Thursday, February 5, 2009

Old School

Every now and then I like to get back into the darkroom and smell the old way of doing it. I can't say "back in my day" and get away with it, because I never was in the darkroom back then. Oh sure, I shot plenty of film in all different flavors. It's just that someone else did all the wet work.

So a few years ago, when it appeared that digital was going to conquer the world, I bought an enlarger at a garage sale. In messing around with it I found that there's magic in them there tanks. What a wonderful thing to watch an image come to life in the developer.

Shot at 17mm, 1/2 second, f2.8 iso 400. Lighting provided by the safelight and enlarger *.

* No flashes were harmed in the making of this photo.


  1. This is really cool! I think it might be better if you cropped out the light at top left. I must be a moth as I keep being drawn to it... I think the image at bottom would be a stronger focus if the light was cropped out.
    But still WAY COOL! Was there actually an image being projected thru a negative or did you PS that?

  2. The whole thing was done in camera. After posting it I thought maybe a tighter shot aimed more at the table would improve things. I guess I didn't need the whole enlarger in the pic, did I?