PJC's (almost) foolproof guide to Extracting Negatives from Fuji 100-C
I've heard and seen a lot of people showing how they extract the negative from Fuji FP-100C, and they are all fine to varying degrees, but I've found the process that I think is the best and easiest.
And, I also tend to underexpose my shots just a little bit. I find that underexposed or properly exposed shots have more success in the negative.
Here's my Flickr of my Negs:http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickjclarke/sets/72157624773464347/
You may not have to deal with this, but I let the paper bits dry on the negative, and then peel them off and extract just the neg. Any left-over paper bits will come off when you rinse the negative.
Clorox Clorogel (THIS IS THE BEST!!)
A pair of yellow dishwashing gloves
A pane of glass or a mirror (I had a small mirror so that's what I use)
Clear Packing tape (I don't understand why people are using duct tape or other super sticky stuff and blue tape isn't sticky enough, IMO)
A drop of Dawn in some water (for final wash of negative so it doesn't get water spots) in a small dish.
A sink. I use cold water only and it isn’t the coldest (being summer in CA) but it’s not warm at all.
Take a dried negative and place it emulsion side down on your piece of glass ( I usually clean the glass with Windex beforehand too). Take a paper towel and fold it into a square and set it close to your setup. This will be for Step 6.
Using Clear packing tape, tape off the sides of the negative. I usually put an 1/8th of an inch or so overlap on to the negative. I tape in this sequence: Top, Side1, Bottom, and Side 2. My first ones overlapped more, just to be safe. This is the most important step. Even a tiny bit of Clorox will kill your negative.
Place the taped off negative on a flat surface and pour the Clorogel into the cap. I found this is the perfect amount for my Type 100 (4X5 will take more, so you might use something else to pour it into). Then pour the capful onto the middle of the negative.
Using your gloved finger, spread the Clorogel across the negative. I use a side to side and up and down motion but I don’t know if a circular motion would be just as effective.
Wait 10 seconds or so and then using your gloved finger repeat the side to side and up and down motion on the negative. You can actually feel the bits of black stuff coming off, that’s why I use a glove. Once you can’t feel any more black bits and it’s all smooth under your finger I usually call it done. This is usually 1 minute or so.
Take your folded paper towel and in one motion wipe all the bleach off. The Clorogel wipes off very easily. Unfold the towel using a clean side and continue to wipe all the gel off.
Spray the negative with Windex and wipe it off. I do this just do quickly get any clorogel off. Might not be needed, but it's never affected it badly so I still do it.
Take the glass and negative (still attached to the glass) and turn on the water in the sink and let the cold water run over the negative. I place the glass at about a 45 degree angle so the water just washes over the negative. I do this for 30 seconds or so.
Turn off water and shake water off of the glass and neg. Spray with Windex and wipe off with a paper towel so that it’s mostly dry.
Peel up tape in reverse order that you put it on.
Turn on the faucet again, but a very gentle amount and with emulsion side up place your negative under the water. Let it rinse for 10 seconds or so and you should start seeing the developer goo start to come off.
This is a touch thing, so you will have to just get the feel for it, but as the goo starts releasing I find a corner and start rubbing it off with my thumbs. I do this gently but you can feel it coming off and you should have a smooth neg. Be careful around the edges as it seems to be the most delicate and the emulsion might rub off there first. Don’t rush this process, it really is all by feel, but it’s pretty easy to feel it come off and you can see it too.
Once you have all the developer goo off and all the paper bits from your peel, take the negative out of the stream of water and place it in your Dawn water for a little rinse and then let hang dry from a corner.
SCAN!!! I can go into more detail there, but I’m not doing anything magical there…just emulsion side down and a full bed scan on my Epson V500 in Color Negative mode.