Nothing is Ever Simple

In the process of adding older pictures to my website galleries, there was one I wanted to add but apparently lost the print.  So, today, I reprinted it.  The first print I made was of the wrong negative.  Duh.

The second print I made was great except for one tiny dust speck.  Rather than spot it, I decided to hunt down and destroy the dust particle.  It turned out to be stuck on the negative and would only come off after I used a moist Q-Tip on it.  I made another print and the speck was gone.  Success!  But, wait.  It didn’t look right.  Slightly crooked or something.  I straightened it up and made yet another print.  Still not right.  WTF?

I finally realized that I put the near perfectly symmetrical negative back in the carrier emulsion side up.  I don’t remember ever having done that before, but the emulsion side of TMax 100 film is quite shiny, so I didn’t notice it.

The five prints are pictured below with the first print (from the wrong negative) on the far right and the last (final) on the far left.  Look closely and you’ll see that two of the five are reversed.


Picture details:
TMax 100, 6×7 cm, RB-67 with 127mm lens, Developed in TMax RS, scan from 8×10 print on Ultrafine  VC Elite RC pearl Paper.  Shot in my very cramped unheated garage in December, 1998, long before I had a dedicated studio.

Lynnette, 1998

Lynnette, 1998

My Place

To start things rolling here, I decided to post a few pictures of my frame shop and darkroom.  I was just using up the remaining frames on a roll of film that I shot as part of a lens testing project and this turned out to be the subject of those extra frames.  Since these pictures were taken, the Besseler 67 enlarger was replaced with another Omega D5, but with a condenser head.  There are also more shelves in the darkroom for raw chemicals and books, not to mention a small sound system.

The pictures below are all taken with a Nikon F100 through a Sigma 14mm f3.5 lens on TMY2 at EI 400, developed in Xtol 1:1, and printed on Adorama 8×10 RC glossy paper.


Frame Shop


Darkroom — dry side


Darkroom – wet side on left, dry side on right

Welcome to my website and photography blog

My name is Dave Krueger and I’ve been an enthusiast of black and white darkroom photography for about 50 years.  This blog is mostly just a way for me to record my activities, learning experiences, and to post pictures.  Unless otherwise posted, all the black and white images on this site are scanned from 8×10 darkroom prints.  Conversely, all color pictures are all digital unless otherwise noted.

Am a serious amateur, but don’t actively market my work nor do I do any work for hire.   I have a studio, darkroom, and frame shop making half my house is dedicated to my hobby.  Basically, I only shoot what I want to shoot and try only to satisfy my own notions of what makes a good photograph.