And another darkroom enthusiast is born!!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by JohnMeadows, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. JohnMeadows

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    Yesterday I had a flickr acquaintance over; he had expressed interest in learning how to develop his own B & W film. I did a demonstration of how to do it, and I had an extra tank and reel that I traded to him for a few rolls of film.

    On his way home he picked up the required chemistry and late last night I got the following message from him:

    "Well John, I did it! I have developed a roll of film! Holy cow it's easy! I can't get over how simple it is! I just processed a roll of Arista Premium 400 Professional... I'm just ecstatic about it! The roll came out great! I follow the directions for the developer (Kodak TMAX) which is 1+4... just fantastic! I will be scanning the images in tomorrow, as I just don't have the time tonight..
    Thank you so much John!
    I'm in your debt! "


    Seeing the excitement of someone discovering the darkroom really brought a smile to my face :smile:
     
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    Yes, it really brings a smile to my face too. :smile: Sometimes when I meet people at the local shop, and explain things like how to develop a film, it's like I am back where I once started myself.
     
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    Oh happy day!
     
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    Love to hear that!

    Jeff
     
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    Very very cool! Now I hope he has both the room and the small amount of dedication needed to pick up an enlarger and start printing. That's always been the real magic and art for me.
     
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    Once he sees his first image appear in the developing tray, he'll be hooked. Every one of my printing sessions begins with WOW!
     
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    Great John!

    Not only good to have another convert, it shows a positive side of collecting (which so often has negative connotations)... When you have darkroom stuff you don't actually need you can pass it along when someone else needs it.
     
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    Yes it's great to see equipment used, instead of just gathering dust!
     
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    That is good news. The more people we get burning film, the longer it'll be available. Keep the demand for film up, every film head counts!

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    Only a couple of days ago I also demonstrated developing film to a friend of mine, who likes to take photos with her dSLR and was very curious about how is film developed. Unfortuately she didn't show any interest in using film herself, but I'm still glad that I got to spend enitre evening with her and also take some photos of her.
     
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    Just to add to the mix : I am importing B&W film in New Zealand,and selling it,along with a Process Service,on a local auction site.
    The demand is nothing short of Amazing.
    One of my better customers is a Photography Tutor : he has a class of 50 ; all learning Film Photography.
    It ain't Over Till it's Over..