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    Terry - hello and welcome to APUG (belatedly) from western Massachusetts. Looking forward to seeing some of your photos in the Gallery.
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    Hello Terry!! Big ol' welcome from Texas!
    "So I am turning over a new leaf but the page is stuck". Diane Arbus

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    Terry, we still need to get together and shoot some film. I am getting closer to getting my DR room set up but it looks as if you will beat me to the punch as it were.

    Oh, welcome even tho I have never given a proper introduction myself.
    Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh,
    And sleep to dream till day
    Of the truth that gold can never buy
    Of the bawbles that it may.

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    Thanks, guistik - yeah, definitely count me in for a photowalk. I don't actually have a darkroom set up yet. I'm going to set it up in the crazy cat lady house across the street (she's deceased, we bought the property, and nothing's being done with it at the moment), in a middle room close to the hall bath. I just had to pounce on those enlargers, gettin' while the gettin' was good. The only must-have I think I need at this point is a safelight, and then I should be minimally functional.

    I've still yet to try Caffenol, too! I've got washing soda and found the Vitamin C, now I just need to know the right type of coffee product to use. My latest commercial developer obsession is Ilford DD-X, and Rollei Digibase C-41. Oh, and you'll be glad to know I finally got bitten by the Minolta bug. I now have an XG-A and an SRT-200. The lenses are awesome.
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    Cool on the Minolta gear, as far as the type of coffee, Folgers instant is what I use. IM me and let's see if we can set something up.
    Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh,
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    Of the truth that gold can never buy
    Of the bawbles that it may.

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    Okay, so I just had to make an update: I did my first attempt at darkroom printing this evening, and it was a success! I just hung the prints up to dry. Everything pretty much went without a hitch, so I'm overjoyed. I can't wait to dive in deeper once the weather gets cooler: the crazy cat lady house where I've set up the darkroom doesn't have air conditioning.
    Significant equipment: Omega D2, Nikor 50mm and Rodenstock 70mm lenses, Arista.EDU Ultra 5x7 paper, Speed-Ez-Els, Ilford Multigrade filters, Ilford Multigrade developer.
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    Congratulation on your first print. The question I have is: did you have somebody show you how to print, or did you just study the theory and then applied it on your own?

    I learned developing just with internet sources, "by myself" so to speak. When I begin printing, I am afraid that I would need at least a minimum of personal training. I'm wondering if printing is something that I could begin to do on my own, without personal help.
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    Welcome from Scotland!

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    Hi Terry, enjoyed the introduction
    There are places here you can go with the GAS problem.

    Be careful what you say about crazy cat people as I'm one of them

    Bill
    Digital photography is like virtual sex........ you never actually touch the real thing..... or get your hands dirty

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    Diapositivo: I did it all myself, without any tutoring. I've merely been reading and watching YouTube videos on printing. Of course I'm not proficient yet and still feeling my way around. I chose a negative; sized and focused it on the easel using a #2 filter; used scrap cardboard to expose the paper at 4-second intervals; developed the paper; chose the best exposure time and changed to a #1 filter for less contrast in this case. Then going back to the enlarger, I exposed a full sheet of paper for the chosen time and developed it. Success! I haven't tried dodging and burning yet.

    Bill: The house in which I've set up my darkroom is a house directly across the street from ours, in terrible condition. The lady who lived there grew up in the house, and her son and sister both live many states away -- too far to have any interest in the property. They sold the house to us a few years ago when the lady died of emphysema, only in her fifties: animal rescue had to be summoned because she had something like thirty cats and dogs in the house and she wasn't a good caretaker of them. The hardwood floors were nasty and scratched, the ductwork grilles were corroded from urine, etc. - you get the picture. We've cleaned the floors somewhat and primed the walls, which has reduced the odor in the house greatly but it still needs lots of work.
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