B&W Developing – Again!

Around 4 years ago, I loaded new batteries into my Nikon F100 film camera.  We were moving house at the time, and I had moved the cameras to our business unit at Dundonald.  When I went to collect them, two months later (we were two months in temporary accommodation) the F100 wasn’t working.


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I set it down on a shelf and left it there.  From time to time I tried to switch it on, but with no success.  I thought about taking it to get repaired, – but then, what is a film camera worth these days?  the cost of repair might be more than the cost of a second hand camera.  A few times I considered just putting it in the recycling bin.

Last week I decided to give it one more try.  I brought it home, opened it up and checked the batteries again, and right away noticed the problem.  it was just a battery that had been inserted upside down!

There was a film in the camera, (Ilford FP5, ISO400) and because it was shot four years ago I hadn’t a clue what was on it.  So tonight I gathered up all my old B&W kit, chemicals etc and developed it.

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I used Photospeed FD10 developer, at 1/9 ratio, water at 20 deg. C, and developed the film for 8 minutes, agitating every minute.  Washed with water at 20 degrees, then Fixer solution for 8 minutes.

Lo and behold, I have a developed film, now hanging up in the window to dry.


The old film is now developed, scanned and digitised, and some of the frames are posted below.  The advantage of black and white film is that its graininess makes it great medium for reportage.  In the Dog Show photo’s below, the B&W Film has given them a kind of timelessness.  These shots were just four or five years ago, but the medium makes them look older.   In the photographs of the duck, look closely at the patters in the water that have been accentuated by the B&W Film.