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The Old Days.

By paulbroad  
I found this a few days ago. Quality not A1 as you will inform me, (Sharpness) but I thought worth discussion and to show what we used to do. My old converted garden shed darkroom. Mamiya 645 on tripod with darkness outside and shed door open. Flash on camera with red filter. (Normal mono printing safelight was Orange as some of yo will know.

Enlarger used as light source for projected image of course. Lack of definition due to the red I think. Shows act of dodging an image with plasticine on a bike wheel spoke. 80mm lens, Fuji 400 slide film. about 1/2 sec at f5.6 as I remember. Long exposure for projected light, flash much quicker of course. Fired on self timer.

There for comment and interest. Put in this section so that everyone can comment, and I don't mind what is said. Gives beginners a chance to have a go!

Slide scanned at 1200dpi, (645 slide] with Epson 4990 flat bed. Processed in CS3. Tried sharpening but image breaking up.


Tags: Printing Red Darkroom Old Flash and lighting

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bluesandtwos 11 454 1 England
6 Feb 2013 9:11AM
Oh I remember it well, used to turn your finger nails brown!Smile
Focus_Man 10 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 11:00AM
Blimey does that bring back fond memories. I demolished the wall between our coal shed and wash room and built a purpose made darkroom. I lined the walls with insulation and 3/8" plywood and built dedicated wet and dry benches with cupboards below. I plumbed it in through the wall to the kitchen. My wife thought it was better than the kitchen so I had to buy a new purpose designed kitchen to keep her happy.

Thanks for the memory Paul.

ErictheViking 8 124 102 Scotland
6 Feb 2013 12:52PM
With all you "Old Guys" reminiscing on the past and the days of film I thought it would be appropriate to load a mod in B+W for the younger members who think the past is devoid of colour WinkWink

I never got the chance to work in developing my own films so missed out on all the red lighting, brown finger nails and demolition that seems to have been part of the process.

Eric GrinGrin
iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 6:10PM
Memory lane Paul. Good image to show what it was like. You don't see many actual photos of someone actually using darkroom stuff, especially now. The darkroom was fun when I was courting! "Please knock before entering Mum"
I still have some of my gear in the loft but have lost interest. I Still have a Mamiya 645 with 80mm f2.8 lens which works, shot a roll of film recently.
Eric mod in BW looks sharper, must be the red.
Nothing will beat the magic of that image appearing as you sloshed the tray.
Thanks for the post Paul
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 8:42AM
Yes, the red has a strange effect. Seems to do so on many digital images. Sold my Mamiya outfit for a song on Ebay. A great pity, but never going to use it again. Have a T90 outfit stored away and an EOS 600 body. Worth peanuts.

xwang 11 56 8
7 Feb 2013 10:15AM
Looks very scientific, Paul. Grin I have no idea what you were doing, was it you? You looked more like a scientist rather than a photographer...Grin The red added on more mystery...
Only for one click "Dodge" on Photoshop? Good Lord.
I actually borrowed a simple one once, after the June 4th, 1989 in Beijing when I couldn't get my film developed in the shop. I couldn't remember what I did now, only remember that I was told to buy some bags of power,and some water, the picture emerged under the water.. I only did one evening, got the picture out but never picked it up again, no idea about dodge or burn, I didn't take photo then.. The interest really started from learning from you and other photographers on this site. especially your light management and technical interests got me into it, But I'm not technical.Grin
Thanks again Paul and thank you for your critique on the reflection.

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