Add Baking Soda!


A nice LabRat tutorial to gain strange effects on your films!

Digging through the kitchen to see what else I could use for some LabRat experiments I found baking soda and thought “give it a try!” So I mixed baking soda and boiling water in a glass with lit and of course one film: Agfa Vista 200. I think you can also use a cocktail shaker to mix everything very well. After the concoction cooled out I put the film on a heater to dry. This took several weeks to be on the safe side. Next time I will use a hair dryer in a dark room to dry the films!

I loaded my LC-A with the dry film, set it to 200 (so the original film iso, could have overexposed a bit though) and shot it. My lab, Fotofachlabor Roland Wacker, Pforzheim, Germany, was informed so he used one way chemicals to develop the films. I must say that I like the results very much. The purple tones are due to the heat of the boiling water and the baking soda made this tree like structure – very nice!!!

Here is the gallery:

So give it a try!

written by mephisto19 on 2011-01-12 #gear #tutorials #art #film #mephisto19 #tutorial #soda #lab-rat #tipster #development #quickie-tipster #baking-soda


  1. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Incredible results Stephen. Bravo.

  2. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    nice !!!

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    fascinating results!!

  4. squamy
    squamy ·

    Very cool! I must give this a go!

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    Bicarbonato di Sodio!? Wow!!

  6. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    a Q. how many spoon of Soda? and what's the difference if you use an Agfa 200 and setting the LCA at 200 too?

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent ! Feels like Alice in Wonderland : )

  8. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    fantastic! try it on a redscale film,stephan! :))

  9. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    delicious shots!!!
    but the spammer above makes me vomit. argh.

  10. staciehewitt
    staciehewitt ·

    I just did it to a roll of film! Now time for the waiting...

  11. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Ahhh! These are nuts!
    Would it come out as nice if I the film was processed by machine?

  12. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    really nice! i should try it soon :D

  13. macstef
    macstef ·

    great gallery... really need to try this.

  14. roonandbeks
    roonandbeks ·

    We soaked this film in hot alcohol the dryed it with a hairdryer, it came out quite nice.…

  15. frenzal
    frenzal ·

    lovely effect!!!

  16. naxoman77
    naxoman77 ·

    nice psychedelic style!

  17. chris-carnage
    chris-carnage ·

    so u soaked the film in this mix before shooting? nice. i do negative bleaching and i tried to pre bleach the roll... doesnt work lol

  18. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    so awesome!

  19. troch
    troch ·

    Fabulous results, Stephan. Add to the "do this at home" list!

  20. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    like it!

  21. eighteyed-hendra
    eighteyed-hendra ·

    how if i add lemon juice?

  22. lucide
    lucide ·

    awesome! really trippy :)

  23. glenn
    glenn ·


  24. staciehewitt
    staciehewitt ·

    Will this work if I get it developed at a basic little photolab or should i spend the extra and send it off to a real one?

  25. mimifleuri
    mimifleuri ·


  26. denial_denial
    denial_denial ·

    I think this is the best article I've seen. I've just soaked a roll in bicarbonate of soda.

  27. maelstrom
    maelstrom ·

    God, I know this urge! It's the 'I-can't-go-to-sleep-til-I-try this!'
    Thanks for the tip Mephisto!

  28. xxxanderrr
    xxxanderrr ·

    Was hast du eigentlich genau benutzt? Backpulver wohl eher nicht, oder? =D

  29. ayer
    ayer ·

    looks like LSD trip...
    will do!

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