That's not the same Fat Man and Little Boy that I remember!
I have been 'thinking' about printing for the past 2 or 3 weeks now. I have everything I need and it is all set up in the spare bathroom.
it has been for the past couple of weeks.
I sort of feel like I'm in the midst of your process now.
I also haven't shot any film in the past couple of weeks either. (one exception - an unusual sunrise that I took 2 frames of)
The quote you posted, "Photography is not something you think about. It is something you do.", hits home.
It's time to just do.
This 'thinking about it' is highly over rated.
Time to explore, capture and print.
Time to create.
Good luck with your renewed inspiration.
I appear to be following behind
I hope you have fun with fat man and little boy again. Just be careful not to blow anything up....
I'm happy that you're back into printing. It sounds as if taking a break has been good for your inspiration!
Well, today I decided to make sure how light tight the darkroom will be. That material over the window on the left is an old bed sheet doubled over and stapled to the sill. I went in this afternoon when the strongest sunlight of the day falls directly onto that window.
Damn, was it bright. So I took what was left of the fabric and draped a third layer over that. It still looked bright. Really bright. One cool thing is that red fabric acts as a safelight as long as the paper doesn't fog. So I run a strip and expose a section for 5 minutes, that along with the next for 2 minutes, then added three successive areas on the strip for one more minute each. So, I have a test strip with 10-5-3-2-1 minutes. I was not hopeful. Went into the wet portion of the darkroom (read: upstairs bath). I mix Ilford Multigrade in a 300mL grad cyl 1:9. I insert the strip and agitate it by sliding it up and down for a minute. I then water rinsed for five minutes, agitating constantly.
Don't you know, along with ever so slight light leaks, VERY SLIGHT, and a little very dim light coming through the fabric around the cracks of the door, NO FOG. Daylight. NO FOG. So, at least I know that I ready to roll for tonight and all day tomorrow.
On the subject of focusing cloths - It is worth getting a dress maker's tape sewn along one edge. When you do macro photography, you will always have a tape to hand to measure bellows extension, and if you use John Cook's method, no excuses.
be mindful of the head you're using for your rig... it's an often overlooked aspect of a tripod.
Welcome back Chris... its good to see you here again!
A few random comments:
Walmart carries focusing cloths - they call them 'hoodies' - My wife got me one of the expensive ones from viewcamerastore.com and they are very nice too.
I prefer a changing tent to a bag for 4x5. It really helps to have the room to move your hands around inside the tent.
I've developed many different ways for 4x5. I now use a Jobo, but was quite happy with hangers for a long time. I went through a phase with BTZS tubes, and those work too. One nice thing about BTZS and HC-110, is that you can adjust contrast with dilution, which allows you to customize development on a sheet by sheet basis, even while processing 6 sheets at a time. I never bonded with tray development of negatives.
A sincere welcome back Chris, it's hard to know what to say I'm so sorry about your loss but hope your photography will help you to overcome your grief to some extent, and that of the rest of your loved ones will help to support each other to overcome yours and theirs.