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  1. Re: The Pane in Empty Rooms Exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography

    Thanks very much, Tim and R.J.
  2. Re: The Pane in Empty Rooms Exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography

    Thanks very much, Monty.
  3. The Pane in Empty Rooms Exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography

    Hello Everyone,

    My exhibition "The Pane in Empty Rooms: Frost and Breadloaf in the Green Mountains" will open this Friday at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, Vermont. There will...
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    Re: December 2011 portraits

    Oops, I see that Brian had corrected my error before I caught it. Sorry for the double post, and thanks very much, Brian!

    -B
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    Re: December 2011 portraits

    My apologies. I pasted in the wrong URL. Let me try that again:

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6520486677_7ec4400a9e_z.jpg

    Graflex 4x5 Crown Graphic, Agfa Solinar 10.5cm ƒ/4.5 lens on Kodak...
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    Re: December 2011 portraits

    Taken and scanned last month, but just got around to dust spotting and toning recently.

    Self-portrait, taken with a Graflex 4x5 Crown Graphic, Agfa Solinar 10.5cm ƒ/4.5 lens on Kodak Tmax 100...
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    Re: November portraits

    Thanks, Henry. There are many ways to skin the cat.
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    Re: November portraits

    Also taken in November and just scanned recently, here is a portrait of Middlebury College Professor Pieter Broucke:

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6505584613_55496de64d.jpg

    Graflex 4x5...
  9. Re: broken ground glass: tape repair while waiting for a new one?

    I've used a piece of scrap acrylic that I use to frame photographs. It's easy to score and trim to the proper size. Just rough it up a bit with some fine-grit sandpaper and it works just fine as a...
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    Re: Photo stitching software

    Another vote for Hugin. It gives you more control over the final look of the pano than Photoshop's PhotoMerge function.
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    Re: Run Windows XP on MAC

    Another vote for VirtualBox. I have used both Parallels and VMWare, and while they were nice (but not without their quirks), I have found VirtualBox to meet all of my needs. I switched because I...
  12. Re: Where to get BW/color developed in the NE

    Edgar Praus
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    Re: April 2011 portraits

    http://www.brettsimison.com/external/lf_forum/BJS-20110416_4x5_01.jpg

    Tiffany, Middlebury, Vermont

    4x5 Crown Graphic with 10.5cm ƒ/4.5 Agfa Solinar lens, TMax 400 (TMY2), developed in D-76 1:1.
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    Re: Pull out the darkslide entirely?

    I started pulling it all the way out because of quickloads.

    While waiting for the wind to stop blowing on a desert shoot, I was poised and ready with the quickload sleeve pulled -- all I needed...
  15. Re: Traveling Internationally with LF and Strobes

    Noah: That's certainly a wealth of information -- thanks for posting. I'll check the customs allowances for the countries I'm considering -- currently just Guatemala and Mexico. I knew getting a load...
  16. Re: Traveling Internationally with LF and Strobes

    Thanks for the responses, everyone.

    Been surfing around this morning and discovered that Paul Buff has released an updated Vagabond battery pack that runs on lightweight lithiums. According to the...
  17. Traveling Internationally with LF and Strobes

    Howdy,

    I'm putting together a project where I'll need to fly commercially to Central and South America with large format gear and some portable strobe equipment. I'll have access to AC power only...
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    Re: Best place to get a good loupe

    I've acquired a few good "loupes" by disassembling old, cheap 35mm zoom lenses from the likes of Vivitar, Sears, and Kiron. At best, they were mediocre performers in their previous life, but quick...
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    Re: Masking Contact Prints

    I use rubylith tape. Just don't pull it too tight when you apply it or it will shrink back and cause the negative to curl.
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    Re: dithering on DN

    Was this after he posted his updated guide to creating diginegs on the 3800 back in 2008? Because in this post at dpug he admits that even he can see digital grain in the smooth areas of his silver...
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    Re: dithering on DN

    I, too, got a lot of noticeable dither with digital negatives on silver. I even tried the Pictorico White Film when someone suggested that the white base will diffuse the dither. It sure does, but it...
  22. Re: LF hikers ― is “Map & Compass” a dying art?

    As I've mentioned in another thread discussing what we carry in our camera bags, I always have a compass with me on trips, even when walking around major cities. In those urban situations, cutoff...
  23. Re: Useful items in your bag (that other smart photographers forget)

    A few non-photographic items that always live in my camera bag:

    - LED headlamp
    - 500ml water bottle
    - Compass, sometimes a GPS...but always the compass
    - Ibuprofen (regular and "PM" varieties),...
  24. Poll: Re: How do you carry your tripod over hill & dale?

    I've custom-fitted a shoulder strap for my lightweight carbon-fiber Gitzo mountaineer. It hangs vertically and is easy to access, especially when shooting events when I need the support quickly.
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    Re: 4X5 Kodachrome transparencies from the 40's

    The Library of Congress is the source for these images, and they offer almost all of them as high-resolution TIFFs for download:

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?sp=1&co=fsac&st=grid
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    Re: December 2010 Portraits

    Thanks Jim and David.

    Yes, the 10.5cm Solinar will cover 4x5, but only just -- it lights up the corners, but there's significant soft falloff from the sweet spot in the center. It's definitely a...
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    Re: December 2010 Portraits

    http://brettsimison.com/external/lf_forum/BJS-2010-12-08_4x5_012.jpg

    Abby and Annika, Ripton, Vermont.

    4x5 Crown Graphic, 10.5 cm ƒ/4.5 Agfa Solinar lens on TMY2.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Nice!
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    Re: Kodak discontinues all but 4x5 TMAX films

    ƒ/64 vs. ƒ/32
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    Re: Made a ground glass yesterday.....

    Very good, thanks for the info!
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    Re: Made a ground glass yesterday.....

    Do you think the hexagon grinding tool worked better than using a smaller piece of glass as the grinding tool, like the online grinding tutorials recommend?
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    Re: Large format aerial photography...anyone?

    Sounds like you need an aerial camera. Peter Gowland made some nice-looking ones. Does anyone know if his wife is selling of his remaining inventory?
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    http://www.brettsimison.com/external/BJS-20101203_4x5_08.jpg

    Robert Frost's Cabin, Ripton, Vermont
    Fujinon-W 125mm ƒ/5.6, 4x5 Crown Graphic, Kodak TMax 100 in D-76 1:1
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    Re: Why print film rebate?

    You might be talking about the same fake film borders I saw, discussed briefly in this thread. Pretty funny stuff for film nerds like us.

    The first time I did a LF portrait shoot for a client, I...
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    Re: Why print film rebate?

    Sounds like there's an awful lot of "rule making" going on in this thread.

    And we all know what to do with rules...
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    Re: Holders for V700

    Yeah, the film definitely will bow as it heats up in the scanner. I keep my 8x10 film flat with a piece of anti-newton glass from focal point. Film emulsion side down on scanner glass, AN-surface...
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    Re: Polaroid 4x5 Sheet Film Conversions

    ...and assuming your time is free, then yes -- it's a bargain. :-)
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    Re: Polaroid 4x5 Sheet Film Conversions

    I agree with Frank -- you're better off with a Crown or Speed Graphic. I borrowed a good Polaroid conversion and was impressed with the craftsmanship, but the price you pay for the privilege just...
  39. Re: Adjusting Kalart Rangefinder to a 125mm Fujinon-W

    I solved the problem. Turned out I had to adjust the bottom prism screw to rock the prism back slightly so that infinity was aligned with the focus racked all the way in. After that, adjustment was a...
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    Re: Who's Day Job is Photography?

    Full time gig, though LF (or any analog shooting, for that matter) doesn't comprise much of the paying work. Here and there, clients want some B&W and every once in a while I sneak in a LF...
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