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.
Pssst.... wanna buy some out of date Kodachrome 25, only 99p per roll from Denton Photo Optics.
Quite a lot of these old film cameras are, for my purposes, unusable. If a camera starts giving me grief I get rid of it. (My beloved RZ67 had to go last year.) It's just not worth the time and expense to make photographs with a "maybe" camera or outdated materials.
There's nothing wrong with burning up some digital to help sort your thoughts, get you through a rut or just keep yourself busy. I shoot both film and digital every week and don't think I could live without either.
As one 63 year old grey matter to another, I have gone down that road myself. Now, I find myself going full circle, in an elliptical way. Been spending far too much time fussing about development, contrast, grain, etc. Too much thinking. Trying to get back to the image, just the pure image.
Every day I see something new, otherwise dead in the water, or just plain dead. Complications and schemes and plans at every turn, paradise right in front of us. Getting me out of the way opens all the doors.
Very sorry to hear about the cat. Might yet turn up, you never know w/ cats.
I've had those problems w/ old film cameras. It can be very frustrating. The solution? Sell the trouble makers and buy some "new" stuff! And Olde folders are great for this sort of thing. You can fix them your self, and as long as the bellows is tight and the shutter fires, you're in business. An old Nikkormat might be just the thing for 35mm too. I've also enjoyed my new found toy cameras (Holga and Diana). Light leaks? Out of focus? Vignetting? All part of their charm.
Maybe an eight to six earnest job ? More income less time to spend it
Thanks for the great idea on the deckle edge cutter. Just ordered mine.