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    Re: Linhof Ball-Head Mystery...

    The latter is not a ball head at all, but a much better concept. It retains a low center of gravity with little distance between the platform and the camera position. Even I might go for something...
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    Re: Develop -N2

    I find that reducing tray inter-leafing frequency risks more air bubble halos and perhaps streaking too, depending on the specifics. HC-110 is a developer which works quite well over a wide range of...
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    Re: Shooting in burn areas

    You do know that the second largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world hasn't burned yet, and it's right up the River from you spanning all the way from Meadow Lakes to the Silver Divide, and 90% are...
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    Re: Develop -N2

    There ain't no Super-XX, not even any Bergger 200. Wish we still had them. The last "straight line" film left, Foma 200, isn't very amenable to development control, at least compared to the...
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    Re: Develop -N2

    We don't even know his own specific definition of "normal" in this case, or where he placed the shadows and midtone values, or even the original contrast range, so how can we anticipate what -2...
  6. Re: Portra 160 or 400 for portraits ? Opinions and experiences

    Both are going to have way less contrast and saturation that a chrome film like Provia, and have a warmer balance, wider latitude, and a softer more muted rendition geared to skintones. But the 160...
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    Re: Develop -N2

    Delta 100 is capable of very good highlight gradation, but quickly builds high contrast. So it sounds like you overdeveloped it.
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    Re: Shooting in burn areas

    I greatly simplified the technique for making a carbonized print. I have a little toaster oven for drying test strips. Anything longer than 20 sec yields a wonderful DMax replete with authentic...
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    Re: Shooting in burn areas

    Oh gosh, just this past week I thumbed through a number of old LF chromes of burn colors that I would absolutely love to print either via interneg or dye transfer. The subtlety of the hues is...
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    How was that road to the Golden Cathedral trailhead? Being a relatively dry winter, I'd imagine it's not too bad. But I've seen bad years with washouts. I've never had any problems with my 4WD...
  11. Re: New HC110 Liquid Same as Old HC110 Syrup?

    There are miles of thread on this very question over on APUG. Consensus is that the working properties are nearly identical. What remains in question is whether or not the newest formula concentrate...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    The color along the drying coastal fringe is exquisite this time of year, though I'm not in a mood right now to spend money on color sheet film, or thaw any. Besides, It's been quite windy. I'll try...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    For Alan : Nice work integrating all those angles, forming a very interesting "picture frame" for the house.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    Peter, Nonsense! - I've been on rough terrain more often than not, many many many times - no tripod head needed. All kinds of odd and precarious setup positions. The early surveyors necessarily did...
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    Still a pound and a half more than no head. Just ask the Headless Horseman camera company.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    Torque vectors, torque vectors .... not only is 8x10 film double in each dimension from 4x5, but for all practical purposes, so are the dimensions of the camera and its bellows extension at...
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    A simple right-angle bracket can easily be machined for either vertical framing or shooting straight down without a tripod head, and at greater stability with lesser weight. But I suspect that people...
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    Re: Color contact printing

    I standardize all times for sake of consistency, both chemically and in relation to rote methodology, lest I forget (2 min for both Dev and Blix @ 83F, stop and rinses are briefer, final wash...
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    A ball head is just useless weight; it's basically a wobble-inducer. I haven't used any kind of tripod head with a view camera for decades. All it takes is a little practice. I have both Ries and...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    If the ambient air temp is too warm, all you need is a small "blue ice" pak in the water jacket, or else a slow drip line of cold tap water, slow enough that the heater can keep up with it.
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    Re: Glass for enlargers or cameras

    There's a new source in the LA area for anti-newton glass : Scan-tech.net. I haven't personally used them yet, but they offer custom as well as standard sizes, including for all common 8x10 enlargers.
  22. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    A digital version of Brett W ? - sounds like a 60's Japanese clay-model Godzilla movie! I've seen some of his prints competently reproduced using rather expensive press techniques; but even that is...
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    Re: De Ionizing Air gun?

    You don't have a pressure regulator and gauge on your airline? You should set line pressure itself to around 20 to 30 PSI. Compressor tank pressure tends to be much higher. You also need a good air...
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    Re: Grey, Green, and Black & White

    Just view the scene in front of you through respective filters, one at a time, held in front of an eye. Pan film doesn't see colors exactly like human vision does, but you'll still get a good idea...
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    Re: Temperature management

    Are you using a drum or what? Basic: use a big enough passive surrounding water jacket to prevent much change during the dev time. Better: purchase something like a Jobo tempering box. Fancy and...
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    Having the right equipment and supplies is absolutely necessary to being a real artiste. First of all, you need some green hair dye. Then you need an appropriate nose ring and belly button ring. Then...
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    What is "analog photography''? Sounds like a demeaning expression coined by some minimum wage geeks in a consumer electronics store. Every time someone runs into me with a big camera and tripod set...
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    Re: Storing Ansco 130

    In full sealed amber glass bottles, the concentrate does keep reasonably well for at least a few months, but once it's diluted for use and in the tray, that certainly doesn't hold true any longer. I...
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    Re: Storing Ansco 130

    I've been using 130 with numerous papers for decades, though not exclusively. Used it today. "About" as good as fresh might be able to give you the density you want with some tweaking, but can...
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    Re: Storing Ansco 130

    I would strongly disagree with John's comments above. Will work? Possibly, so-so, at best; but how consistently? I can't conceive of an open tray more than a single day's session. The performance...
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Now that particular kitty is suspected of having chomped a couple of kangaroos in the SF zoo.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    It was a rather young confused cat that had wandered all over town, and was too small to be safely tranquilized, so they successfully netted him somewhere downtown, and released him in the woods well...
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    Re: Pismo Beach on fire?

    Oh, thanks, the Pismo thing looks like it was a relatively minor brush fire and not catastrophic at all, which is probably why we haven't heard about it up here. It's been windy here too, and that's...
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    Re: Pismo Beach on fire?

    Haven't heard a thing about that. There was a big explosion at STINSON Beach right on Hwy 1, ironically just a short distance from the fire station. Even though they arrived within less than a...
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    I got over that phase when my brother and I stuffed a Halloween pumpkin with rifle powder and borrowed the well-diggers plunger and wires. About a week later we stumbled on a chunk of pumpkin nearly...
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    Did you mean in wheelbarrow?
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    Anyone have an exposure estimate for a jar full of fireflies?
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    First of all, don't be surprised if you get a visit from the FBI after ordering such chemicals. I'm not kidding whatsoever. The guy down the block they called on a few years ago was in fact making...
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    Re: Storing Ansco 130

    It's a fairly stable developer per se when in full glass bottles, undiluted. But as glycin oxidizes it eventually undergoes a color shift and increases its staining properties. This happens even in...
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    Even outdoors? That's how entire towns get burnt down in dry weather, and not just your ceiling. Ordinary fireworks are bad enough. Sounds like a formula for getting hauled off to prison.
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