For the record, #Rodinal stand development w/ @FujifilmUS Neopan Acros looks like huge success!! #believeinfilm #filmdevelop (Taken with Instagram)

**EDIT for @s2z:

According to the “internet,” ISO does not matter in stand development. 100-1600, whatever, just 60 minutes at 20c/68F. Click the link to read why, apparently something about highlights developing in 20m and exhausting developer, then remaining time going for “teh awesomez shadowz.”

Anyway, I’m now a believer. 

NOTES: I did partial stand development since, at the halfway mark, I did 5 inversions. I also did about 1m water pre-soak. And, FWIW, I used .5 Rodinal (12.5 mL?) to 50oz water. 


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Here are the results from the stand development I did last night. I’m pretty pleased with the results, but I think that I’ll not continue in this manner. Why?

1) In the first photo, we were hiking in the Sierra Nevada’s in early August. Despite the clouds, it was rather bright, a very contrasty scene. In this instance, I think the stand development did very well to cut the facial shadows. The development looks a bit muted, not quite too gray, but something like that. It really evened out the tonal range and there is almost no grain to speak of. 

2) This is another contrasty scene, but I don’t know that it was helped by the hour-long Rodinal soup. (1:100 @20C, 5 inversions at 30m) As you can see, the darkened water is pretty dense–and that’s after some minimal Photoshop correction. It’s worth mentioning that I used a Red #25 filter here… and while I exposed for the filter factor, it just isn’t to my liking. 

3 and 4) This was another very contrasty scene. We were outdoors on a Saturday morning at a breakfast Cafe. We had an umbrella over our table, and some trees providing overhead cover, but there were also a lot of shadows and stray rays of light streaking into the scene. Here again, I think the stand development really softened the mood with low contrast. 

5) WOW. Look at the range between highlight and shadow, especially noting that the area of sand not in shadow did not blow out. 

6) This dugout scene had several stops difference between shadow values and highlights. Also, the background! It was about 12:30 in the afternoon with no clouds and about 85 degrees heat. But could you tell? Honestly?

It seems that the stand development works great for those times of the day that you really have no business shooting. Yeah, the highlights mellow, but so do those shadows! In the future, I’ll keep this up my sleeve for, but for the most part, I’ll stick to regular development unless this is called for. 


So, this was the first time developing in a new Paterson reel. Look closely, you’ll see some lines in at least two of the photos. From the other 6 photos on this reel, I noticed the lines on one image. I reversed the negative to the other film holder slot in the tray carrier, and turned it emulsion down. That fixed the problem. But why?! Doesn’t this all but conclude that it’s my scanner?