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    Transparency submissions

    i never send original CTs to anyone. publishers can normally make their decisions using labelled 35mm dupe slides of your work, or they can view the image electronically (the most common form of...
  2. Thread: Basic Lenses

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    Basic Lenses

    during my years pursuing the holy grail of "fine art", i completed about four portfolios of self-portraiture, generally in unique settings that i would run across. in most cases, the image...
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    Print Size and Subject Matter

    yeah, yeah - the theory behind this is elusive at best, and you can certainly find people who will argue that there is a place for small prints, but from my experience in the art world, big prints...
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    The Worst Advice (in ANY format)

    i can still remember, about 25 years ago, the young fellow from the local shutterbug store, after looking at some of my first attempts in B/W, telling me "mr norman, you should just stick to...
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    Format for an architectural portfolio

    kevin - the architects i've worked with have, to a person, been extraordinarily astute to the intricacies of high-quality photography. since the resolution of display screens is around 72dpi,...
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    Format for an architectural portfolio

    a high-quality leather-bound portfolio "book" is what you need. do NOT print anything on matte-surface paper. do NOT ever use black overmats for anything professional. make certain your work is ...
  7. Choice between 210's -- Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    these are both wonderful lenses, and i've used them both extensively. my current kit includes the nikkor 210/5.6 and i love it - i dont think an extra mm or so of image circle is a definitive ...
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    Upgrade from Bender

    i love my 45NX, and i dont think i will ever change cameras - after 20 years with this thing, it is like my left arm or something - it is my best friend, i know it intimately, it does everything i...
  9. FSTOP Group Issues New Warning about X-Ray Damage to Film

    (biting tongue...trying not to rant...) thanks ellis - good info for us all to consider. i guess it is finally time for me to go buy some lead pouches.
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    Where can i show my work?

    dick - at least nick capitalized B&W - the important thing!
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    Where can i show my work?

    first thing is to organize your work into some basic themes, or portfolios, that provide some type of cohesive connection between the pieces. gallery directors and museum curators do not want to...
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    Two different but good books

    thanks bob - klett's earlier work was partially the inspiration for a book i did back in 1994 - "Oregon Main Street: A Rephotographic Survey" (pub by Oregon Historical Society, 1994). the entire...
  13. LF for Inca Trail? General advice for Peru and Bolivia

    i'm jealous!! i know you will have an extraoridanry experience. i have done a few things like this before, and my kit included my trusty old crown graphic, my nikkor sw-90 and my rodenstock...
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    Used camera advice?

    matt says "You will do nothing with a hand-held Graphic that wouldn't be better done with a Hassy. Movements will not be available to you when holding the camera, "

    sorry, but wrong, and wrong. ...
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    Used camera advice?

    i have a 1948 crown graphic i paid $60 for that i just love. i use my regular rodenstock 135mm on it. keep your eyes open - even the beat-to-hell crown graphics can be great machines, and you can...
  16. Thread: ArcBody

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    ArcBody

    i spent many years using small and medium format perspective control systems, and i have to say the hasselblad system was the most awkward and ridiculous system i ever put my hands on. of all the...
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    Newton rings on Bosscreen

    yeah - i tried a bosscreen and ran into the same problem - the wax between the two plates was a constant source of difficulties and i often noticed little bubbles in it. i just couldnt work with...
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    Virtual Wide Angle Lens

    gentlemen and ladies - i have finally succeeded at creating a virtual lens for e xtreme wide-angle LF photographic purposes, and it is astounding. through selec tive use of new polymer-titalium, and...
  19. Book on Reinhart Wolf (Architectural Photographer) Available in US?

    harry abrams published "villas of venito" back in 1988. there are a couple of copies still floating around.
  20. Advice Need for Aspiring Photographer's Assistant

    it can depend largely on the skill set which the prospective assistant brings with them to the job - some are more prepared than others. my newest apprentice for HABS/HAER recordation has a ...
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    Mounting advice

    i support your desire to cease using dry-mounting. using linen tape hinge mounts is the universally accepted method to archivally mount any type of paper-based artwork. if you will do a google...
  22. is there any traditional photography digital can not replace?

    to follow up just a bit - obviously the consumer market will go completely digital very soon. for more critical and fine art work, it will take longer for technology to find an equally compelling ...
  23. is there any traditional photography digital can not replace?

    i don't understand why any of you are threatened by this question. i dont even understand why you think this is a troll - it sounds like a reasonable question to me, and, IMHO, the answer is,...
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    Composing on the GG, or not

    largely, i compose in my head as i stand and view a scene. of course this is facilitated by years of being very familiar with my lenses. but i also use a reflex viewfinder and i very carefully...
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    What's The Real Aim For An Artist?

    i like what lisette model taught dianne arbus - that to make your work more general in nature would make it speak to the most people.

    when i was younger, i thought i could control what a viewer...
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    Historic Photo Database

    i am greatly interested in historic topographic and architectural photographs an d the early photographers who did that sort of work. i have a nice library of m onographs and histories, and have...
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    Career Question...Management?

    i would like to thank each of you for your thoughtful comments. between you, you have captured the essence of this problem and its possible solutions, and i really appreciate it. i know in the...
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    Career Question...Management?

    i have been doing this a long time now (over 25 years), and have been lucky enou gh to have had several successes, with one-man exhibitions, authored 3 books, wo rked for the library of congress...
  29. What features do you look for when buying a new LF Camera?

    1. ease of use is surely the most critical thing in my book. especially in folding cameras, the knobs need to be large and easy to access and control, and the uprights need to be large enough and...
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    Something to think about

    to imply that weston and adams created some new vision or "visual philosophy" is surely to be completely ignorant of the history of photography. look at the work of edouard baldus and others who ...
  31. Print Quality Via 4X5 transparency /Scanned/Photoshop/Digital Printed

    as i've mentioned on this forum a few times, in my experience, the digital prints i have had made from my CTs are FAR superior to conventional prints made directly from the CTs. i admit that the...
  32. has anybody done any serious BW digital printing?

    one way to get some comparative ability is to look at the reproductions in a newer, high-end fine art book of photographs, almost all of which are prepared these days using digital methodology. ...
  33. has anybody done any serious BW digital printing?

    CT - color transparency
  34. has anybody done any serious BW digital printing?

    after my recent experiences having my LF CTs scanned and printed digitally on cr ystal archive, i am astounded at how much sharper they are than conventional pri nts directly from the CTs. has...
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    Wildlife and underwater with LF

    it should work just fine if you have a submarine...
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    How fast a 90mm should I start with?

    hmmm - i use a nikkor sw90 f/8 - image circle is 235mm. the image circle on the f/5.6 version is also 235mm. other makers do offer a bit larger image circle on the faster version of the 90mm...
  37. Color negatives for architectural journals?

    ellis is correct inre: hard-copy submittals, as some magazines require CTs for review. however, many publications are moving more and more toward all-electronic image submittal, manipulation and ...
  38. Bypassing conventional, going directly to digital.

    "terrible smells"?? - i love the way the darkroom smells! it almost makes me salivate :-) anyway, i think i have to call this one both ways - if you want to focus on color work, absolutely shoot...
  39. Stephen Johnson's 'The Parks Project' - Is this a glimpse of the future for LF?

    back in the 19th century, when people like carleton watkins carried mammoth plate view cameras, chemicals and fragile glass plates miles into the wilderness on the backs of mules, it was because...
  40. Ebony RSW45 + 38XL + Recessed + Cable Release?

    dang - that must be quite a wide lens on 4x5, huh? what is the image circle? what is the application?
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