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    Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    ...and not enough on technique?

    Is there a "Technique" mini forum on this forum? That's what large format is about anyways.

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Hmmmm...in about 1.5 seconds I find the long hidden and top secret Style and Technique sub forum. You get from this forum commensurate with what you contribute. What's stopping you from posting threads on technique?
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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    ... and there are the half-dozen or so threads where pictures are shown/discussed with little chatter about gear.

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    I think of it as some people here are more interested in gear, other people post photos. Some people are really into process/technique, especially darkroom. Sometimes there is overlap. I like a good mix.

    Many people are learning LF for the first time, so there is going to be naturally much questions about guiding them into gear choices.

    I don't think Technique is what LF is about, at least for me.

    I'm interested in both making photos and photo history. Much gear discussion and transactions happen as I consider that gear hands-on learning tools as well as photo making tools. I'm not "collecting" per se, just getting something to participate in a craft from before my parents or grandparents were born. As for making photos, I think we've left some things behind (other than technique) as we race toward convenience and digital perfection and zero cost per shot. Such intangibles were always good with LF and are only getting better.

    Are you thinking technique is about setting up the LF camera, etc... or about using LF negatives to craft alt process prints; the latter is definitely a technique that used to be limited to LF, but anyone can make negatives on their inkjet now to have big negatives.

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    I put the bookmark for this forum in the "gear" folder.

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    I put the bookmark for this forum in the "gear" folder.
    +1 ... but then all BBs are. Tis easier to talk with strangers about 'nouns' --


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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Yeah, I saw the Style and Technique forum but wasn't sure if I should post my question on movements/parallelism there. Hardly anyone is looking that the sub forum also.

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Speaking of gear I've got this great shiny new mint super xxx lens for sale with some free film and shipping
    But not outside US as I can't be bothered with paper work
    Oh and did you see the new pick of me with my massive camera???
    through a glass darkly...

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Noble View Post
    ...and not enough on technique?
    Dude, you have been on this forum nearly as long as I have! The board here just isn't that big! Kirk is right, that subforum must be super-secret! Or else you really haven't been paying attention for 12 years!

    But I have been wondering, what was the best Nazi secret lens designed by aliens on the far side of the moon under the direct supervision of Adolf Hitler?
    "It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans

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    Re: Is This Forum Too Gear Oriented?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C. Miller View Post
    But I have been wondering, what was the best Nazi secret lens designed by aliens on the far side of the moon under the direct supervision of Adolf Hitler?
    WWANN: Why Would Andre Noble Know

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