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    I got images......

    I got a proper safelight so I decided to give it a spin and tried to make prints. Well, success! I got images! They're not great but they're there. They're a bit soft and I still have to tweak the exposure but I was thrilled to get something. I also need to get a darkroom timer as while my watch works fine for developing film it's useless for printing. Thanks again for the help people gave me over the weekend!

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    WoooHooo!
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Congratulations!
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Rather than a darkroom timer I use a wall clock with a second hand. It has a white dial so it is easy to read with the safelight. With a timer you are always setting and starting it and I find this a bother.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    Outstanding to hear!! Post pictures or it didn't happen....
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    Thanks guys...OK...here's the proof.(it's not very good....like I said..I still have to work on stuff but is is an image)
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    That's wonderful. Congratulations!

    As to being satisfied with the results... you will never be.
    That's one problem with this addiction. You can always figure out ways to improve any image.

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    With a timer you are always setting and starting it and I find this a bother.
    Sorry to disagree, but...

    With any modern timer you just hit one button.
    It turns the enlarger lamp on for the proper time, then turns it off and the timer resets itself to whatever value you had set.

    It's actually easier than controlling the enlarger directly because there's only one action required, i.e. starting the timer.
    If you control the enlarger directly you must also turn it off at the end of the exposure.

    I prefer the little Time-O-Lite because of its compact size, but the larger Gralab works the same way.

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    It's a personal thing, but you may consider using a metronome as well. To me it's an invaluable darkroom tool that makes the printing flow with ease.
    You basically just count seconds. Even half seconds are done with some precision. I have a darkroom timer, but never use it anymore.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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    +1 for the metronome. It is much easier for dodging and burning.

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