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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by rwreich, Jan 31, 2013.

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    Hello friends,

    I am very excited to share that my first attempt at processing B/W film at home was a success. Now... plans to build a real darkroom in the basement by May need to happen!

    Chemistry.jpg Negative Proof.jpg
     
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    Obviously! From what I can see, the outcome looks quite nice. I smile at the fact that you sprung for gloves—when I first learned to do B&W processing no such personal protective equipment was used. I still stick my fingers in the trays. A printing day isn't quite a printing day unless my right hand smells of fixer the next morning. :smile:

    I encourage it! Don't spend too long making plans, though—after a sufficient level of planning, action should be taken. I've found a great deal of joy from running prints.
     
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    Thanks, Henry. The only thing keeping me from building this darkroom tomorrow is that I will need to build a wall and have electrical and plumbing set up. I just don't have that kind of time and money until closer to Summer. That's okay, though, because by then I'll have plenty of stuff to print!
     
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    I should mention that I got gloves because I was nervous that my hand sweat would foul the film while putting it in the reel. I also managed not to smell like fixer, though, now I wonder if that makes it less than authentic;-)
     
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    Keep on the way you're going. Nothing wrong with THAT film.
    I realize I'm not the Henry you meant. I just chimed in.
     
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    No worries! Thanks to you, too, Henry F.
     
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    Looks great. Plenty of us, myself include, work in make shift darkrooms. Anything is possible with enough ingenuity and occasional swearing. Have fun.
     
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    Congratulations, you're not very far behind me... I just recently started up again too. It is totally fun.
    I definitely could not wait to build a darkroom in my garage ( though I'm thinking about it. ) I'm managing in a small closet, and am simply thrilled to be making my own prints. Have fun! ( Posted as I came out after making 2 more prints, one that was the "that's better than I was even hoping for" variety is hanging to dry!! )
     
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    Wow, congrats. I'm in the same boat as you, just having started last Sunday. But I won't be building a darkroom, I'll just be keeping on using the bathroom. Good luck with building the darkroom, though, that should be fun.
     
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    nice work, it's good to create...
    There's no real need for all that, I have 200 micron builders paper and some free standing shelves as 'walls'. Running water is also over-rated. print a few, wash a few (garden hose on spray, I'm sure the neighbours think I'm nut's but who really cares?), print some more. I find that with the lights off all the low budget building materials simply disappear...

    have fun.

    MattPC
     
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    Looks like you are off to a good start!

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    Its just one more step after the success in getting the negatives. In the mean-time you can pick up equipments for your darkroom like, enlarger, timer and so on.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement, friends. Most of the would-be darkroom space is already fine. I have a U-shaped wall with shelves on the long side and electrical sockets on all three walls. I'm going to need a sink with a line that runs to an existing drain as well as the removal of a florescent light that is in the way of the wall I need to build. Add a couple tables, install a safelight or two and a ventilation fan, put in the enlarger and I'm there.

    My goal is to have complete control of the artistic process without ever having to sit at the computer.
     
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    I am afraid you may have to sit in front of the computer, at-least to present your work here in APUG. ;-)
     
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    I still use the uutility room off my kitchen for a darkroom. I develope film and wash prints in the kitchen sink. Having a dedicated DR sink is over rated.
     
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    Good! That makes things a lot easier.

    My printing space is also a small (8' by 9') office. I set my enlarger up on the L-desk (after moving important papers safely out of the way) and set up my trays on a 6' collapsing table—one of those that folds in half in the middle.

    Spend a few bucks on a Delta 1 safelight bulb (or similar). I use the 11w version bare, pointed into a corner of the room. It works in any standard screw-type household socket.

    You have such a thing? Hm! I've actually never used one… :smile: Given, I can see where it would be a very good idea if you're in a small, enclosed space for a great deal of time with lots of open chemicals. Even standard B&W fixer can get to be a bit much. Erring on the side of safety can't be bad.

    Good luck with it all. It sounds like you're having a great deal of fun already.
     
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    Thanks for the advice about the Delta 1 safelight bulb - I really am enjoying this, and as of today, I'm 2 for 2: 2013-02-01 19.52.58.jpg
     
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    Your post on the 1st made me smile :smile: Every time someone says they've just developed their first lot of negatives, particularly with "Success!" attached to it, I vicariously re-live the first roll of film I developed only a few short years ago.
    Congratulations to you (and on your "2 for 2"!) and thanks for the memories!
     
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    Thanks, Molli! Take care...