Developing Black and White Film

Finally I am on my way to quality film development.  I recently purchased all the necessary chemicals to develop Ilford black and white film.  The chemicals where relatively cheap and I have also invested in the other necessary film developing tools.  I do not have an enlarger, so at the current time I do not plan to print any images myself.  While in Maryland visiting my brother, I came across a semi-new Canon scanner in a thrift store, with the ability to scan camera negatives and slides.  After testing the scanner I decided it yielded a substantially better image quality than the previous negative scanner I had.  The Canon scanner is not what you would call “professional quality,” but for the time being It will suffice.  (check out my post here about the varying degrees in scanner quality.)

Fearing the recent bankruptcy of Kodak, I have chosen to use Ilford chemicals and film to do my black and white photography.  The process is very easy, and and from start to finish takes less than 30 minutes, cleanup included.  Below are some samples of the roll.  This is the first roll ever that I completed the entire workflow my self.  I shot, developed and scanned these photos all with my own equipment.  These shots were taken with a Canon AE-1 with a Canon FD 50mm 1.4.  The film stock is Ilford Delta 400 Professional.  These were scanned to the computer with a Canon CanoScan D1250U2F.  I have also attached my own personal notated development workflow below in a Word file.

James H. Grantham Custom Ilford Development Delta 400 Professional

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-2

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-3

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-4

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-5

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-6

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-7

Canon AE-1, Ilford Delta 400 Professional, Canon FD 50mm 1.4-8

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