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  1. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    But do you consciously use back swing in the field to change shapes of objects or is it a side effect of trying to maximize DOD and/or align it as you want. Why would you not wish to go for wyswyg vs...
  2. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Ingenious but I dare say a bit awkward.
  3. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Agreed in the front standard rise and fall. For me, once I set my front tilt and or swing, particularly with longer lenses, I default to rear rise/fall to avoid the arm stretch but also to avoid...
  4. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Right Bob, rear swing changes object shapes whereas front swing does not.
  5. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Based upon specs, certain Ebony and Shen Hao 4x5 cameras have the referenced rear movements and in some instances rear swing as well (probably the least used movement in any LF camera owing to the...
  6. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    …as long as the field cameras have all movements but particularly rear rise, fall and shift. Makes compositions that much easier.

    Have always preferred the precision and rigity of a monorail in...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    So is the market saying that:

    A. photography has greater value when the photographer is a well known painter/sculptor? , or
    B. Photographs that express an idea are much more valuable than...
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    Re: Man Ray: Kiki de Montparnasse

    Compare this to the current Christie’s auction of AA and both Weston’s original prints. It ends on the 24th and expected selling ranges are a pittance compared to this.

    Why the drastic disparity?
  9. Re: What’s your most “unpopular” opinion about LF?

    Depth perspective was first used in the 14th century by several European artists and was used extensively during the Renaissance. But the artists are not necessarily using a perspective that adheres...
  10. Re: Toyo Cameras, Accessories and Spares from Japan

    I guess Toyo CF, and G-GII are not available new?

    I would be interested in either used, if not.
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    Re: Cheap 4X5 Cameras are Everywhere

    Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. We attach to things that allow us to recall pleasant experiences. Nothing wrong with attachment, which seems somewhat to be expected as we age.

    But really, is...
  12. Re: Recommendations for tripod head for Shen-Hao HZX45-iia

    I am partial to Gitzo’s low profile 3-way magnesium heads with large platform. Of course I was mostly using it with monorail cameras along with several Gitzo series 3 legs. I shifted to CF gitzos...
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    Re: Shooting in the rain

    My doctor already thinks my pecs are developed from weightlifting - imagine what trying to manage 2 tripods would produce? Who needs trips to the gym when you have a daily routine of LF in the rain!
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    Re: Shooting in the rain

    Heavy duty large black garbage bags are great for covering equipment even in hard rain. I would recommend a large enough but relatively lightweight umbrella that you can find a way to attach to the...
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    Best Photography Book Formats and Design

    Please delete this thread.
  16. Re: Books and other educational resources for large format beginners

    Add the Kodak book on Large Format photography. Good supplement to AA’s books and Simmons with some nice color images and easy explanations.

    I think younger audiences are accustomed to immediate...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Some prefer single coated lenses for B+W work, but they wouldn’t be my choice for color closeups.
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    I recall a photo of Reinhardt Wolfe taking color images of NYC using a 1000mm APO Ronar with 2 tripods and lots of bellows extensions (Sinar I believe). The taking magnifications for this project...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Looking at Ken Lee’s web page on APO Ronars, mtfs of longer FLs show low contrast at working aperture’s, though aberations such as distortion, astigmatism and curvature of field look good if these...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Imagine the amount of film Porter went through to get one decent image of a moving bird on Asa 12 Kodachrome? Bird movements are not predictable and you are limited to one shot per each movement. He...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    30+ years ago I similarly photographed Least Tern, Piping Plover, Killdeer and Oystercatcher on nest using blinds on Kodachrome film with a 400mm lens in each case.

    All but the Killdeer are...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Alan, my examples noted above were on 35mm Kodachrome 25. Those experiences and again Kraseman's work with Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstone and others in the Arctic Circle got me to consider LF.

    These...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    Generally it takes much time, patience and very slow maneuvering to get in position for the photograph via a blind. Longer FL lenses would be key to avoiding flushing the bird from the nest. Think...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    My conceptualization of LF bird photography starts as an outdoor still life at the bird’s nest or otherwise in its natural environment. I prefer natural light and enough DOF to provide a sense that...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    R e, perhaps you could experiment with the puffins? :) a new frontier! I would be interested in your experience

    Ellesmere has been a dream since my mid 20s. I am not sure I would have the...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    So with a 720-800mm lens we are in the 200mm+ range in 35mm terms. Enough to be 10-15 feet from the subjects. We are talking shorebirds and maybe a gyrfalcon at say 20-25 feet. Maybe Snowy Owls and...
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    I spelled Hosking’s name incorrectly, but I don’t recall his use of LF color, MF color occasionally, but mostly B+W. I’ll check out the Keartons.
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    Re: Bird Photography with LF

    I think you are right, flash would be necessary even if using 400 speed color negative film. Shutter speeds of 1/8 or 1/4 of a second are doable as long as there is no movement. Hit rate would be...
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    Bird Photography with LF

    As far as I know, Eliot Porter was the first (?) and perhaps only photographer who used 4x5 color film to photograph birds at the nest (though he moved to Hasselblad and 35mm later for this effort)....
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    Re: Flowers Anyone?

    Wonderful image.
  31. Re: Is it .27 or .30 when figuring out a focal length - Which one do you use?

    So you know all of the scientists at each camera manufacturer and how they perform calculations. Impressive.

    This comes across as trolling as I already mentioned above that others may choose an...
  32. Re: Is it .27 or .30 when figuring out a focal length - Which one do you use?

    4x5 diagonal in millimeters is 163mm

    4 inches = 101.6 MM
    5 inches = 127mm

    to obtain diagonal calculate using pythagorean theorum. a squared = 10,302.56, b squared = 16,129. Addition =...
  33. Re: Is it .27 or .30 when figuring out a focal length - Which one do you use?

    Alan is right on this, the diagonal of 35mm is 43mm while 4x5 is 163mm, so factor 43/163 = .263. I extracted from this that for every 4mm of 35mm format, you get 15mm in the 4x5 format. Taking this...
  34. Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Too often processed 4x5 film is not flat but slightly curved for one reason or another. Even with adjusting height, I have had inconsistent results with my Epson. Not sure how Epson solves that...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Outstanding redo Steve. The detail in extraordinary, foreground color does not take your eye away from the distant view.
  36. Re: Safe/Legitimate Resource for Nude Models - LF Project

    Good Catholic upbringing, strip clubs aren’t part of my vocabulary, but otherwise interesting suggestion. Not a fan of Craig’s for many reasons. Some have good luck, I haven’t.

    Liability waivers...
  37. Re: Safe/Legitimate Resource for Nude Models - LF Project

    I am on the east coast. Interesting that you mention Santa Cruz. A former friend, artist and art teacher, an unusually attractive lady but with an unfortunate penchant for disclosing private...
  38. Re: Safe/Legitimate Resource for Nude Models - LF Project

    A range of good suggestions, thank you all.

    Having spent much time in the art department of my university taking a 2nd major in Art History, noteworthy were the number of mostly attractive types...
  39. Safe/Legitimate Resource for Nude Models - LF Project

    I have a LF project in mind which will require perhaps several professional models for fine art color and B&W work. Mostly outdoor environment.

    Suggestions welcome.

    It must be a safe and...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Steve,

    Is the amount of contrast and color shift intentional in this image? The results remind me of when I used Silverfast SW with an Epson 800 Scanner. But I moved to Epson Scan SW per...
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