Tried it once to prove to myself I could do it.
Have done it again to see if I enjoy doing it.
Yes. I enjoy developing color film at home.
One thing I realized this second time is that the process loses quite a few steps once the chemicals are mixed.
For the image capturing I used the winner of my analog camera hunger games.
An additional dedicated post on this combination will likely be made soon. Above all the film cameras I have tried this is my all around favorite. An excellent blend of consistency, aesthetic, and capabilities. Back to the topic at hand.
Used a favorite of mine, Lomography 400. Negatives came out looking good like last time.
I have to remind myself to slow down and not multi-task when I develop film. Almost messed up once because I had the bright idea to make brownies at the same time (I develop film in the kitchen.). It came out alright because B&W film is very forgiving, but I now focus on only the film and it is meditative in that way. No phone. No Youtube videos. No social media. Watch the timer, stir at the proper intervals, wait, drain, pour, etc., negatives.
Sidebar: An odd side effect of developing my own color film is that it has changed the way I shoot color film. I will rip through a roll of color the same way I do black and white now. Seems to be contradictory, but I also no longer burn through the last few exposures at the camera shop only because I have to turn it in at the camera shop. I still take shots there, but it is now because I happen to be there and see something to capture, not just so I can turn it in. And lastly, I now stop the car and get out. Had always intended to park one evening, get out of the car, and take a quick photo walk in a local downtown area. Now I have done so. Even brought an extra roll of film that I ended up using. Some shots are on the last post and some are on this one. There were some old cars I intended to stop the car and take shots of. Before I would just spray with digital with a that’ll do mindset. Now I stopped the car and got out. One color film roll now flows into the next like a long-form essay as opposed to each roll feeling like a distinct chapter or vignette… I am capturing photos I would not have before. Not sure why these changes have occurred exactly, but they are tangible and I like it.
Enough with the words. Here are most of the photos. The 4 omitted come down to framing user error for three and one had a subject with their eyes closed and I could not do that to them. The G1 was as rock solid as always.