Lab Development

The Fox Darkroom wishes to share with you our passion for hands-on photographic development and printing by offering a lab service like no other in Melbourne. Here at The Fox we believe that every roll of film deserves to receive full attention, with access to individualised treatment that will make the images shine.

We accomplish this by offering an individualised service, with different developers, dilutions and treatment options to suit your conception. Every service carried out will be done so by one of our skilled darkroom technicians, putting years of skill and love into every film or darkroom print they process.

HOW TO ORDER

There are three ways to get your film to us:

Come and see us at The Fox Darkroom to hand in your film during business hours

Download the PDF order form and visit our set up dropbox at the Young Husband building in Kensington that is accessible 24 hours a day.

Download the PDF order form and mail it in an envelope with your rolls of film to The Fox Darkroom, 8 Elizabeth St Kensington, VIC 3031, and we will process and post your film back to you within 7 days!

ID-11
ID-11 is our standard developer for a reason – it is one of the industry standards for all purpose film development. It ensures a great balance of fine grain, sharpness and even tonality which works brilliantly with all B&W films. ID-11 is a solvent, fine grain developer. We generally use this developer at Stock solution, although we can dilute 1+1 or 1+3 for controlled contrast (compensation) and sharper negatives with slightly more pronounced grain. The more dilution, the more exaggerated the above effects. Effects of dilution will vary across film stocks.

RODINAL R09

Rodinal is the oldest B&W negative processing solution still in regular use today. First developed in 1891 this developer is what you could call tried and tested, producing beautiful negatives for over a century. As a non-solvent developer it produces incredibly sharp negatives and a pronounced, yet tight grain structure that many photographers find very pleasing. We recommend Rodinal R09 to be used with low to medium speed films and especially recommend it’s use for 120 and 4×5 formats. Rodinal R09 can be diluted at 1:25 or 1:50, with the greater dilution producing increased acutance (sharpness), less contrast and less pronounced grain. Effects of dilution will vary across different film stocks.
One of the major benefits of our individualised approach is the ability to use different dilutions of chemicals so that you can take further control over your negatives. The resulting images can be manipulated dramatically depending on what dilution you decide to use. ID-11 for example, can be diluted to 1+1 or 1+3 for increased highlight control
whilst retaining shadow detail and improved edge sharpness at the expense of a small increase in apparent grain size.
Pushing and pulling during development is when you shoot your roll of film at an ISO differing from the manufacturers statement. For example, shooting Ilford Delta 100 at 50 ISO is referred to as a ‘pull’, and shooting Ilford Delta 400 at 800 ISO is referred to as a ‘push’. We achieve this process by changing development times.
Our contact sheets are a great way to see your whole roll of negatives as they were intended to be shown – handmade in the darkroom and printed onto either Resin Coated or Fibre Based photographic paper. At 8×10 or 20×24, these prints make for a convenient way to digest your roll of film while also giving you something to hang on your wall at home.
Our experienced darkroom printers will ensure you get the best final product possible, and allow you to see the potential for further darkroom enlargements to be made by either yourself or created for you by appointment with our team.We use Ilford Resin Coated and Fibre Based papers, the two of which differ in weight and tone. Because Fibre Based papers have no external sealing, they are a heavier weighted paper (around 255gsm) that use a barium sulphate coating to allow application of the emulsion directly onto the paper.
This barium sulphate coating produces more striking whites and a tonally richer print. Conversely, Resin Coated papers which are completely encased in 2 layers of polyetherine, are usually of a lighter weight and have less bright whites along with a little less tonal depth than their Fibre counterparts.

We offer 5 levels of scanning here at Fox. Low resolution JPEG scans are great for seeing the images from your roll, posting to social media and sharing with your friends. With our high resolution scans the options are immense, with four options for quality1. 2gb maximum file output (output will depend on film format) we can achieve digital enlargements to enormous degrees.

Making a darkroom enlargement is the natural final step after you have made great negative! Utilising our years of experience working under the red lights we can dodge, burn and tone a print to your specifications. We can offer custom prints from your favourite negatives on either Resin Coated or Fibre Based Ilford paper. Please see our section on contact prints for the differences between these two materials.