… I could reset the clock…
Three 5 x 4 negatives were tray developed with PMK Pyro at 20 C for 9 minutes, with 2 minutes staining in the pyro bath after fixing, continuous agitation.
First one came out beautifully.
Second one was under-developed. Usable.
Third one, very faint. Unusuable.
I suspect that the developer got contaminated with fixer, as negatives went back to the pyro bath for further staining after fixing.
For the next session:
- If processing 2 negatives, make fresh pyro.
- If processing 3 or more, make fresh pyro bath for development, use the first batch for staining.
- Reduce amount of developer from 500 ml to 300 ml.
The content of my backpack
After several months I have settled on what I take in my photographic sorties, from bottom left:
- Black dust bag doubling as black cloth.
- Cleaning cloth.
- Grey card and Weston Master lightmeter.
- Red filter for the 90mm lens.
- Mobile: Reciprocity calculator app, phone and camera functions.
- I usually take 3 dark slides. The top one is resting on a freezer bag used to help to keep dust out.
- 90mm Fuji lens with cable release.
- 180mm convertible to 315mm Schneider lens.
- Card with my name and contact details on front. On the back I wrote the formula to calculate reciprocity.
- Lens caps and focusing magnifier.
- Clothes peg to hold dark cloth down on windy days.
- Walker 5×4 camera with Arca Swiss mount.
- Make up mirror, a recycled street find. I use it to look at the controls of the lens when the camera is raised high up.
- 30 cm rule,
- Torch, useful when darkness comes.
- Heavy duty tripod with head and Arca Swiss style mount.
- Bag. The actual loaded dark slides are in it.
- Grey card sleeve.
Bed is not taken out. Sometimes I also leave my brain behind.