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Looking for help with ECN-2 film

I just processed my first roll of Kodak 5298 (AKA 500T) film I purchased from ultrafineonline.com. I did a pre-wash with washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) as I had seen in several videos and instructions to remove the rem-jet or at least soften it. I did regular C41 processing and I literally got NOTHING on the film, completely blank. Nothing on the sprockets, nothing anywhere.

Is washing soda solution not compatible with all of these motion picture films? Did it strip away the emulsion? I used 2 tablespoons to 24 ounces of water. From what I saw on line this strength is nothing extreme.

I have one more roll which I won't even bother shooting if I can't process it successfully.

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Another from my last roll of Tri-X shot at 800

Leica IIIf - 35mm f3.5 Summaron
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Another from my last roll of Tri-X shot at 800

Leica IIIf - 35mm f3.5 Summaron
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Leica IIIf - Sumitar 50 f2 - Tri-X shot at 800

Processed in Diafine. Scanned on Epson V550 and edited in Darktable (Tone curve, sharpness and contrast)

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No school today...

Leica IIIf Summaron 35mm f3.5

Tri-X shot at 800 and processed with Diafine

Scanned with Epson V550. Curves and sharpness applied in Darktable
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No school today...

Leica IIIf Summaron 35mm f3.5

Tri-X shot at 800 and processed with Diafine

Scanned with Epson V550. Curves and sharpness applied in Darktable
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According to reports, the Taj Mahal sees up to 50,000 visitors per day at peak. This photograph from 1954 seems to be slightly less than that :-)
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While this is not strictly limited to film or analog photography, I trust it is appropriate for this group.
The question of photographic or artistic inspiration is an interesting one. For many people it is intrinsic, for some it is more extrinsic. Many are inspired BY art to MAKE art. Photographers tend to be photography collectors, often in the form of books. Some of these can be used to learn technique, but more often I think we just like to look at the photographs of masters for inspiration.

While I appreciate the masters, I've never been in the camp of spending a lot of time studying them to understand what makes the photos compelling. I either see it or I do not, and that vision either impacts me at the moment of making a photo or it does not. It is extremely rare that I have made a conscious decision to make a photo as a result of another photo I have seen. Sometimes of course it happens because of a unique or innovative technique or composition, but I am not generally interested in making my own version of someone else's art.

This can create obstacles for me artistically when I visit famous locations. For example I have many lovely photos from a trip to the grand canyon that I like enough to display, but I don't consider the vast majority of them part of my art. I will make photographs because I want to record the beauty before me, but they are simply documentary, they are reproductions. I could buy the post cards or download images but for the fact that I want to make the image in the moment, perhaps recognizing that it will never be the same again.

Recently I was luck to discover another batch of photographs made by my father in the 1950's. Scanning these images is certainly inspirational, and the connection I feel to my father no doubt adds to that. But it isn't like I want to go to the places he was and make those photos. In fact in most cases it would be impossible because so much has changed. This is part of why I am inspired. I want to be in the moment, as he was, and make images because they are there to be made. I look at his photographs with a great appreciation, and I see many as art, even if that was not his intention.

There is no doubt I will have a surge in my creativity as a result of looking at these images. For me, it doesn't need to be the work of the masters.
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