Excellent, you clearly have a drive and curiosity deeply needed in the chemical cult of photography. I am envious of your time in Rochester. Shall we trade addresses and become pen pals? I've become an unofficial apprentice at B+S at the ripe age of 24--working under Mr. Sullivan and team. Send each other failed attempts and descriptions on WTF is going on?!
Just a thought, but hell, go at it man. Good on ya!