…Why film is so dumb.
Quick trip to Vancouver this weekend–shot a roll of Tri-X 400.
Developed last night, and the negatives were nearly OPAQUE.
Thought that perhaps my fixer was exhausted, so re-fixed with fresh solution–to no avail. Then it dawned on me: The roll was probably cooked by the airport bag scanner.
(Unfortunately I was in a bit of a rush, and packed a bunch of film in my checked luggage, instead of taking with me on my carry-on).
I double-checked all of my steps, and this is the only possibility I can think of (ISO was set and shot correctly, correct amount of developer was mixed properly, timing was accurate, no light leaks present, etc…) It is interesting how the negatives are more cooked at the bottom end–one end of the roll was probably closest to the emitter.
In any case, the confirmation will be a few rolls of 100 ISO B&W, and 400 ISO Color films that were also packed in the same bag. It will be interesting to see how they fared…but I am not hopeful.
Silly, silly me.
Nonetheless, the images (while damaged) are still memorable for a variety of reasons.
…So am I smart enough to quit?
Heavens no, my friends!
Not just yet.
(Besides, there is still one roll in the camera…that one should be fine).