Its difficult to explain really. I thoroughly enjoy the process all the way from capture to print regardless of the workflow but I also like a challenge. At the moment, the darkroom as you now is in the loft space and I only have 6x4 feet to play with and this weather has prevented me from spending a lot of time in there apart from early mornings where I have just been experimenting with different things such as making ring arounds using different filters.Hi Ian,
OK; so go on then, you've put us all on the donkey with your re-entry to the world of analogue purity...
I know you've committed 100s (thousands??) of hours to learning and perfecting hybrid workflow... There must be something about analogue that has "lured you back...".
I remember my first experience with Photoshop, it was around 1994 and version 3 had just been released where layers had just been introduced. Now in 2018, Photoshop has certainly come along way but these days, to me it seems to be more geared towards design rather Photography.Alexander the Great is said to have wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. I suspect that Ian the Great has reached his Alexander moment with Photoshop.
I saw Dave Miller's darkroom and its very nice indeed. The one that did initially inspire me although not as elaborate as Dave Millers was the one from Roger on the Isle of White.If you're thinking of a darkroom in a shed, here's the Taj Mahal of all garden darkrooms. I suspect that many of us manage with less. It is certainly nice to be able to set out all the trays in a row, and to contemplate bigger sizes.
From my experience, I don't think this is a cut n dry as it may have been 15 years ago. I have visited 2 what I class as professional dark room workers, Andrew Sanderson and Dave Butcher and looked through many of their portfolios.As regards surpassing the hybrid method, I think in the hands of an experienced photographer and DR worker, the darkroom print would win the day