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    Colour Darkroom - tips sought.

    I bought a colour head for my enlarger. Paper and chemicals will be here next week.

    I'm looking for some advice from those of you who print without a safe light:

    1/ How do you stop your easel from moving when inserting paper? My enlarger has a little red filter under the lens to check alignment after putting in the paper - I always have to adjust a little. Clearly I can't use this with colour.

    2/ My timer has the numbers illuminated in red. I think I'll get round this by putting the thing in a changing bag. But how do you time the development stage if you can't see a clock?

    Thanks for any tips you may have!

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    1. Put cork strips on the bottom of the easel.
    2. Process the print to completion and them the timer is not necessary.

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    Hmmm ... both are signed by "Steve"! Am I talking to myself again?

    Steve
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Process the print to completion and them the timer is not necessary.
    Steve
    Steve -

    Could you explain this a bit more? How do I know when it's complete if there's no light. And how can I make sure I'm consistent when I develop the next time?

    - Steve.

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    Oh, and of course I forgot to add. I'll be doing this in a Nova slot processor.

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    I have not used a Nova slot processor. When I used the keronite (sp?) machine, the processing time was fixed by the machine, so the exposure was made based on the processing results. Hence, processing to completion.

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    Perkeleellien,

    I do a lot of Ilfochrome printing and have had no problem with the very minor amount of light coming out of the timer.

    As far as you easel moving, you might look into a heavy one. I always use an adjustable Saunders easels and they don't seem to move much. I always make sure it is open and ready to receive the paper before I turn out the lights, hence making the whole process easier.

    Best of luck, and I can answer a question please feel free to email me.

    lightwisps@yahoo.com

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    Thanks Don (and Steve), very helpful. I'll experiment as soon as my supplies arrive.

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    Hi, you can tape the easel down with masking tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightwisps View Post
    As far as you easel moving, you might look into a heavy one. I always use an adjustable Saunders easels and they don't seem to move much. I always make sure it is open and ready to receive the paper before I turn out the lights, hence making the whole process easier.
    My thoughts, too.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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