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Keeping Life Simple

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Keeping Life Simple

2 Apr 2012 2:28PM   Views : 496 Unique : 340

Something I'm a firm believer in is keeping things as easy and simple as is reasonable. That way there's much more time to do things and far less stress involved in doing them.

I once had a great lesson in this, sometime during the 1970s at a Camera Club demonstration.

Demonstrator Number One was showing how to make prints from colour slides. First he couldn't print mine as he couldn't get a meter reading through the slide, it was "too dark", probably not helped by usng a relatively insensitive Weston Master to try and get the reading. Then came the water baths, temperature readings, topping up with hot water, no, too hot now, so a little cold, oops, more hot.....what a load of messing about.

Demonstrator Number Two was showing how to make colour prints from negatives. "Hmm..." he said, "I don't do any of that. I expose the negatives so I know they need this exposure and I keep the bottle of developer in my pocket, just the right amount, so when I've done the focusing it's been there just long enough to be the right temperature..." and that was that. Perfect prints, every time. Consistency and Simplicity.

There was a valuable lesson to be learned that evening, and clearly I've never forgotten it! Smile

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