“Darkroom Day” at LaPete Labs

Yesterday I threatened to make a post about the meetup at LaPete Labs, so here we are.

Analog photography is entirely possible without a darkroom – a fact that enables my continued efforts at film processing– but other tasks simply cannot be done within a light-tight changing bag.  Enlarging and printing photographs is one of them.  The paper used is sensitive to light and it remains so through the entire process up until chemical fixing.  However, one still needs to see what they are doing so unlike film loading some light is required.  Cleverer people than I solved this paradox by designing paper sensitive to the yellow-blue range of light and providing illumination with a red safelight.  I spent hours in the safelit gloom last Sunday, along with several fellow dedicated meetup members.

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