The one problem with doing Reversals yourself is the harsh chemicals. Potassium Permaganate is one thing (Found in fish medicine to treat Ich (pronounced Ick)). The other chemical is Sulfuric Acid. That is battery acid! VERY bad chemical to have. It's ... well... acid! Let's face it Acid is not person friendly, let alone safe and kid friendly! Those with kids, not the easiest to have these kind of chemicals around.
The other option is to send to Dr5.com, which is a great way to get some absolutely stunning reversals! However, what if you are not in a place where shipping a roll of film to DR5 is economical... What about doing it yourself without using harsh chemicals... Is there a way?
Apparently there is. +Kelly-Shane Fuller, who is known for his E3 reversal in modern terms using HC-110 and C-41 to get E3 reversals with more stable colour dyes than the original E3 process...
Well.... lets look at his Chemically Safe B&W Reversal process..
For one, you use Hydrogen Peroxide (available the world over at drug stores) 3% which is as safe as it gets, considering you can pour it over an open wound to clean it out. The other is Vinegar... Good old fashioned White Vinegar, which is a great thing... You can mix it to make a B&W bleach, or... pour it on your fries....
So he made a 260mL solution... How? Let's get into it;
250mL Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
10mL (2 tsp) White Vinegar
Heat to 150°F
So that's it...
Develop Film as normal using your favorite B&W developer...
BLEACH 6 Minutes
Fully Expose to light (take out of the container and off the reel)
Re-Develop to finality (you can reuse your Developer you poured out)
Then you get some beautiful slides!
|Kodachrome 64 (Expired) As B&W Slide|
Then there is Polypan F (care of your's truly)... It is absolutely stunning! I couldn't believe the tonality he got out of itI sent him a few rolls of Polypan F down and he finally got around to trying it out... Man.... Not only did I get him hooked on Polypan (It's an easy thing to do) but he is stunned too over the amazing tonality and look of this film as a reversal.
I'm all for B&W reversal.. And the fact that you can now use a much much MUCH more kid friendly version of the bleach..
Thanks Kelly-Shane Fuller!
Stay tuned as photos of the film on a light table and under room light to show they are "SLIDES" will be posted later..
Can't wait to try this process myself!!
So until next time... Let's keep those shutters firing!
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