Giant "Changing bag"

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  1. jamnut

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    If you have access to a bed, you have a potential lightproof area to load film.
    To do this, be sure that the bed has a good number of covers on it, ones that will likely help it to be lightproof.
    Then dive under the covers head first, with your head down to where your feet would normally be. Get as far under there as you can. Curl up into a fetal position, bracing yourself on the appropriate elbow. This will help to create a work space in front of you. Gather the covers around you (but not too tightly), so as to create a “seal.” Wait a few minutes, until your eyes adjust to the lack of light; look slowly all aound you to be sure that there is no light sneaking in anywhere. You WILL see it if it’s there, just be patient. This will give you an idea as to whether or not you can use this technique. If you find that you don’t see any light you have to go out and get your film, tank, scissors, etc.
    DO NOT forget your tank lid, as you will be in trouble if you do.
    Gather your stuff, dive back under the covers, and wait to see if there is any light. If not, go for it with your film.
    I have used this trick many times over the years, even in a brightly lit room, and have not fogged any film doing so. You just must make sure that you have enough covers to create a dark space. For added insurance, you could use this technique at night.
    Happy loading, developing, and napping!
     
  2. Bill Hahn

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    Walker Evans did it...

    ...somewhere in one of my Walker Evans books is a photograph of him with
    his head under the blankets loading film holders....only the soles of his shoes
    are visible.
     
  3. Ian Grant

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    If I'm away renting accomadation usually a house for a week or even in a hotel room there's always a wardrobe.

    So I waiit until dark, close the curtains, climb in wardrobe, and unload & load darkslides far less dust than under the duvet, or if campng a sleeping bag :smile:

    Ian
     
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    Watch out for the sizzors later that evening.
     
  5. David A. Goldfarb

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    Adams mentions loading film in a sleeping bag on occasion. I've sorted out a stuck or broken roll of film in a camera using a jacket as a changing bag once or twice.

    Usually if I'm traveling, I can find a hotel bathroom or closet that's dark enough.
     
  6. RichSBV

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    This has a huge potential for dust, but otherwise a great idea. Especially if you have an assistant!