Processing film for the first time

by liliwoo

So yesterday, we were finally taught how to process our own black and white film. More like, the professor told us what to do (take the film out of your canister, place it in the reel, follow the guide for the chemicals) and left. But she has this assistant Manong Danny who is so nice and helpful, he opened my canisters for me. Thanks so much Manong Danny. 😦

Can I just share, my film photography prof is kinda a terror prof from what I’ve been hearing. But yesterday I was late for class and I went to our classroom, not knowing I should proceed to the darkroom/photo lab. After asking the college secretary if she has any idea on where my class is, I was led to the darkroom. Some film upperclassmen students were outside hanging out, and because I’m actually an Econ major I didn’t know anyone to ask but I just asked anyway. It went on like this.

Me: Excuse me, can I just ask if there’s a class going on inside?
Person 1: Yes, it’s Film 110 with Prof. Anne.
Person 2: (eyes wide) Lagot ka, late ka na… (You’re doomed… You’re already late…)
Person 3: Mumurahin ka nun… (She’s going to curse at you.)
Person 1: Pero sige fight mo lang, pasok ka sa gilid wag ka magpahalata. (But go ahead, enter the side and don’t get noticed.)
Person 2: Kung di ka pansinin go ka lang, bilisan mo. (If she doesn’t pay attention to you, just go and hurry up.)
Person 3: But it’s okay, she’s just gonna hate your forever. Good luck!

I got really scared. But I don’t know why but she actually just ignored me completely. Last time someone was late she didn’t let it go.

Moving on, I developed two rolls of film. I feel bad ’cause I’m pretty sure the photos would otherwise look nice if I didn’t fail with the processing part. But I have to learn, right? I just wish I didn’t put so much effort in shooting those photos. It took me forever to properly load the film into the reel, and my first roll had parts sticking together. The second roll, I accidentally opened the tank cover instead of the little cap at the top for pouring chemicals, so I ended up exposing them.

I don’t have a dedicated film scanner at home so I used my flatbed scanner and used the iPhone for backlight. Here are the results:






I have other photos semi-decent like these ones, but it’s really troublesome to scan them. Maybe if I manage to have them scanned at a lab, I’ll put them up here.