Fog-'n'-Flare: taking a stab at the photon wraith

From: JEFFREY PAULL (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 19 2009 - 17:51:37 PDT

I looked, as best I could, at the footage, frame by frame.
Some white-outs happened within 1-2 frames of OK frames.
Some fogged frames were horizontally split with fog at lower half, relatively OK at upper half.
At least once I saw a fogged frame as a horizontal bar about 1/8th the height of the frame.
I saw some frames that were fogged in a sort of circular pattern, somewhat like lens flare, except that your image looks like the roll was taken on an overcast day.

The only thing I can suggest is look at the strip of film by holding it up to a light.
Does the fog extend to the edges of the film itself?
Is the fogging happening only inside the frames?

Your developing tank runs the film horizontally. That frame with the fog line running the width of the vertically travelling 16mm frame
is at right angles to how the film moves in the tank, so any sort of chemical splash, contamination, oxidation couldn't cause that fog line.
 It seems to me the fogging had to happen earlier in the image chain, but that's all I can figure.

Because the fogging can appear or disappear within 1-2 frames, any sort of fogging from loading, unloading the film, from camera or tank
also seems impossible.

Thje only thing I can think of is a very long shot (so to speak): If the film at some point were entirely off the camera reel, sitting still,
on a table for even a short time, and there was a tiny bit of light from the exterior, or the safelight wasn't quite safe enough,
the heap of film cold absorb that light, but the curls of film might cast shadows so the fogging was less on the lower parts of the heap.
But then, we'd be seeing at least some sprocket-hole shaped fog shapes, no?

Trying to figure an answer to this elusive situation is like trying unsuccessfully to remember the name of somebody you can clearly picture in your mind.


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