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  1. Re: Lightening the non-load: Dispose of Metz Mecablitz SCA300 or keep?

    The big 60 series Metz strobes are always going to be useful. Powerful enough to use in umbrellas and soft boxes. Powerful enough and controllable for fill light on a building at some distance during...
  2. Re: What do you use to support your heavy, long, big and old lenses on your LF camera

    Older Bogen Magic Arm. One end clamped to a tripod leg and the other clamped to the lens. Takes the strain off the front of the camera well and is adjustable which allows more leeway with focusing.
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    Re: Tiny Black Specs on Arista EDU Ultra 100

    Can't be random stars as it shows on the solid surface of solid objects.

    Dust on the film surface when you took the image, possibly.

    What water do you use to mix the developer? Possible to...
  4. Re: Can anyone recommend a sturdy tall carbon fiber tripod and ball head/pan-tilt hea

    Lightweight, solid, inexpensive.

    Pick two. You won't get all three at the same time.

    A good option is the tried and true Ries wood tripod for LF work. It is still one of the best bargains...
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    Tinker toys in a changing bag make it into a space where the cloth does not lay on your film or holders. Best of all it keeps the top off your hands as the moisture builds up inside as you unlod/load...
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    Re: Film holder shoulder bag

    Why not just a normal insulated lunch carrier you find in the stores - and in Rummage sales? They work well and the more solid construction helps to protect the holders as you walk around. When you...
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    Re: Going Long on 5x7

    Have shot a few with the Fuji 400 tele on 5x7 and it works OK.(going back over old Chromes and notes - the 600mm Fuji also) After a comparison with the Nikkor 360/500/720 - using the 500 glass, I...
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    Visualization, Pre and Post?

    http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/visualization-versus-vision-why-vision-comes-first/

    Ansel Adams and Visualization. He didn't use "Pre" or "Post" when talking about it.

    Minor White...
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    Tripods in lightning storms?

    When photographing storms with lightning hitting is it any safer using a Wood tripod or Carbon Fiber over a Metal one?

    I photograph as the storms move in - but generally from in an enclosed...
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    Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Just like they denied the larger sizes had "Sudden Death" problems after it was first out. Claimed it was the small size only, even as many had failures of the 5 litre packets.

    Kodak - by whatever...
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    https://www.bismanonline.com/2015_ice_castle_black_ice_8x16v_hydraulic_frame/?app_track=suggested_from_adview

    No, I am not selling this. Ice fishing houses come in all sizes and types. Some of...
  12. Thread: Hypo clear?

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    Re: Hypo clear?

    Having listened to many Older Photographers who are excellent printers I wonder if anyone doing "fine work" is using RC Papers? I know Clyde Butcher got bit from using them years ago and a number of...
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    Re: 5x4 processing marks. Wetting agent?

    After a bit of time using your fingers to squeegee the water off you will be asking us "what makes these streaks and marks on my film"?

    If you have mixed the distilled water & photo flo right the...
  14. Thread: Hello from Sam

    by Willie
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    Re: Hello from Sam

    I hope that your accounting and financial acumen has you well aware of the quickest way to make Million $$$ as a Photographer.

    Start with Two Million.
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    They can sing OKLAHOMA as they drive and walk back to Tulsa?
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Unlikely Drew.

    No till and low till farming practices, crop rotation, different fertilizing regimens and shelter belts make a big difference.
    Air seeders make a big difference with minimal...
  17. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    Record music you like with a voice over giving each half minute. Works well and you can enjoy listening as you agitate the negatives in the chemistry. Easy to do and you can always make more than...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Looking at the striations/marks - are they 90 degrees from the direction you peel off the plastic protection material? In other words - marks up and down - did you peel off the coating side to side?...
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    Re: Metering through the ground glass

    Yes. After initial tests through the glass and then in the open (on a gray card) the difference is set so my readings are right.

    In the field I can measure exposure under the dark cloth before...
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    Older Speed Graphic information

    Got an older Speed Graphic at a Garage Sale.

    Can see UND (University of North Dakota) was painted in black on the front of the drop bed. From this I figure it was used at the University. Bellows...
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    Metering through the ground glass

    The question on what meter to get for LF work has me asking this.

    Got a older Calculight XP meter with the attachment that lets me meter directly on the ground glass. Like a small spot attachment...
  22. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    CalcuLight X or XP still work well.
    The XP will give you readings by the light of a quarter moon.
    Incident and reflected light readings as well as an attachment that allows you to meter directly...
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    Re: Ideal Wet Plate Glasss

    Would plexi work for the process? Picture framing uses a lot of it in basic to Museum coated plexiglass.
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    Re: Where to buy mat board these days?

    Lodima is a good way to go. You are supporting an enterprise owned and run by a very good Large Format photographer - Paula Chamlee. While you visit their site order a copy of High Plains Farm, a...
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    Re: Diffusion v Condenser v LED

    Living in farm country with a lot of coyotes and such - having a few in different calibers is a lifesaver in many ways.
    We shoot geese with a .243 - crop depredation. Lots of ponds and sloughs and...
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    Re: Taking a class and now totally baffled

    If you are looking at expansion to try for a bit more contrast take a good look at TMax 100. It can record way more than the paper will print. Is very good with plus development and subtle tonal...
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    Re: Location Surreal Reine Paradis Photography

    How does one "Pre" visualize?
    Adams Visualized yet somehow folks now can "pre" visualize.
    Is this a learned thing or a natural talent?
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    It all you are looking at are online images - it is easy to miss reality from the real thing.
  29. Thread: kale

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    Re: kale

    Too far from Pennsylvania to do it.
  30. Thread: kale

    by Willie
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    Re: kale

    Your Kale is nice. Now - can you do some of CAEL - Cael Sanderson. The current Penn State wrestling coach who has them winning 8 NCAA titles in 10 seasons, Won Olympic Gold and went 159-0 at Iowa...
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    Go for a 5x7 with the additional 4x5 back rather than a 4x5 with the add on 5x7 extender/adapter back.
    Deardorff is excellent and available. In newer bodies look at Canham. Keith Canham makes very...
  32. Thread: print washers?

    by Willie
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    Re: print washers?

    Doremus,

    Might try a vertical washer and leave the prints in for awhile and then do some testing to see what reality is on this one. The results may surprise you.
  33. Re: Kodak Alaris sells of paper and chemical businesses

    Bring back B&W Enlarging papers and maybe even AZO?
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    Inexpensive LOUPE for focus?

    https://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/L14813.html

    First, I have NO connection to this company other than having bought items from them in the past. If you are looking for an inexpensive Loupe to...
  35. Re: How to shoot HABS/HAER projects without Polaroid or Fuji in 2020

    Buy one box of film. Get a light meter or use the one you have. Run a series of tests so you know the densities you get in finished prints when metered, exposed, processed and printed - as you do it....
  36. Re: quick review on Shanghai 8x10 film (processed as negative and positive)

    Are you able to write a review so we don't have to suffer through a little movie? They don't work well here for various reasons.

    "JianCheng took over the brand and IP". What is "IP"?
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    Re: New Project: Clouds

    A photographer who has a lot of images of clouds.

    http://mitchdobrowner.com/

    No, it is not Large Format but his images are pretty good and a lot of clouds of all kinds. Especially a lot...
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    Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    Wait a few days. Not everyone checks their computer online every day. After 3-5 days - then try the other remedies. May be good reason for no immediate response.
    Our rural area has internet problems...
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    Re: Intrepid 5x7 Holder preview

    Make them thin and glue them back to back? ;-)
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    Re: Help in ID'ing Japanese 5X7 Wood Camera

    Without posting some photos of the camera you are asking the near impossible.
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