Washing Film – The Ilford Method 

From Ilford’s HP5 Plus Technical Information: 


Wash the films in running water for 5–10 minutes at a temperature within 5ºC (9ºF) of the process temperature. Or see note below for greater economy when using spiral tanks. 

Note: For spiral tank use, the following method of washing is recommended. This method of washing is faster, uses less water yet still gives negatives suitable for long term storage.  Continue reading “Washing Film – The Ilford Method “

Developing Film 4a – Prep


This is the first installment of a two-part update of an earlier post describing my 35mm film developing process.

In my continuing quest to standardize and simplify my 35mm film photography, and to save some money in the process, I have settled on just three materials/chemicals for developing my film: Rodinal developer, Ilford Rapid Fixer and distilled water. Continue reading “Developing Film 4a – Prep”

Developing Film 4 – Process

It takes me about half an hour to develop a roll of 35mm black and white film. Here’s how I do it. 

I measure 5ml of Rodinal into the developer graduate and add distilled water to make 250ml. I measure 50ml of Rapid Fixer into the fixer graduate and add distilled water to make 250ml. I put 250ml of plain distilled water in the stop bath graduate and in the wash water graduate.  Continue reading “Developing Film 4 – Process”