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  1. Re: Black and White book printing, what is the best quality option?

    I think that's the first edition. Somewhere inside there's a blurb about Richard Benson's process. He made separation plates from the negatives, using methods of his own invention. The book was...
  2. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    Oh yeah, they have a 1st edition of this at the house. I've looked at it. I'm going back in August and will have another look. It's all pictures from that island.



    We go up there to enjoy the...
  3. Re: Black and White book printing, what is the best quality option?

    In the first edition they're quadtones, printed on top of a tint plate, overprinted with varnishes of different textures. In later editions they're duotones (I haven't seen the duotone version).
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  4. Re: Black and White book printing, what is the best quality option?

    See if you can get your hands on an original printing of this one. It changed my thinking completely.
  5. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    I never had much opinion about Porter, but the last few summers i've been spending a week at his old island in Maine ... I'm friends with the family of his brother Fairfield, the painter. Eliot's...
  6. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    I'm not convinced that Porter's work holds up after all these decades. It was interesting in the beginning because color was interesting. But I don't find the use of color interesting in the same...
  7. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    Interesting proposition. Probably a big part about why he became the popular face of the medium in the U.S..

    The closest predecessor may have been the survey photographers, but in those cases the...
  8. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    Amen to that. This gut (or whatever you want to call it) needs to be informed, exercised. I have yet to see a baby enter the world with anything worthwhile to say, by word or picture or saxophone.
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  9. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    I have nothing to add to this.
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    Re: Matching printer output

    In theory, it makes sense to use relative colorimetric when the saturated colors are unimportant (a red light on an instrument panel in the background) and perceptual when they're important (you're...
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    Re: Matching printer output

    With good profiling, you should be able to get near perfect matches. Different ink sets have slightly different color gamuts. One manufacturer's inks may extend farther into the reds and purples,...
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    Re: digital archive questions 1,2,3

    Agreed on all this. But realize that the day may come a when a new technology will convince you to scan again.

    I keep:
    1) the raw scan file (mine aren't truly raw files, but they're loosely...
  13. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    I think you're arguing with me, not Struan.

    But while I would indeed suggest interrogating the muse, there's a right and wrong time. Shut up while she's talking. Write down everything. Goad her...
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    Re: This is the end of Apple Aperture?

    Of course. And it may even work on the next major OS release. The point is it's no longer being supported. There won't be any more updates, no more bug fixes, and eventually it will be orphaned by...
  15. Re: LF versus smaller format optics, which is better pixel for pixel?

    Here's a comparison from actual prints. I've been making 60" prints from 36 megapixel files from one of these 5 micron pixel pitch cameras. They look significantly better than 50" darkroom prints...
  16. Re: LF versus smaller format optics, which is better pixel for pixel?

    Back to the OP's somewhat theoretical question, I think the very best small format lenses of mid- to long focal lengths would win this today.

    Quality of lenses in the small digital camera world...
  17. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    It's interesting how often figures of Greek mythology work as metaphors for subjective experiences that seem universal. I say "seem" because the universal is tough to prove. I don't know if someone...
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    Re: This is the end of Apple Aperture?

    It's been euthanized.
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    Re: This is the end of Apple Aperture?

    Luckily I avoided aperture, partly because its raw conversion didn't seem as good at the competition. And partly because I never quite trusted Apple's commitment to it. Among the pro apps, Apple...
  20. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    I'm suggesting that whether or not they're divided, they may both be our allies. We are under no obligation to take sides, as the Romantic dichotomy would have us.
    "Head" and "heart" are just...
  21. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    I can't speak for the OP, but that's not my agenda at all. I'm for using all the arrows in the quiver. Not necessarily at the same time.

    I do believe it's lazy to equate all spontaneous acts with...
  22. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    [with understanding that this was typed on a phone]

    This is the crux of the skeptical argument. What if "the muse" equals your habits and prejudices and unquestioned received ideas?

    I think...
  23. Re: Why is everything we write republished without attribution????

    It's just trying to draw clicks to sell google ads. The more sophisticated google's algorithms get, the harder it will be for anyone to make money off of this.

    The victims of this b.s. aren't the...
  24. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    I meant untrodden by other artists. Nowhere's more trodden than Yosemite. And yet it's possible to do work there that's not completely burdened by the past, as someone seems to prove every few...
  25. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    Look at the pictures Friedlander made in Yosemite in the 90s. Brilliant, and nothing like AA's.
    You don't need Yosemite to be an Ansel clone, and you don't need untrodden landscapes to see with...
  26. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    The gods themselves had pretty quotidian concerns. They were having petty brawls over lovers and power just like regular folks. They just happened to be immortal, and to wield lightning bolts. This...
  27. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    Definitely the hottest.
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    Re: Post Photos of YOURSELF with your camera

    You may have to travel back to the '90s, or to Detroit. The new post-apocalyptic world looks more like a theme park of glass luxury towers.

    Erik says that pic was right around here. I don't think...
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    Re: Best tripod head for 4x5 camera?

    I've happily used the Manfrotto 3047 for years and years.
    Not the final world in precision, and the hex plate needs to be double checked to make sure it's fully engaged. I'm used to this but it's...
  30. Re: What does "Let the Muses guide you" mean, and why is it relevant to LF?

    They have names, people. It's rude talking about them like they're not here.

    1. Clio: The Muse Clio discovered history and guitar. History was named Clio in the ancient years, because it refers to...
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    Can you elaborate on this a bit? I'm not sure what you mean by walls. I believe my framer has been using a 1/4" or 3/8" black spacer.
  32. Re: Would appreciate help with choosing a higher end printer.

    Congrats. I think you made the right choice. Better than waiting a year to find out if the new version is as good or better.

    I considered the 4900 also, and then saw one in person. Pictures on the...
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    These big sizes are awful to transport and store, but if it's for yourself and you have place on the wall for it, the bad stuff won't come up often.

    I have a 40x60 on the wall at home. It was for...
  34. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    We're saying the same thing, no?
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    I just moved a mounted 40x60 print (no frame) in the back of a subaru impreza. It just barely fit flat, packed in cardboard with about 1" of packing extending beyond the edges.
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    You will never see squares. That's not how either photoshop nor printer drivers interpolate.
  37. Re: Would appreciate help with choosing a higher end printer.

    This is a slightly awkward time. I'd hesitate to buy a 3880 right as it's being discontinued, and I'd hesitate to buy its replacement until we've seen some long-term reviews. Epson has replaced good...
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    And to reiterate what others have said, it will 185 pixels/inch, not 85. This will translate to just over 3.5 lp/mm of maximum resolution at the print surface, which is high enough to look very good....
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    Re: How large can I print this 4x5 scan?

    This one's easy. You can print it as big as you want. 50" will look great. Just make sure you're working with someone who's experienced at preparing photographs for large prints.

    This image is...
  40. Re: Ansel Adams: Do you fight or embrace his influence on your landscapes?

    Anyone have a sense of public perceptions of "art" photography in the mid / late 19th century? Where people would go to see it, if there was a critical response, if it was a niche interest or had any...
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