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    Re: post your trees!

    The Merced River is right behind me, so I posted this in another thread already on water-side images.

    I had been thinking of this sort of image for awhile. I have had several earlier attempts,...
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    An assistant holding a large golf umbrella upwind from the camera.
  3. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    ...or one does strange and bizarre things like being an artist-in-residence in a National Park and have a kick with the line of people high along a trail, waiting for their turn to look through one's...
  4. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    No. Just don't hit anyone with one and don't be obnoxious where one sets it up.
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Good point, Michael. Once one gains experience and bends the bellows a few times into a knot, learns what the camera movements can do, and that sort of thing, that experience and knowledge allows...
  6. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Starts May 21st.

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Hoods can come in handy on bright foggy days -- lots of stray light coming in from all angles. It can be more of a problem than with a sunny day when one is usually more aware of possible light...
  8. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    I did like that tree!
  9. Re: Modern Rise of the Field Folder View Camera.

    No. The preference is for light-weight field folders with as much flexibility as most rail cameras. So as a tool it can be used for all kinds of photography that can use such a tool.

    Perhaps the...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    I had an Indian copy (exact) of a Deardorff Special. Bought new with a 4x5 back, I found a Deardorff 5x7 back that fit perfectly. It had front swing. It was a sweet 5x7 set-up until it got ripped...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    It might help, but you still might have trouble with that lower right area circled -- swing will make that area worse...you need to go to f45 or f64. The diagram above shows what happened. You just...
  12. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    My appreciation for Yosemite began long before I started to take photographs...one of my earliest memories was getting lost in the campgrounds on our way back from seeing the Firefall off of Glacier...
  13. Re: Modern Rise of the Field Folder View Camera.

    The quest was for people's opinions of what they likes in their (or imagined) 5x7 field cameras. Monorails are rarely considered 'field' cameras, but of course many of us have used them outdoors. I...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    No -- I am not always in the woods! I do have a 4x5 that is either one or the other -- but because it is difficult to change (undoing screws and stuff that can get lost in the field), it is easier...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Lens can stay on the camera, quick set-up, the way they mount to the tripod lends itself to be carried over the shoulder (folders do not, as they are a square perpendicular to the orientation of the...
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    Can't find what I want -- almost, though.

    Non-folding, bellows draw of ~300mm, back tilt, full front movements, horizontal and vertical capabilities. Except for the front movements, my present...
  17. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Try to find a copy of The Ansel Adams Guide to Yosemite. It comes complete with sample images to take and maps for locating his tripod holes. The AA Gallery is now open, so you can probably buy a...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Alan....You have near/far (fence and base of barn) right next to each other. They cannot exist on the same focus plane using just tilt.
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    Re: Expired Film images...lets see yours

    Many Pool Canyon, Zion National Park
    Taken in April 2018
    8x10 Kodak Copy Film
    Expired 11/1989, with a healthy amount of base fog.

    carbon print
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    It is all so objective. I have been using 12x16 for 5x7s and 4x10s. It is so handy to keep the number of different frame sizes down. But I matted three 5x7s in 11x14 frames for this last show and...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    The latana image is interesting, but I would have approached it without as much tilt and allowed the background to go a little softer to match the degree of softness behind the fence (with tilting...
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    Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That is what has kept me from desiring one!
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Generally about a half inch more weight on the bottom...sometimes a little more with vertical images. Aim for about 3" to 4" of mat border. Still working on mat sizes for 11x14s -- 12x22 for the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Very good, Steven!
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Oh...just a local show in a cooperative gallery I belong to here in Humboldt County. My sister was in town and snapped the photo on Friday morning and the show came down the next day after I got my...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Yes...both make great use of the light -- love the sense of the undulations of the foreground they create in the first image...and the more graphic shadows of the second.
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Hanging out with a few new platinum prints at the gallery a couple days ago...

    Top images are from 5.5x14 negs, the waterfall is a cropped 8x10,
  28. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Except if one is carrying the camera on the tripod in hand, with a shoulder bag for the meter and holders. A couple pounds of camera weight become important...speaking from much experience. Although...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Alan, stop listening to things people say. Especially things like:



    It is all on the GG. Upside down is good! It helps to remind us we are making images with light, not things.
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    I work along the same lines, so I am biased in that direction. I think about it as image management on the GG, with depth of field being just one of the factors I am working with. In my mind's eye I...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    I agree, I just do not think swings and tilts are "special techniques". Point and shoot LF cameras are the 'special' ones.:cool:

    And in learning -- it is always good to take things too far. Twist...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    And brakes on a car are specialized tools for specialized situations...such as stopping. I use them when I need them. And certainly do not use them when I do not need them. I am glad we teach...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    I use every movement the camera can make for every image I make -- it just happens I use many of the movements zeroed out a lot.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    And the darkened corners work very well with the image...adds to it rather than being neutral or distracting.
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    Re: What is my 4x5 area on the glass?

    Welcome to LF!
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    I have found moving the back standard, focusing on the nearest and then farthest parts of the scene I want to be in sharp focus, and moving the standard halfway between to be very handy when the...
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    Re: Good 210 for 4x5??

    A 210 f6.3 Computar Symmetrigon if you happen across one would be an excellent lens -- they were sold with a metal lens shade, nice if it still has it.

    PS -- this is not a plasmat, nor a process...
  38. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    I like the idea of the non-folders, also. No one makes a decent one for 5x7 (very subjective), but you may wish to look at this one:

    http://www.shen-hao.com/PRODUCTSabout.aspx?i=949&id=n3
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    Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    A lot of opportunities to "enjoy the view", as I remember my parents saying often on our family hikes. :cool:

    To add insult to injury, some of my 11x14 holders have metal darkslides.

    Since I...
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    Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    No. 8x10 is a cute little format...but what fun I am having with the 5x7! Okay, a couple times with a full backpack with the 5x7 on the pod and in my hands for 4 to 5 miles. Then it did not seem...
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