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More fun with Orwo

Another "just anything" photograph, from a roll of Orwo N74 film ...said to be cinematic film hand-spooled into 35mm cassettes. This time I was using a recently acquired Zeiss Tessar 2.8/50mm lens. The first time I took it out of doors it fogged up internally. It was a very hot day, which may have had something to do with it. The fog cleared after an hour or two and there has been no recurrance. The first of my Orwo N74 films I'd developed in Adox APH09, a Rodinal clone. It did look a trifle over-grainy (see the "Still snapping" horse photo a bit back in this photostream) so I thought I'd try the other developer I have to hand, Promicrol. Promicrol is not one of those well-known "mainstream" developers for which you can always find developing recipes. I eventually found a recipe for the original May & Baker Promicrol, one of whose ingredients came to be considered carcinogenic and is no longer manufactured. The current product is said to be equivalent. So, anyway, that's what I used. For anyone else who wishes to try this arcane film/developer combination, the method was 1+9 dilution for 8 minutes at 22°C with my standard four inversions at the start, then two each minute. It looks OK I think, considering that this was taken in dismal November light with rain slanting down. Certainly less grainy than in APH09.

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Uploaded on November 7, 2016