First prints from the Darkroom

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Sam Cooke in the ears + fresh developer on the fingertips = Saturday Nights into Sunday Mornings

 I did it. I built my darkroom. Finally. It has taken some time, but I now know how it feels to “see the image appear,” as so many have excitedly proclaimed. I now have a space devoted to magic and mistakes. As I’ve previously noted, my boyfriend generously allotted me the space for a darkroom in the second bedroom of his new apartment. Said room divides its time between man-cave and developing-den, thusly wafting aromas mixed of machine oil and fixer about his home.

It only seemed right and [probably] poetic that the first photographs I chose to print in my darkroom were also ones from the first set of negatives I processed by hand: the large format, 4×5 portraits of my Grandmother from my personal project/series, “Tributaries Tickle her Toes.”

Darkroom Print //
Darkroom Print // FOREHEAD // ©DL HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Darkroom Print // The Ear // ©DL HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY

materials & processing (the technical shtuff)

CAMERA: Cambo SC basic 4×5 with Nikkor 210 f/5.6

FILM: Ilford HP5+ 400 4×5

EXPOSURE: 1/120th @ f/22 2/3 – compensated 2 stops for bellows extension. meter read f/64 6/10

PROCESSING FILM: Good ole D-76 for 7.5 and 8 min + Kodak Fixer

ENLARGER: Omega Pro-Lab D6 with Rodenstock Omegaron 135mm

PAPER: Ilford MG IV and Arista.edu Glossy #2 // Working my way up to fibre-based papers. 😉

CHEMISTRY: DEV: Ilford MG Paper Developer   STOP: Ilford Ilfodstop   FIX:  Ilford Rapid Fixer

PRINT EXPOSURE: 6 sec exposure @ f/16, 4x 2 sec incremental burning

DEVELOPING PRINT: 45 sec development, 1 min stop, 3 min fix, 8 min final rinse

T says I smell like a CVS photo department whenever I exit my darkroom. And, truthfully, I wouldn’t have it any other way… though, I know he’d prefer this wasn’t the case, and maybe I’d rather not smell like CVS…. We’re looking into ventilation.

Author dre lynn hudson

Dre Lynn Hudson is a Milwaukee native who loves the magic of light, conversation with strangers, and fish tacos. She is drawn to the quirky details of seemingly simple surroundings, and aims to capture the quiet and contemplative moments around her. You can find Dre eating the world with her eyes and keeping rhythm with the shutter. Dre is a freelance commercial photography assistant, who happens to carry her camera everywhere she goes. When she isn't assisting, she is working on a few personal projects to satiate her hungry eyes and eager fingertips.

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