Even though I have been wanting to print for some time, the big reason I did so today was because of the email I got earlier this week from another photographer and fellow angler Jason Morrison. In his email Jason asked if I'd be interested in showing my photography along side his in the display space he had recently gotten at the up coming Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo, without hesitation I said yes.
I decided upon 10 different negatives that I would make five photographs to for the expo, eight of which would have to be printed in the darkroom, and the remaining two I will print on the computer.
Robert is a gracious host, everything was set up by the time I got to his home so all I had to do was pull out my negatives and away I went.
I got into the groove quickly despite having been in the darkroom last about a year ago, so I was able to figure out what I needed to do each negative without wasting a lot of time or paper.
I am not quite sure which is more magical, doing all of the dodging, burning and other adjustments as I create the photograph or watching it all appear as the paper bathes in the developer.
Before too long one completed print become two, then three, and so on...
Next thing I knew I was done with the first set of five photographs and moved on to the next set. I love to see how a test print becomes a final print, the whole process really is magical.
From test print to final print.
Before too long I had a print washer full of prints that had been archivally processed and washed and need to be emptied for the next cycle.
Not a bad way to spend to spend some time in the dark, wouldn't you say...
Despite having a goal of completing eight sets of five prints I was only able to complete seven in the seven hours I was printing today, so needless to say I am pleased with the work I did today.
The prints from today's darkroom session will be available for sale at the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo April 1-2, so please come by and by one or two.
Thanks again for the use of your wonderful darkroom Robert!