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why do I close my eyes when developing film?
« on: 12/03/2014 16:30:01 »
Martin Fennell asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I still develop films at home. Part of this involves loading films into a development tank, which I do in a changing bag to make sure no light fogs the film. Why do I close my eyes when doing this? It should make no difference, but seems to.

Martin

What do you think?
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Re: why do I close my eyes when developing film?
« Reply #1 on: 12/03/2014 18:34:37 »


To concentrate on the sensation of touch when you are manipulating unseen items in the changing bag ?

Closing your eyes is a bit like turning off unnecessary processes running on your computer to get maximum performance from some software.
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Re: why do I close my eyes when developing film?
« Reply #2 on: 12/03/2014 19:09:33 »
Weird, innit? I do quite a lot of work in a fully blackened darkroom and even after 50 years I still find myself closing my eyes! I think it may improve proprioception: sometimes I feel as though I'm falling if my eyes are open and there's no input, but no problem walking around the room with eyes tight shut!
 

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Re: why do I close my eyes when developing film?
« Reply #3 on: 12/03/2014 19:23:10 »
To concentrate on the sensation of touch when you are manipulating unseen items in the changing bag ?

Closing your eyes is a bit like turning off unnecessary processes running on your computer to get maximum performance from some software.
That sounds reasonable.
I often find that when I'm trying to reach an unseen nut or bolt on my car, I'll close my eyes, or perhaps just stare blindly away from what I'm working on.
 

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