[Darkroom] [Noisebridge-discuss] Dark Room/Photography

Kelly hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 20:40:42 UTC 2011

Thanks for the redirect, Danny.

So far the darkroom has been pretty open-access, like the rest of
noisebridge, but I think the success of that model is highly dependent
on lots of communication. Ideally, people should post to the darkroom
mailing list introducing themselves before using the darkroom, or at
the very least, post afterwards or talk to people in meatspace.
There's a lot of trust involved in sharing chemicals, and we have some
delicate equipment in there.

That said, most stuff is documented such that if you know roughly what
you're doing, you can get started without anyone holding your hand.
Best practices and general documentation is here:

We started documenting film development here:
https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Darkroom/BW_Film_Development But I
don't know if there is an actual dev chem chart in the darkroom yet.
John, I encourage you to meet some of the folks who use the darkroom
and maybe help us organize it better for newbs. Also, welcome!


PS. Did you find the fixer disposal bin ok?

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 21:43, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:
> Hey John,
> You might want to ask the darkroom folks on their own list -- they live
> here:
> https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/darkroom
> Looking through the archives is also a good way of finding out the names of
> people who might be using the darkroom more regularly...
> d.
> On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM, John Capogna <john.s.capogna at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hello, All,
>> My name is John. I tried developing some photos in the darkroom today. Too
>> bad they didn't come out. It looks like they were "overcooked". I think it's
>> because as I was developing, I noticed that the bottle contained the
>> developer in concentrate form. Whoops. I just dumped that stuff in there
>> pure. I'm not sure if I was supposed to dilute it (the little paper on the
>> wall to the right of the sink says to use in stock form for 9 minutes).
>> Also, I kept the safe lights on through much of the process, figuring the
>> tank was light proof once closed (without the small cap on). The only time I
>> left the lights completely off was when I was loading the film onto the
>> reel. Also, its possible that the camera didn't take the pictures properly.
>> There are just so many variables, I don't know which it was that was
>> wrong. I'd like to try again, but I'm out of "practice film". Anyone got any
>> practice film and/or suggestions on what do do better next time?
>> Thanks.
>> - John
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