June 26, 2010

Time to update the blog.

There has been no progress since the last installment. First, I was on the road on business for a couple of weeks. While I get home on weekends, invariably I have to catch up on things that were not done during the week and get very little “hobby” work in.

I was scheduled to be gone again this past week, but instead, ended up with a medical emergency. I will survive, but I am not able to work on the darkroom and probably won’t for a while yet.

I hope if you are a regular follower you aren’t too discouraged. I’ll get back to this.

June 8, 2010

Sinks, etc.

Wow!  There is a bit more room in my garage and shop now that the darkroom stuff is in the darkroom.  Not 100% moved in, but mostly.

Things are a ways from being finished, of course.  The plumbing is still not hooked up, although the sinks are in place, there are cabinets to build, and shelves and racks to put up.  Then, placement of safelights, and a dozen or so other small things.  Still, it's getting there.

EDIT:  Someone left a comment asking if the printwasher is home-made.  No, it is a 11x14 Versalab.  The stand, I did make.  I also made the stand for the longer sink.


Yes, Suzanne, it is starting to take shape.  Just not done yet.  I am on the road (for work) most of this month, so it may still be a while. 

June 1, 2010

A milestone

I declare the "construction phase" finished!

Over the long weekend, I started moving in sinks, shelving, enlarger chassis, etc.  Still a lot of work to do, but the visiable progress should be faster and the blog a little more interesting.  I appreciate any of you that have actually followed this since February.  You must be bored.

Some panos:

I own a swing-lens panoramic camera.  I had never shot color film in it before until I decided to do some documentation of the darkroom construction.  I had to wait until I finished up the roll and then got it processed.  (No irony there ...)

I am just not very practiced at scanning and I am afraid that the results are disappointing.  Never mind the color balance from the different lighting.  But here they are anyway to show some before and after.  I had even less luck stitching digi shots (see Feb 15 post on the blog), but this is still not much better than rough illustration.  Oh, well.  My analog printing is much better and that is why I'm building the darkroom!