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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Lenses in a crude fashion go way back long before Galileo, perhaps even to stone age use of natural glass for magnification. What allowed him to make a dramatic practical improvement in spy glasses,...
  2. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    I'm not familiar with the exact pyro tweak you're using. But I've used quite a few of them, and like many others, originally used a brief alkaline afterbatch based on the recommendation of Gordon...
  3. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I use UV filters when I need to filter UV! My own experience with CF's is that an intermediate filter works just fine, whether a contrast filter for black and white work, or a corrective filter...
  4. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Jeroen - I am proudly one of those who finds Avedon generally pretentious, and often downright goofy in the sense of being overtly predictable 60's era in an especially obnoxious manner. There, I've...
  5. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    The biggest problem with long distance shooting is actually atmospheric. Haze and heat waves are the "great equalizer" that limits the effective resolution at distance of all these lenses, rather...
  6. Thread: Spotting

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    Re: Spotting

    Vaughn has been known to chew nettles too, so it's hard to say ... Life is a little different in the redwoods.
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    Re: Spotting

    Ditto. But I mostly use smaller 0000 and 00000, the latter being hard to find anymore.
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    Re: Spotting

    Spottone (now part of Marshall's product line) is easy to remove. Just soak the print a little while in a tray of water or slot washer, redry, flatten, and start over. It really helps to use good art...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Don't know why there were seemingly two different chopper pictures on that link, John. The small yellow one was obviously parked at the Mammoth airport on the backside of the range, which didn't look...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Except for a 60 acre grass fire 15 mi away, we've had blue sky for the past 4 days. But I can't even walk up the street to the open space till the weekend due to red flag dry wind alerts. They've...
  11. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    Symmar S vs Sironar N? That's a Coke vs Pepsi question.
  12. Re: Photographing Darkroom Prints To Be Shown Online

    Research copy stands and their kind of lighting. There should be some past threads on this topic. There are several lighting choices, but you generally need lights on both sides of the print,...
  13. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    Not all those older teles are appropriate for color photography, if that is going to be in mind, and not just black and white work.
  14. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    How hot is your water? You need at least around 110F for consistency. Very small volumes might dilute lower, but I don't recommend it.
  15. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    I've owned both the multicoated and single-coated 14 in Kern Dagors. I use 67mm filters with a slip-on adapter for them. They are somewhat heavy lenses, but nowhere near as heavy as big studio...
  16. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    My own usage of Symmar S lens lenses predates my 8x10 days, and was related only to 4x5 format. But I think I can give a relevant opinion, nonetheless. They aren't quite as ultra sharp or contrasty...
  17. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    F/6.3 and light/compact would be mechanically irreconcilable. You need something that fits in a lightwt no.1 shutter rather than a big no.3. The realistic option, if you can find and afford it, would...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    I'll have to try that - round up some caterpillars around the yard, put them in a bug popper to simulate the lightning, and then grind them up into the developer, along with some unpasteurized milk....
  19. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Undertake your learning curve with more affordable 4X5 T-Max, of course, rather than 8x10. Calibrating it is a lot like learning to play chords on the piano until you get things right. It takes time...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Getting in the car ain't so easy when it's a week walk away. The best strategy is not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Out on the plains might be one thing, but up in the mountains...
  21. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Choice of film is quite important. I strongly recommend TMax 100. It was originally engineered as a color separation film, among its other applications. Works better than discontinued Super-XX. A...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    One trip into the Wind River Range, I encountered four guys all dazed and wild-eyed, leaning against a rock, with their hair sticking out. They had been climbing Pingora when a storm came in, so they...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Most LF lightning photography is done on a time exposure random luck basis. My luck has never been that good. A few years ago I was set up at a spot in the Ruby Mtns of Nevada where, all at the same...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    I've been in many many severe lightning storms in the mountains. The secret to survival is to move FAST to the safest location, generally downhill, and don't have anything conductive nearby. Don't...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Finally got blue sky, headed across the bridge toward the redwoods, and then snapped a fan belt just before Skywalker Ranch, where I pulled over onto trailhead parking waiting to get towed. At least...
  26. Re: California Stainless Water Filter Replacement F-95

    Grainger would probably be the best source, but there is also filters.com
  27. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I like variety. I grew up right beside three National Parks and what are now half a dozen official Wilderness Areas, and all my life have enjoyed photographing in such places, though not necessarily...
  28. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I only saw one bull elk last week, but that doesn't surprise me, since I wasn't looking for the main herd, or really for elk at all. A couple weeks before I had a near miss with a black wild mustang...
  29. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    But up here you get to watch the sea lions body surfing in Tomales Bay, or just last month, virtually schools of harbor seals in orchestrated action in the shallows, scooping up herring I suppose....
  30. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Yeah, people have weird stereotypes of CA, as if all of it was like Los Angeles. Well, LA is pretty darn big. But CA has counties as big as some states with very low population density. As a kid, the...
  31. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    We have it all in California. Want mosquitoes? July in the high country. Want wonderful Godfather-movie quality amber light? Got it right now (sneeze, cough)!
  32. Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    Was that a veiled insult to those whom you think just don't "get it", hornstenj? That works both ways. And "how-to" books don't have anything to do with it. I never stated I disliked Crewdson's...
  33. Re: New Color Carbon Printing Service business... A new trend ?

    That was sure fun. But I'd hardly call lapis blue "dirt". If so, it's the most expensive dirt you've ever seen. And the notion of going out and grinding your own yellow ochre and red oxide distinctly...
  34. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    I have always drymounted onto 4-ply museum board. Antique or color prints is a more involved topic.
  35. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    A tele has a very narrow field of view, so yes, less risk of flare. But I've had circumstances where I had to apply a contrast-reduction mask to 4x5 color negs from 450C shots for sake of printing,...
  36. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    That miniscule amount of enlargement doesn't tell anyone much, Greg.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Who needs cannabis when poison oak leaves can be smoked instead, which don't even need any herbicides or pirated water? In fact, it's one of the primary pioneering species after a burn. ... I...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Don't expect serious rain anytime soon. October is usually an especially dry month, and especially fire prone. I'll be happy just to get a break in the smoke long enough for some exercise. It looks...
  39. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    The Fuji 450 is a very high quality lightweight lens in a little no. 1 shutter with very little kick or vibration to it. But due to its huge image circle, it should be well shaded with a compendium....
  40. Re: Gregory Crewdson's 'An Eclipse of Moths'

    lenicoloas - I totally disagree with you. Weston's still life work evoked a very strong emotional response with many. Diego Rivera once wiped his eyebrow and remarked how sensual some of those still...
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