The Digital Darkroom

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Harbinger

As a young adult practicing photography for the first time, I loved the time I spent in the darkroom. I converted a corner of our basement into my darkroom lab. I would don my apron and goggles and with the use of varying water temperatures and rinse baths, smelly chemicals , colored filters, and the dodging and burning with light, among other techniques, I would watch in wonder as images came into view on the paper in the water-filled chemical bath.

My darkroom today is computer software that allows me to do all I did before and much, much more while I sit at my desk in my study.

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 Future’s Beckoning

The techniques I used in my dark, wet basement space have morphed into clicks on my computer keyboard.

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Water to Wine

And the creative process is now limited only by my lack of computer ability and imagination.

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Winter’s Eve

Today the post-processing of my images in-computer is as much an invitation to creativity as is my in-camera work. What a gift!

Contributed by Sharon Brown Christopher

All images are ©Sharon Brown Christopher All rights reserved.

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