Kevin Bjorke
Kevin Bjorke
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MJ BDay (C) 2005

Three 35mm rolls of Neopan 1600, three rolls of HP5+, all in Xtol 1+1.

As the saying goes, you’re never quite so fully aware as in the first second after the hammer comes down on your thumb.

Which is a bit like how I felt a couple of nights ago as I poured out the fixer on these rolls and saw scraps of paper and hair swirling in the wash water. I rinsed — still bits of paper. Rinsed again — more bits. The paper chunks and fibers seemed to be from some residual torn tape from a roll of 120 processed earlier. I rinsed and washed the reels, the tanks, ran another set.

More scraps and hair.It was in the stop bath! And in the fixer. So last night it was a big flush — throw out all the stored chemistry, rinse the storage bottles, tear apart every reel and scrub it with a toothbrush.

Funny thing is, the rolls that were processed in the fuzzy solution: nearly perfect. Not a scratch, not a hair, not tiny specks needing spotting. Shazam.

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