Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First experiment - instant negative

Here is the first attempt at an "instant negative". As you can see, there is a lot of work to do, yet there is an image!

We will need all the help we can get from the chemists to make this a practical film for the serious photographer.

Our goal is to make 4X5 and 8X10 instant negative films.  The characteristics of these films should be like Polaroid Type 55, or better.  There are some things that could be improved in the 55 film, and these might be addressed during the project.

Unlike the Impossible Project, which we like very much and cannot wait to be customers of, New55Project is not supposed to be that difficult or impossible to accomplish. We'll see!


Anonymous said...

This looks very grainy but I guess you have to start somewhere!

Bob Crowley said...

Yes indeed. As I mention in the other blog, the fuji material has to be peeled in the dark to avoid this solarization, and even then, what you get is very thin. Also you can see how the thickened emulsion caused reticulation galore. I have had much better luck with fp100c negatives and can produce very nice, sharp results, and good shadow detail. 100b's base is exactly the same, and so is the mask.