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    Re: Cutting a hole in a lens board?

    Reading through this thread makes me realise how lucky I am using wood not metal to make my lens boards. With wood you can cut a hole out in minutes using nothing more than a sharp knife.

    Alan
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    Re: photographer's name?

    Thanks Dan but as I said earlier I'm not really interested in a workshop.
    Regarding the 6x12 back, I had thought of this for my 5x4, but using Foma sheet film works out cheaper than Foma roll film...
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    Re: photographer's name?

    Dan, thanks for recommending the North Dakota workshop. Unfortunately it's a long way from where I live, in North Yorkshire in the UK!
    I too have a 5x7 camera and was wondering about a 6x17 back....
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    Re: photographer's name?

    Andrew, thank you for the link. I confess that I hadn't heard of Brian Kosoff, but his photographs are very interesting. Slightly "cold" maybe, and lacking in emotion, but very impressive.

    Alan
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    Re: photographer's name?

    Thank you Peter, but I wasn't thinking about a workshop. Tillman was a name from the past who I remembered produced some interesting letterbox format photographs. I thought they were 4x10 but it...
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    Re: photographer's name?

    Thanks. Well worth a look.

    Alan
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    Re: photographer's name?

    That's him! Many thanks. ( And thanks too to lab black)

    Alan
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    Re: Shutter repairer in UK?

    I have recently had the shutter of my Kodak 203mm Ektar repaired by Hi Tech Camera Repairs of Newcastle under Lyme. They were very nice to deal with and did an excellent job.

    Alan
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    photographer's name?

    I am trying to recall the name of an American photographer who used a 10x8 camera in 4x10 format. He has done photography in Scotland where I think he has also ran workshops.
    I am aware that this...
  10. Re: What Artist, if Only One Could be on Your Walls

    James Ravilious.

    Alan
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    Re: A Lightweight 14x17 Build

    Jim, it sounds like that Black Walnut is giving you exactly what you want.

    Just looked at your website. I do like your tree pictures.

    Alan
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    Re: A Lightweight 14x17 Build

    Thanks Jim. I'm guessing your wood is Black Walnut. (I have only used English Walnut, here in the UK) I looked it upon the Wood Database and see there's not much difference between radial and...
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    Re: A Lightweight 14x17 Build

    Nice work, but I wonder why you haven't used quarter-sawn wood.

    Alan
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    Re: Camera repair advice - woodwork.

    It is difficult to give advice without actually seeing the job. But I suspect that removing the bolt, re-drilling the hole to take a wooden dowel, then gluing everything back together may not be...
  15. Re: Best finish for DIY wood camera large format: stain and clear clear coat on woode

    Thanks Drew, yes I see what you mean.

    Alan
  16. Re: Best finish for DIY wood camera large format: stain and clear clear coat on woode

    I note that the title of this thread is best finish for a DIY wood camera. Just curious, but I wonder why people keep mentioning spruce and pine, which are just about the worst woods you could...
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    Re: Scheimpflug in Practice

    I have a simple method of using tilt to bring everything on a horizontal surface into focus .Let's say I am photographing a level path and want everything from the foreground to the distant part of...
  18. Thread: Paper negatives

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Hi Tony,
    I really like this. The treatment suits the subject perfectly.

    Alan
  19. Re: How to get the right angle on stiffeners for tapered bellows?

    I have a tapered bellows made by a UK company that used to be called the Camera Bellows Company. And the stiffeners have square ends

    Alan
  20. Re: Which adhesive for bonding cardboard stiffeners to fabric?

    If I make another bellows, and I probably will, I would use api's Crafter's Pick Fabric Glue for the job you describe. I recently used some of this to glue paper to fabric on a little project I did...
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    Re: Teak, Maple or American Black Cherry wood

    ?????
    Really?

    Alan
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    Re: Teak, Maple or American Black Cherry wood

    That's an excellent idea. I am using some mahogany from an old table, for the neck of a Classical guitar that I am building at the moment. It is wonderful stuff, genuine Central American mahogany...
  23. Re: 5x7 Printing Options (Contact Print? Scan and electronically print?)

    Hello Willie,
    You are right about it being the image not the size, with Kenna's prints. I think this is because his compositions are spare and minimal. You can "read" them from a distance. But for...
  24. Re: 5x7 Printing Options (Contact Print? Scan and electronically print?)

    It may be a bit pedantic to point this out, but "7 x 5" contact prints don't actually measure 7 inch by 5 inch. They are only 6.7 inch by 4.7 inch. Michael Kenna's prints, at 7.75 inches square,are...
  25. Re: 5x7 Printing Options (Contact Print? Scan and electronically print?)

    I don't have a 5 x 7 enlarger either so the only options for me are to make contact prints, or scan and print digitally.
    I find 5 x 7 contact prints too small. And they don't do justice to the...
  26. Re: Developing B&W sheet film at home for a total beginner!

    I like simple practical solutions too - especially when they work! (Mine don't always....)

    Alan
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    Pere, it is interesting how we independently thought of the same idea - to separate each sheet with a series of "fence posts". I did it because when I started doing 5x4 I was using 5x7 film that...
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    Pere, yes, I see the advantage of your method of working. I didn't know you could subject the film to light before fixing...

    Alan
  29. Re: Developing B&W sheet film at home for a total beginner!

    I used a tray with dividers like this for a number of years. My dividers were plastic rawlplugs. I didn't find it necessary to transfer the film to a different tray for stop bath and fixing. The...
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    Re: New to Large Format Landscape Photography

    Ryan, as well as thinking about the weight of a 5x4 camera and lenses, you should also consider the weight of the film holders. This is easily overlooked. Six film holders weigh about 2.5 lb. My...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Thanks Kevin. Those tins certainly look rusty!

    Alan
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I like this Kevin. How did you get the rich warm colour? Is it a sepia toned wet print?

    Alan
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    Re: How to print large files?

    Sweep, I am not sure why you are scanning your 10x8 negative at 4000ppi. A file this big will allow you to make a print about five feet wide with over 300ppi going to the printer. Do you really want...
  34. Re: My perfect fixed lens LF camera - decision 1, the lens.

    A few years ago I built a fixed-focus 5x4 box camera using a 90mm Schneider Super Angulon lens. Lens to film-plane distance was worked out to give D.O.F. from infinity to just a few feet away when...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Thank you
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    Re: post your trees!

    Duotone gum? Sounds intriguing, but I've done some searches but can't find anything much about what this is or how it is done. Can anyone help?

    Alan
  37. Thread: DIY TLR Camera

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    Re: DIY TLR Camera

    Go on to this website
    www.funsci.com
    There is a DIY 6x9 twin lens reflex camera in the Optics section.

    Alan
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    Re: Wood tripod, sticky sliding legs

    If the finish on the wood is ok, just rub the moveing parts with an old candle. This should get things moving.
    If the finish or the wood itself is a bit roughI would definitely not use sandpaper to...
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    Re: Minimum field camera movements?

    The minimum camera movements you will be happy with obviously depend on what you photograph in the landscape, and your style of photography. Because I didn't know what I was doing, I made my first 5...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I really like this. Do you have any technical details?

    Alan
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