Excitement filled my body as I checked over the room one last time. Everything had to be just so or the test wouldn't be accurate. Enlarger in the left corner, red-light precariously placed on the self near the ceiling and all of the chemicals in the back area of the darkroom. With everything lined up and ready to go I can feel a slight shake in the hand holding the cardboard over the photo paper. Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click. I can feel my breath leave my body with an audible sound of relief. The cardboard is moved over a few inches to the left Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click. One more time, the cardboard is moved a few more inches to the left Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click.
The shadow on the left of the first photo is the shadow of the enlarger. I had the red-light up too high and it cast a shadow. For the second exposer I lowered the red-light to the floor. This was a count of 7 but I still over exposed the photo.
These two photos hang in my office at work. This shot reminds me that even when you plan out a shot, external factors that you can't calculate can happen. Having a deer jump in front didn't stop me from capturing this moment. What would have been an unremarkable golfing shot (that I would have liked) became a shot that I love. I have shot a lot of film in 1 year, out of every roll, every shot, this one stand out to me. It reminds me that somethings are made special by random luck and good timing.