lesson learned


Remember that time, a million years a month ago when 45 was sworn in as president and millions of women went out in the streets to march the next day? I mentioned in my post about it that I brought my film camera, an Olympus Trip, to my local march. I got over my shyness and fears and managed to take several portraits of my fellow marchers with their signs. I was so stoked.

A few weekends ago I decided to develop two rolls of film, the Women’s March roll, and a test roll from the wonderful Sprocket Rocket I received from the Emulsive Secret Santa.

Imagine my horror when I pulled the film out of the tank and it was blank. It felt like my heart sank and broke into a million pieces all at the same time.

After inquiring about what could have happened I realized the problem was that my developer failed. I mean, of course it failed. I’d been getting down to the end of  a bottle of Adonal that was at least two years old and, (this is the key red flag here) it was CRUNCHY. Why did I not throw it away when it started to get crunchy? I don’t know. Admittedly, it was crunchy for awhile and still working. But I guess developer can only be crunchy for so long before giving up the ghost. Which it did. But I lost a roll of important-to-me film in the process of learning this lesson.


7 thoughts on “lesson learned

    1. oh no! I read that does pretty much the same thing so I wondered if I’d done the same. I found out that if there is no text at the ends then the it’s the developer. you learn something new everyday! 😉

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  1. Sorry to hear that. That has to be heartbreaking! On the positive side, you learned something that you will take forward and you’ve done a great service by telling others. I just got my silent inauguration scans back. Both rolls of 36 turned out great! I would have been devastated if something went wrong. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Yersss… crystallization means that something has come out of solution, so isn’t there to do its job. My bottle of HC110 didn’t do a good job last time, so has probably died, but I’m not totally convinced there wasn’t another reason. If I want to try it again, I’ll just shoot a few test frames.

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