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    Re: how old are we?

    Funny, I was the youngest darkroom worker at UC Berkeley during that period. Bob, congratulations on your milestone, and tell me how you are enjoying being 79! I'll be joining you in June. I recall...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    Thank you, Philip. I used this photo on the cover of my brochure when I hung out my shingle as an architectural photographer in the '60's. It worked, architects saw something slightly different from...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

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    Sonoma Mission, CA 1967
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

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    Thank you. This was made on night patrol while serving in the Army as battalion photographer in Thailand. Camera was a 6x6 Minolta Autocord, hand-held. Fair to say, luck played a role!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Lightning, Thailand, 1964
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    Re: how old are we?

    Roger, wishing you smooth sailing after the surgery. Oh, to be only sixty again!

    All the best,

    Merg
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Thank you Alan, always nice to hear from you. Wynn Bullock said it best; "Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived."

    Best,
    Merg
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Thank you, David. It makes a very nice gelatin silver print, the scan of which is presented. The late afternoon winter light gave an overall glow to the subject.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

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    Wet Table, 2019

    Rolleiflex SL66, FP4 Plus, Rodinal
  10. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    Barn Doors, Nevada

    8X10, Plus-X, 19" Artar

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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Thank you, Pat. It's been a good year, so far. Using my trusty Rollei66 quite a bit.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

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    Wooden Baluster, 2020
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you, Philip. You have hit on the intent; sometimes identifiable, sometimes not, but always with an emphasis on form and design.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

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    Compass, 2020

    (silver print scan)
  15. Re: Gallery Talk/CSFA Photographers --- Bolinas, CA 2/22/22

    Most welcome, Brad. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time (Bay Area, 1950's) and had an opportunity to know, and exhibit with many in this group very early in my career. Our big...
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    Re: web page

    Gregg, thank you for sharing your photographs. As you may suspect, I am particularly drawn to the black and white work, which is well seen and executed. The UW Library series is marvelous in this...
  17. Gallery Talk/CSFA Photographers --- Bolinas, CA 2/22/22

    https://bolinasmuseum.org/events/1370/

    For those interested in the "Golden Decade of Photography" this should be an informative event.

    The date should be 2/22/20, this Saturday.
  18. Re: Paul Caponigro in Carmel, CA for lecture on February 8, 2020, 3-5 pm

    Thanks for the report. I'm not surprised that it was a standing room only event.

    Often as I pass through my finishing area on the way to the adjacent darkroom, I glance at the prints on the wall....
  19. Paul Caponigro in Carmel, CA for lecture on February 8, 2020, 3-5 pm

    This is a rare opportunity to hear, and speak with, a master of the silver print.

    Paul's career spans almost seventy years, devoted to the art and technique of photography. You will leave...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Congratulations, Jim!

    Looking forward to more frequent posts, images, and unrivaled Galli wisdom.

    All the best,
    Merg
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    What paper do you intend to use; graded, or variable contrast?
  22. Re: "Ansel Adams and Richard Wasserman: From The Mountains To The Prairies"

    Congratulations, Richard!

    I'm still enjoying your book and the wonderful photographs.

    Best,
    Merg
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you. I'd be happy with a silver!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you, Pat. This is a photograph that composed itself. I only had to be there at the right moment. It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Wynn Bullock; "Mysteries lie all around us,...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Knob & Shadow, 2020

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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Several factors, Drew. Scott has been contemplating a move for a long time as rents increased in that Geary St. building, and other gallery owners began to flee. I think that those he sold to, the...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thank you for doing that. By the way, there is a link between Scott Nichols and Garnett. Scott was Garnett's student at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Design Department (1970's) where William...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Drew, he started making his own Cibachrome prints in the early 1980's. For the color book, he duped the 35mm capture onto 4x5 Ektachrome for reproduction.
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thanks for posting. Check this earlier forum post and the Scott Nichols Gallery exhibit. On Scott's site (page not found) scroll down to William Garnett and you will find images of his work.
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    Re: Viewing Lights in the Darkroom?

    The answer is in knowing the final destination and purpose of the print. If you are printing for reproduction, that is one thing. If you are printing for a gallery exhibit, another purpose. Most of...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Hi Alan. That is what I thought.

    Do you have a good working relationship with your lab? If so, perhaps they will do plus/minus for you. In that case, you will need to mark the holders in the...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    You have several choices. The obvious is to develop by inspection using a green light (DBI). Another method is to mark your holders in the field for plus or minus development, place in similarly...
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    Very nicely done. It looks like a logical and comfortable space in which to work. Congratulations!
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    My choice would be to drive. However, it really depends on how much time you have for the additional two thousand miles. Either way, it should be a productive trip. Enjoy!
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

    Good point, John. I also prefer the long cloth releases, especially if one chooses to store lenses with the release attached.
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

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    Alan, I think the release you have will be fine. I also prefer something in that length range, allowing some slack between hand and lens. The two above are 16" Minolta with dial locks,...
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Michael, my last visit was in the fall --- September. As noted, the drive from Banff to Jasper is beautiful. I drove from CA, but Calgary seems a good choice if flying; Ray Van Nes would know.

    My...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Good choice. It will serve you well.

    Do you have film holders?
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Alan, now you're in the ballpark for price, and a Schneider 150 APO f.5.6 Symmar MC would be a good choice, in my opinion. I have the 210mm version and it is excellent. Remember, this is your first...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Alan, to make life easier, avoid the changing tent if possible. You are adding a step that can be easily avoided by blocking out light, say in a bathroom. Block out the window, put a towel under the...
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