4-Tea-C: My Own Tea B&W Film Developer Recipe

I've seen a rising interest on my tea b&w film developer post lately and realized that I never did post my recipe here. It has been a while since I actually developed a roll of film with it but this recipe worked when I did use it. Your mileage may vary.

Ingredients (to make 500ml):

  • 2 tea bags of each Red Rose orange pekoe, Tetley's pure green tea, Tetley's pure peppermint tea, and Tetley's pomegranate green tea (8 tea bags in total)
  • 2 teaspoons of washing soda (I used ARM & HAMMER® Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster)
  • 1000mg vitamin C (I used "King of Spice" brand Ascorbic Acid from Bulk Barn)
  • water

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Photos from Pinhole Day 2014

The last Sun­day of April is the World­wide Pin­hole Pho­tog­ra­phy Day, or Pin­hole Day for short. This year, it fell on April 27, which was yes­ter­day. I man­aged to talk my hus­band into dri­ving me to the town of Goderich, Ontario by the Lake Huron to take some pin­hole pho­tos with my trusty Lumix GF1 and the Pin­wide pin­hole “lens” (basi­cal­ly a body cap with a hole on it), which has been my Pin­hole Day set-up for a cou­ple of years now.

We were plan­ning on going to Goderich on East­er Fri­day but decid­ed against it because it was rainy. I lat­er learned that a dead body was found at the beach where we would’ve been if we went there that day (which is where we were yes­ter­day). Got to say, I’m hap­py not to be one of the peo­ple who found it. I don’t know if my head would be able to han­dle any more trau­ma­tiz­ing expe­ri­ences.
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What We’ve Been Up To Lately

Down the Hog Line

I’ve been every­where, man!”

Well, sort of. After our trip to New­found­land (which was fan­tas­tic, by the way), we decid­ed to take up geo­caching because we nerds need­ed a nerdy rea­son to go out­side and enjoy the great out­door. Geo­caching sounds like a nerdy enough rea­son, even if it some­times makes us do real­ly stu­pid things, like check­ing out all the plaque on every sin­gle park bench down by the riv­er for clues. But at least it gets us to use our legs and walk!

Geo­caching also, more often than not, brings good pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties. Many geo­cachers are thought­ful enough to hide their caches in scenic areas and some hid­den gems. I’ve seen some beau­ti­ful old church­es and old ceme­ter­ies I wouldn’t have known exist­ed oth­er­wise. I also love dri­ving through beau­ti­ful Ontario farm­land and check­ing out the ran­dom cows and hors­es and the occa­sion­al don­keys. It’s not real­ly a way to save on gas, but eh, every­thing has its cost. And I get to take some pret­ty pic­tures.

This past week­end, we got to hide our first geo­cache! You see, I’ve been obsessed with sudoku puz­zles late­ly and one night I had a dream about sudoku and geo­caching. So we decid­ed to com­bine sudoku and geo­caching and made our first hide a puz­zle cache. The puz­zles are like the eas­i­est sudoku puz­zles in the world but hey, it was our first cache and we want­ed peo­ple to go find it! We might make the puz­zles a lit­tle hard­er for the next one.

Um, what else? Oh, I start­ed sell­ing expired film and some of my cam­eras on Etsy two weeks ago, and I’ve got three sales so far! With­out any mar­ket­ing! Maybe I just got lucky. I need to list more items but it’s been rainy and cloudy late­ly and I need good nat­ur­al light for my prod­uct shots. Not a big fan of flash/artificial light here. My Etsy shop is called Many Cam­eras.

I already got a domain called manycameras.com before I start­ed the shop. The orig­i­nal plan was to install an online shop front there, but then I got lazy. Not want­i­ng it to go to waste, two days ago I decid­ed to start a new pho­to­blog there where I post my favourite pho­tos that I shot on film only with many dif­fer­ent cam­eras. If you’re on Tum­blr, feel free to fol­low me. Even if you’re not on Tum­blr, you can still sub­scribe to the RSS feed. And here goes the link to Many Cam­eras, the pho­to­blog.

And that’s all what we’ve been up to late­ly. Yes, very excit­ing indeed!