Developed Some Colour film in B&W Chem

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Justin Thyme, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Guest

    My wife wanted some film to use in her scrapbooking, so she bought a roll of
    cheap crappy colour film from the supermarket. A few weeks ago I was
    pondering what would happen if C41 colour film was developed in B&W chem,
    and posted a question in here about it. Considering my wife wanted this film
    for her scrapbooking, I decided it was the perfect time to find out, so I
    ran it through the cam, and developed it in some chemistry that I was about
    to throw out. I didn't have a clue what development time to use. I
    normally use Fuji Neopan SS (100ISO), and develop it in Ilford LC29 at 1:19.
    This normally takes 5min @ 20C, so I figured I'd use the same for the ISO
    100 colour film. Since I'd already developed a few rolls in this chem, I
    decided to increase the time to 6min.
    So, after 6 min I pour the developer out, and it had a pale yellow colour,
    kind of like urine. Continued on with the process, gave it 5 minutes of
    fixing, and observed the result. There on a very dark brown base were quite
    clear B&W negatives. So trotted up to my favourite lab to get them on CD.
    The first time they attempted to feed it, the machine gave an error -
    presumably the dark brown base was confusing it too much. So they fed it
    again from the other end, and it picked it up ok. To my great surprise I
    now have a CD with some excellent photos on it. They are a bit grainy, but
    otherwise quite clear. I'll try to set up a web page to put some of the best
    on, and post the link here when it's done.
    Justin Thyme, Aug 30, 2004
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