In the last post, I went over the materials needed to develop color negatives at home. I finally developed my first few batches and it wasn’t so bad. The process was actually therapeutic. I made my mixes in a 1 Liter measuring cup and then transferred the mixes to a storage bottle. I will tell you to be careful with the blix. It can get messy when mixing, transferring to the storage bottle, and during the agitations/inversions. After doing an inversion with the blix, slowly open the top of the paterson tank just a little bit to release some of the built up pressure that is created from the inversions.
As far as the process, I just followed the directions that came with the Unicolor kit which are:
Step 1: Pre-Soak: 1 minute in 102°F water
Step 2: Developer: 3.5 minutes in 102°F water: Continuous agitation for first 10 sec, then 4 inversions every 30 sec after
Step 3: Blix: 6.5 minutes in 95°F – 105°F water: Continuous agitation for first 10 sec, then 4 inversions every 30 sec after
Step 4: Wash: 3 minutes under 95°F – 105°F running water
Step 5: Stabilizer: 30 sec to 1 minutes in water at room temperature: Agitate for first 15 seconds
Step 6: Dry: I squeegee the film, and hang it for 45 minutes to let it dry
Here are some of the photos that were developed with the C-41 Kit. I used an Epson v600 to scan the negatives. This was my first time scanning negatives (meaning this is the first scanner I have used), so I don’t know how it compares to other scanners, but I’m pretty happy with the results.