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Just printing Since I write this post while printing, I discovered a big advantage of typewriters in darkrooms. You dont have to turn them off while you make prints. No annoying status light that would fog your prints, and wakeup from standby is instant. Every darkroom should have a typewriter. I agree you could gaffer all the lights on a laptop (like I did with my radio down here, you have to have a radio or otherwise you go mad in a darkroom), but that looks ugly (unless it fits to your laptop like it does to my 70s radio) and sooner or later it will fall down and fog your prints (again). But more about prints. I made the switch to the bigger Durst enlarger, but that means I also have to adjust my color analyser to the news one. As I type this, I just have the first real test print in the washer. Lets hope it looks good.post. More will follow shortly. There are many shots on this film I would like to print. But now I have to quit, I'm out of water. greetings from the darkroom Markus

Just printing

Since I write this post while printing, I discovered a big advantage of typewriters in darkrooms. You dont have to turn them off while you make prints. No annoying status light that would fog your prints, and wakeup from standby is instant. Every darkroom should have a typewriter. I agree you could gaffer all the lights on a laptop (like I did with my radio down here, you have to have a radio or otherwise you go mad in a darkroom), but that looks ugly (unless it fits to your laptop like it does to my 70s radio) and sooner or later it will fall down and fog your prints (again). But more about prints. I made the switch to the bigger Durst enlarger, but that means I also have to adjust my color analyser to the news one. As I type this, I just have the first real test print in the washer. Lets hope it looks good.

post.

More will follow shortly. There are many shots on this film I would like to print. But now I have to quit, I’m out of water.

greetings from the darkroom

Markus

0n the thin side

As you notice by the bold letters, A managed to change the ribbon on my typewriter. I had to improvise a bit but it worked, morc or lcs.-. Sadly, developing didn’ t work so well this week. for reasons unknown, my trusted XTOL decided to die on me, with XXX no signs of warning. I have no idea what went wrong, it was just a few weeks old, temperature was ok, it should have worked fine, like it did before. All I can think of is that something went wrong during mixing. A.t least a few of the frames were printable, and for that z now started using the new enlarger, worked well, I just want to replace the lens, maybe I can find an EL nikkor on ebay. its not that its a bad lens now, it’s just a bit akward to use. I might look for a 8omm one, it would make the printing of smaller prints for the blog much easier.

This is one of the few printable ones from the last roll, not the one i hoped for, but still better than some of the other snaps on the roll. The XTOL went down the drain already (not for real, l have a chemical waste tank for that), I might give Ilford ID-11 a try, since I have a fresh box from a friend here. Who knows, maybe I start to like it. If anyone knows a other good substitute for XTOL, tell me. I love the stuff but the powder is to much work for a single film.

greetings from the darkroom