Martin Yirrell

Joined Jan 10 2013
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Confirmed five pointer with a love of technology. I've been fascinated by photographer since a friends father showed us how to develop prints.

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Reply Dr. Derek P. Blake
11:09 AM on January 13, 2013 
That brings back memories Martin. As a child I was forced by my parents to manage my pocket money, they never believed in giving me more than my weekly allowance, so if I wanted something I had to save up for it and do without other things. At age ten getting my films developed and printed was quite an expense, I saved up and bought the basic equipment, three seed trays for developing, washing and fixing of prints, a real developing bath and an old parker type jacket with the neck and bottom sewn up for loading the tank. Of course it was all monochrome in those days (1954) and I stuck to contact prints from 120 roll film with prints about 21/4 square. It was a matter of learning by making mistakes, I just had a will to succeed and an overdue book from the local library. It took me weeks to get the process right, the right sort of lamps for exposure and safety, the distance from the lamp for exposing the papers and a red decorative bulb as a safety lamp, and then there was the timing, no little digital clocks then. I was very nearly discouraged when I achieved my first good print.
Then it was on to enlargements, fortunately my father had an old 'Magic Lantern' up in the loft, it was never used and he donated it to the cause. i think I was eleven when I converted the lantern to project a negative image onto photographic paper. It was a picture of the Bishop's Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey, after about a half-dozen attempts, I managed my first good 8x10 print and submitted it into the Somerset Photographic Society's competition, Junior/Self D&P section, and I won first prize and got a commendation overall.
Later in life I bought all the right gear with analyser, colour enlarger, print dryer, the whole bit, but nothing has beaten the satisfaction of achieving those first black and white prints, real DIY.
Reply Spencer Courtis
5:37 AM on January 11, 2013 
Hello there Martin - would you have heard of an organisation in your area called Christians in Football?
Bless ya! spence
Reply Dr. Derek P. Blake
4:53 PM on January 10, 2013 
Welcome a-board Martin, I look forward to some fellowship and sharing, Thanks for joining.
In Him