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    Quote Originally Posted by bessa_L_R3a View Post
    Yes, that is the answer ... sorry it took so long to sink in ... i am thick headed.
    Not true (the thick headed part).

    What you haven't yet acquired is a sense of what the relative importance is for each of the various factors. For example, you are concerned about small variations in temperature, which in B & W are easily adjusted for, whereas you may not have thought enough about (again strictly for example) the importance of ..... (fill in the blank here, although one of my favorite examples is dust and the role it plays in maintaining sanity).

    All of that will come soon - have fun, and keep asking questions.

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    bessa_L_R3a,

    This the way I started in September, I was only going to develop Black and White film and scan the negatives because it cost so much more to process than the C-41. I was motivated by Dwanye's screwing up some processing too. Processing film is like taking drugs, do a little and soon you are doing a little more. Next thing you know you are telling everyone how easy it is to process film. Then I slipped over the edge and down the slippery slope ... and on an impulse I brought and enlarger ... like I really needed an enlarger. It was not like I had a darkroom or anything like that. Over the next two months I made my den a part time dry darkroom and the master bathroom a part time wet darkroom.

    You can stop now if you try!

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    very first shot ....

    it's not much .... but it's a photo!

    http://robertdavid.fastmail.fm/negatives/first_shot.jpg

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    Ooh, lovely grain
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    one of my favorite examples is dust and the role it plays in maintaining sanity).

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    are you saying dust factor can be just as important or more important than keeping temperature right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bessa_L_R3a View Post
    are you saying dust factor can be just as important or more important than keeping temperature right?
    I think he's saying nothing will make your blood boil faster than going to check on some drying negatives only to find dust or those cursed cat hairs stuck to your roll ...LOL Ilove my cats but they have come close to strangulation a couple times
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    As someone else on this site said [I can't remember whom*] "Photography is not for the faint of wallet."

    Steve

    * Will someone please tell me whom to credit for this quote?
    Steve: That quote used to be my sig line. It's not that I've changed my mind, I just took it off after a while. But, since you brought it up - I've put it back.

    As for "credit", the quote actually comes from my wife ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bessa_L_R3a View Post
    it's not much .... but it's a photo!

    http://robertdavid.fastmail.fm/negatives/first_shot.jpg
    That looks good to me. You've got a good range of tones and no obvious surge marks or other signs of processing irregularities. I do notice a white spot above and to the left of the mirror -- that's probably a dust speck. If it's not firmly affixed to the negative, you should be able to brush it away with a negative brush -- but as others have alluded to, it's very difficult to get a negative 100% dust-free for printing or scanning. There are "spotting" kits to help cover up this sort of problem once a print is made, or you can do it digitally if you scan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs5694 View Post
    I do notice a white spot above and to the left of the mirror -- that's probably a dust speck.

    Yeah, I wondered about that, too. If that is a dust speck then I understand Matt King´s point about worrying too much about temperature.

    I thought it was an exposure blowout. How could that be dust? I will inspect the neg ... I do have a lot of dust in the apt. but before I scan, I always wipe the neg down with Rexton negative cleaner and PEC wipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bessa_L_R3a View Post
    ...but before I scan, I always wipe the neg down with Rexton negative cleaner and PEC wipe.
    Doesn't matter how much time I spend wiping mine down before scanning, I ALWAYS end up getting a dust spec or two at least Thank god for Lightroom spot correction.
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