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    Recently during a demonstration I was doing for the photography class I teach I was embarrassed by one of the students’ observations. Apparently when I was showing them how to load film onto a reel for development (metal reels) I kept closing my eyes as I was going through the process. This caused me to be more observant during my normal routines in my darkroom.

    Yup… every time I load or unload film holders in total darkness in my darkroom I do it with my eyes closed. Same thing for loading drums or any other procedure I do in darkness.

    Does anybody else do this or I am uniquely weird on this one?

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    Do it all the time. that is the way I learned and since it really is a eye/hand thing the muscles react in the manner they were trained.
    When I told my class that I did that one of them said "do it". ( I was showing them with my eyes open at the time.) So I did. I think they thought i was pulling their leg.

    Can load them either way, but old habits are hard to break!

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    Hi GreyWolf,
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this habit. Guess it's a safety thing, if I keep my eyes shut real tight no light can possably reach the film!
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    I don't load/unload film in the darkroom - I use a changing bag.

    But I keep my eyes shut - I feel I can concentrate more on my hands this way.

    Jorge O

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyWolf
    ...when I was showing them how to load film onto a reel for development (metal reels) I kept closing my eyes as I was going through the process...
    Does anybody else do this or I am uniquely weird on this one?
    Not only do I keep my eyes closed, I usually keep my glasses on.

    Weird?? You call that weird? I'll show you *WEIRD* ...
    Not only that ... I drink a LOT of coffee ... I show you WIRED weird!!
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Heh! Amusing! I've done a bit of that now and then but mostly I keep my eyes open so I can see all the little glows and light leaks in my darkroom. It takes a while to see it and after a bit sometimes I can see where I'm putting things, kinda like working with shadows of an image instead of the real thing. Never had any film fogged while doing so, I guess my Xray vision is not that powerful.
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    Like Ed I load film in darkness with my eyes closed and my glasses on. I can't do it without!

    And I tray-develop film with my eyes open, but must close my eyes to get the film out of the holders...
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    You people are strange.....

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    I keep my eyes open but my glasses on. But then I always learned in the dark.

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    Ed

    You drink a lot of coffe while loading a reel?

    That's REAL weird

    Jorge O

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