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Waterfront Park 8
July 7, 2009 © Colin J Clarke

Waterfront Park 8

Waterfront Park, Mt. Pleasant SC

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Today, it was Coffee at Waterfront Park. Coffee Developer, that is.

Tech Note. I rated and metered the Tri-X at iso250. Next time, I would use FP4+ (iso125) rated at 50 for finer grain.
The 'brew'. 5 heaped teaspoons of caffeinated instant coffee (12g 3/8 oz). 2 level teaspoons of washing
soda (washing, not baking). (16g 5/8 oz). Dissolve the soda first in 100ml of 25C 77F water. Wait until
it is not cloudy. While you wait, in another container, dissolve the coffee in 200ml of 25C 77F water. Stir
until the crystals are dissolved. Add the coffee to the soda solution. Stir. You should now have 300ml. If
you need 375ml (like me), add the extra water to make 375ml, and add 5 minutes to the dev. time. Now
cool the mix in a water jacket to get it to 20C 68F. Prepare some water at 20C 68F for three quick changes
of water after the development stage ( 'stop bath'). Prepare your fixer at 20C 68F. Whatever fixer you normally use.
Elephant urine will work, I'm told, but this is rarely practical to collect, and the collecting is fraught with danger.
You should start using the developer within about 10 minutes of mixing it, while it is freshly brewed. It will be
almost an hour old by the time you have finished, anyway. I used 35 minutes as my development time. The
correct answer for the time depends on many variables, like 'how long is a piece of string'. During the first
5 minutes, I made some slow inversions every 30s, for 30s. Slow, because the soda can bubble up!!. A few
times, I lifted the plastic daylight-tank cap a fraction to ease any pressure. After 5 minutes, I did two slow
full inversions every minute. (The tank, not me). At 35 minutes, I emptied the tank, filled and then dumped
3 times with fresh water, then I fixed it for 10 min. The developer is 'one shot' and I dumped the fixer, too.
If your 'stop' wash is good, the fixer could be OK and not too brown. I didn't drink the developer. The negatives
are low contrast, slightly thin, quite grainy, but nice. This development option is not something I would do
every day. But it is a fun project. If you have a digital camera, you may be able to get the same result by
dipping the camera sensor in a Starbucks Vente Non-Fat Triple-Shot Latte. But please don't. Use film.

Nikon F-801S, Sigma 1:3,5 f=18mm

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an nguyen13-Jul-2009 02:33
Sir, I wish I could understand more of your tech note.. but I do love your classic style photos...does that count..?
Federico P Moretto12-Jul-2009 01:37
Great mood.
Jeff Real11-Jul-2009 17:47
The softness and soft grain is really fantastic and is the composition ~V~
Vince11-Jul-2009 14:47
Fantastic black & white work and thanks for the technical details. Vote.
Bill Warren10-Jul-2009 23:51
You get such a soft look with this film processing. V
Mikael Larsen10-Jul-2009 22:09
Fantastic perspective. Love the grains. v
Colin Storey10-Jul-2009 20:37
Fantastic technique and results, wonderful image. v
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography10-Jul-2009 19:25
Excellent image, great light and mood, Voted.
bill friedlander09-Jul-2009 16:46
Love the graphics and the mood. (Be careful with the nitroglycerin). V
Kaden Kratzer09-Jul-2009 07:49
Excellent. Coffenol!!! V
Sam_C09-Jul-2009 06:35
Fantastic shot, great moody atmosphere. Thanks for the tech talk, I'm still trying to digest all that great info! BV! :-)
Paco López09-Jul-2009 05:34
Wow!!!!!!! Great! BV!!!
Ann LT09-Jul-2009 02:46
Beautiful perspective and tones.
EEErrrr,I wish I knew more about your tech talk,Prof but sounds cool to me!
Sue Robertson09-Jul-2009 02:43
Phew!.. I was nearly going down to get that special treatment...
Beautful atmospheric shot!..vv
PauloCGama09-Jul-2009 01:20
Fascinating technique indeed, you are fabulous Colin.
Powerful image with wonderful details & exposure. Love it.
Marcia Rules09-Jul-2009 00:01
a mind-blowing technique! always love your creative works:)
Peter Zetner08-Jul-2009 21:18
Great image, Colin! Love your take on this subject and the caffeine enhanced Tri-X grain is amazing. You're making me very curious and interested in the whole Cafenol process. V.
endre novak08-Jul-2009 20:04
dramatic angle and ligts. excellent handling as always.
John08-Jul-2009 18:53
I dipped my sensor and as a result I have nothing to show :)) Great technique Colin and the result is awesome. BV
Naomi Sheaffer08-Jul-2009 17:19
Colin, this is a fascinating technique, and you certainly achieved good results!
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