Earlier this week my class and I processed the colour negative and slide films we had shot for both the Cramond, and City Lights projects. The films were developed using a Rotary Discard Processor, the most difficult part of which was making sure that the temperatures for each chemical and wash was correct for each stage. To do this we worked in teams for each processing run, the first of which I almost ruined by pouring the developer in when the tank containing all of our films was elevated when it should have been lowered. This meant that we had just lost the developer which had made made up, and also didn’t know if any had reached the films and begun to affect them. More developer had to be made up and heated to the correct temperature, in the meantime, any developer which had accidentally reached the film would be doing its job and then some. Luckily this was not the case and the films were properly processed without damage.
Unfortunately when it came to the slide films, one of the rings connecting the developing tanks together for a bulk run came loose, letting light in, which fogged a fellow student’s film, ruining it completely. These, as they say, are the hazards. Things can and do go wrong, and it can be especially frustrating and disappointing if you have lost something which can’t be re-shot.
The Cramond shots were taken on 200 asa colour negative film, while City Lights used 100 asa slide film.