Stormy Road

Specifically this is Missouri West Farm Road 34 in Greene County on a day in which storms are on the horizon. It’s 2020 in a nutshell, storms passing as you struggle to try and stay out of them without just hiding under a rock. This photo shouldn’t have come out – my chemistry is over a year old, I was at least two degrees off in temperature in development, and I had the camera film speed set at 200 and I forgot to change it. The graininess in this photo just can’t be duplicated with digital. Shoot photos, not each other.

Pentax Spotmatic, Fuji Superia 400 film, Unicolor C41 chemistry, Pacific Images 3650u scanner, GIMP 2.10

3 replies to “Stormy Road

  1. Your chemistry is over a year old and still manages to develop without any issues (at least as far as I can tell)?! That’s amazing. Thanks for the update on your C-41 chemistry. It gives me hope that one day, if and when I ever start developing color stocks myself, I can feel relatively comfortable using it far longer than advised.


    1. I must confess I caved in and purchased a new Unicolor C-41 kit very recently, though I have not mixed it yet. It’s kind of tough to get it sometimes because it sells out often, at least with vendors in the U.S. I took advantage of one of the restocks and got another one. It defies all explanation – I keep it in very ordinary clear recycled 1-liter soda bottles and the only thing I do that’s unique is I squeeze all the air out and get the lid on really tight. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel comfortable doing color stocks. It’s really not any more difficult than black and white. In some respects, I think it’s actually easier. The only hard thing is the temperature, and there are a lot of ways to tackle that. Personally I just put my chemistry in glass cups and run the microwave for about 1 minute. I am left with liquid around 105-110 degrees and by the time I get it out and get it back to the bathroom where I actually do my developing it’s cooled down just right. I don’t think anybody does it the same way- but once you try color, you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing it years ago.


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