Dark Room Photography Part 4

Yesterday was my fourth lesson in learning about dark room black and white photography. I was quite excited because I knew this lesson would involve making an enlargement of one of my negatives. I had already decided on the negative I wanted to initially try which was a picture I had taken of one of my cats who is a Silver Tabby using my circular fisheye lens which was attached to a 28mm lens on my Pentax K1000. I liked the fact this picture had my shadow in it and the white walls and patterned tiles in my garden also made the picture more interesting. First of all I had to make a sample sheet once I had decided on the size of the enlargement. In this lesson I unfortunately picked an enlarger with a temperamental digital timer so if pressed slightly wrong, the image wouldn’t expose for the full second which was annoying. I set my first sample sheet

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Pentax K1000

In previous posts I mentioned that my Zeiss-Ikon camera no longer worked and I needed to find a replacement. After much research I finally decided on the Pentax K1000 SLR camera. I know that I wanted an SLR 35mm camera and I also knew that I wanted it to be as manual as possible so I could learn the basics of photography on it. There is plenty of information on the internet regarding this camera and I heard from people I had spoken to that it was a good ‘student camera’ to learn on. I had also read that it is a good robust quality camera. This camera has a shutter speed of 1 /1000th to 1 second and a centre-needle metering in the viewfinder. There is a battery that is required for the centre-needle metering system. However, what is great about this camera is that it’s still fully functional if the battery runs out. This means you’d have to

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