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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie Jan View Post
    I did the same in the past where the slider was half way. So your print is halved. You look in the develop tray and try to figure out what happened.
    Or the slider isn't positioned under the lens at all, but the image takes far too long to appear and when it appears it's faint. You then notice that it's mirrored, so that tells you exposed the back of the paper.

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    Basically, I've found that the red "safety" filter is pretty useless.
    Useless 90% of the time and priceless when you need to register masks, multiple exposures or stitches.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anon Ymous View Post
    Or the slider isn't positioned under the lens at all, but the image takes far too long to appear and when it appears it's faint. You then notice that it's mirrored, so that tells you exposed the back of the paper.
    That's the thing that I remember from when I started. I forget the paper (some Kodak fiber based), but I had a bit of trouble for a while telling the emulsion side from the back. I had to make sure I kept the paper envelope oriented right, so I could tell by rote which way was up.

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    I was told to gingerly lick the paper to discover which side was the emulsion side. Yes, they do taste different.

    My latest bonehead move in the darkroom was being so anxious to see a print that I took it out of the developer and out of the darkroom. It didn't look so good solarized.

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    Endless list of stupid mistakes even though i haven't been at this for too long.

    One of the most recent and expensive was loading a expired but perfectly good 50feet bulk roll of FP4+ onto the bulkloader, closing up and switching on the lights and watching the screw that seals the rotating gate lying on the desk. a ludicrous amount of profanity in spanish AND english ensued as i fumbled to get the lights back off and the screw/cap in place. The film was badly fogged so i just kept it for things like testing fixer and trying to coax some dust out of the velvet lips of teh cassette bodies.

    Countless sheets of perfectly good paper wasted because of things like wrong filters, o no filters at all...

    One of my favorites is doing a test print at a wide aperture to keep exposures short, deciding i need to close up one stop, actually doing it, going off to the bathroom to get prints washing, get a cigarette or whatever only to come back to the darkroom unable to remember what the initial setting was and how many stops i had moved it. Start all over...

    Plastic reels with some residual moisture is one of the mistakes i'm the least eager to make again...

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    You really don't have to lick the paper to find the emulsion side - just touch the corner of the paper to your lip - the emulsion side will feel tacky and the back side won't.
    Gord

    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaTom View Post
    I was told to gingerly lick the paper to discover which side was the emulsion side. Yes, they do taste different.

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    I have two big mistakes I made, but actually worked out in my favor. The first was when I was loading film and, well it wasn't really light safe to begin with but I dropped the film into the kitty litter. Within micro seconds, i scooped it up developed it and had some amazing images. The second time I ended up with reticulation, again though it fit the subject matter. So I've been lucky.

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    Fixer does not make a terrific first solution for processing your film, especially when you are on a time deadline to get shots printed and delivered to the printer in two hours and you have to go back to reshoot! Luckily I realized it just as I finished pouring it into the tank, so I didn't waste time processing and washing to discover the stupidity.

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    I have developed this nasty habit of growing absent minded and opening my paper safe with the lights still on. Wide range of effects. Face up and ruined top two sheets with edge fogging on rest. Face down with little discernable affect as the edges were burnt in doing contact proof sheets. But, geez, man. I mean, like, whoa. Ya know? Man.
    Thank you.
    -CW

    "Wubba, wubba, wubba. Bing, bang, bong. Yuck, yuck, yuck and a fiddle-dee-dee." - The Yeti

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    Shot a roll of 120 tri-x to complement the color graduation portraits I took of my son's friend. Forgot to put the plastic center core in the tank. Managed to fog the first three frames but the rest, miraculously, were unharmed. Freaking brilliant, eh?



 

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