IN-HOME (BATHROOM) DARKROOM!
I developed, successfully, two negatives at home.
It took longer than developing these 4x5 negatives in the darkroom 4x5 tank.
That tank, by the way, is supposed to hold TEN negatives, but the slots are so close together --and my first try already resulted in two sticking together a bit-- that I will only load the tank with a maximum of four 4x5 negatives!
OK, back to home/bathroom darkroom. It had to be COMPLETELY DARK by the way. I have an interior bathroom so I began by putting an old beach towel at the lowest seam of the inside of the door. Then, just to be sure no light was leaking, I taped (gaffer-tape, of course) strips of black poster board all around the seams of the door.
Check. No light seepage.
Next, I assembled my chemicals and trays. Keep in mind, when developing 4x5's without a tank, you must develop them ONE AT A TIME and it took 9 minutes of developing time alone (then 2 min of stop-bath and 5 min of fix). That is a lot of time in complete darkness.
I noticed that I would lose equilibrium after a while, but once I went about timing and agitating with my eyes closed, that set my body right again and everything continued as normal. (LOL, for a few minutes, however, I almost fell over and bumped into a wall I lost track of and almost took the entire operation down.)
I can't wait to develop just a simple roll of regular film at home now.
Here are the two prized negatives..(below)..
I am still in-process on this assignment because more than a few of my inside shots on the pinhole were not exposed long enough to bring anything up to work with in printing....Final results pending!
Once in awhile, well, BAM!