I have heard of a beginner in digital photography pick up some real black and white paper and print on it via inkjet. They thought because it said black and white paper and they wanted to print black and white they had the right stuff.
Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time
I think it's fitting that my first post be a stupid mistake story.
A friend was watching while I tank processed a 35mm roll of Delta 100 my (9th roll so far) and I was walking her through the different steps.
After washing, I eyedrop 2-3 mL of PhotoFlo per tank and let it sit for 30 seconds. I tell her, "this is PhotoFlo" and explain it. "Wait, what's it called?" "PhotoFlo." "Photo Fixer?"
She noticed that the label read Kodak Rapid Fixer Hardener B! (I left it out of my fixer solution.)
I have no idea how I mixed the bottles up, but I basically did a final hardener bath for several rolls. At least I now realize why my negs developed at home were so hard.
Anyone have any thoughts on archival or printing effects? Or solutions? (Is this another thread?)
Whatever works! The more people buy the longer they will make it!!!
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
(wonder how he felt when his B&W print turned pink... )
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
Only thing I experienced as of late is a girl checking her text messages right above the paper developer with aprox. 4 to 5 11x14's in there...
That kind of stuff happens too often in the school darkroom. Worst was when I just took out a fresh sheet of paper, and the girl next to me decides to check her phone. All of a sudden I see a blast of white light hit my paper.
Originally Posted by robbert
A similar thing happened in the color darkroom. The person at the enlarger station behind me raised the enlarger head to put in the neg carrier with the focusing light still on. It happened just when I took out a slice of paper. I threw it out, waited until the light went out, took out another one, then it happened again. I hear the people next to me yell, "Hey! C'mon! Shut it off!"
I'm always making stupid darkroom mistakes, but the most heartbreaking (not a darkroom blunder per se) happened when I opened the back of the wrong camera thinking the roll was shot and rewound. Nope. Of course I fogged the shots I was most excited to see developed.
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I don't own a paper safe, but what I do to make sure my paper is, you know, safe, is to have a good routine. Take a sheet out of the box, throw it on the easel, close the box. Yada yada yada...do all the other stuff. Once I get to the point of turning on a light...I'll turn my head and 'look' at my box of paper. Is it closed? Check. Turn on the light. Maybe treating every sheet like it's super precious will help. (it is, isn't it?) Having just a touch of the OC in me helps too.
Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath
Every once in a while though, (just for fun I suppose)...I'll turn on the enlarger, set the timer, change my filters, dodge, burn and whatever...before ever taking paper out of the box. Laughing and cursing follow swiftly.
Originally Posted by Willie Jan
Making holograms, I was working with a lab partner. We had a box of about a half a dozen holographic plates, and the table in the darkroom was the opposite end from the lightswitch. My lab partner was loading and I was in charge of the light:
box of plates opened
sticky side of plate found, put in to holder with the sticky side facing out
darkslide inserted into holder
checked to make sure holder light tight
me: "OK, shall I turn the light on?"
"Yup it's all sealed up"
"Left the box of plates open"
"Oh. Well it was only exposed for a second or so" [we were using 30s exposures with a 5mw laser to make the holograms, so naively thought this might not be too bad]
We told the lab technician and he just kind of sunk and told us how much they cost (more than £100, approximately 2 weeks rent), and how difficult it was at that time to get hold of more. There was talk of there being a global shortage of holographic plates and it being pretty much impossible to get hold of more. Don't know how true that was though (this was in about 2005/6).
That was probably my most expensive darkroom accident, but luckily it came out of the physics dept budget and not our pockets...
I, of course, have never in my 70 years made a mistake, unless it is trying to say that with a straight face. The stupidest I have yet heard of was two beginning photo students sitting in the lunchroom dividing a box of 4x5 film: 1 for you, one for me, etc. Instructor happens by and says:"Now you've exposed the whole box!" to which they replied "It's OK. They haven't even been in the camera yet."
Haha. Too funny.
Originally Posted by gainer
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.