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    Question for Dan Smith - shooting in remote locations w/o darkroom

    Dan - I gather that it was you who spent the winter in a hinterlands ghost town shooting 8x10. What I was wondering is how you handled the reloading of your holders (assuming you reloaded on site) and if you had problems with dust. The dust seems to be managable in a darkroom situation with air filtration and clean conditions, but I suspect your digs were less than clean room quality, typical of extended trip situations to remote areas.

    THX in advance

    RJ

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    Question for Dan Smith - shooting in remote locations w/o darkroom

    I am obviously not Dan Smith, but I can tell you what my experience is. I regularly reload on location using a changing tent. My general feeling is that people worry too much about dust. In my darkroom I have no clean air filtration, I just keep the place clean and tidy. Nothing special. The changing tent I keep in the car. My normal procedure is to shake out the dust once in a while and clean it out with a damp rag. Before I reload the holders I blow them with compressed 'air'. To be honest... I am not religious about that and when they look clean I don't bother. I never have problems with dust. I have often changed film on building sites and in the back of my car like that. In a ghost town I suppose you could black out some old room and put an old ghost's table in there? Does this Dan Smith have a website BTW? I would like to see his pictures.

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    Question for Dan Smith - shooting in remote locations w/o darkroom

    While in Silver City, Idaho for the winter(Oct to June) I ran into conditions from very dusty & windy to heavy snow & no dust at all. I was staying in the Odd Fellows Hall(my wife & a few others have commented on how appropriate this was) and it was clean & comfortable. With the wind and dust I was able to load either in the back room or main room. Back room during the day after blocking the windows in the bedroom & living room/kitchen with black plastic(the weed blocking kind from Home Depot) and ridge rest backpacking sleeping pads. Made it dark & this worked well.

    I cleaned the holders first using the anti static brush as well as a damp lintless cloth (old diapers) to get the fine dust off them. Worked very well & had few problems. The main problem was the grit in the water. Took me a bit to figure out why some negs were getting odd scratches. Figured it out & got a whole house filter & plastic hose with a garden hose hookup & attached it to the tap & that solved the problem.

    As for a few images... try f/32net as I have some there & still some work on photocritique.net.

    dan

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    Question for Dan Smith - shooting in remote locations w/o darkroom

    I did forget to mention that I had a Harrison changing bag, the one for 8x10. One use & I found it too small for me in this format so I sent back to Badger Graphics & got the larger model. Supposed to be for 11x14 or so but it sure works well for 8x10. Guess I need more room than some do.

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    Question for Dan Smith - shooting in remote locations w/o darkroom

    Just saw your pictures Dan. Nice! Thanks for the link.

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