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Irv_b

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My name is Irvine and I'm a 5x4 shooter
I have been hooked on film shooting exclusively for the past 8 or so years, after starting photography with digital camera but soon got bored with editing hundreds of shot from one session. I have a few to many 35mm, a couple of medium format and a Linhof 5x4. I also have a wooden half plate camera as I am getting into wet plate photography. Although I have a range of cameras I'm not into the technical aspect of photography I love the visualisation then taking of the shot and the anticipation when developing. I have construction a bit of a darkroom in my loft and should spend more time up there printing than what I actually do, so I need a shove to get back up there more often
I hope I can give as much as I can get from you guys on here as I've already had a look around and enjoyed the range of posted pictures
 

Ian-Barber

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Hello Irvine and welcome to the forum.
I am interested to hear more about your loft darkroom. My computer room is up there and my tiny darkroom occupies the gable end wall with a dam central heating boiler right in the middle so I struggle for enlarger head room.

Curious to know if you have water up there or are you just using buckets of water like I do. Some snaps would be grate to see as well :)
 

Irv_b

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Thanks Ian
My darkroom is also up against the gable end of the loft and I have to enter through the loft hatch by a ladder as we haven't actually renovated the loft as such.
Ah yes the water issue :) Although I am a Plumber by trade I haven't modified the water tanks to give me easy access to a supply, I also carry water up in a bucket at the start of a session. I'll get a couple of pics at the weekend.
 

David M

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Welcome Irvine. Well done.
I once had a darkroom in the roof space. It was so low that the enlarger had to be mounted at about forty-five degrees to fit and I needed a magnetic easel. Happy days, eh!
One of those plastic jerry cans that campers use is much easier than a bucket. It won't spill if you knock it and it has a tap.
More importantly, do you have some images? We like images.
 

Ian Grant

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Welcome Irvine. I've had darkrooms without water in the past and it's relatively easy if you have access to running water nearby, I wouldn't want to be carry water up a loft ladder although the jerry cans David mentions would be ideal. There's also the issue of disposing of chemistry, cleaning dishes, tanks etc. These days I wouldn't be without a running water supply in my darkroom.

Ian
 

David M

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In practice, apart from washing fibre papers, relatively little water is needed in a darkroom. I discovered that Edwin Smith had no piped supply in his darkroom, which encouraged me greatly.
I suppose that in Irvine's situation, two jerry-cans, one for clean and one for waste, would be useful. One small advantage of the jerry-can method is that if you keep the clean one topped up, it will lose a good deal of the dissolved gas that mains pressure forces in and you will get fewer bubbles on the film. It's a good idea to filter the water.
In Irvine's case, I suspect that the ladder and the narrow hatch are the major obstacles, although plumbing will have given him a special expertise in navigating small spaces.
 

JimW

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Welcome Irvine.
I have a loft darkroom, and I use a couple of plastic water carriers. One for fresh, and one for contaminated. The prints go in a tray until I take them to a washer. Easy enough, and less to fail. YMMV.
 

Irv_b

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Sorry about the delay guys been a busy weekend here are some pictures I have taken sorry about the line going across one of them it happen intermittently on my scanner - any suggestions to stop it would be welcome ., currenty I spend ages trying to get rid of it in lightroom
 

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