Very rarely, if ever, have I posted a blog entry without at least one photograph. Odd, seeing how this is, after all, a photoblog. But, here goes.
Last week, I developed a couple of rolls of film. As I am still fairly new to this, well, of course you make mistakes along with the triumphs. One of them that I apparently made was using a squeegee to help quicken the drying process. Yes, I do use Photo Flo. However, as I learned this morning, that is only a step to maybe help dry the negatives. Twelve hours after my developing, I took a look at the negs, and there is still a bit of moisture on them. From what I read about Photo Flo, my understanding was that it aided in more uniform, quicker drying. Maybe not?
So how, does one ask, get these things to dry, without having to do scratch reduction/touchup later in the dreadful Adobe Photoshop? Do I invest in a dedicated film drying cabinet? Are there successful techniques that readers like to use? I’d love to hear them, because honestly, I am at my wit’s end with it. it is Labor Day here in the states, and yes, I do want to shower at some point- just not with my negatives. I have seen people squeegee a bit with their fingers after hanging them up. Should I do that? Note: I use the “Ilford method” of washing, before the Photo Flo step.
Can someone help me? Thank you, and have a great Labor Day.