I've Never Done This Before

Developed a roll of color negative film in black and white chemistry that is



3/26/20231 min read

And to be honest, I can't see why I normally would, but as I was rewinding this roll of Film Washi X I could feel the film come unmoored from the cartridge. Not wanting to waste the roll of film entirely I unloaded it in my changing tent and spooled it up into the tank.

I didn't think it would work, although I've heard of people having success with developing color negative film as black and white, I'd never done it. I thought I might try Kompostinol as I'm currently trying to sus out which films work well with Kompostinol and which don't

I shot this roll on a walk to the UPS store which is a few miles away. Thinking I was shooting color, I chose subjects which had some interesting (to me) color contrast going on, but that's a moot point now.

I think I'm for the time being I'm giving up on Film Washi, I've had a number of different quality control issues with this brand over the years, and while I greatly appreciate the variety of highly eccentric films they bring to market, I prefer my films to actually work and generate images. Kodak Aerocolor IV 2460 is now available in quite a few brands, I do love this film, so I'll try another brand soon, maybe Santa Color 100?

I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the results of developing Washi-X in Kompostinol! The film has a nice crispness and contrast range in black and white. I'm quite taken with it actually, as thus far I haven't found a 100 ISO film that I'm in love with. By way of excuses, since I was more than a little focused on color for this walk, these shots take mundanity (is that a word?) to a new level, as a tolerant reader of this blog I assume you're more than a little bit accustomed to mundanity.