I had my share of goof-ups in the darkroom to be sure. I haven't done that one yet.
I spent 3 months ( and a chunk of money) hitch-hiking in New Zealand with a heavy 4x5 that I thought I had fixed a light leak problem on. Returning home, I found that I had not fixed the main problem. I only got a couple images worth printing from the trip.
But like you, I had actually photographed. That experience of photographing/seeing made the next attempt all the much better.
If all my negs had not been fogged that first trip, I probably would not have had the such a strong desire to return to NZ (4 years later for 5 months on a pushbike, and a lighter 4x5) and I would not have a much stronger portfolio of NZ landscapes.
A heck of a way to learn, but the lessons are not fogotten.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
Been there, done that, had to re-shoot a paid gig with much loss of face and $$$.
I just did this one. Set up the shot meticulously, waited for the sun to position itself, metered my little brains out, took the shot, headed into the dark to open up the holder, and...nothing.
Originally Posted by mike c
I think I read once that this used to be called "French film", but I don't know why.
San Diego, CA, USA
The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
-The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_
Penn & Teller call it the Chinese Bill of Rights.
It only takes one time to learn. I've done this, and still do it especially when i'm drunk or very tired. Probably every time from now on you'll stop and double check your process.
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Originally Posted by Phillip P. Dimor
Well, likely you were concentrating on those gorgeous half dressed young ladies :}...seriously, most of us here have made similar mistakes in the past, and will, no doubt, continue to make such mistakes. A part of the human condition wherein perfection should neither be sought, not expected....
The first time I loaded film onto a reel I turned on the lights to make sure it was in correctly. Lucky I checked, it was kinked.
count me in, I've done this once, after that I use different color jug for developer n fixer, never happen again
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Anybody who's spent years in photography has made lots of mistakes. I once loaded the magazine of a borrowed Hasselblad 1000F backwards on an assignment where the job could not be redone. A friend of mine with many years of editorial photography experience forgot to add the reducing agent to his developer (he always did that very carefully at the last minute to ensure freshness) and lost a whole basket of 20 rolls, which, fortunately, was only about a third of the shooting for a week long trip involving packhorse trips, airfares, lots of meals on the expense account... They were able to make do with what they had. He'd worked for that outfit for a very long time, so it wasn't his last job for them, but had he been new, that would have been it.
I learned that if I work too late, regardless of how pressing the deadline, I need to stop when I make the first minor mistake, because the next one will be expensive! Get some sleep and start fresh. Don't procrastinate so that a normal job becomes a rush.
You learn eventually not to kick yourself too hard or for too long. Just don't do THAT again. Unfortunately, each mistake is a new one, and while you learn not to do one thing, there are lots of other problems that sneak up on you.
The only way to deal with it, in the end, is to practice awareness of what you are doing. Errors are ALWAYS costly.