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    New Book by John Finch

    The Art of Black and White Developing 5th edition by John Finch.
    If you are into home brew formulas and you are not quite sure where to start this is the book for you. It covers formulas by Geoffrey...
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    Re: Shooting expired B&W film

    I believe infra red and near infra red films do not store well, best purchased in date and used straight away. Also slow films are less prone to fog than fast films. This is just what I have noticed...
  3. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    [QUOTE=Michael R;1592556]Viewing card is a useful aid, and of course practice/work is always the way to get the most out of whatever aptitude ("talent") you have.
    A big thank you to you all for your...
  4. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    Thank you I enjoyed reading that essay.
  5. Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"? Before setting up your large format camera do you use a frame to view a scene or take snaps with a compact camera?Are there any online sites, videos or...
  6. Re: High SBR: Comparing D-23 1:1 vs. Pyrocat-HD EMA

    If you did not need compensation in the highlights or good shadow detail what method/developer would you choose to get good separation in the mid tones? This would apply for example if photographing...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    The TT classic road races in September on the Isle of Man is the place to see a huge variety of motorcycles, once covid restrictions are lifted of course.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    In my minds eye I can still see the old guy riding off, he wore a WW2 naval gunners overcoat, flat cap and pilots goggles. He always lit a Woodbine cigarette and stuck it in the corner of his mouth...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    What a beauty! When I was a lad (16years old) I started work for British Steel, one of the old guys rode a Panther to and from work. He also sometimes towed a trailer with it. Myself and a handfull...
  10. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    Anyone got a formula for a homebrew Xtol type developer?
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Like the way you captured the mood, I was on the island of Rum 4 years ago, spent a morning picking up plastic off the shoreline near the mausoleum. Made a pile as big as a car hoping that someone...
  12. Re: Best way to ensure appropriate DoF in interior shots?

    Could you expand on that method please? Have you measured how many mm of travel your focus rack moves per/1/2 turn?
  13. Re: Pyrocat HD part B adding dry chemistry to distilled water + part A

    Found this post
    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?97716-Pyrocat-HD-Solution-B
    7.5g or 10g sod. Carbonate per ltr or 7.5g pot. Carbonate per litre?
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    Thank you for the reply, just to be clear 7.5g anhydrous sod. Carbonate ?
  15. Pyrocat HD part B adding dry chemistry to distilled water + part A

    To make 1liter of Pyrocat HD working developer.
    I want to start with 800ml of distilled water and then add 10ml part A.
    Then add sodium carbonate
    Then top up to 1liter
    How much sodium carbonate...
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    Re: getting glass CLEAN, how do you do it?

    I use ROR optical cleaner, I have found this to be the best if you can't get that Zeiss spectacle cleaner is also very good both do not leave any residue.
  17. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    All good stuff, thank you Vaughn and all who have taken the time to share your knowledge.
  18. Re: Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    Thank you for the heads up on wd2h+ I found the formula for wd2h, has the WD2H + formula ever been published?
  19. Boosting contrast with extended development, your choice of film.

    Which 4x5 sheet film works well in low contrast light. I am considering doing a little project making photographs of tree roots. In the poor light I will have scenes with a subject brightness range...
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    Hello Drew, yes, the answers have helped me to come to the conclusion that I have to get more organised. I have now got dedicated bags for 35mm, med format and large format equipment. I have made a...
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    I will go with the dedicated bag idea, anyone use a Lowe pro flipside?
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    Do you keep a checklist?

    Hi, do you keep a checklist of the contents of your camera bag, if so have you got one in a file you could share?
    Thank you all in advance
  23. Re: Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    Lloyd you beauty, that is exactly what I was hoping for, thank you!
  24. Diy tripod, plans, advice and links to plans please

    Anyone made their own wooden tripod for 4x5 camera? Best options for economy of work, strength and stability.
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    Re: Reciprocity and reducing development

    The tricky bit is choosing a highlight that will not appear as paper white in the print!
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    Reciprocity and reducing development

    Is there a way of calculating how much reduction in development time is needed to counter the increased contrast when using long exposures?
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    Chamonix 5x4 focusing wheel

    Would it be possible to mark graduations on the focusing wheel to show the length of bellows draw. As in focus Far note position of focus wheel to 12 o'clock, focus Near, note rotation of focus...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/oct/31/from-daguerreotypes-to-glass-plates-australias-oldest-images-photo-essay
  29. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    Tripods are of course necessary but heavy, I reduce as much weight as I can where possible. The one thing I need to look at is my rucksack, it is a 15 year old Berghaus that is heavy but comfortable....
  30. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    I cut a little bit of weight during lockdown, I have managed to lose 14lbs of blubber and increased my fitness. That should make carrying my large format kit easier for me. Need to lose another half...
  31. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    Yes I believe a lightweight tripod is an essential bit of kit. Reducing the weight of my rucksack prevents blisters on my feet and aches and pains from the straps. I am talking about 3-4 day hikes...
  32. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    Top info. Thank you.
  33. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    125mm,135mm or 150mm.
  34. What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    Hi, please recommend a small lightweight lens for back packing, I will be using a Chamonix 4x5 and making prints no larger than 12x16.
  35. Re: Advice needed for stuck lens retaining ring, please

    Run a graphite pencil around the retaining ring thread, it will prevent it from sticking next time, works on filter rings as well.
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    Re: Trying to repair my Omega D2 enlarger

    Take that bent rod off and whack it straight with a hammer, roll it on a flat surface to check it. Keep the springs from losing tension by holding them in their most relaxed position (use strong...
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    Re: Post Your Waterfalls

    Just found this thread, love this photograph, I really like that the water looks like it is flowing (not just burnt out smoke). Great detail and choice of scene many people would have walked on by...
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Thank you again Doremus that is a well written set of instructions.
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Clear as gin, thank you!
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    Re: How does rear tilt affect front tilt?

    Hi, Doremus, would you consider writing a primer on using asymmetrical tilts? I found your file, dealing with base tilts a great help, thank you.
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