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November 12, 2011 / Aware of the Void

Dusk South Bound

Dusk South Bound by okmqaz42
Dusk South Bound, a photo by okmqaz42 on Flickr.

Before I started to develop my own black and white film I sought advice from many different and varied locations. The obvious places like, you tube videos, google, flickr contacts, old library books about 35mm photography and internet forums. Nearly every piece of advice I got was different and conflicting but I was glad of it all.

One area that people seemed to agree on is that if you are trying something new only change one thing at a time. Stick with the same camera and film if you are trying a new developer, if you are testing a new camera try a film and development combination that you are used to. This means if something goes wrong you can trace it back to one single item – brilliant advice worth following.

My new camera arrived, so I wanted to run a roll through to test it before I went to take anything serious. I took on board all the advice I had received and promptly disregarded all of it.

I tried a new camera, a Nikon F100. I shot a roll of Kentmere 400 film, the main information available on the internet about this film is that it is cheap and not much else. I reused my HC-110 (B) one shot developer for two reason, one I had just processed a roll of neopan 1600 and the developer was still in the jug, two it was very late on Saturday night and I was a little drunk. Film is very, very forgiving….

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Kentmere 400
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Dev: HC110 (B) 8.5 min 20c


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  1. Bill Chance / Nov 13 2011 4:55 pm

    I am so glad and impressed that you are developing your own Black and White film. I think about my old Pentax in the back of the closet and really miss watching the image appear on the paper bobbing around in the tray of liquid in the darkroom.

    • Aware of the Void / Nov 14 2011 7:44 pm

      Thanks Bill, I am pretty new to the whole thing and I am on a pretty steep learning curve but really enjoying it.

  2. Caryn / Jan 28 2012 4:38 am

    I’m hoping to start developing my own film this year so thanks for the great advice. 🙂

    • Aware of the Void / Jan 28 2012 10:45 am

      Caryn, I keep telling people this but I will say it again, If i can anyone can. It is very rewarding and a pleasant way to spend a bit of time of an evening.

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