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  1. Re: 8x10 Development in tray - How to know the time

    The traditional solution to the timing problem is to use a timer with phosphorescent hands - that is, hands that are painted with a material that emits a soft glow in the dark. GraLab is the classic...
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    Re: Heading to Vermont soon...

    That's a nice area, but there aren't a lot of truly 'can't miss' type things to see/do. Sure, it's pretty and there are some good restaurants, but the main attraction is skiing, and that's so not...
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    Re: Darkroom Ventilation advice, please

    Any discussion of ventilation must also take into consideration two important factors. First, dust is a problem that must be addressed in the design of the ventilation. Second, it's not possible to...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    An interesting factoid - the land on which Stanford University was built was originally a nut farm. Some will say that nothing has changed - - -

    Today, the campus faces out on the main...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    A few more thoughts -

    for redwoods, the most famous place is Muir Woods, but it's crowded. I haven't been there in a number of years, and I have heard that you now need to book a visit in...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Our son lived in the area for many years, so we had lots of opportunity to explore.

    Don't forget to wander north into Wine Country. We prefer Sonoma rather than Napa - far less crowded.

    If...
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    Re: Availability of ABS pipe

    Actually, the availability of ABS pipe varies regionally - it all depends on what is allowed in local plumbing codes. Where I live in New York, PVC pipe is readily available, but ABS is very hard to...
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    Re: how to store exposed 4x5 sheet film

    I agree that the whole process seems overwhelming, but if you break it down into components, you can find relatively simple solutions for each part.

    Like John, my solution to the exposed film...
  9. Re: Need replacement for flickr to store and share photos

    Look at DeviantArt.
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    Re: Your favorite photographers and genres?

    Michael Kenna, Tillman Crane, William Abranowicz, Ernestine Rubin, Jock Sturges, Timothy Greenfield Sanders, Ferit Kuyas, Roman Loranc, David Vestal, et al
  11. Re: Travelling Tips for UK (Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, ...)

    Nonsense!

    Every society/culture has rules, and if you are a visitor, it is your responsibility to understand and follow those rules.

    An oyster card is the rapid transit access card that is used...
  12. Re: Info on the photographer Kipton Kumler?

    I remember the name, and also his book 'Plant Leaves'. That was a long time ago!

    Just an observation - in Kumler, we have a man who started out as a photographer, and ended up as a winemaker.
    ...
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    Re: Ever felt in the minority?

    Welcome to Curmudgeonhood. It eventually affects us all!
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    Re: Light Leak Theories

    I once had a problem with light leaks when using a Polaroid 405 holder. The leak produced fogging along the short edge of the sheet. It turns out that the problem was that wire handle on the...
  15. Re: Spam

    Yes - the latest trick seems to be to send out a message that says something like 'click here to be removed from our mailing list', or 'click here to confirm unsubscript'.

    Never click anything...
  16. Re: Technical Question About Selenium Toning & Washing

    This subject is discussed in Vestal's The Art of Black and White Enlarging, pages 164-165. He noted two practices:
    - The Traditional method - the print moves directly from fixer to hypo clear to...
  17. Thread: Abu Dhabi

    by Louie Powell
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    Re: Abu Dhabi

    Very true.

    I've been there - many years ago, so I suspect that things have changed somewhat.

    Obviously, desertscape opportunities abound. And there is some really spectacular architecture,...
  18. Re: Do you have an old favorite dodging tool?

    Cap from a 35mm film canister hot glued to a piece of coat hanger wire
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    Re: flashing paper

    David Vestal called it 'The Art of Darkroom Photography' for a reason - there are many techniques that can be used to fine tune the final contrast in a print. Flashing is one of them. Flashing can...
  20. Re: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlet questions

    Nothing is guaranteed to be absolutely safe. Instead, safety is a relative matter - some solutions are safer than others.

    To protect their constituents, governments often enact safety standards...
  21. Re: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlet questions

    What material is used for the housing of the safelights - metal or plastic? The concern here is that if the safelights have metal housings, a failure within the safelight could cause the housing to...
  22. Re: Polaroid 405 holder image frame position

    the Polaroid 405 came with a template that was meant to be mounted over the ground glass to indicate the edges of the actual frame. Yes, it is remarkably off center.
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    Re: View Camera magazine back in business?

    Got another 'renewal notice' in the mail today - for a magazine I have never heard of.

    The offer comes in a plain white envelope with the return address "PO Box 1985, San Marcos, CA". The invoice...
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    Re: I miss Freestyle...

    Formulary and Artcraft Chemicals are the two main suppliers of photo chemicals in the US.

    Bostic and Sullivan are a good source of chemicals for various specialty processes - pd/pt, cyanotype,...
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    Re: View Camera magazine back in business?

    There are 'companies' that provide magazine subscription services. They get the subscribers list from the magazine and then send direct mail renewal invoices to those subscribers. Supposedly, they...
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    Re: Light leaks or lens flare?

    I learned this profound lesson many years ago. It was in a LF workshop where we were using Polaroid materials for rapid turnaround (I mentioned that this was a long time ago!). I was getting some...
  27. Re: an interesting experience at Schipol Airport Amsterdam - re: X-RAYs

    Absolutely true!

    And one other point regarding the comment about the EU - this wasn't a case of stringent EU rules. This was a case of typical Dutch thoroughness. That's why I like flying...
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    Re: Bottle cap size?

    Many years ago, I wrote an article for a photography magazine titled 'Jugs, Jars and Jeroboams' - the subject was recycling of commercial containers for darkroom storage.

    There are standards for...
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    Re: DOF Calculator for an i-Phone

    Sadly, I can report that DOFMaster doesn't work on ios10
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    Re: John Sexton's Places of Power

    If you are into this genre, there are two other books by LF photographers that you might want to seek out.

    Structure by Tillman Crane concentrates on the order of physical things. Among the...
  31. Re: Tillman Crane being inducted in Alabama Center for Arts Hall of Fame

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving person. Tillman is a sensitive photographer, inspiring teacher, and a genuinely nice guy.
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    View Camera has ceased publication

    Haven't seen anything posted here on this item.

    I've been attempting to find out what happened to my subscription (renewed last Fall). Finally got an e-mail today from Steve Simmons with the...
  33. Re: Stockbridge, MA - Suggestions for "tripod friendly" locations

    Actually, I think Alice's Restaurant was in Great Barrington, another interesting town about ten miles away.


    I live just across the line in New York, so wife and I get into that area frequently....
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    Re: Made a Contact Frame for School

    I can't disagree with the general concept of making a tool rather than buying an expensive commercial product because I do it all the time. In fact, I made a contact printing frame when I was...
  35. Thread: dektol

    by Louie Powell
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    Re: dektol

    Dektol was intended for use as a print developer, and I've never seen recommendations for use with film. That doesn't mean it can't be used, but as Luis said, you are on your own and probably won't...
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    Re: Where to go in NYC

    Probably true. The difference is that the lawyers in NYC practice law. The lawyers in Washington are an even lower life form - politicians.
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    Re: Where to go in NYC

    Yes, New York probably has the highest population density of lawyers of any city in the world.
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    Re: a couple of beginner questions

    Developer is partially exhausted when you process film; if you process six sheets at a time, and then dispose of the developer, you will get consistent results. But if you process six sheets one...
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    Re: Model Release...Yes or No?

    It's always better to get a release. And there are a few instances where I would consider a release to be mandatory even through the purpose is purely art. One is photography of underage children;...
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    Re: post your urban landscapes

    Pete

    I took a printing class from Bill about 25 years ago. At the time, he headed the photography program at Peters Valley Craft Center. As you say, he was Tice's printer, and was the master of...
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