I am SO happy I decided to take this darkroom class. Every hour I spend in there is a total gift. :love: I am always stunned to glance at the clock and see 2 hours have passed in what I could swear was a 20-minute time span. I am sometimes unnerved by appreciating how much I have to learn. Growing up in our McDonald's society makes me impatient for the time when I can select my negative and have a perfect print within an hour. Practicing patience becomes part of the artistic process. I am in renewed awe of Ansel Adams, too. I am very humbled when I look over his body of work. I wish I'd had this class behind me when the Atlanta High Museum showcased his work last year. Even though I enjoyed it immensely, I think having my own darkroom foibles in mind would have enhanced the show for me. Maybe not. Only 2 more classes to go. Tonight after critique there will be some discussion about building a home darkroom, although I know my husband has his own theories on that. That will be the next endeavor. I can rent time at the school once class is over, but it's a shared facility, of course. Me no like sharing. :x I want to try something other than D-76, thanks. Ah....it somehow completes the cycle for me....I can go out on a shoot (one of the happiest things to do), and now I can develop my film and make a print (even though I'm pretty crappy, I usually print too dark, but thank god the negs are still decent). For me, knowing how to put it all out there, from start to finish, is the essence of what being a photographer is all about. Or, I think I still aspire to be a photographer....it's what I am working towards. I still perceive it as a goal to attain. I'm not there yet. But this has helped a lot, in a sense of progression.