Darkroom Moments

Slowing down: Winter days

Holga Kodak T-Max 400

Autumn is finally gone and days are getting shorter and darker. Everything slows down – including me, who seems to be the only person who enjoys dark days and the crisp air on a foggy morning. I even walk to work and back home more often than I do when days are warm and sunny. There are a few things I always do when winter arrives, using my Holga camera is one of them. This winter I decided to slow down in my kitchen lab as well: Hej stand development!

When you develop your own films, it’s just a matter of time until you stumble upon stand development. I read about it a while ago but somehow wasn’t curious enough to give this process a try. Now, amidst the dark season, I felt the urge to incorporate this slow process into my kitchen alchemy. A few weeks ago, I went out with my Holga 120 and shot three rolls specifically meant for stand development. Back home I grabbed the bottle of Tetenal Ultrafin Liquid, found nothing about the right dilution but mixed the developer at 1:100. After one hour of developing there was nothing. A roll of film, perfectly blank. Two more rolls to go and I didn’t want to waste them, so I ordered some Rodinal.

It finally worked – for both films I’ve settled with Rodinal at 1:100 dilution, developing time was 1 hour – a very lazy hour: With stand development you don’t need to agitate the film tank. Technically I did a semi-stand-development because I gave the tank a few spins at the beginning and one inversion after half an hour. While the developer works its magic, there’s plenty of time for other important things like Netflix, dinner or taking a hot bath.

Films: Kodak T-Max 400 and Lomography Lady Grey 400
Developer: Adox Rodinal, 1:100, 1 hour

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