It's nice to find time to take the analog photography all the way from a location to a print without modern technology in between. I enjoy the process very much and it is a very relaxing experience. Unlike many of our day-to-day activities rushing should not enter the picture here. Rushing would not be rewarded. Thus, settling in for a darkroom session with a goal of hopefully leaving with a single photograph is not unusual.
REO Gold Comet 4x6
Traditional Black and White Darkroom Print on Ilford MG IV RC Portfolio
And this time, it ended up being two! Sure, the same frame on the film but still two different photographs. FIrst, a 4x6 print on RC paper followed by an 8x10 print on fiber paper. With some math in between getting the right exposure for the second photograph after raising the enlarger up was not too involved. However, with both fiber and RC I am still learning to take the dry down more seriously. I always tend to fall in the "how much can it really darken" line of thought only to be proven wrong once it does. I hear people take their prints to a microwave to give them a quick dry to be able to assess the change. It also takes the print out of the darkness and artificial light into natural light. I will take that step more seriously. After all the work to get to the print why skip a simple step at the very end? See, rushing does not get rewarded here!
REO Gold Comet 8x10
Traditional Black and White Darkroom Print on Ilford MG IV Fiber Paper
I hope to find more time for the darkroom through the holidays and into the next year. If you follow my blog you will be able to see how successful that turns out to be. Well, that is assuming I will not run way behind with the blog post. Let's see!
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