Have a blast! congrats and please post your trip! CHEERS!
Here you go then. If you'll be living in Hawaii, you may not get another chance. That's a LOT of water in between.
Wigwam Village Motel #6
"Have You Slept in a Wigwam Lately?"
Google Maps Street View
Note the period cars scattered across the parking lot.
And the unloading tour bus behind the left-most teepee.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A bit of preserved Americana at its finest...
wow, have a fantastic cross country drive ! too bad you didn't take the long way around and visit Toronto ;) I'd be making a stop at Freestyle if I was behind the wheel lol
These days it may be better to just have film overnighted to your motel since most of the local camera stores are now gone. Pictureline in Salt Lake City used to do this (they once offered to have film shipped directly from their distributor to my Moab motel if I recall correctly), although these days they only list Delta 100 and HP5+ in 4x5 on their web site.
Sounds like an awesome trip, have a great time!
When shooting and traveling in the US I sleep in my truck. Walmart for safe sleeping, The flying J for fueling and showering, YMCA's for swimming and showering (sometimes even cheaper than the shower at the truck stop), Starbucks for wifi, clean bathrooms and changing out film holders in harrison tent, and fedex hubs for shipping film back to the lab and receiving orders. The hubs are all over the place, have long hours (even on weekends) and will safely hold your package for up to a week. Good luck and be safe!
It's a beautiful stretch of highway. There are places everywhere to stop and shoot. Don't miss the Painted Desrt/Petrified Forest. Worth the trip.
Check out some the local sites on the way for really interesting photo subjects. Little touristy things dot the route if you're willing to get off the beaten path once in a while.
Best of luck on your next phase and your trip. You did tell the wife that you needed a 50's Corvette, right?
Don't forget that you can send usps mail as "Hold for pickup" to any PO. They will hold for up to 15 days. I believe you can also have the PO forward the box in case travel plans change. It can, however, tie you down in terms of schedule.
Motel darkroom setup, for those who might want to try this. For my timer, I'm using the "Massive Dev Chart" app on my iPhone, but it doesn't show in the photos, which are made with the very same iPhone.
The chems got really cold in the car, of course, so I'm warming them up to temperature in a sink full of hot water. I decided to go for 65F, instead of 68F, so I could pour the developer through the daylight cap, otherwise Acufine can have really short dev times. The negs look perfect.
Wow, what an awesome trip to be able to take! Glad you're having a great time and I hope that continues for the rest of the journey. The hotel darkroom pics are wonderful to see…especially the 4x5 negs drying in the closet. : )
I ask this because when that tank is inverted the bubble of air under the lid must pass through that center hole in the cage top plate in order to rise. It then rises through the center of the tank, nearest to the center of those spirals holding the sheets. I have had problems with overdeveloped edges because of this internal cage geometry.
And turning the tank back upright then causes the air bubble to rise back to the top of the tank. Often not all of the air passes back up through that center top plate hole. Some of it remains trapped beneath the top plate, causing uneven bubble-driven underdevelopment along the film top edges.
Because there are no plates in a standard roll film spiral tank, these problems do not occur.
Also, I do use blank sheets of film in all empty spiral slots to assure even and repeatable solution flow during agitation. Additionally, I have also experimented with Edwal LFN to reduced developer solution bubbling for the second problem, with only partial success.
Any possible agitation tips for another Nikor 4x5 tank owner?