28 Sept 2010

Secret Film Development Process

I have been working on a new top secret film developing process which I shall now explain for the more technically minded among you. Please keep it to yourself because if this gets out then everybody is going to be doing it and it won't be unique, or secret, any longer.

Here it is step by step:
1.) Acquire any old 35mm film camera (cheap because nobody wants them any more) I used a Trip 35, but this process should work equally well with other types/brands too.
2.) Find some heavily expired, discontinued slide, E6, film. It's even better if it has been hand rolled into a C41 negative film canister. For the purposes of this scientific, photographic research I used Kodachrome 64, hand rolled into a 200 ISO Agfa negative film canister.
3.) Load said film into purchased camera.
4.) Find a subject and shoot it.
5.) Take film out of camera.
6.) This step is very important. Take film to local film development lab and hand it in without telling them what the film really is. They should just stick it through the regular C41 machine and press "go", or whatever it is they do back there that got so expensive to do in the last ten years.
7.) When you go to pick up the film they will think the film is ruined and they might not charge you for the development. Make sure you take the film home anyway, don't be a sucker.
8.) Scan your film as negative film.
9.) Mess with the resultant images in the GIMP/Photoshop/Paintshop Pro, etc. until it looks kinda old and groovy like the samples below.
10.) Post them on-line for all to see and claim that you have discovered a new top secret process for developing film.

What are you doing here reading this blog post, get out now and go have some fun! GO!


  1. Lol ;]

    "Find some heavily expired" = take any, put on radiator for few days ;)))

  2. NICE!! A new top secret step on my way to world photographic domination!

  3. Old and groovy! He he he... You're inventive, no doubt about it!

    BTW, I'm now cleaning an old Kodak camera, it won't work anymore I'm afraid, the shutter mechanism is shot to pieces... I will try to get it in working order, at least partially, but I fear that this is a long term project.

    And it takes 620 film. Mamma mia. No stores have those around here, so I would have to buy it over the Internet or respool easier to find 120 film.

    Life ain't easy... :-)


  4. You might get the camera working, but good luck with finding 620 film! The re-spooling option is normally the better route.

    Life is a crazy great exciting adventure, and I'm having a ball! It's the little trials of life that serve to make things more interesting!

    Have a great day Roger!

  5. Cross processing is Fun. Never thought of not telling them though. I'll have to dig up some of mine to share.

  6. If you tell them they will probably try to charge you extra, like they thought of the idea or something. But if you don't tell these digital junkies what you doing they just get freaked out because they start to think they might have done something wrong! It's a riot, try it some time.

    Don't tell them I told you that...