A while back the creator of Develop! (a film development timer app for the iPhone) got in touch to tell me that one of his users had requested FilmDev integration into his app.
After some back and forth I’m happy to announce that you can now import FilmDev recipes directly into Develop!
This also means that FilmDev now has a (very simple) API - you can read more about that here.
This (hopefully) opens the door for more and more people to use FilmDev in cool and interesting ways.
It took a while to get going but the site is now thriving with over 1,200 people sharing over 3,000 recipes.
None of this of course would be possible without the contributions of everyone who has used the site so I’m eternally grateful to everyone who has taken the time to add their recipes and photos.
Here’s looking forward to the next five years! :-)
A good exploration of the different properties of developers and why you might choose one.
Well the main advantage, which the process was developed for, is pretty obvious; one of the big problems people run into is overdeveloped highlights that give you blown out white areas in your prints, and underdeveloped shadows resulting in black areas with no detail. You can either develop to control blown highlights and lose shadow detail, or develop for the shadows and get blown highlights.
Stand development controls blown highlights because the developer around those areas of the film exhausts and prevents over development. It also lets the shadows fully develop, squeezing every last bit of texture out of them.
This makes it amazing for pushing film way past its rated ISO.
Excellent article on stand developing.
Now my only excuse for not doing it is the lack of an eyedropper for measuring such tiny quantities of developer.
Stand developed recipes on FilmDev.
R09 is a new name for the famous Agfa Rodinal, now discontinued.
This liquid has very interesting proprieties which depend on its diluition in water.
So, if you use this delevopment liquid in a 1-25 solution you obtain sharp and pretty grain with high contrast (good effect with slow speed films as Ilford PanF or FP4 ), while a 1-50 solution is more compensating (good for example when you use an Ilford FP4 film in a bright day, to avoid excess of contrast).
FilmDev made the Lomography magazine inspiring an article on stand developing!