I haven't used a chemical darkroom in 30 yrs, even though I've always had one within steps of my office/labs, but I remember with great fondness my grad school days (actually nights) spent making my own developers. I briefly taught photographic chemistry to the local camera club, but gave up when people's eyes glazed over. Not everyone was meant to be a chemist, sigh. Here are a couple of recent B&W images from a trip to Myanmar last March. They still have that Tri-X look, including the grain.
Awesome shots dhachey. This thread rocks :-)
Bringing the whole thing together, something that I almost dove into back when I first got a good DSLR but was still shooting film occasionally is making gelatin silver prints from digital files. I first learned about it from LensWork magazine, which is a lovely find in and of itself.
In a nutshell, we finally have a use case for the insanely high resolution that the inkjet printer companies have been using as a marketing gimmick forever. The printheads of even the now-12-year-old Epson 2200 are capable of small enough dots to print a negative with resolution surpassing film when used with the right transparency medium & inks, which can then be used to make a print with a traditional darkroom enlarger.
The process is laborious but I've seen the results in a gallery and the gelatin silver prints from an FF DSLR source file are every bit as stunning as medium format film.