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  1. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    ???????????? Saint Ansel ??????????????
  2. Thread: Why Crop?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    Some things happen pretty quickly and "properly" does not always get top billing when picture making, it is more a case of grab the shot and straighten things out later if need be. Heck sometimes I...
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    When I installed a window AC in my attic darkroom I discovered light leaks through the AC unit that had to be fixed. The open paper developing trays are located right next to the only window...
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    Re: Omega 14x17 easel issue

    Looking at the one I have it appears the blade carrier, the semicircular grip, is attached to the blade sliding runner by two small bent metal tabs, visible from above, one at each end of the grip,...
  5. Thread: polyptych photos

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    Re: polyptych photos

    Thank you.

    Now that I see some examples of the technique I have a different response. These are large format images that seem to defy the technical advantage of large format camera work in...
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    Re: Best enlarging lenses

    there are lenses with three, four, six, seven and more elements

    in any focal length some of the quality factors that matter are:

    maximum aperture (faster lenses can be used with shorter...
  7. Thread: polyptych photos

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    Re: polyptych photos

    I'm not sure I understand the question so I'll take a different approach.

    The sample image, is it one of yours? A very curious image, I like it.

    There is a possibility that this image was made...
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    Re: Best Practices for Archival Silver Printing?

    to the OP

    nothing complicated

    do not skimp on materials
    purchase good quality paper and chemicals (hint Ilford paper and Ilford chemistry)
    obtain and study the instructions
    follow them to...
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    Re: 8x10 Camera mainly for portraits

    It may be that the whole plate format might suit your purposes 8.5in x 6.5in negatives, this was my entry into large format. I got a beautiful Kodak wooden view camera complete with original back and...
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    Re: On Being Photographed by Richard Avedon

    Yes I enjoyed that New Yorker article also.

    Those curious about Avedon may enjoy the biography "Something Personal" by his long time studio manager, we see a little of Avedon with the curtain...
  11. Thread: Still Life 2019

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    Re: Still Life 2019

    I like it, very fine use of controlled focus and blur, beautiful
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    Re: What to Buy for Film Processing

    To the OP

    you mention having a red safelight, you may already know this, however in case you don't red safelights are used with black and white enlarging papers (which are not sensitive to red...
  13. Re: Where’s a good visual resource to explore fibre based papers?

    Ilford used to sell a paper swatch book, I have one.

    Here are some things to consider, this is a simplification based on doing fairly straightforward prints using variable contrast paper types:
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    Re: Determining PRINT fixing time.

    5 - 10 minutes is vague I agree, perhaps the answer is to not use Kodak powdered fixer
  15. Thread: Alignment

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    Re: Alignment

    I would make some simple tests of sharpness variation in a few test prints before going nuts over precision alignment. Also attempt to evaluate the existing alignment mechanically using rulers...
  16. Thread: Quality Papers

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    Re: Quality Papers

    Ilford for me, I like the slightly cream base of the warm tone glossy fiber base paper and the warm tone of the image. I also like the variable contrast system and the consistency that Ilford applies...
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    Re: Teeny screw size for LPL 4550 carrier

    Yes I have bought these from KHB. They are also available from McMaster-Carr in the USA www.mcmaster.com but you may have to buy 100!
  18. Thread: Affinity photo

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    Re: Affinity photo

    I also want my images on my hard-drive. Pockets being too shallow for full PS I purchased PSE12 for my amateur needs. I find the user interface of PSE12 rather clunky, it feels dumbed down too far...
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    Re: The Curse of Condensation

    Great pics, I like #1 especially, clearly moving water.

    It isn't clear that condensation is the problem. If I understand correctly condensation forms in one condition and only one condition, when...
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    Re: Large Format B&W Film Characteristics?

    The selection of film for a specific job requires knowledge and understanding of how the film responds to exposure variables and processing variables. I will leave to those having experience with...
  21. Re: How do you know exposure time for paper when making print

    As you are probably aware there are multiple variables:

    negative density
    negative contrast
    paper speed
    print size
    enlarger lens aperture

    I have two pieces of advice:
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    Re: Lens hoods for barrel lenses

    If it is cylindrical hoods you are after something may be fabricated using inexpensive standard black PVC plumbing fittings, where I am they come in various diameters, 3, 4 5 inch with some step down...
  23. Thread: Enlarger advice

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    Re: Enlarger advice

    Most enlargers, can be adapted to make prints larger than the enlarger baseboard by mounting on a table and projecting the image over the edge onto the paper easel on the floor. Alternatively wall...
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    Re: Beginner Darkroom Printing Question

    I also agree that white light exposure of MG paper provides no useful information, rather I always start with contrast filters in place grade 2 or 3 and make a series of whole frame prints at...
  25. Re: What's the max. size easel can fit to saunders 4550xl enlarger?

    The answer is provided by the Saunders/LPL owners manual specification. It states that the optical center distance for this model is 14 inches. This is the distance from the vertical face of the...
  26. Re: Tools: Cheap and disposable vs. the best you can find/afford?

    In my opinion there is no simple single rule to this question because the use for tools varies over a wide range from things that will be used only once to things that will be used everyday. The...
  27. Re: Can you give me ideas on doing contact prints with limited space?

    There is the difficult way and the easy way.
    In both cases get a piece of 1/4in clear glass plate cut to about 8x10 and have the edges smoothed. This lays over the sandwich of neg + unexposed paper....
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    Re: displaying glass positives

    It would seem advantageous to adopt a method that makes it obvious the image is on glass. I haven't done this myself but one idea would be to make open boxes that attach to the wall, slightly larger...
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    Re: slim boxes for print proof storage

    Perhaps mailing cartons/boxes might be suitable? There is a large company ULINE who are online they may have something?
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    Re: Alternatives To Grain Focusing Loupe?

    I find the right tool to be a blessing and a focus magnifier is the right tool.

    The ones made by Paterson are good and inexpensive (two heights) there are plenty of others on ebay.

    The...
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    Re: Portrait Cameras - Dark Cloths

    My cloth was about 4ft square, I seem to recall that I used to secure it using elastic straps around the front standard so that the cloth could be raised to insert the darkslide. Attaching it to the...
  32. Re: Lee filters with LF lenses and ultra long exposures

    Perhaps you are already aware of this, and perhaps this has been covered already however I didn't see it.

    High value ND filters show a problem when used with digital cameras, the filter performs...
  33. Re: What is the difference in VIEW from 35mm to 8 x 10 with normal lens?

    Differences will be present in depth of field, depth of focus, light fall-off in the corners, sharpness in the corners, but perspective will be the same. Sorry no examples.
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    Re: Makeup basics (portraits)

    This seems one of those topics where book learning may offer a good introduction. Followed by the advice of some friendly female aquaintances.

    My crude understanding is that make up has two...
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    Re: camera identification

    The middle shot seems to show the location of the maker, New York, it is very likely the maker name is there also.
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    Re: LF Camera Recommendations

    Older models are often less expensive however some repairs are often needed and not everybody has the tools and skills for this. For a beginner in LF the front and rear movements are perhaps not so...
  37. Re: Variotone Paper and what are you printing on today (May 2018)?

    Ilford
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    Re: Darkroom Lighting Color Temp considerations

    In response to the original poster's question it depends on how the how the darkroom is organized. If it has an area in which you are making critical evaluations of images then color temp matters and...
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    Re: Good starter lens for whole plate

    I used two Schneider lenses with my WP, a 210mm Xenar (slightly wide) and a 360mm Telexenar (slightly long) Both show up used in the usual places. I believe these were originally 7x5in lenses. I...
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    Re: New PS Elements question.

    Randy

    I just bought PSE 12 new in a sealed box on ebay, it hasn't arrived yet, I hope it's not fake!

    I also bought the Adobe instruction book, they call them "Classroom in a book" because I...
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