Imagine a sort of "inverse TARDIS" ... but buying a stainless steel "Ikea" kitchen trolley has made it possible to set up in less than ½ an hour, and added about 6ft2 to my workspace
I haven't got a wide enough angle of view lens (except a pinhole) to get in the bathroom and show what it looks like from the inside (when standing at the enlarger, I can almost lean back to rest on the on the wall behind me)
Nicely done. The key to getting use of a temporary darkroom is to make it quick and easy to set up and take down.
I like that Idea!
Originally Posted by pdeeh
Almost everything needed stays on the trolley, so takes just a few seconds to wheel in; but pinning up blackouts, putting down newspapers for spills and making up chemicals & carrying them in takes 20 minutes or a little more, depending how energetic I feel.
Originally Posted by Neal
The most time-consuming bit is afterwards - tidying & washing up, washing prints & so on.
It underlines for me that the "master" printers (past and present) who learned their early skills printing in similar conditions simply have that extra "something" in their makeup that I don't. I can produce a decent enough print for just me to look at, or even to give as a token gift, but exhibition or "fine" print? ... never happen.
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I am in the process to build a new shed and place my darkroom there, since my old location has been flooded countless times lately.
Unfortunately I will have to wait until April, since in March I have a show and I need to make 26 16 x 20 prints. For this I have arranged a temporary darkroom in the garage. This plan refers to the darkoom in the shed.
Here are a few before and after pix from my darkroom about two years ago and today. The walls were flaking and it was a bit icky feeling to be down there some times. Problematically, I had one electrical circuit on the far side of the basement, so I had to have extension cords all over the place to power everything.
Two years ago:
You can see the flaking walls and crap piled everywhere. (No, that's not my doll house.)
Not very inviting. Rug doubles as a putting green.
Freshly primed and painted walls, and a new 15AMP electrical circuit to feed everything! I love working with conduit. Still draining into a bucket.
New enlarger (man, I miss that LPL…) and cheesy Rembrandt reproduction. I turned the enlarger table so that the back is where I want to build a partition. Eventually the table will either be cabinets or just a heavy plywood mounted to the wall. I will probably wall mount the sink as well. Electrical right where it needs to be. On the far right you can just barely see my light box on a metal table.
You can see the electrical conduit on the right, with a switched inspection light (finally!) on the ceiling which you can see in the first picture. Old Kodak Polycontrast filter set for that retro touch.
Here's my setup for Sir Thomas Duplex, with a switched outlet in the ceiling. No more extension cord hanging down, and having to plug and unplug. Just flick the switch and go. It's configured with black foam core on one vane and lots of Rolux on both sides, so I can easily make it very dark if needed, or pop open the vanes and create a beautiful bounce light off the wall. Creepy clown head for atmosphere.
Eventually, I will lose the garden hose and bucket and get everything properly plumbed. For now, very happy. This setup still allows me to do 16x20 if I need, although I suspect my needs will be 11x14 max for the most part. I will add a rolling table with my 18x23 stainless holding bath, and another stainless steel cart will hold the print washer so it can be moved in when I need it. The space will be about 8x10, very compact but totally comfortable and serviceable, with plenty of storage.
Last edited by ParkerSmithPhoto; 01-27-2014 at 09:25 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Love the hiding clown, parker!
When you get proper plumbing and walls, you'll think you've died and gone to darkroom heaven.
Originally Posted by ParkerSmithPhoto
Hi Parker - Looks fantastic. Is the Tommy Light the only safelight? If so is it bright enough? I am just laying out a new 7 foot by 11 foot dark space and I am wondering if one Thomas Light will do the trick.
Edit: Doh, sorry for the dumbest post ever. I finally got off my butt and checked the other Thomas threads and more importantly plugged in the dang unit that is awaiting installation down in the basement. The entire 24 by 36 foot space is now bright enough to perform ocular surgery!
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