When I shot B & W film it was Plus-X ASA 80, D-76 1:1 about 80% normal developing time at 68° F. This printed beautifully on contrast grade #3 paper with some burning and dodging. And the quality from the 35mm was so wonderful... a nice full range but distinctively punchy print excellent for reproduction by the printers of the day. (1960's) This was photography. Wet hands, dark rooms, lots of activity in solitude. Concentration. And dust was always with us then as well.
In a few days I will be donating my Nikkor SS tanks to a college near me as they are still doing some film work.
Now, I think we are faced with the process of change. And this is what life is all about. Change. I know of no one who really likes this type of change. Interestingly enough, several months ago I started a thread on the movie "Blow Up". This was about change as well, but for those of us who have tender spots in our hearts for the darkroom the film is a real treat. The photog in the film is in the darkroom a fair amount of time doing the "blow up".
And now, maybe this is why I spend a lot of time on the computer especially with the "brush" in LR 4, fiddling with the end result to get the "camera ready" final product.
Alas... so sad to see the film disappear.