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  1. Thread: Is This Art?

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    Re: Is This Art?

    No matter the gender, Nigel Poor struggles with grammar, but more important, uses overly specialized language that empties it of meaning:


    "…She is interested in forms of portraiture and explores...
  2. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    Yes, this rain forest of big trees was on a deeply overcast day.

    Yet the scene contrast makes it look sunny.

    A situation where an uncoated lens can be useful. Alas, my Schneider 110mm and Type...
  3. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    The redwood filter is a key part of my kit too, up here in Wash. state. ;^)

    I love the details throughout the grove's wide contrast range.

    Is your "purity of light," when you find it, easier or...
  4. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    Vaughn's guess might not be the reason I started this thread, but it's just as good, maybe better! (And some of the replies are "weird" indeed, quite entertaining, even instructive.)

    The real...
  5. Thread: Why Crop?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    I hope it returns some day when our cropping is more advanced. :cool:
  6. Thread: Why Crop?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    Did you ask it, Why crop? :confused:
  7. Thread: Why Crop?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    It occurs to me that my 4x5 viewing card crops almost every landscape I shoot.

    Call me a 99% cropper.

    That's 99% of the time, not 99% of the film image!
  8. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    Very nice example, and to develop the point, one might compare this youthful work to his very different visualization of these same two people, in his Rondanini Pieta (below), from the last years of...
  9. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    A thoughtful post, plus I enjoyed your earlier comparison between Michelangelo's imagined figure inside the un-chiseled stone, and the LFer's visualized image before shutter snap. A purity of sorts...
  10. Re: Do you have any tips/techniques for Night Photography?

    Thanks to my region, forest dew (condensation) is a greater nighttime challenge than homeless people or suspicious cops.

    For example, in the Olympic mountains near the ocean, nighttime air grows...
  11. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    I should have appended an easy poll – a choice between a physical or abstract association.

    For me, purity is more physical, like darkroom water or the air I'm shooting through.

    More...
  12. Thread: LF Purity

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    Re: LF Purity

    Also the pure air (so far) of Washington state's Olympic and Cascade mountains, in advance of this season's inevitable forest fires. Come mid and late summer, I can count on far subjects disappearing...
  13. Thread: LF Purity

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    LF Purity

    Just for fun, a matter of word association.

    I'm curious what first occurs to you when you hear the word "purity" in the context of LF photography.

    Careful! Before you reply, be aware that you...
  14. Thread: Why Crop?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    My longest lens for my Tachi 4x5 is 240mm, so when my composition requires a longer lens, cropping is part of my visualization. The poor man's telephoto!

    More often, I'm cropping to rid my frame...
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    Re: In Memory of Bruce Barlow

    I'll miss Bruce's posts here, always thoughtful and constructive.

    One consolation – his spirit will live on here, as does the spirit of Ted Harris and many others.

    It's comforting to think that...
  16. Re: Tips on loading 4x5 film into the holders - Help needed

    It's a process that's a lot easier to do than describe! When I was learning, I sacrificed a sheet of film to practice in the light with eyes open. Then with eyes closed. For some time afterward, I'd...
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    Re: Having the most fun...

    I was curious too.

    It would be a.m. for me. :^)

    Hard to tell, but the clock hints at 80 minutes from enlarger to print drying ... for five large prints!
  18. Re: Schneider Super Symmar 80mm XL status question.

    As far as I can tell, the haze issue affected both the 80mm and 110mm lenses with the same symptoms and similar time frame.

    I’ve noticed, generally, that 110mm owners have reported the malady on...
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    Re: Where/how to get rid of an enlarger?

    Thanks to Seattle’s CL, someone paid me to come get a beautiful Omega D2v.

    “I’m going digital!” the wedding photographer explained w/ exuberance.

    But my exuberance was greater, as $50 was...
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    Re: Movements book or tutorial recommendations

    Everything I know about LF movements was seeded in the healthy soil of Ansel Adams' The Camera (specifically, Chapter 10: "View-Camera Adjustments"). Over time, I've complemented this resource with...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Dream-like, bizarre, surreal.

    This could pass as a NASA image of the liquid-methane seas on Saturn's moon, Titan.

    I'm curious if, say, exposing for 1/30th sec. would have kept this on Earth.
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    Re: Wildlife and Wild Animals

    Serves as a reminder of the Desert Southwest's harshness! The broken neck may be a sign of a cougar ambush near water, either upstream or here. Perhaps the same cougar watched you work by your...
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    Re: American Southwest in full Autumn

    Glad you're spending more than a long weekend in this favorite area of mine. Keep in mind, even the two weeks you're planning will still seem insufficient for the amount of land you want to cover.
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    Poll: Re: Poll 2019: Age at last birthday

    Yes, and I suspect both the average (54) and median (56) ages will "grow older" as the thread ages.
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    Poll: Re: Poll 2019: Age at last birthday

    The median age (at my previous post) is 56.

    Looks like the youngest is 23, with a giant leap to the next youngest, 37!

    The wisest is 70.
  26. Re: How to capture rainbows – with myth or science?

    Spurred by the comments above, I did some quick research into AA's "Nevada Fall, Rainbow" to share his personal opinion about the 1947 image.

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    Some interesting remarks from the...
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    Re: 4x5 light leaks when removing the dark slide

    Not pulling the darkslide out all the way may protect against light leaks – and it's the way I usually handle the situation – but doing so introduces a lot of potential for subtle vibrations or...
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    Poll: Re: Poll 2019: Age at last birthday

    A handful of respondents have shared their age.

    Maybe not enough to be very representative of the forum – but the early results are in:

    Average age: 54.

    Hmm, a quick look at the "poll...
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    Re: What to do when you run out of rise?

    Tripods, ladders, wedges, hills…

    If you run out of rise, several tools in this image might rescue your image. ;^)

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    "I was shooting the 35mm hand-held version of the view so I could get...
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    Re: What to do when you run out of rise?

    If there's no truck or bus nearby, one might also climb the stairs of a building across the street, and ask permission to set-up in a room with a large window facing your subject. Not sure if this...
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    Poll: Re: Poll 2019: Age at last birthday

    Anyone who's 61 shouldn't feel left out!

    After all, the moment your 61st birthday arrived, you were, technically, over 61, and already into your 62nd year.

    So checking "over 61" covers you if...
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    Re: What to do when you run out of rise?

    If you tilt the camera, remember the plane of focus moves.

    Ideally, front and back movements (after the tilting the camera) would help the plane of focus land once again on the cathedral's faηade,...
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    Re: Epson V700 High Resolution lens

    Quick tip: since the lower resolution lens (i.e., for 8x10) often focuses above the bed, users should certainly test using a homemade 8x10 film holder (mounting station) with this option, instead of...
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    Poll: Re: Poll 2019: Age at last birthday

    There was an old, long-running thread (started about 2000) titled "How old are we?" and I did a quick statistical study of its data in 2014.

    The average age was about 49 years old.

    This current...
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    Re: Epson V700 High Resolution lens

    Here’s how I understand it (V700/750 with Epson Scan), whose wording may slightly differ from Vuescan:

    Selecting “Film (w/ Film Area Guide)” activates the lower resolution lens. The so-called...
  36. Re: How to capture rainbows – with myth or science?

    Curiosity made me look for AA's image, circa 1950. (I understand he exposed color film on this day too.) I don't have his book "Examples," so I'd enjoy hearing someone summarize AA's key thoughts...
  37. Re: How to capture rainbows – with myth or science?

    Speaking of Galen Rowell, I'm still browsing "Mountain Light" – he explains that the mystifying behavior of rainbows is true, even when viewed with the clear eyes of science:


    "True to legend,"...
  38. Re: How to capture rainbows – with myth or science?

    Me neither. I've seen several threads about predicting fog, cloud inversions, and clearing storms, but your field experience near Tucson makes one curious if rainbow prediction, as Galen Rowell...
  39. How to capture rainbows – with myth or science?

    I've just completed a forum-wide title search with astonishing results.

    There is no thread – not one – with "rainbow" in the title. (Well, there's actually one about a Sinar rainbow case, and...
  40. Re: Your experience adjusting development times for different stock and darkroom temp

    Sometimes, a quick example helps…

    For simplicity, let's say for each degree colder, one needs 10% additional development time (a little different than your situation).

    1) So, if a given...
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