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.
A couple of days ago I somehow managed to load a Hewes 35mm reel backwards. "Not possible" I hear you say. Well it is if you roll the film around itself about six or seven times and then just loosely place the remainder in the rest of the reel. I knew it wasn't loading properly, and in fact although I regularly use Hewes 120 reels, I've only used the 35mm ones a few times, but I didn't for a second think that I was loading in the wrong direction. The sprocket holes hooked up just fine, it was the rest which didn't work. It was just a test roll from a paper pinhole camera, and surprisingly enough, I did manage to salvage about seven or eight shots.
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Originally Posted by gainer
This thread is golden. It's not that I like to laugh at others' mistakes, but I learn alot by reading these mistakes.
I'm brand new to LF... but apparently, not to arithmatic... checked two sets of notes, (exposure and processing) was sure I had finished my first box of 25... actually, thought I had just loaded #25 into the holder, and was silently grumbling to myself because it seemed such a waste to only load one side of a holder. I turned on the lights and there were three unused, and now unuseable sheets sitting on the table. The weird thing is that my accounting of sheets is only up to 24 now... what in the world did I do with a single sheet of film?
On the bright side, for my first attempts, I think I got some very useable negatives... I'm definitely hooked.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points
system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
I'm just back in the darkroom for the first time in 10 years. Personally, I'm finding the red safety filter indispensable, despite knowing I didn't use it back in the day...maybe I'm just being extra cautious these days because I'm not used to printing anymore. So cautious in fact, I've "exposed" several test strips under it and every time needed at least a full minute of development to realize what I did wrong again. I tell myself that at least I haven't had any major screw-ups on full sheets of paper, but when you fuck up 4 test strips, well...the end result is the same.
Maybe a new one?
This just happened this morning.
I was moving a camera bag in my darkroom and inadvertently pulled a 4 lb. rock off of a shelf. The rock fell down 3 ft. into a box holding 3 Kowa Super 66 backs (which I'd recently listed for sale here). The rough/shabby back took the brunt, fortunately. The word "asunder" comes to mind, tho' this is the first time I've ever used it. I've now changed the classified to 2 backs for sale...
What am I doing with a 4 lb. rock 3 ft. up on a shelf in my darkroom? Long story, but I used to work in silver mines and this is a souvenir, about 85% pure, so it's heavy. (Yes, I got permission from the mine manager to take it home with me when I left) So, an appropriate prop in a darkroom, but I think it'll become the new doorstop now.
Anyone else ever have this happen?