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  1. Re: anyone print 4x5 negatives with a black border?

    For my 8x10 speed easel I just cut a piece of plexiglass that fits inside the easel 7.5x9.5 then glued on black paper 1/8 less all the way around that contacts the print leaving the border exposed....
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    Re: Dark images trend?

    Thomas Joshua Cooper's images are dark and moody but things are still the right texture and luminance except this image which kind of shows what I am seeing. ...
  3. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    I did the same thing when going bigger but did it with prints so I could actually hold them. 5x7 still felt small as a contact print - 5x8 was leading me more toward 8x10 - 4x10 made me realize I...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I only use 1:1 with Bergger VC Glossy paper because it has a cooler tone than Ilford. With Ilford MGFB I use it 1:2 (2mins) or 1:4 (5mins) for a slightly warmer flatter tone. I polled some people I...
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    Dark images trend?

    Is it just me or is there some trend for overprinted images in very dark muted tones ? Or are these just bad scans or poor exposure/developing? I have seen them in several places on the WWW...
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    Re: post your trees!

    PaulBarden - that is your best roots shot yet that I have seen. love it. Great job with dry plate and developer combo too.
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I tried it. It is subtle but to my eye the highlights just don't come in fully as they do with constant agitation.
    I also read the Formulary instructions for PF130 again (below). I typically am in...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    Update: Ansco/PF 130 as a second pass at 1:10 strength has almost no color change once dry. There may be some perceived differences due to the bleaching opening up the blacks some. Wet it does kind...
  9. Re: Determining reciprocity failure experimentally?

    easy way - https://www.photrio.com/forum/threads/x-ray-film-reciprocity-effect.62519/. You could probably reach out to Andrew for his advice.

    DIY Way
    use a step wedge in front of your 4x5 film, ...
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    Re: Film Storage accident

    Why is your film not in plastic bags inside the freezer? a gram of prevention....
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    Re: 4x5 sheets light inside the film

    I am guessing its a pinhole in the bellows since it seems to be forming an image on top of the other image vs just blowing out the main image.
    Stick a bright flashlight inside the camera fully...
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    Re: haze in negative

    The image you see on the screen does not have the same haze that my initial straight print does. The iphone software cleaned it up some.

    I played with it some in PS and found if I burn in the...
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    haze in negative

    Anyone else ever get this? The outer edges of the image look hazy and less contrasty than the center. I processed other sheets with this negative and they are fine. EV range was only 4 stops.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Amelia Island FL - Canopy Trail early morning, Sept 2020.
    https://i2.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Canopy_Amelia.jpg?w=1020&ssl=1
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    Re: Does the 5X8 format have advantages over 5X7?

    I say buy a 5x12 Camera and crop as desired. I suppose a cropped 8x10 would work too for 5x7 and 5x8. but if wanting Pano, a 5x12 vs 4x10 has just a bit more presence. Weight, size, and lens wise...
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    Re: Ground Glass--repair, replacement-----

    Depending where you are in the world you should be able to find a ground glass manufacturer.

    Here in the US (near Atlanta GA) Maxwell Precision Optics is popular.
    He has a Facebook page which...
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    Re: Leaving Kodak for Ilford paper developer

    When I think of old Portriga I think of warm brownish tones. But per Moersch, SE-6 with MGW creates a cooler tone image. On a scale of Blueish cold to Neutral to warm Brown where would this...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I didn't know that - will have to try it as I usually just keep things moving in the developer. I have noticed the lighter grey tones seem to come in later than the rest of the dark and mid tones . ...
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    Formal Gardens

    Images made in public or private formal gardens.



    Washington Oaks Gardens fountain and Pond
    https://i2.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/fountain-WOG.jpg?w=820&ssl=1
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    I made my developer comparisons a few years ago. I evaluated Ethol LPD, PF130, Ilford Multigrade, Ilford Universal, Liquidol, Dektol, Eco Pro and even some specialty developers like PF106 and PF120...
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    Re: Ilford MGFB Classic Glossy vs Matte

    Thanks interneg - I am using the RHDesigns analyzer to control the MG500 head. I can use the analyzer probe under the negative to get a rough idea of time just like a projected image, and it has a...
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    Re: Ilford MGFB Classic Glossy vs Matte

    From others experiences, it does seem that matte paper has a significantly different exposure speed than glossy. No one else seems to quantify it, nor does Ilford, but I would expect it to be 30-50%...
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    Ilford MGFB Classic Glossy vs Matte

    Yesterday I contact printed an image on MGFB Classic Glossy @ 12.5 seconds with equivalent grade 2.7 using enlarger as the light source with the Multigrade 500 head.

    Without changing the enlarger...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    May Morning at Marineland Beach, Florida.
    From a roadtrip Atlanta to St. Augustine to Orlando on way to Epcot. The morning air was clear due to rain fall overnight, and the sun was just out of the...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    Update: I finally got the enlarger fixed and had some free time this morning . The dark PF 130 performed as usual with no apparent staining. Mixed it 0.5Liter PF130 + 1 Liter of water. Ran through...
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    Re: Print evaluating light

    Find a kitchen remodeling company near you. Ask them for a fixture they remove or dumpster dive. Homes built in the 1990s will usually have 1 or 2 large florescent fixtures and smaller under-cabinet...
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    Re: Doors and Doorways

    Love Central City Door.
  28. Re: Scientific reason why some developers causes decrease film speed

    Because teachers have told the newbies to do so , then they continue to use the practice years after learning it. Corran and I once had a conversation about the treatment of FP4+ . He meters it at...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Another view of the Oak at Westview Cemetery. I switched to a Fujinon 210 lens and stepped to the left from my original position to capture the missing tree. My initial thought for taking this shot...
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    I can almost smell the fish. Great tonality and perfect DOF for composition.
  31. Re: Proper storage for Pyrocat HD components?

    Mix now and remove all air so the phenidone is preserved and store in a dark interior cabinet until ready for use, put it in two or more containers if you are an infrequent/low volume shooter. Once...
  32. Re: Processing black and white film in the field

    Assuming you have a work space such as back of truck, tent, or camper it would not be that difficult. You just need the supplies. Wet plate photographers even coat their plates in the field.
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    Re: Modern Changing Tent?

    I have had a Photoflex Changing Room for about 20 years and like the sleeves and roominess. I wouldn't load film in bright daylight with it but room lighting is fine. The pop-up structure folds flat...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    That is cool - What paper are you using?
  35. Re: Chamonix 45N-1 Classic? Does 47mm minimum bellows draw allow movements?

    I think Corran has used a 47XL or maybe 58XL on his. For front movements you may need to rack it out a bit to make the adjustment then bring it back in focus. Or just use a recessed lens board,...
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    Re: Rh analyzer pro for ilford only

    Controller only. Don't get caught up in the calibration until you have printed with it a few times and learned how your paper and contrast varies from the steps on the controller. For Warmtone...
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    Re: post your trees!

    No this was at 300 with front and back but I have noticed it has a certain amount of flair on sunny days and the light was mixed. The softness is more likely due to my iPhone 7 camera but I might...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Oak Tree in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta GA, May 2021
    Chamonix 5x12, Schneider 300/500 Symmar, Ilford FP4+ in Pyrocat M. - Lousy Iphone scan of negative on light table.
    Having issues in my darkroom...
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    Re: Show me your Struss pictures

    Have you see Tri Tran's lenses? https://www.tritranphotography.com/tt-signature-lens
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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    Would you consider 8x10 for convenience? You can then crop, use masks, or custom backs for any smaller format if you want dedicated holders. Pricing for annual ULF film order for 6.5x8.5 is not much...
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