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June 14, 2006

Develop with caffeine or C!

Film photography is so magical. You can do all sorts of bizarre things to get differing results.

For example, today I learned that you can develop black-and-white film using caffeine or vitamin C. It's almost enough to make me run out and buy a developing tank, a couple rolls of film, and some fixer concentrate.

About the only downside seems to be the insane development times; 25 minutes for coffee. Compared to around 8 minutes for a 1+1 solution of D-76. And I thought the development time for pushing FP4 two stops was lengthy...

You can find out more in the Shutterbug article Coffee, Tea, Or Vitamin C.

Posted by Colin at June 14, 2006 1:35 PM

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