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I actually posted this yesterday afternoon, but somehow it didn’t work. Since I was on my way out, I didn’t double-check. That’s what happens when you’re busy and do too many things at once!

This morning I had to be at the language school at a rather unholy time and therefore had to get up way too early. I’m not a morning person at all, so I don’t care for early starts. Of course my attempt at going to bed early last night didn’t quite work out either and I just couldn’t fall asleep. How ironic then that one of my classes was all about the topic of sleep? I could have fallen asleep right then and there! However, I’m combatting my sleepiness now to go for a walk together with my Rollei and one of the girls from the school. The weather is beautifully sunny today and I better use that, since latest on Thursday the rain will be back.

Yesterday I actually embarked on another one of my experiments and developed a couple of pushed rolls of XP2 in the C41 chemistry I have left. The kit is actually beyond the recommended number of rolls, so I’ll only throw in some chromogenic black and white film from now on. There I won’t have to fear weird colour shifts. And I have to say, those results from the C41 kit look a lot better than my Rodinal attempts. I also developed some of it in Caffenol, which looks better too, but not quite as good as the C41 results, at least from what I can see now without having scanned the rolls. The only problem is that now the times are getting a bit long with the exhausted C41 kit and I don’t know how patient I am to keep using it. With an added 5 minutes to the Blix time every 5 rolls I’m now at 20 minutes and I don’t think I can bear sitting there twirling every half a minute for much longer. That said, there is another kit on the way for all those colour rolls that I shot on my last trip. Maybe at the end of that I’ll develop some more XP2 as well.

I still have some of the XP2 left, but I’m probably on my last 5 rolls now. Hard to tell, since it’s my first 100ft roll in the bulk loader. I don’t think I’ll buy it again in winter. This stuff clearly should be shot at 200 if it’s not being developed in C41 chemistry and it’s not bright enough for that still. And in C41 chemistry XP2 is too expensive for my taste. I’m also very much looking forward to the 100ft roll of Double-X sitting in the freezer! That stuff will be tons of fun, especially since I have a packet of Xtol to go with it.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rossmann 400 developed in Tetenal Colortec C41 Kit.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Well, does this really need any comment?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Strange assortment of cosplayers.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Double pokemon and the free hugs of evil? Oh boy.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Uhm … no thanks.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

More popular!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Anyone up for dancing with a giant owl?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Yeah well, they were pretty entertaining!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I wonder whether she even tried to get through any doors …

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

It wasn’t cold, but not that warm!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

What a funky companion!

Comments

  • Harry

    Again the XA delivers, lovely colour work there Lilly and so nice to see people enjoying themselves even though I haven’t a clue whats going on and those legs and boots really don’t go together do they.

  • You can suppresss the base fog a bit better in Caffenol by adding a small amount of Benzotriazole to it. It is a little bit more effective then KBr.
    As I told you already before XP2 super (E.I. 200-250) is at the best in a regular C-41 development.

    For color I can offer you a good deal. I was at the closed Fuji factory in Tilburg the Netherlands where an auction will be take place for selling the Fuji production materials from the film and paper factory. I found there a “lost” box of Fuji Superia 100 35mm films so I made the deal there immediately.

    Now I am fed up with a few hundred Fuji Superia 100 135-24 films, even not expired …..

    Best regards,

    Robert

  • G.A.

    Sorry you don’t sleep well (too much coffeenol, I guess).
    I hope you’re grasping fast your new language, despite the local.
    Keep on working

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