Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your new phase in life. Thanks for posting the hotel darkroom snaps, they are great to see.
Sounds freaky. But I'm doing almost the same trip from OKC to San Diego, because I'm shipping my wife's car to O'ahu (where I grew up), and I'm also shooting a 4x5 on this trip!
I did my undergrad in Flagstaff. Let me know if you have questions about the place.
Road Trip: 4x5" film and supplies along I-40
See, out of 65000 APUG users, probably lots of us are shipping cars to O'ahu, and we'll all be tripping over each other's tripods.
I haven't had particular agitation problems with the Nikor tank, but maybe it has to do with choice of developer or the amount of solution. I use 1200 ml, and usually Acufine or PMK, sometimes ABC pyro, with the Nikor tank. The tank can hold more, so you could also try filling it up to reduce the volume of air. Since the cage still moves in the tank, I don't think the air is necessary for agitation. I rap the cage on the counter at the end of each agitation cycle to shake out airbells.
If you have the time to take a slight detour from Albuquerque towards Santa Fe, NM (about 1 hour) there's plenty to photograph there, and beyond, towards the pueblos. Then why not go north-west, by 64, through the pass into northern AZ, perhaps visiting Canyon de Chelly or the Monument Valley, before heading back towards I-40 by the way of Grand Canyon using its eastern entrance, or via Painted Desert, Vermillion Cliffs, and the spectacular GC northern rim route by 89 (may be closed due to snow, consider going towards the slot canyon land in that case near Page), then through the twists and tunnels in Zion on red-asphalt 9, and in just 3 more hours to Vegas by I-15. Or even head further north towards Bryce, if you have a spare extra day. Of course, those are the well-known spots, but there is twice as much to photograph en-route, in-between, where not many people stop. That land is so beautiful that you could avoid all the landmarks which I have mentioned and still see wonderful places just driving by.
On the other hand, if you decided to stay on I-40 from Albuquerque, consider popping in to Petrified Forest NP, not crowded at all, and a very photogenic spot, more for the camera than the eye, where I fell in love with the Soutwest back in 1995.
If you need film or other supplies, while in Santa Fe, you could contact Alan Ross (http://www.alanrossphotography.com/contact/), who should be able to sell all that you may need given some notice—and what a superb opportunity to see his work, and to meet the amazing man himself. Plus several good photography galleries in Santa Fe, too, including Andy Smith for the classics, Photo Eye for newer or daring, Verve for contemporary, or Monroe for people. Or you could just have espresso and a chocolate truffle at C. G. Higgins at 130 Lincoln, by the Plaza, and see some of my work on their wall.
Have a wonderful journey, I am happily jealous of your adventure—having been to that area some 43 times already, I can't wait to go back...
PS. Serdecznie dziękuję za promowanie kultury polskiej, życzę powodzenia w dalszych pracach naukowych.
Road Trip: 4x5" film and supplies along I-40
Dziękuję za pomoc i życzenie!
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I'm in Oklahoma City and have a home B&W darkroom for up to 4x5. I-40 comes right through and you'd be welcome.
Stop and fix won't be problem locally, 4x5 film and the Acufine won't be found but you can drop ship to me if you're running low.
Thanks for the offer! I'm probably OK through OK City, but if I need anything, I'll be in touch. My gallon of Acufine is reusable, so it should last for as much film as I have with me and then some.
Had some nice light in the Smokey Mountains this morning, but no convenient place to pull off, and with snow coming, I wanted to make some progress westward. Greetings from Little Rock, Ark.
David, you are going the wrong way! Go north and go through Rochester and then out 90 to the west coast. You can visit us here and out in Montana drop by the Formulary.
Best wishes. I still owe you dinner!
Snovom Godom moe drugh. (nearest to Polish I can come!)
Overland Photo has darkroom and Kodak/Ilford films, some in 4x5. I'd give them a call ahead of time, though.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
I-40 goes through Columbus, OH. Old LF friend Jim Andracki and Midwest Photo Exchange (MPEX.com) are there. Their web site says they have a lot of Ilford sizes and some Fuji 4x5 outdated. Give them a call either to order ahead or to see what is in stock at the time.
I live in Bath, OH, about 125 miles north on 1-71 N the I-271 NE. This is just south of Cleveland and the OH Turnpike. Give me a call or email if you need a darkroom, help or a place to visit. I will PM phone # and address.
Midwest Photo Exchange Ph: 866-940-3686
3313 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43202
Hours of operation
Mon - Friday : 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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