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    Re: A Very Dusty Horsehead

    Great image CJ!

    The Celestron RASA 11 - https://optcorp.com/products/celestron-11-rasa?msclkid=04e8faf8aa591ceebba6a4a0152e9b85 - is a great imaging scope. Do you work from a fixed observatory or...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    I pondered purchasing the Tak 600/4 but in the end got the new 1.4 and 2x Tele-extenders for the Tak 400 which has better reviews on the Pentax forum. I'm glad that I did because the Tax 400 and I...
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    Re: Haze inside lens

    Clean 'em right: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-resources/caring-for-your-optics/

    Thomas
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Nope - that's Vernal Falls. Nevada Fall is further up.

    Thomas
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Ran across this morning among my cardboard-mounted 6x7 slides. P67II probably with the 165mm lens:


    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49589308771_c4a50fc54e_o.jpg

    Thomas
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    Re: Carleton Watkins Revisited?

    You're right, Drew. My camera position was way to the left of Watkin's. In the Watkins print, Black Rock appears at the left of Round Top which is in the more distant middle. In mine Black Rock...
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    Carleton Watkins Revisited?

    Round Top from Caples Lake in the Sierra. Watkins, 1879

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49577952962_9cbeddcba7_z.jpg

    My image taken from Caples Lake (?) circa 2007.
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  8. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    Door to gun turret 2, USS Iowa


    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49574873388_9b330f904e_z.jpg

    210mm Schnider Symmar-S on Toyo AX. Scan of a print on Oriental RC.

    Thomas
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    One the news the park ranger said that there were only 3 mountain lions in that area. I find that a surprisingly low estimate considering the number of deer in the area. A few years back I was...
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    Re: Glue For Bellows

    I used "Goof Off" which worked fine. The can says it is a "general purpose adhesive remover" that contains "Acetone and Xylene." For the glue I used "Pilobond 25" which also worked fine. The...
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    Re: Return to Cyanotype

    Yes, Hahnemühle Sumi-e - a typing error.

    Thomas
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    Re: Return to Cyanotype

    The print darkened (oxidized) a little last night and looks somewhat better today:


    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49545015342_b77bf86c24.jpg

    The whites stayed white except maybe where...
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    Return to Cyanotype

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49540936357_aef63438be.jpg

    Began working on a new project this week featuring cyanotypes. This image was printed on Bergger Cot 160 coated using the...
  14. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    The negatives don't improve but what can improve is your opinion of them. Several years back, in Kern County north of Bakersfield, I shot an early morning 6x7 transparency of a view overlooking a...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    The black case in the photo is an "MC Photo" case that I bought online some years back. It will hold as many as 5 film holders but I rarely carry more than 3 with me at any time. It slips into the...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    Then the AW 650 will work. The dimensions for the MII are: Folded Dimensions 14.5" x 15" x 6.2".

    Thomas
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    Yeah - it's just a newer version. On the version I have there are slots on the outside of the side zip pockets where you can insert tripod legs and secure it with the compression straps. I prefer...
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    Re: Gibellini - 8x10 Holders

    One of my first cars, back when I was about 17, was a '57 Dodge Desoto for which I pad either $100 or $125. Put about 100K miles on it. Never changed the oil - just kept it full with 15 cent a...
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    Re: Pelican Case - 8x10, Users Here?

    Here's my set-up for lugging the 8x10 around:
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49527401067_8e1ebdabca_c.jpg

    Its a Lowepro AW Super Trekker - the largest one they made at the time I bought it. ...
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    Re: Xtol - Distilled vs Filtered water

    The municipal water source where I live is Hetch Hetchy, the same as in San Francisco, and is an extremely good tap water source. I've used it for years to mix 5L batches of Xtol. However I have...
  21. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    that's why, as Doremus pointed, a monorail is the best choice. Instead of moving the whole camera set-up forward you just slide it forward on the rails. That assumes, of course, that you have a...
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    Re: Bellows orientation question

    They may have been placed there to accommodate for lenses for whose image circle allows for the movements the camera is capable of delivering. The factory bellows on the Toyo Robos is wider than the...
  23. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Consider adding a tripod dolly to your set-up. For a camera of your weight you don't need an expensive one. I've used this...
  24. Re: Paul Caponigro in Carmel, CA for lecture on February 8, 2020, 3-5 pm

    I saw the first run production in Palo Alto a couple of years back. An interesting presentation that was well attended and free.

    Thomas
  25. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    From the Nikon brochure:
    The Nikkor-AM (Apo Macro) lenses are exclusively designed for macro photography and provide
    outstanding performance at 1:1 reproduction. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass...
  26. Re: For macro lenses on 4x5in cameras, what focal length is most useful?

    Nikon Nikkor 120mm AM ED. Covers 4x5. There is a 210mm version that will cover 8x10 but for 4x5 I would recommend the 120mm which I have. B&H sold the 120mm version for over $1100 but I guess that...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    Here's a flatiron located in downtown Oakland, CA:


    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49498851507_b9db75fc23_o.jpg

    Shot it on a Sunday morning with 360mm lens on a Toyo 81G and printed as a...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Well in the 1860's the army established nearby Camp (Fort) Independence which was maintained unto the 1870's and became an Paiute Indian Reservation which it remains today....
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Without consulting my maps, I believe Evolution Basin is on the approach to Muir Pass - less than a day away if you don't stop.

    Here's another from my K1000 slide collection:

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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49475160847_98b6149f5e_o.jpg

    Got interested in William Keith, a California landscape painter who was a close friend of John Muir and Carleton Watkins, and did a...
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    Re: Post your signs

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49451560642_b90a3e7052.jpg

    Silver gelatin print on Oriental RC. This was taken on a busy Saturday night in the Castro with the 165mm lens on a tripod mounted...
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    Re: Filtering Large Lenses

    A professional option would be the Cokin X-Pro holder with the 112mm adapter ring which screws into the threads on the lens. There are 3 versions of this holder available: this link is for the more...
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    The Ilford kit is still available: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/24675-REG/Ilford_1762617_Multigrade_Filter_Set_with.html/qa

    It comes with a holder but check the Q&A for fitting the...
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    Re: 45mxt and contrast filters

    Ilford sells (or sold) a mutigrade filter kit of round filters in rectangular holders with paddle handles that slide into the below the lens filter holder of the MXT and is an exact fit. The filters...
  35. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    I'm using a Gitzo G1348 with an Arca Swiss Z1-sp (no center column) for my Toyo 810MII with no problem. Great tripod that packs well.

    Thomas
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    Re: Post your signs

    A sign for the times

    https://spiritsofsilver.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Hotel_Senator.30185512_large.jpg

    Thomas
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    Re: New Xtol

    I've used Xtol for years now initially mixing with tap water which, in my case, is very good water as it comes directly from Hetch Hetchy (Yosemite National Park snow melt). But over time I noticed...
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    If you got the time, I'd drive; and if it were me I'd bring the Pentax 67II which I would keep inside the cabin mounted on its tripod ready to go if I should see something worth photographing along...
  39. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    Yep, the asphalt ended and the dirt road that continued must have been the unofficial continuation of Hermit's Rest road. (…"the employee and park service access..." They save the good stuff for...
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    Re: Coating Carleton Watkins

    I believe it's the Indian Canyon trail which was used to hike to the top of the falls to at least 1878 when Watkins revisited the same area that year and no doubt until the new trail was built on the...
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