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Mark_S
01-06-2011, 10:44 AM
Greetings fellow photographers. I am still settling in to life in San Jose, and am preparing to pack and ship my darkroom from Maine to California, but since I don't have a space to set up a new darkroom, the equipment will all be going into storage for the time being. I continue to use a rental darkroom in San Jose, but I can't work in large format there, and it is difficult to do a lot of the things that I would like to do. Does anybody know of a space that I might be able to rent inexpensively to set up a LF darkroom, or perhaps an underused darkroom that I could rent time in?

TheFlyingCamera
01-06-2011, 11:27 AM
I don't know about underused, but if you don't mind the schlep up to San Francisco, RayKo has wonderful facilities to accommodate large format darkroom work.

tjaded
01-06-2011, 02:06 PM
I second the vote for RayKo. They have a great place. B&W or color.

If you need film, let me know! (website close, but still not complete....)

http://www.glasskeyphoto.com

Mark_S
01-06-2011, 03:11 PM
Thanks guys - I had discounted RayKo since I hate driving, but since it looks like they are walking distance from the Caltrain station, I will have to try them out....

Roger Thoms
01-06-2011, 03:23 PM
They are within walking distance from Caltrain and that is how I get there from San Mateo. I'll throw in my Rayko recommendation, definitely a good resource. And for food and coffee there's a Wholefoods and a Peet's Coffee and Tea a block away.

Roger

sionnac
01-23-2011, 09:07 PM
Glass Key Photo (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glass-Key-Photo/119199231470385) at 448 Haight Street in San Francisco is a great place to visit. They are inside of Rooky Ricardo's Records, itself a great shop; Glass Key has hard to find film, paper, ink and chemistry ... and if you have a turntable (and like old fashioned bottled root beer) you will be in heaven. They even carry 127 format.

Mark_S
01-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Update in case anybody else is interested:

I have been in San Jose for a little over 2 years now. The Debug darkroom which is close to my house just doesn't meet my needs, so I have been using RayKo who have a great facility, but they are just too far away to be useful. Although I am renting, I am building a darkroom in the garage. My darkroom will be 8x10', will allow me to go back to using my enlarger which IMHO is the finest enlarger ever made (Ilford MG600 - a rebranded Durst Multigraph), and will be able to print up to 16x20. If all goes according to plan I hope to be printing in the spring.

Mark_S
07-01-2012, 06:28 PM
Update in case anybody else is interested:

I have been in San Jose for a little over 2 years now. The Debug darkroom which is close to my house just doesn't meet my needs, so I have been using RayKo who have a great facility, but they are just too far away to be useful. Although I am renting, I am building a darkroom in the garage. My darkroom will be 8x10', will allow me to go back to using my enlarger which IMHO is the finest enlarger ever made (Ilford MG600 - a rebranded Durst Multigraph), and will be able to print up to 16x20. If all goes according to plan I hope to be printing in the spring.

Darkroom is complete and functional. I posted some pictures and a description in the Darkroom Portraits (II) thread....

macandal
10-15-2012, 03:00 PM
Darkroom is complete and functional. I posted some pictures and a description in the Darkroom Portraits (II) thread....Link?

macandal
10-15-2012, 03:10 PM
Glass Key Photo (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glass-Key-Photo/119199231470385) at 448 Haight Street in San Francisco is a great place to visit. They are inside of Rooky Ricardo's Records, itself a great shop; Glass Key has hard to find film, paper, ink and chemistry ... and if you have a turntable (and like old fashioned bottled root beer) you will be in heaven. They even carry 127 format.UPDATE: They're moving right next door to their current location. They should be there by Tuesday, October 16th. I was just there Sunday and the owner told me the news. Also, next door to Glass Key, there is a little art gallery with some paintings and a few pictures. Go visit them.

Agree about Glass Key. Competitive prices and a small but very good variety. They carry Adox paper!!

macandal
10-15-2012, 03:13 PM
Are there any groups being formed in San Francisco? I say SF and not SF Bay Area, because I don't have a car. Yes, there are alternatives, but I would prefer a group here in the city. Anyway, I used to go to one that met at RayKo, but it dissolved. Are there any other groups? Large Format groups in particular? Thanks.

rorye
10-15-2012, 03:43 PM
Not that I know of but it would be nice.

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
10-15-2012, 03:55 PM
I'd come.

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
10-15-2012, 03:56 PM
I should clarify, I'll come but only if its not an equipment circle jerk. :-)

rorye
10-15-2012, 06:42 PM
I should clarify, I'll come but only if its not an equipment circle jerk. :-)

Agreed, for sure nothing's worse than a bunch of "I have the biggest camera" guys.

AeroDan
10-15-2012, 07:25 PM
Hi Mark,

I moved from Connecticut to the Bay Area many years ago - my dated impression is that there is, indeed, a traditional photo scene here. I'll second vdonovan's recommendation for getting involved at Rayko. They have a great setup and are very approachable for lessons, shows, whatever... in terms of "meet ups" and general groups, I know what you mean about New England. People come together and are usually very active and loyal in social clubs... my experience (just one person's opinion) is that the flavor out here is very different. More transient, less committed to groups and focus is on the individual. It was a change of personality coming here ... hard to explain, but I will say that the high cost of living affects how many approach art. It's rather gear-centric, being a tech hub. The galleries here are incredibly aggressive in booking known talent, and those that aren't don't often survive. Rent is high. A wonderful place that fits the aggressive (yet high quality) category is modernbook in San Francisco. Check them out for sure.

Also, you should get to know Alan Bamberger at artbusiness.com - he covers all, and I mean all, of the local shows and openings. He has a great Facebook page as well.

In summary, I find it rather lonely here in terms of really connecting with others of similar styles and likes. However, that's a total generalization and a lot depends on your time and effort. APUG does not appear active here, and there aren't any traditional photo get togethers on meetup dot com either.

Good luck, and when you do arrive, try to remain positive about YOUR art... and go to Los Angeles often. I've found a scene down there happening, at least for showing work.

Best,
AD

rorye
10-15-2012, 08:05 PM
AD, thanks for the modernbook suggestion. There's lots of great work to see at 49 Geary but I didn't know about that one.

Zathras
10-15-2012, 10:45 PM
I should clarify, I'll come but only if its not an equipment circle jerk. :-)

In other words, no RFF Gasbags?

macandal
10-15-2012, 11:05 PM
In other words, no RFF Gasbags?RFF?

Zathras
10-15-2012, 11:53 PM
RFF?

rangefinderforumdotcom. A bunch of wankers that get together for "Beer & Gear" meetings, ie: an equipment circle jerk.