I have processed about 10 rolls of b&w film and there has been a lot of disasters and mishaps. I thought I share this firstly as part of my own learnings but also for the benefit of others.
Thumbprint, scratches, light leak
Scratches, light leak, water spots
Light leak, scratches, thumbprint
Over agitation, squeege streaks
Accidental exposure to film
Sigh. This is all part of the learning curve. At least I am making these mistakes with ‘non-critical’ film. The more mistakes I make now the better. It is a bit disheartening though but perseverance is key to mastering anything.
Changes I am making are as follows:
1. Wear surgical gloves
2. Be more certain in mixing chemicals
3. Mark all film with info if I am changing film half way
4. No squeege
5. Use distill water
6. Ensure film reels are completely dry
7. Buy more film reels
8. Use photo-flo
9. Rewind the film and take it out as soon as finished
I’ll add more as I think of them….