“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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Analog Photography in Boston

Olympus XA, CineStill 50D
Olympus XA, CineStill 50D

Looking at the post dates it’s been a while since I last gave an update on what I’m up to.  In Boston the weather just reached a state of full conductivity to riding, meaning no extra cold weather clothing on top of/below your kit is necessary.  My first ride outdoors was in the second week of March and I’ve built up my form pretty well, which can be observed if one regularly checks the Strava widget on the sidebar.  One needs to create a free Strava account to view all of my history easily, though individual rides can be googled.  But that’s not the point of this post – what I’m going to write about is my analog photography.

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