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Picture of Dr. Lab Experiment One: Do the Dishwasher
Meet Dr. Lab aka hti. Straight from the HQ Lomography Archive where he has been whipping up some weird and wonderful experiments just for you. Many thanks Dr. Lab for sharing your laboratory experience, secret techniques and analogue passion in the first of his special edition Film Freak Tipsters. Now come on everyone and do the dishwasher!

The examples seen in this effect were done with Kodak Ektachrome E 200 35mm. Dr. Lab recommends x-pro film when attempting any of these film techniques because the popping colours achieved by cross processing are what really accentuate the great effects.

Step 1: What you will need.

Picture of What you will need.
  • 1 Roll Kodak Ektachrome E 200 35mm
  • 1 Dishwasher Cycle (normal)
  • 1 Dark Room (try your bathroom)
  • 1 Hair-Dryer
 
toborock3 years ago
hey but.. what happens if you do this AFTER taking the photos?
Have you tried this with normal (negative) film?
hanley3 years ago
Hey. Great film effect.
any suggestion for a dishwasher alternative? (as i dont have one). You think soaking in hot water/dish washer detergent would work?
aleji77a hanley3 years ago
I wanted to ask the same thing! or perhaps throwing it in the washing machine?
Actually, the detergent (the neutral kind, at least) doesn't affect the film at all, it can even be used as a wetting agent at the end of film development.
What really makes the difference is the temperature. When you put the film in hot water or blow dry it with hot air, you star to melt the color emulsion layers on the film, causing those amazing colorful spots to appear.
Ballesss3 years ago
Why?