I built my Darkroom

I ‘m still not giving up shooting with colors.I have stock of slide film on my freezer that will last for couple years…The reason why I’m recently posting more black and white image is that I’m currently learning more Traditional Silver Gelatin Print, although I started shooting film in late 2011.I never think that I will get into this process…

In December (2014)  I took advantage of my days off at work  to build my Darkroom,which is now done and equipped with Zone VI 5×7 cold light .I added features of doing Alternative process which I will put a separate post…

This is my old darkroom where the wet section is on the other side of the room.


 I started with the floor plan for a bigger darkroom..


Then I start stripping the old ceiling.The sink at back is custom made by Rob S Pohl at Mac Skylights who is the Founder of the group called The Monochrome Guild where I belong…


Installing the Partition wall



IMG_5321 Drywall on one side installed at this time.
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Drywall installed as well as the new ceiling


Lightning fixture added,

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This time the first coating is done…


Started working on the sink frame



tapping the drain to the existing drain pipe


I started working on the frame for the dry side,the higher side is for large light box that can accommodate 48 inches digital negative for alternative printing…

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The lower part is for my enlarger,


I covered the old window and installed the insulation…


Covered the insulation, hole added for exhaust fan,exhaust fan fixture also installed…


Vinyl flooring installed…


Piping installed for washing


5×7 enlarger moved from my old darkroom…


Here is the sequence of image where every features are installed…






Hope you enjoy this post…

More Information about Silver gelatin Process…

The gelatin silver process is the photographic process used with currently available black-and-white films and printing papers. This is one of the many ways of producing a photograph. A suspension of silver salts in gelatin is coated onto a support such as glass, flexible plastic or film, baryta paper, or resin-coated paper. These light-sensitive materials are stable under normal keeping conditions and are able to be exposed and processed even many years after their manufacture. This is in contrast to the collodion wet-plate process dominant from the 1850s–1880s, which had to be exposed and developed immediately after coating.

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