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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

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    This is from Providence, 1993 or 94. Picture by Erik Gould. One of the usual kinds of places we photographed (most of the region looked like this at the time).
    My girlfriend says I look...
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    Re: Videos of You photographing

    Thanks Dennis.

    Interesting that it seems soft-sell. I do say "please buy stuff." How would you make it more aggressive?
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    Re: Scanning Resolution

    That's interesting. Where did you find this information?

    32,000 is still a hell of a lot of pixels. This would only of concern to someone printing murals from 8x10 or bigger.
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    I'm talking especially about books like the Paul Strand book printed by Richard Benson in 4 inks, 2 tints, and 2 varnishes.
    I considered it a triumph if I could get a silver print to look as good...
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    I'm talking about enjoying looking at it, not collecting it.
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    Re: Videos of You photographing

    Cool. Probably similar eras. Domino guys told me the country was split down the middle, with people on the East loyal to the yellow Domino boxes, people on the West loyal to the pink C&H. I think the...
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    Good topic for another thread. I have some books with plates that look as nice as any darkroom prints I've seen. You could decorat a whole house for $100, including the exacto knife and ikea frames.
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    Re: Scanning Resolution

    You're suggesting scanning for the biggest print you intend to make. This means either 1) you're positive you're not going to make a bigger one at some point, or 2) you don't mind rescanning.
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    Flying fish might have the answer. I'm also looking into space fish.
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    Re: Scanning Resolution

    Yeah, that's one approach, but it presumes that you either know ahead of time the largest print you'll ever make, or that you're fine with scanning the same neg again if the need comes up....
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    Re: Scanning Resolution

    My approach to scanning has been to run tests to find the highest resolution that makes a visible difference. With my old 4870, with shims and a wet-mount setup, I could see the difference between...
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    Re: Scanning Resolution

    "Finest detail" is a raster setting optimized for line art; it's not ideal for images with photographic gradients.

    There are other setting that give 720ppi that are appropriate for photographs....
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    No, a group of practitioners who might want to know.



    Wallace's speech went on for another 30 minutes, dealing precisely with how to be aware of the water, although he was addressing a...
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    Re: Printing 8x10 vs 16x20

    I've been making some 60" wide color prints and in some cases have found they needed to be lighter than the 8x10 master print in order to avoid looking oppressively heavy. But I don't know if there's...
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    Well, this is one of the central platitudes of nearly every Disney movie and after-school special. Right along with "you can be anything you want to be!" and "everyone's special!"

    But looking at...
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    My bigger point with all this ... that the more you're aware of your influences, the more choice you have in how to respond to them.
    One choice is to actively expand the sphere of your influences....
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    Bloom's got a lot of issues. I don't bring him up as the final word on anything; just an example of how the issue of influence is a big one that has attracted a lot of thought and debate over the...
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    And goofballs, and advertisers, and pulp writers, and propagandists, and pop stars ...
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    This question really forces us to consider what "influence" means. To what degree it has to be conscious, and to what degree unconscious influences may be even more powerful, since they go...
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    The question presumes a belief expressed by John Szarkowsky, which is that American landscape photographers can't escape the shadow of Ansel. He said this because of Ansel's a huge cultural presence...
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

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    Re: Videos of You photographing

    There's a little version.
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    Re: Videos of You photographing

    I finished an edit of my crowdfunding video today. The campaign isn't happening just yet, but after dragging my feet for months it was fun to produce this thing. Be warned: wee camera content....
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

    If you're going to write a manifesto against art (which this amounts to) you should try to make it coherent. Or at least interesting.

    I guess I'm interested in this "power" wielded by fiction...
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    Re: Ethics on retouching and other "corrections"

    There was a great show at the Met a couple of years that looked at all these issues.
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    Re: Ethics on retouching and other "corrections"

    I agree with this. But I'd suggest that it's complicated.

    How do artists represent what they've done? Most of the expectations we set up for viewers are unspoken. They're created by context,...
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

    The real problem with that much-maligned old school British cooking isn't boiling, it's boiling-to-death. If you quickly boil some green veggies in a lot of boiling water, you'll have some of the...
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

    There's actually a lot of world-class cooking coming out of the British Isles these days. Heston Blumenthal, etc...
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    Re: Piezography good test print image

    Another feature of piezography is very fine gradation in the highlights. Smooth tones and detail in the lightest grays before you get to paper white. Like in the clouds in the seascape in the image...
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    The biggest differences the chart shows is image circle, and the results of the Sironar-S being optimized for 1:10; the Symmars are optimized for infinity. Rodenstock only publishes the 1:10...
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

    I would rather be boiled by a British critic than read anything by Roger Kimball.
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with preferring older, more flair-prone lenses. It's a look. And as Ken showed, it's a very specific kind of quality loss—one you can achieve in other ways....
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    Re: Do an artist's intentions matter?

    There's an awful lot of underthinking in general when it comes to landscape. Most of what I hear (w/r/t photography in the 20th Century American tradition, which persists in little pockets) is...
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    The difference between 2% MTF and 5% MTF is 250%. So yes, you can see it.

    Since we're talking about how "contrasty" a lens is, presumably this means contrast at low spacial frequencies, and we're...
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    And the cat is out of the bag. As soon as we figure out that the look we like is just a case of lo-fi love, it becomes trivially easy to reproduce.
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    I bet you wouldn't. Not without laboratory conditions. Compare the MTF curves of those lenses ... they are so close in contrast that sample-to-sample variation might be greater than model-to-model...
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    This Coastal Optics lens is probably the closest thing to a truly apochromatic optic for photography. As a bonus it's corrected into the IR and UV spectrums.

    Small format only.
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    Flare is the only thing we're talking about. It's veiling flair from light bouncing off the elements that visibly reduces contrast.
    And you're going to see a difference in contrast between two...
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    Re: Apo Symmars and the competition?

    I don't understand how a lens can be "too contrasty."

    Unless you're going for a soft, old-timey veiled look. Contrast can never be more than 100%, and in real life it's always less, and gets...
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    Re: Videos of You photographing

    A friend shot a day worth of footage of me on my last project, which is now getting edited into crowd funding video. I'm lucky to know a pro who's used to working with non-actors (he made all the Sam...
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