kaiser woods. fujifilm 200. cinestill c41. may 4.

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These images were captured on May 4. The camera was the Mamiya 4B, a rangefinder with a fixed 40mm 1:2.8 Lens.

I ordered the Cinestill CS41(CS Color Simplified) developing kit to start developing the color film I shoot.

I ordered the liquid chemicals, which were easy to mix. First, you mix the Developer. You take a quart bottle filled with 20 ounces of water, heated to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and add the 3 bottles (labeled A, B, and C) that make up the Developer. The bottles total 12 ounces, so the quart bottle is full at 32 ounces.

Next, you mix the Blix.

Blix is a dark brown liquid that contains both bleach and fix in one convenient solution. The fixer removes the remaining unaltered silver halide grains, while the bleach removes the developed grains, leaving behind only the color dyes that form the colors of C41 film. https://www.learnfilm.photography/what-the-heck-is-blix-and-should-i-use-blix-to-develop-color-film/

With the Blix, start with a quart bottle filled with 18 ounces of water, heated to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. You then add the 3 bottles composing the Blix (labeled A, B, and C). You will now have 32 ounces of solution.

When developing film, the Developer should be 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need 3 minutes, 30 seconds to develop the film at that temperature. On subsequent rolls, you will add 2% to the time for each roll developed. You can develop at lower temperatures, but you must add more time. There is a chart in the instructions with the times required.

The next step, Blix, needs to be in the temperature range of between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This step requires 8 minutes each time you develop a roll.

You then wash the film. You can either wash the film for 3 minutes in the developing tank or fill and empty the developing tank 7 times. Less time than is required for black and white film. There is also an optional rinse/stabilizer step. The stabilizer comes with the kit and is easy to mix. It takes a minute.

We will see if I attain consistent results after developing a few rolls.

3 Replies to “kaiser woods. fujifilm 200. cinestill c41. may 4.”

  1. Very impressive results from your first experience with colour developing. As always, your information of your processes is invaluable to those who want to try the same. The difficult darkroom situation to producing colour photograph prints stopped me investigating it further way back when. With your scanning expertise, and now self developing, it opens up controlling all the stages of your own imagery. Look forward to seeing your future results. All the best.

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    1. I never had a personal darkroom. I always went to public darkrooms. It was always difficult because you cannot get upset, throw things, and do other things that trying to create something special entails. So I will be satisfied with the arrangement I have now.

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      1. Your arrangement is perfect it seems with your results. My darkroom no longer exists and no intention to put it back together. I still have my developing tanks, but no scanner. My old Epson flat bed scanner wasn’t recognised by my newer laptop, so I don’t have it anymore. No additional software to remedy the problem either. So until I get one, the film use enthusiasm is a little low. I don’t want a lab dictating results. So can understand your reluctances re: control over your images.

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