The past week or two have been pretty busy going to the Virginia State Fair and helping my wife work on a baby quilt for her first great-grand child. The parents gave us a lot of pictures. My part is to scan the pictures, edit them and print them on special fabric that she will sew into the quilt. Scanning is easy cleaning up the scans to get rid of dust, faded colors, etc. takes a little time. I think there were 24 photos.
The Virginia State Fair started last Friday and was to run for ten days. This is the only fair that I remember that it rained every day of the fair. With 2-4 inches or rain forecast for Friday and Saturday the fair closed three days early on Thursday evening. We had bought season passes and I had planned to go a lot and take lots of pictures. We went three days and I took four rolls of Arista Premium (TRIX) black & white film and one roll of slide film, in addition to a fair number of digital images. The fair jinx followed me home, and I made a mistake in the darkroom I have never made before. I loaded but the tank and poured fixer into the tank instead of developer. I didn’t realize it until about three minutes had passed and I started to wonder why the full container of developer was sitting in front of me. Needless to say the film was completely blank. The next roll of film was developed in Fomadon Excel W27 a XTOL type developer. It came out grainer than expected. I wonder if the cloudy weather made the grain more noticeable? The next roll was developed in Legacy Pro L110 a HC110 type developer. Supposedly it works just like HC110. It is not syrupy or yellow like regular HC110. The film is drying and has not been scanned. Will post a few photos when time permits.