Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Darkroom depression
From: "rlb" <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 07:50:12 -0700

Jeez, when it gets to the point that I can no longer purchase chemicals and
FB paper and my only choice is digital I think it will be time to hang it
up.  I have all the right tools in my digital darkroom and the prints that I
get are beautiful but it's a long way from a darkroom print.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Cardish" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 3:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Darkroom depression

> As far as colour is concerned, the darkroom is certainly dead.   For black
> and white, there is some life still, but only a little.
> Dan C.
>  At 05:13 PM 04-05-00 +1000, wrote:
> >O me miserum,
> >
> >All this talk of the Darkroom being dead, just as my long awaited,
> >of and planned studio/darkroom becomes a reality. I first started
> >photography in the home darkroom of a professional photographer whose
> >could not bear to see the room unused. Richard and I toiled away for
> >perfecting a very imperfect system of development, learned mainly from
> >and error (like the day I washed our most precious film in hot water and
> >watched the emulstion slide down the sink). When that closed/became a
> >room again, I managed to convince my mother to share her laundry, and
> >quite a neat darkroom fold out cupboard arrangement. When I left the
> >(and mother changed the locks) I was confined mainly to crawling under
> >sheets and blankets to load film -- very uncomfortable in summer. On
> >graduation, I managed to build a darkroom into the bathroom. It was a
> >set up, but the steam from the shower was always a problem. Next house
and a
> >dedicated small darkroom -- dreams coming true, but the work load of post
> >graduate study made sure it was never used, and I moved out the day I
> >stopped study. Now firmly planted, I have had 7 years of digital darkroom
> >misery, and finally the mighty plans are about to come to fruition. ATL
> >Autolab 3, the mother of all water temperature control panels, a wet area
> >huge sink, an exhaust system to suck the rooms air out and over 15 times
> >hour, and a beautiful enlarger bench, AND YOU ARE TELLING ME ITS ALL
> >me miserum
> >
> >Cheers
> >
> >Alastair
> >
> >