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    Eyes closed whether in the darkroom or using a changing bag. Habit for the former, find it cuts out distractions for the latter.

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    For a while, I worked evenings in an in-house corporate photo department that printed large multiple runs of color prints. During the days, they had several people printing but since I was working alone in the evening, after balancing a night's worth of negatives, I would just darken the whole suite of darkrooms, lock all the electronic doors open and work in there for hours without being able to see my own hand in front of my face. It became completely natural to walk from room to room through doors and around furniture, set up and load the roll easles, sit around sipping coffee until a negative or roll of paper needed changing, even grab a pen and paper to write down notes (but not able to read them ) in utter darkness. I could have slept in there without closing my eyes.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    For a while, I worked evenings in an in-house corporate photo department that printed large multiple runs of color prints. During the days, they had several people printing but since I was working alone in the evening, after balancing a night's worth of negatives, I would just darken the whole suite of darkrooms, lock all the electronic doors open and work in there for hours without being able to see my own hand in front of my face. It became completely natural to walk from room to room through doors and around furniture, set up and load the roll easles, sit around sipping coffee until a negative or roll of paper needed changing, even grab a pen and paper to write down notes (but not able to read them ) in utter darkness. I could have slept in there without closing my eyes.
    You are ready to leave the temple grasshopper......

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    hehe!

    I also tend to close my eyes. Seems more do than don't! So Jorge in Mexico, you're the weird one!

    I have been trying to keep them open as training for getting my eyes 'lasered' where apparently you loose your vision while they attack your eyeball... I thought it would be good training to see 'nothing' so I don't panic!, although I haven't got a substuitute for the smell of burning flesh

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    I don't close my eyes in the dark. Hafta keep an eye on the gremlins.
    Three degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Oliveira
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    You drink a lot of coffe while loading a reel?
    That's REAL weird
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    That is the one time that I do NOT!! drink coffee.
    Didn't take long to realize that was *NOT* a good idea - unless you are searching for a new way to make abstracts ... Lightstruck film from dumping it into - questionably - light-tight containers while making an emergency run for the W.C.

    I did find a "door" into an alternate universe. Just dorp a JOBO bottle cap - or anything - onto the floor of a darkroom in total darkness. It will bounce at aa rate exceeding the speed of light - and chances are that it will never be seen again.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    I know that feeling. I use a little handheld timer to time printing processes. One day I was putting the battery into when the little AAA dropped. In total darkness I managed to find it. I'm not sure I could have done it with the lights on.

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    Robert - Mine fell in the dev on Saturday morning! Luckily I have a spare 'cos they ain't waterproof...

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    Years ago I had a photo instructor that told the class to keep their eyes closed while loading film. He said to do it that way so you didn't see the light leaking under the door.
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