Pre Wash....

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  1. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    So I went to develop some Ilford HP5+ 400 last night and as I was pouring out the prewash water I noticed that is was a nice shade of bluish green... I don't think this affected the negatives (no sign yet) but I was just wondering if this is normal? I soaked the film in the prewash for about 30-45 seconds with constant agitation... Did I do something wrong or is this ok?


    Thanks for the help

    Zach :D
     
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    it's normal; no worries.
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    Different films come out different colors. It's the anti-halation layer coming off, so it's a good thing.
     
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    will965 TPF Noob!

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    whats the pre-wash. is it after development or fix
     
  5. sbalsama

    sbalsama TPF Noob!

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    Pre-Wash is just letting the film soak in some water for 10 or however many minutes before pouring the developer in. I personally don't do it since no one has presented a decent reason to do so yet.
     
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    I do it simply because that's the way I was taught. Supposedly it softens the film emulsion and gets it to swell, making it more receptive to your developer and the rest of the chemical processes you are about to inflict upon it. :wink:

    If there are more reasons, I'd like to learn them. The way it was described to me above was good enough for me, though. It made sense. :D
     
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    correct. further, for shorter development times (<10 minutes or so) the pre-soak helps active developers to do their job immediately. also, if you are using one shot developers, pre-soak is recommended so you are not wasting precious time of the developer. and.....it has been said to reduce water marks on negs. i, myself, can bear witness to this, others say it isn't a problem.

    sbalsama: a 10 minute pre-soak? what the...
     
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    havoc Jedi something or other

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    Yeah you shouldn't have to presoak for more then 2 minutes.
     
  9. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I presoak for about 30 sec (with agitation) with developers that recommend it (for instance Diafine doesn't use a pre-soak). Besides priming the emulsion for the developer, it's supposed to lower the chance of air bells on the film.

    Kodak pre wash is usually purple, Ilford greenish, and Forte is torquoise.
     

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