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  1. Re: Please help me identify the source of this light leak on my negatives.

    Maybe someone opened the box of film when the lights were on? Try developing a sheet directly from the box to see. Check the box for damage/holes as well.

    Doremus
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    Re: New Homepage

    I like the site, like the images, like the ease of navigation and the uncluttered look. I could use some information about you, your techniques, your philosophy, etc.

    Yes, I know, the images...
  3. Re: Please help me identify the source of this light leak on my negatives.

    cirwin2010,

    From your detailed explanation, I would, as you do, think to examine your film loading area for extraneous light sources. Don't just look from a standing position over the loading...
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    Re: Paper developer question

    Bite the bullet and get some sodium carbonate. It's a lot less hassle than scrounging around for substitutions. It's readily available in many forms from many suppliers.
    Washing soda is the...
  5. Re: Longevity of stock TF-5 Archival Rapid Fix?

    I don't know about Pyrocat, but using Ilford Rapid Fixer or Hypam with PMK negatives has no influence on the stain (despite the PF instruction sheet - I guess Michael that you're correct about the...
  6. Re: Longevity of stock TF-5 Archival Rapid Fix?

    I suspect that the 12-month shelf-life given by PF for TF-5 is conservative. However, I'd be a bit uncomfortable keeping the stock solution for four years without more testing than a clearing-time...
  7. Re: Color filters to correct focusing issues with meniscus lenses

    Focusing and then making the negative with a blue filter like the #47 will likely be a bit difficult, since the filter is rather dense. The resulting image will be similar to one made with a...
  8. Re: Please help me identify the source of this light leak on my negatives.

    If I remember correctly, some Toyo holders had problems with the dark slides not being completely opaque (search here and on Photrio; there were a couple of threads about the problem).

    If that...
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    Re: LF Loupe vs regular 35mm lens

    Your 35mm lens should work just fine; it's just that it's bulky and harder to get exact focus with.

    Many like loupes with a skirt and adjustable focus so you can focus once carefully on the...
  10. Re: question re metering for zone III and overexposing HP5+ a little

    The whole subject of shadow placement really depends on what one calls a shadow and what tonality in the print is desired. I place shadows anywhere from Zone II to Zone V depending on the situation....
  11. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    I think the point jnantz is making is a good one, though. Many labs would be happy to give you densitometer readings for a minimal charge. You might just track one down and see if you can...
  12. Re: TF-4 User For Years...Want To Try TF-5

    Thanks Michael,

    Yeah, I'm aware of all the parameters you mention. It's just that I don't know enough about fixer formulation and the complex chain of reactions that end up producing the soluble...
  13. Re: TF-4 User For Years...Want To Try TF-5

    Strange, I've compared PMK negatives with both TF-4 and Ilford Rapid Fixer and found absolutely zero difference; stain was the same, base fog was the same (visual comparison only, but that should be...
  14. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    Or, you can just adjust on the fly, optimizing your negatives for your digital printing method using the time-honored advice:

    If your shadows don't have enough detail, rate the film slower.
    If...
  15. Re: TF-4 User For Years...Want To Try TF-5

    No word yet about TF-5 capacity compared to TF-4 or other rapid fixers.

    Really, I'm at a loss understanding why capacities should be different for the TF family of fixers compared with, say,...
  16. Re: Fresnel, GG and focussing questions

    maltfalc,

    Perhaps I didn't understand your first post. Thanks for going to the trouble and repeating it for me in clearer terms. :)

    Still, what you are suggesting isn't the norm. Ground glass...
  17. Re: Fresnel, GG and focussing questions

    ...but you have to take focus shift into account! A Fresnel screen placed between lens and ground glass displaces the focus by approx. 1/3 of the thickness of the screen. If that distance is not...
  18. Re: Using Modern 67mm filters on older lenses - a simple workaround

    Looks like brucetaylor snapped up the cheaper one! Just keep looking; they come up from time-to-time for cheaper.


    Doremus
  19. Re: Fresnel, GG and focussing questions

    Since you don't know if the Fresnel/ground-glass sandwich you have is 1) OEM, 2) in the original (correct) orientation and order, I would think some testing would be in order.

    Set up a long...
  20. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    Well, I've been using Buffermount for years with good results. Yes, you have to pay attention to get even bonding when the print comes out of the press, but I don't have problems there. Small...
  21. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    So then, how do you mount your fiber-base prints?
  22. Re: Using Modern 67mm filters on older lenses - a simple workaround

    I see two of the pictured Voss barn-door filter holders (possibly more - I quit looking after two) up on eBay right now...
  23. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    You should get fiberglass screens (Fiberglasgewebe), not metal. That's neutral enough not to leave any marks on the print. I dry my prints emulsion-side-up after getting marks on the emulsion when...
  24. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    Kornscharfsteller,

    You don't say where you are located, but from your screen name, I'm assuming somewhere in the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

    Hanging prints that large...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Is that why they call it "rapid fixer"?
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    Kevin,

    Contact Freestyle and explain the problem. I've found them more than willing to make things good whenever I had problems with paper/chemicals.

    FWIW, I use Ilford Rapid Fixer or Hypam...
  27. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    Keeping prints wet for hours is not a good idea. The emulsion softens, the edges frill and the paper base can actually swell too much and degrade. It would be better to give your prints fix 1, a...
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    Re: testing spot lightmeter

    Steve,

    Does Pentax in Colorado really work on the digital spot meters? If so, I'd really like more information about them; contact info, etc., for future reference.

    Best,

    Doremus
  29. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    I've used both the Fomabrom 111 fixed and variable contrast papers. They are both very good. However, there's no real advantage to using the fixed grade papers. The Foma VC papers are very good...
  30. Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Here's the exposure record I use. I just cobbled it together in Word. I carry them in a six-ring 3x5" notebook similar to this one:...
  31. Re: DIY Print Squeegee improvement -- for those like me with Rube G. genes

    I've been using regular automotive windshield wipers of various sizes for years now. They work better than "print squeegees" that are intended for photo use. I find them easy to grip as they are,...
  32. Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Thinking more about this:

    Is a Rubinstein performance of Chopin without merit just because he makes a mistake along the way? Especially since the interpretation and the rest of the performance...
  33. Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    It's not an imperfection if it's intentional.
  34. Re: “Tripods for Bipods” (John Sexton new tech tip video)

    It was a bit monotonous for me. I had to play the video a 125% speed before it even sounded normal, and it was still soporific. I think they must have inadvertently slowed it down.
  35. Re: Grayish whites and other problems in my new darkroom

    The paper is light or age fogged. (I'm assuming here that you're printing well enough to get real whites when you want them, but if you're dealing with very thin negatives and are at max contrast,...
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    Re: Negative Dark Patches

    Filmholder testing methods:

    Load your holders (with photo paper for economy) and leave them sitting out in the sunlight for a while. Flip them around making sure all the sides/edges get exposed...
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    Re: Will pull help me with this image

    Also a really good suggestion.
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    Re: Negative Dark Patches

    Borris,

    These are definitely light leaks. The most likely culprit is the spring back being pulled away from the camera body when you pull/insert the dark slide or the holder not seating correctly...
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    Re: Will pull help me with this image

    The premise of your question is erroneous. Developing less (I hate the word "pulling" for N- developments...) will get you less tonal separation overall, including between bridge and sky.

    And, I...
  40. Re: Technique for increasing depth of field

    Bruce,

    Don't be too harsh... I think many of us assume that we want a particular framing, so when using a shorter focal length lens from a particular camera position, would end up cropping the...
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