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  1. Re: Looking for classic grand hotel tween Baltimore and VA

    The Jefferson in Richmond. The staircase was used in movie "Gone with the Wind", or so I've heard. Serve a great brunch on Sundays.
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    photography

    Hello Raymond.
    I'm not formally trained in photography, but I have done significant reading and study. My understanding of the difference is the same as John Brownlow. Photos in annual corporate...
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    Distilled water, any use in darkroom?

    Hello. I use distilled water to mix all my chemicals (B&W) and filtered water to wash film and prints.
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    Anyone using Forte paper?

    I have been using Forte Polywarmtone Semi-Matte w/ Dektol 1:1 & 1:2. Like you, I found the blacks a little weak. My darkroom is down for a move, but when I have it up again, I am planning to try...
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    If Only Four Books....

    Let Truth Be Prejudice - W. E. Smith; Essays; World At My Doorstep; Time In New England - P. Strand; Daybooks ; Last Years At Carmel - E. Weston; Immediate Family - S. Mann; Pictures Of People - N....
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    Inspiration

    My sixth grade teacher loved art and taught art history along with world history. I still have the text she used, "A Child's History of Art". I would draw all the time; cars, people, etc. As I got...
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    Final wash with Kodak try siphons

    Hello. I started my darkroom w/ the Kodak siphons. I had my final wash tray above a rinse tray. But the best money I spent for my darkroom has been for a print washer. I bought an inexpensive...
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    Trading my Tech IV for a Super Graphic?

    Hello. This is funny. I have a Super Graphic, and have often though of upgrading to a Linof. I never have because I really like the Super Graphic, though I rarely use it anymore since going to...
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    Some of my 8x10 portraits too

    Thank you, Frank. I enjoyed your website, good work.
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    On Craft, Science, and Art

    Kirk, thank you for sharing what in my view is an excellent and applicable analysis of the artistic process. It has long been my belief that the creation of great art is grounded in solid craft. I...
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    Hybrid Photography

    Hello. I recently bought a Canon S70, which is basically a very fancy 7 megapixel point and shoot digital camera. Taking the place of my 35mm system, I bought it for family event pictures. Of...
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    Why make photographs?

    I tried my hand at music, and have been banging on guitar for a number of years (has it been 35 years?) and though I have no talent or skill for playing music, I have found that the effort of...
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    Interviewing a photographer for class

    I believe Nicholas Nixon lives and teaches in Boston, or vicinity. A very well-respect LF photographer, if you could get him to participate.
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    Beseler 45MX

    Just a suggestion, but I had an Omega color head that had a similar plug that plugged into a power supply unit, which in turn plugged into the wall. Seems the Besler unit works the same.
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    Amateur vs Professional pricing issues

    Richard,
    I looked at your more recent post with the emphasis on pricing, and the impact of those relying less on photo income. I said in my earlier post that I did not believe amateurs...
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    Amateur vs Professional pricing issues

    Hello. I'm an amateur, so I can speak from that side of it. I do not agree that most amateur "fine art" photography is produced by photographers using LF, at least not where I live (Richmond...
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    Contact printing a B&W negative film

    I would suggest Ilfobrom Galerie, a graded fiber based paper. However, I do not know if it is available in the size you require.
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    Suggestions for a cheap 5x7

    Hello,
    I second the recommendation for the Ansco. I bought one last year off auction site for a little over $200, and it included a 4x5 back, 190mm ilex lens, and case. I bought it because of my...
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    Agfa MCC replacement

    Hello,
    Like you I will miss Agfa Multicontrast Classic. My favoriate paper.

    I found that I got very similar results to MCC glossy with Ilfobrom Galiere glossy, which is a graded fiber based...
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    Agfa MCC definitely gone alas.

    Yes, this is very sad news. Though my experience is limited, I found Agfa's MCC papers very much to my liking. I agree that support should go to those who plan to continue producing quality papers,...
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    Hello 2006, Goodbye Agfa. A eulogy.

    I can only hope that somehow Agfa's Multicontrast Classic papers will be revived by someone, somewhere. Its' not too much to ask for, is it?
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    Giving up the view camera---am I nuts?

    Hello Steve;
    I went through a similar process several years ago, but with a Koni-Omega - same 6x7cm format.
    But for me the shooting process was the same, basically setting up on a tripod, and if...
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    lenses, the best of best

    203mm 7.7 Ektar; 100mm & 135mm WF Ektars; 13" Wollensak Series 1A Triple Raptar & Velostigmat (coated & uncoated); 9 1/2" Dagor; 8 1/4" Dagor; 16" Wollensak Series 1A Triple Raptar.
  24. More 8x10 portraits from my "First 20" series

    Hello, and yes, some very nice shots.
    I'm with John K. There is something different in the look and feel of a contact print. There is something special about using an 8x10. I say this because...
  25. So sad, what to replace Agfa Multicontrast Classic

    Michael, I 've gotten results from Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie in glossy surface very similar to Agfa MCC glossy, particularly when lightly toned in selenium (diluted about 1/15-20), for about 4min. ...
  26. So sad, what to replace Agfa Multicontrast Classic

    I wondered if Ilford Warmtone would make a suitable replacement. I had the sense that maybe its a little too warm. I tend to favor matt papers, and some paper makers are limiting availablity to...
  27. So sad, what to replace Agfa Multicontrast Classic

    After trying a number of papers, I had finally decided that Agfa MCC was the one, especially the semi-matt. I was really getting comfortable with it. Now it's gone.
    You who favored Agfa MCC...
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    My first viewcam...Now for the lens

    Hello and welcome to large format. Steve Simmons made a very good suggestion in his reponse.
    In other formats, what focal length best serves your photographic vision?

    I have a nice selection of...
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    Your first lens

    for my Super Graphic 4x5- it came w/ 135mm Rodenstock in 1000 super speed graphic shutter. eventually built the following lens collection: 100mm, 135mm WF Ektars; 250mm tele-optar, and my favorite...
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    A Great VC paper

    I cast my vote for Agfa Multicontrast Classic as well, both semi-matte and glossy. My favorite paper overall. I also like Forte's Polywarmtone with ivory base, but find it harder to work with. ...
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    8 inch(?) wide field ektar

    I believe the WF Ektar was available in 80mm, 100mm , 135mm, 190mm, and 250mm. I have the 100mm and 135mm; and would love to have examples of the 190mm and 250mm, but they are too expensive for me. ...
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    trial and error w/8x10

    I found 8x10 more demanding than even 4x5, but for me, much more rewarding than 35mm, 120mm, or 4x5. Its the result, the contact print that makes the difference. And the process, and the history of...
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    New to LF photography

    Welcome Randy,
    Steve Simmons, who often contributes to this forum, publishes View Camera magazine, which is available through book stores. He also wrote a good introductory guide to using Large...
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    Toning VC Papers

    I got some nice blue-ish/brownish split toning using Nelson Golder Toner with Agfa Multicontrast Classic semi-matte. Temp was about 80 degrees, about 20 degrees lower than the recommended temp. ...
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    Ansco view cameras-- any good?

    Hello. I have an 8x10, with 8x10, 5x7, & 4x5 backs; and a 5x7 with 5x7 & 4x5 backs. Both are the more recent grey-painted models with plastic knobs. They don't have long bellows, as mentioned...
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    wollensak 330mm triple convertable lens

    Hello,
    I am assuming this is a Series 1A Wollensak Triple convertible, and if it is it can be either a Velostigmat, typically uncoated, or a newer Raptar, typically coated. I have examples of...
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    Soft Contact Prints

    Hello.
    Using old, old paper usually results in "fog" for me, giving the print a dis-colored look rather than a loss of sharpness. Overall contrast can be altered, but the fogging will persist. ...
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    Movers and fakers

    Hello Tim,

    My point is simple - you put paint in front of me, and you get your living room painted, and maybe not so well; you put paint in front of Monet, you get something that shakes your soul...
  39. G. Leitmeyr Munich V Weitwinkel Anastigmat???

    Thanks guys. It looks like a good lens and does look alot like my 100mm Wide Field Ektar - the size and shape of the elements - but I haven't tried to count the surfaces . I'm sending it to Frank...
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    Conference on Black and White

    Thank you. Look forward to hearing more.
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