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    Re: I'm pretty much done here...

    Yes, censorship under threat of banishment always leads to a freer exchange of ideas:rolleyes:
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    Re: I'm pretty much done here...

    No doubt for whom? How are such accountings made? I think you've neglected to consider, among other things, why members stay, and why they participate, or not. What there can be no doubt of, is that...
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    Re: I'm pretty much done here...

    A nuisance to whom? The moderators, I presume. I didn't realize this forum existed for he pleasure or convenience of the volunteer moderators, though it seems more obviously so as time passes....
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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    Fair enough, Christopher. I agree that the second and third images are more interesting than the first, but I find little to fault in any of them. Very well done!
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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    Christopher,

    I like your style! It's nice to see someone with a willingness to be challenged. I hope you will take my comments in the spirit in which they are intended.

    I don't get it. Well,...
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    Re: January 2013 Portraits

    Very nice, Sergei.
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    Re: December portraits

    This is not how I work. When you over expose, you move the shadows up the curve, as you say, but I like deep, rich shadows where there ought to be deep, rich shadows. And when you decrease...
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    Re: Standard "Print Viewing Distance" Myth.

    So, if I put a loupe to your 20x24 print and complain that it could be sharper, it's your fault?
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    Re: Where were the Pyro wars?

    Richard,

    It costs me about $35 to make 500 liters of Obsidian Aqua working solution, or about 7 cents/ liter, compared to 25 cents/ liter for Pyrocat HD ( using your figures).

    I agree -- none...
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    Re: Standard "Print Viewing Distance" Myth.

    "What the heck is "viewing distance'? Is it some kind of natural law?"
    Kirk-

    Yes, sort of. "Standard" print viewing distance is based on the normal human circle of vision, though it's not really...
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    Re: Capacity of Caffenol

    Hi,

    I don't know either. I have read that some people re-use Caffenol for several films, but I don't know the details. There's an active group here:
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    Re: Where were the Pyro wars?

    William,

    It really depends on the beginner. If you want to buy something commercially packaged, your options will be limited, but still varied. If you're willing to mix up your own from a...
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    Re: Where were the Pyro wars?

    The substance of those discussions was my developers; Hypercat (and now Obsidian Aqua, too) and 510-Pyro, and Sandy King's developers; the Pyrocat series.

    The original Hypercat formula was...
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    Re: Where were the Pyro wars?

    I think "Pyro Wars" is an overly dramatic term for a period of time when I dared to challenge some of the established thinking on staining developers, and those who helped to establish some of the...
  15. Re: Pyrocat-HD for Stand and Semi-Stand Development

    If and when you decide to mix your own, you might consider mixing up some Obsidian Aqua, too, for comparison. OA is just catechol, metabisulfite, and carbonate -- very simple, and very economical. OA...
  16. Re: Pyrocat-HD for Stand and Semi-Stand Development

    Christopher,

    Are you mixing your own Pyrocat HD, or buying it?
  17. Re: Diafine: Help please for uneven development

    Hi Rick!

    Sorry to hear you've become a moderator here, but that's another subject.

    I'm aware that lower than needed contrast is more malleable than higher than needed contrast, but that has...
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    Re: Anyone interested in 8 x 10 Fuji Acros???

    Jim,

    I was very lucky to marry a lovely Russian woman, and double lucky that she speaks perfect English. Neither of us ever imagined our lives would turn out this way, either. Sometimes life is...
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    Re: Kodak 4155 Contrast Process Pan Film

    I think you'll need special developer to get pictorial gradation, and since we're guessing, I'd say expose for an EI of 12. Film speed is tied to contrast, so EI 100 for line copying is probably...
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    Re: Anyone interested in 8 x 10 Fuji Acros???

    Jim,

    You're an inspiration! I missed a chance to work in Japan (Kyoto and Nara) several years ago, and still feel cheated. Tokyo is high on my list of cities to visit. I might have an opportunity...
  21. Re: Is there such a thing as fine art photography anymore?

    More likely, data mining digital image files from enormous collections like Facebook and Flickr, and whatever replaces them, to use in ways we can't yet imagine.
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    Re: Interested in trying Pyrocat - HD or MC

    Barry,

    Pyrocat HD (or MC) can be made to keep better, even in water, than it does as formulated, simply by mixing it up at 5X the concentration:

    Distilled Water (50 C) 70 ml
    Sodium...
  23. Thread: Texture

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    Re: Texture

    Very nice! Looks like a computer model!
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    Re: Anyone interested in 8 x 10 Fuji Acros???

    A very thoughtful and generous offer, Jim. Enjoy your trip! Envy all around!
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    John,

    I'm not confusing that, either. It doesn't matter -- I meant no disrespect -- just discussing choices, but it seems some believe Ken's been insulted and needs defending. I hope Ken doesn't...
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    Re: Paper negatives

    Very nice, John.
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    Ken,

    Was I discourteous? Not that I care at all about being banned, permanently or otherwise -- I don't -- but I'm curious about these kinds of interpretations.
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    For that? Wow! Sensitive.
  29. Re: Sinar P question from a complete novice (help needed)

    I'd bet there are several LF photographers in your area, and probably some doing tintypes, though most of the people I've seen working in collodian use woodies, and not precision Swiss beauties like...
  30. Re: Sinar P question from a complete novice (help needed)

    Are you sure the shutter's aperture linkage is connected to the lensboard properly? It might be in an improper position that won't allow it to move over its full range.


    Excellent choice of...
  31. Re: Diafine: Help please for uneven development

    I'm not confusing anything. I assume Ken presents his images on the web as he would like them to appear on the web. I imagine he presents his prints as he would like them to appear as prints. To do...
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    Ken,

    Maybe I sound sarcastic -- more tongue in cheek, I hope. Is there no way to make a suny day exposure look like a sunny day, without including blown highlights and washed out mid tones? I've...
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    Your sunny day has been transformed into a depressingly dull, overcast one. Victory?
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Fuji Acros developed in Portrait Pyro, 1:100, 8:00, 70F, 10 seconds/minute agitation.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8317490720_c52c0f437b.jpg
  35. Re: Diafine: Help please for uneven development

    Sandy, I agree. And for a true pessimist, all paths lead to destruction.

    I'm just learning PS, and I would hate to have to even out uneven development in PS, but that's just me. I don't often...
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    Re: Iniciation to stain developers!

    Drew,

    While I agree pyrogallol and catechol are distinct enough to warrant distinct terminology ( I never refer to catechol as pyro), I wouldn't go so far as to say they are unrelated -- they are...
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    There are always trade offs, for every alternative methodology, and for what you gain by two bath development, the trade off is the risk of uneven development, and a more complicated process. This is...
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    Re: Iniciation to stain developers!

    Rhodes,

    None of the above are single solution developers, like Rodinal, but 510-Pyro is.

    Here is a short summary of tanning and staining.

    I've formulated a new staining developer for...
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    Re: Next gen printing?

    You've made a categorical error. An oil painting does not belong to the same class of imaging as a mechanical print, to which both digital and darkroom prints belong. Yes, darkroom printing is a...
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    Re: No-agitation developing?

    No one said Steve didn't do good work -- I'm sure he's quite competent -- but what exactly was his innovation, and why does it place him above photographers like Atget or Mortensen, who might...
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