ratio) and set it aside.
  2.  Start my timer for 1 hour and pour 400ml (my tank requires 375ml for a single roll) of water (at 20c) into the tank and let it soak for a couple of minutes then drain.
  3. Pour the 500ml of Adonal mix into the tank then give it three inversions.  I tap it on the counter twice to dislodge any air bubbles that may have developed on the film.  Then I set it on the kitchen counter.
  4. At the half-hour mark I give three inversions, tap on the counter twice, and return the tank to the counter.
  5. At the end of the hour, I dump the tank, rinse for 6-7 minutes.
  6. Fix for four minutes normally.
  7. Rinse for a couple of minutes in photo flo.

Here are two images that resulted from the above technique.

Nikon F100 shot on Arista Premium 400
Nikon F100 shot on Arista Premium 400
Nikon F100 shot on Arista Premium 400
Nikon F100 shot on Arista Premium 400

I am quite pleased with the results from this roll and am sure that each successive roll will get even better as I refine my method. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and as always I’m open to any an all comments.

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