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    Martha33
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    Cool Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Greetings,

    Actually I feel like I have been among you for many months as I have lurked here for a long time. I am nearly 75 years old and my trip through photography has been a long and winding one. Recently I have most enjoyed medium format and have spent a number of years acquiring a very nice Bronica Sqai kit. I suppose I will never completely leave medium format but I have felt the urge for some time to see if bigger might be even better!
    I have been fooling around with a Zone VI Camera (a "real" Zone VI from Vermont!) and have a large Cambo -- a really formidable camera for an old lady! I'll report on lenses in a different Forum shortly. I am in the process of restoring the Zone VI to its full majesty. I bought it on eBay for a song and it was in remarkably good shape for the price! Today I have ordered an Intrepid so we will see where that leads.
    I have also recently been enjoying pinhole imaging -- and continue to build my own cameras out of every imaginable container! I live in a cottage in a Retirement Community with my Labadoodle, Puffin. She will appear in images which you will likely see at some point. I have enjoyed hearing about and looking at the truly grand Darkrooms that you folks have built! I am almost embarrassed to report that I am still repurposing my 4' x 6' ˝ bath into a very nice darkroom -- with a Beseler 45MXT in an adjacent office/studio/lab that was a bedroom in another life. It now has darkened windows with weather-stripping under the hall door and black tape over all the "glowing office objects" so it has become "the dry side!"
    I believe I have gone on enough -- but I really need an answer to this burning question before I sign off: I take copious notes about each photo which is associated with a carefully numbered negative carrier. When I get all the carriers into the pitch black darkroom and struggle (but finally do succeed!) loading the Jobo, the negatives get all mixed up. Often I take several photos of the same thing varying only 1 or 2 exposure characteristics for each one, so knowing which is which is really important to me. How can I tell these apart when I am all done?
    Thanks (and I am glad to finally become a real group member!),
    Martha

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    loujon
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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    AWESOME! Great to have you aboard Martha and looking forward to your future contributions.

    BTW-I Love the fact that your "bathroom" priority sounds to be more wet side darkroom FAR more then a full fancy bathroom.

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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    TIN CAN COLLEGE

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    Martha33
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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Thanks, Randy, I see I am not the first down this street. I am now figuring out how to punch/drill/file holes into the edge of film holder flaps!

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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Welcome Martha. It is great to see more women in the forum and out in the field.
    --- Steve from Missouri ---

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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Hello Martha,

    Instead coding the sheets, I'd code the spiral. You have two sides, you can cut a little notch in one of the sides and numbering the slots in accordance.

    Probably this "toy grade" Infrared vision device would help you to load the sheets in the dark:

    https://www.amazon.com/Spy-Gear-Ninj...ninja+ultimate

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    Film is usually IR insensitive, but if you go that way please check that IR LEDs are not fogging your film, pehaps you may mask a bit the IR LEDs because you don't need all the power for near objects.

    Regards,
    Pere.

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    Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

    Hi Martha and welcome from another newbie. Some similarities here... Gender, age almost the same, recently moved up from medium format, bathroom serves as a darkroom and your question is one I've been pondering. I'm sure we will both enjoy our adventure! Lorraine

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