8 comments on “Two Days of Darkroom Work

    • Thanks Marie. Somehow scanned images don’t give us the same satisfaction as actually holding that silver gelatin print in our hand. The toning this weekend showed some good and some mediocre results. We used some of Moersch’s chemicals as a trial and then went back to our old chemicals to see the difference. As soon as we get these prints under glass and flattened out we will start scanning them. Have a great week. Any time you need help you can count on us (Marks is a never ending source of knowledge) 😉


  1. I was just thinking how nice it would be to camp in that spot in the woods in the 2nd picture – absolutely beautiful!

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your new method, no doubt it will be well worth the wait.

    Stay well Joey and Marks!


    • Thanks Dries. I agree a great place to camp at this time of the year. The summer would be too hot and so many mozzies you wouldn’t be able to stand it. It’s been unusually warm for this time of the year and with good weather you know we just can’t wait to get out there and enjoy nature. Unfortunately, we had darkroom work to get done and Marks just hates to leave that “monkey sitting on his back” so to speak. Have a great week Dries, Marilize and Joubert.


  2. Oh, you are taking me back. One of my favorite pastimes in developing prints was playing around with bleaching and toning (and hand tinting). I haven’t had a darkroom in many years — now I’m really feeling nostalgic. *sigh*

    Looking forward to the results.

  3. I always enjoy reading about others adventures in developing and printing in the dark room. To date I have very little experience doing either, but find the process fascinating. Its an art form really, and as you say above, each little tweak to the process can create vastly different results.

    I also have to agree with you that there is something much more rewarding about holding a print of your photograph, compared to scanning it in and viewing it on the computer screen. Tangible evidence you can hold in your hands is always a good thing.

    • Thanks Jeff. It does take a lot of time in the darkroom and for some it’s just not a possibility due to lack of space etc. It’s also a learning curve getting to a good finished silver gelatin print that you can actually mat, frame and hang on the wall. We’ve tried some darkroom techniques which just proved to be too time consuming without any really consistent results and had to give up on them. I believe we have ended up with a result that works. It never looks as good on the computer as it does on the actual print, but you get the idea. Glad you enjoy reading about our adventures. Have a great rest of the day.

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