Spurred on by my recent success developing Fuji Across 100 in Caffenol, I figured I may as well keep going and try it out with the Delta 100. Until recently I didn't even know I'd shot the film, so I had nothing to loose even if it didn't turn out.
I couldn't find any development times for Delta 100 on the web (400, but not 100 - go figure), but through my experience with Kodak TMax and 'thin' negs, I decided to continue following the 'longer is better' train of thought. So I chose 15mins as a development time (don't ask me why), and adjusted the Caffenol recipe for a single 35mm roll.
Ilford Delta 100 Caffenol Recipe: Add 3 level teaspoons of Washing Soda to 125mls tap water, 2 heap teaspoons of coffee to 125mls of tap water, and 1 heap teaspoon of vitamin C to 100mls of tap water. Mix them all separately, and then add them together - making sure all have dissolved completely.
Just a quick note on the dissolving technique. The coffee dissolves really easily and quickly - no surprises there. The Vitamin C takes a little stirring, but eventually all dissolves as well. The Washing Soda, however, is a stubborn powder that takes quite some stirring to dissolve completely. Initially it will clump together quite badly, but persevere. It will dissolve completely after a while - it just takes a lot longer than the other two powders.
|The Marmite Kid. Ilford Delta 100 in Caffenol|
Anyway, after the five minutes is up I rinse out the water and pour in the Caffenol. Agitate for 30 seconds, and then 3 times each minute. After the 15 minutes was up, out with the Caffenol (down the sink), and in with a few water rinses as a stop bath. Then fix the film with the fixer of your choice for the recommended time (usually about 5 minutes) - and a final wash, rinse and squeegee in wetting agent-soaked water. The results this time with Delta 100? Just look for yourself. Crazy beautiful!
|'Emily'. Ilford Delta 100 in Caffenol|
I'm only three films in - two successful and one not so much - but I have to say I'm hooked (and sold) on Caffenol. For a developer that you 'make' yourself out of household products, it's truly astounding. I live in a very small, rural town, with no access to photo chemicals - so being able to develop film with a few store-bought products is a great advantage. Yes, I still have to use a photochemical fixer - but that's it.
|'Home James'. Delta 100 developed in Caffenol.|
Hey, I appreciate it might not be for everyone. And maybe if I was a working 'pro' I might think differently? But then again, there are quite a few working pros who have either stuck with film, or who have moved back to film for aesthetic/lifestyle/workflow choices. Jose Villa springs to mind as a well known photographer who still shoots his weddings on film (he probably doesn't process his film in Caffenol though).
So yes, I am very happy still shooting film. And more than happy with the results it's giving me. Can't ask for any more than that.