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Funfair (and a couple of developing firsts)

Today’s pictures were taken as I wandered around the funfair at Mablethorpe. It was early in the day and, while the gates were open, none of the rides or other attractions were operating and it was only myself and the attraction owners and operators in the place. The guy in charge of the dodgems was giving instructions to the young men who were helping him prepare the cars, telling them to make sure there was no sand on them before polishing the paintwork as they would leave scratches.

Thrill ride

I had a full free hour this lunchtime, so I decided to deevelop a roll of film I shot at the weekend. I did a couple of things for the first time as part of the process. The first was to use Fomadon R09 developer, which I’ve not used before. It’s apparently just Rodinal (in fact, the only reason I bought it is because Rodinal was out of stock), albeit the original recipe and not the one currently produced by Adox, which I believe has a longer shelf life. When I poured out the used developer from the tank I was quite surprised to see that it was a vivid purple colour – like blackcurrant juice! I’m not sure if this was caused by the R09, or the expired Tmax 100 I was developing, although I suspect the former.

Ghost train

The second new thing I did as part of the process was to use a salad spinner to remove the excess liquid from the negatives before hanging them to dry. I’ve always had a problem with water marks on my negatives (I live in a hard water area), even if I use distilled water for washing, plus a wetting agent. I tried a squeegee for a while which worked well, but then it scratched a strip of negatives so I’ve not used it since. I tend to use the inside of my fingers to squeegee the strips instead, but I still end up with water and then drying marks most of the time. I’ve seen salad spinners mentioned before as a good way to remove excess water and the negs certailnly came out with much less liquid on them – just a few small, pin-prick sized droplets. I’ve yet to scan them, so the proof will be in the pudding, but I’m hopeful that this might be the way forward.

Gypsy Juliey

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Portra 160. Lab developed, home scanned, & converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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