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    First print after 17 years

    Hi folks,

    After a very long hiatus, I've finally put together a humble darkroom, and here's the first print. It's a random grab from a recent rip to Disney World.

    I've tried the digiprint road for the past two years, and I've got to say that this is so much more satisfying for two fundamental reasons: 1) the feeling of accomplishment and of creating something lasting and 2) finally (finally) getting a print without a green hue.

    The chemistry details, if anyone's interested include: neopan 400 in Rodinal 1:200 stand dev for 2 hrs, printed on freestyle RC/VC grade 2, developed in fotospeed PD5 1:10.

    Oh, I decided to attach the second shot as well showing some ironwork, which has a development quirk (I think I didn't dunk it fully right off).

    What a blast!

    Cheers,
    brad.
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    Nice going Brad. Rumors of your demise those 17 years ago were greatly exaggerated!

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    Lovely work , I am just beginning this road and I agree that it beats digi by a mile.

    Cheers CJB
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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    Welcome back, Brad!
    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    Welcome back to the darkslide

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    welcome back, good to hear someone enjoys the darkside so much again.
    I like the first picture a lot.

    cheers

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    Welcome, you'll find there are a number of us who came back after long layoffs.
    juan

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    Welcome back. I was without a darkroom for a while too. Your pics look good. Keep it up and show us more.
    Rick Jason.
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    It's good to welcome anothe back to the fold. keep up the good work.

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    I hear ya. I too toyed with the pixel polishing for about a year and a half. Still did film but not the four or five rolls a week I had been doing since 96. Then a week ago, because I got to speak briefly with Alan Ross and it made me think, WTF have I been doing? I got the HBlad out of the bag when I got home, set it on the tripod and let it ream me out for the next couple of hours for being neglectful, mixed some chemicals, and spent all night in the darkroom, which is my living room, but it's always been that way. Next day, I "dropped" my ex girlfriends 3 MP digital off the tower as an experiment then promptly sold my Olympus 8 mp. Freed up some harddrive space on the PowerBook by removing PS but kept elements for use on my new website when I get around to it. I feel so much better.

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