In my last post, I mentioned that the “problem” with film photography is that you can’t share your photos right away. This is mostly true, though if you really really want to speed things up, you can just process, dry and scan in the matter of a couple of hours. I don’t move that quickly.
But I did develop four rolls of black & white and then took cell phone photos of a few of the images, which you see here. These aren’t scanned, and are certainly not what they’re going to look like when I finally get around to scanning them.
So let me do some explaining. I recently acquired a bunch of very old Ilford film with expirations dating from 1960 to 1981. I’ve shot old film before – even some older Verichrome – but figured there’d probably be a dud somewhere in the mix. So far, four rolls and all seem to be great.
I’ll go on more about this when I finally get around to scanning and posting them, I bet. Until then, just know that even with film that’s over half a century expired, you will probably have pretty good luck.
Uncertain how to actually develop most of these films, I decided to stand develop them for an hour in Rodinal 1+100 (with a few inversions at the thirty minute mark). Presto!
Keep in mind, these are not scans, but cell phone shots of negatives lit by a frosted bathroom window.