Darkroom humor

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Tom Gardner, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Tom Gardner

    Tom Gardner Guest

    After close to 20 years out of the darkroom, I'm going to develop my first 2
    rolls of film! Now, remember I literally shot and dunked 40 rolls a week at
    one time. Well, it ain't like riding a bicycle! One would think that logic
    would replace mussel-memory...NOT! First I laid out a small tank, film,
    scissors, reels, etc. and turned off the light. The first reel loaded
    perfectly. I spent 5 minutes trying to open the second cassette knowing it
    wasn't factory crimped...WTF! Finally, after slamming it on the counter a
    few times, it opens. After finding it on the floor 10 feet away, I decide
    to open my eyes. why are my eyes closed in the darkroom? Well, it seems
    that my lightproofing is showing it's age and I can now read in the
    darkroom...with the lights off. The images on the film, it just doesn't
    matter, they're getting souped. I mix-up a batch of HC-110 trying to read
    the marks on a graduate that focus somewhere between the range of my new
    bifocals...WTF! I can see I'm going to have to make a few adjustments in
    protocol. I develop the film! I take the fluid lid off the tank and go to
    pour the developer down the drain and of course the un- locked top of the
    tank pops off and the reels eject into the sink. OK! Put it all back and
    fill with stop bath and pour the stop down the drain. Why did I do that?
    Fill with fixer and wash. At this point I feel pretty dangerous and am glad
    I'm not a nuclear physicist. Believe it or not, I ended up with usable
    images! What does that say for the miracles of consumer photo processes?
    Tomorrow, I try again after printing out procedures (in 26 pt. bold) and
    making marks on graduates and practice opening cassettes.
    Tom Gardner, Jan 4, 2004
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