Abusing Kentmere 400 (with Stand Development)

I've been experimenting with film for the past month (and loving it). Part of that has been developing film at home, at first using CineStill's DF96 Monobath (a single-step process, as the name implies), but more recently using a technique called stand development.

Stand development is really cool because it allows you to basically abuse your film as much as possible. By that I mean it allows you to over- or underexpose the film as far as it'll allow, essentially letting you change the ISO rating in the middle of the roll. I used JB Hildebrand's blog post on his stand development workflow as a starting point, and suggest looking there if you're interested in learning more. 

Take for example these two photos, both from the same roll of Kentmere 400. The first was taken in less than ideal circumstances (outdoors, at night, with minimal lighting). The second was taken on a bright, sunny day.

Evan at Night (minimal lighting, outdoors)

Towards the Cubs (bright and sunny, outdoors)

Certainly, the first photo isn't perfect, it's super grainy and still pretty underexposed, but it's still a very usable photo. But also all of the photos developed this way ended up super grainy. Part of the reason I shot Kentmere and used stand development was because I quite like real film grain.

Here are two more examples of the range I was able to get by using stand development:

Candles in a dark room

People waiting to board a train (bright light)

People waiting to board a train (bright light)

While they’re certainly not best negatives technically, they perfectly achieve the look I prefer with film. For anyone looking to get started with developing film at home, I would suggest considering trying out stand development. It’s a super easy technique that can handle more fluid development times and temperatures than most traditional techniques.