7 years is a long time between drinks.

I recently closed down all of my social media accounts & stepped away from the internet a bit more, mostly due to a desire to cut out unnecessary noise from my day & to also reconnect on a more personal level with friends & family.

While going through all of my accounts I found some old blog posts from 2011 with some dev times & information for using Rodinal developer for both stand & semi-stand development. I still use Rodinal, it’s been my “go-to” for as long as I can remember now, though for the last few years I have been experimenting with colder development times.

I’ll be putting up some information here, mostly development notes. Regarding film stock; I’ve most recently been working my way through a brick of Fomapan Creative 200 that Chris from Blanco Negro passed my way, shooting it at ISO 200 (via hand meter) – samples & dev routine below:

Film: Foma 200 Creative (rated 400) Developer: Foma R09 (Rodinal recipe developer)

  1. Mix developer 1:50 dilution (1 part developer to 50 parts water) at 10ºC (50ºF) temp
  2. Develop for 45mins total dev time
  3. Agitation cycle: 1min initial, 10 seconds every 5 mins until 45min mark
  4. I use water as a stop bath / rinse – I try to keep it at a colder temp (10º-18ºC)
  5. Fix as per usual, rinse & hang to dry
  6. Enjoy!

If you give this a go at all, let me know  🙂


TMax 400 in Rodinal 1:50 – 2 stop push

So, I will be processing a roll of film for someone else shortly. It is a roll of TMax 400, shot at 1600. Sharpness and grain are required, so I decided to grab a roll and try it out in Rodinal 1:50.

Knowing that TMax 400 generally requires less time for any given developer, and ISO rating, when compared to Tri-X I shortened the developing time from 30 minutes to 23 minutes. After looking at the results, I think i will process for 26-27 minutes because they probably could have used a little more time in the developer. I actually may just go for approx. 30 minutes. Grain wise though, I’m pretty happy with the photos – nice tight grain. Good sharpness too, but TMax films always scan better than Tri-X in my experience anyway.

I met up with Bryn and Jeremy for a post-work catch up and we walked down through Darling Harbour to James Squires Brewhouse on King St Wharf, taking a few photos on the way. My approximation(s) look a little off, the photos are a bit underexposed – though it does make them more moody. I think that I was expecting the ‘brighter’ upper mid tones that I’ve become accustom too shooting Tri-X.

All shot on the M2 and 35mm Summilux pre-Asph