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Progress of my darkroom

Postby Reschsmooth on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:12 pm

I have had an operational darkroom for some time, but this week, I picked up a 4x5 enlarger and a new bench on which to bolt it. I also made myself a 16x20 "easel" as I couldn't justify spending $300+ on a brand one. My DIY easel will let me do 12x15, 11x14 and borderless 16x20.

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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby gstark on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:26 pm

Nice looking playground for you.

Just be careful that you don't let the dark out.
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby Matt. K on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:43 pm

All the darkeness in the universe cannot put out the light from 1 small candle. :roll:
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby Reschsmooth on Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:11 pm

Currently loading some FP4 into the double film holders before heading downstairs to print some large prints.

Tis a shame I can't make downstairs light tight enough for a printing workshop for the BBQ.
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby robert on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:02 am

very jealous... my first darkroom was in a garden shed lined with thick black plastic when i lived in the blue mts. Freezing in winter and boiling sweat box in summer- not to mention the spiders....

such a great way to spend an evening-
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby aim54x on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:54 am

I'm loving your little den there!
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby gstark on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:58 am

Reschsmooth wrote:Tis a shame I can't make downstairs light tight enough for a printing workshop for the BBQ.


WHy not? What's the impediment?
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby Reschsmooth on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:36 pm

gstark wrote:
Reschsmooth wrote:Tis a shame I can't make downstairs light tight enough for a printing workshop for the BBQ.


WHy not? What's the impediment?


Primarily laziness. During the day, there is a fair amount of light that comes in from the side rooms that, whilst could be blocked up, are quite large. Make that pure laziness :D

I can always see what I can do.
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby chrisk on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:03 pm

Reschsmooth wrote:
gstark wrote:
WHy not? What's the impediment?


Primarily laziness.


:biglaugh: fantastic stuff pat.
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby PiroStitch on Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:12 pm

Lovely stuff. I don't shoot enough film right now to warrant building my own darkroom, plus I want to keep my footprint as small as possible in case i have to move again. :rotfl2:
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby Reschsmooth on Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:37 am

PiroStitch wrote:Lovely stuff. I don't shoot enough film right now to warrant building my own darkroom, plus I want to keep my footprint as small as possible in case i have to move again. :rotfl2:


In that case, I suggest you take up the wet plate collodion process - very portable (by requirement) and arguably more instant than digital photography. :mrgreen:
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby PiroStitch on Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:42 am

Funny you mention that. I was reminding myself this arvo the same thing...seriously ;)
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Re: Progress of my darkroom

Postby Reschsmooth on Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:45 am

After watching this and similar videos and the results these guys are getting, I would love to give it a go. But I need to gain much greater skills with my view camera as it is.

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