Silly things one DUH!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Jorge Oliveira, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. Jorge Oliveira

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    I was developing a test strip in my Diafine like dev.
    Poured solution A in the tank, shaked, agitation, let time pass, etc,

    Then I opened a bottle and poured the solution back in it.

    When it overflown I noticed that it was the fixer bottle...

    Jorge O :sad:
     
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    For some reason I cannot mix fixer 3:1. I have no problem with developer - just fixer. Wierd.
     
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    The dumb things I've done in the darkroom would overflow this forum.

    And the cusses I've cussed would not be suitable for the genteel company of sailors and whorehouses.
     
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    O c`mon tocayo, fess up...you mean to tell me this is the first time you do this? If I told you all the moronic things I have done, you would all marvel that I am still doing photography.....and alive...:smile:
     
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    Hello, chara (tocayio in Portuguese).

    Not the first time, nor the worst one, of course. Have you opened a 35 mm camera in daylight before rewinding? I did...
    But what really made me cuss was that it was just the second time I've used a newly mixed batch of Diafinish, as Lex says. The fixer was already quite used, so not a big loss.

    Jorge O
     
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    --> me, the darkroom dunce

    I haven't tossed film in the fixer first.... yet. But the other things I've done... eeeeeeee
     
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    Oh yeah? Well, I've done LOTS dumber things than you!!

    Try mixing up a liter of RA-4 processing chemicals - and realizing I was developing *FILM* - C-41 - just in time to avoid pouring it into the tank. That was the latest - yesterday - in a l-o-n-g line of mistakes.

    Then there was the time in a "fine art" (hmm... Freudian slip... I typed "fun art", before I corrected it) session, where I went through a whole set of absolutely *brilliant* and beautiful poses - with an empty magazine in the 'Blad.
    I tried to save things by saying (after my obvious stunned reaction), "Uh, wait - I'm going to take one more roll..." The model looked at me and said, "Nice try, slick - an empty magazine." So much for acting "cool".

    Cursing ... A freind of mine's father owned and operated a Beauty Salon. You should hear the language those women use. Enough to embarass a troop of drunken Combat Engineers....
     
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    I havent opened a 35 mm camera in years, but I have removed the darkslide in a holder in daylight to see if it had film inside....right before I was going to put it in the camera..lol....

    I still cant understand why I did such a stupid thing....:smile:
     
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    Well, how about this.

    Using ABC Pyro, negs are way thin, I keep developing and developing, still thin.

    OK, next time I increase my exposure by a couple of stops.

    Back into the darkroom, same problem.

    $80 meter check later, the meter is fine.

    I am thinking, how do Michael and Paula do it?

    Go into darkroom with latest batch of film and then it dawns on me, 1 1 1 7 is a bit different to 1 1 1 70. And I am not blond.......
     
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    i kind of like to put fixer in with my film before i put the film in developer. now THAT is always kind of fun :wink:

    -john
     
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    Open up a 35 mm camera with film it? Sure, I did that. When I was an instructor for a basic photography class. Right up there in the front of the class. Mr. Expert Photographer does a no no. What to do? "All right, class, don't ever do what I just did. Remember to check the film counter before you open up the camera..."
     
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    I just had to dig up this old thread.

    Last night I was enjoying a pleasant evening of printing. After an hour or so, I noticed that the test strips that I had done earlier in the evening were becoming decidedly discolored. I checked the label on my solution bottles and sure enough, I had filled my third tray with Perma wash instead of fixer. :surprised:ops:

    A word to the wise, they aren't interchangable.<G>
     
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    A few years ago I wanted to test xp2 film. I had the roll next to some rolls of fp4 that needed to be developed. I picked up a roll and loaded it onto the spool. Once I turned on the light and saw the paper backing and realized that I could no longer take the roll in for c-41 processing. So I decided to what would happen with PMK.
    To my amazement the negatives came out very printable. The contrast was a little high but still made nice prints. I planned on testing further to hone in on the perfect time and dilution but haven't done so yet. This was my first adventure into cross processing by accident.

    Greg
     
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    Probably not enough room on this site to list all the gaffes over 30 years. Back in the speed graphic days, once walked out of a newsroom with empty backs. Technically not my fault, but I should have checked them. Luckily, a photog from another paper let me use some spares for that story until I could get back to my own shop. (would that happen today?)
    A couple of months ago, I was testing some 120. Ran the developer, stop bath and fixer in the usual manner. Was just going to put it in the stop bath when I saw my syringe of HC110 sitting full on the bench. I'd forgotten to put it in the developer water before starting. Thank gawd there wasn't a client waiting for the results.
    Fortunately, when you get to be 66 here in Canada you're allowed to have a senior moment once in a while.
    This is getting off the topic, but I just recently bought myself a 45 Pacemaker Crown Graphic(the graphic was the camera I learned on) and started using it again. I'd forgotten how much fun those old beasts could be to use. It's a lot lighter and easier to use than my Toyo field and it's making it fun all over again. Hope it's not a sign I'm slipping into my second childhood.
    Anybody else rediscovering the fun of the game with oldtime gear?
     
  15. Jorge Oliveira

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    If you consider I still use my second decent camera after 33yrs, yes (Spotmatic).
    And the main camera, 'though purchased recently, is an ESII - some 30yrs.

    I know, I know, compared to some of you LF guys this may be brand new equipment...

    Jorge O