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  1. Re: How fast can an enlarger shutter be fired?

    Interesting. I wonder about the intended purpose for that shutter to begin with. In color printing work, the warmup phase of a halogen bulb, as well as the final afterglow, which in fact can affect...
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    Re: water filters

    One thing I forgot to comment on is that the very most important time for using distilled water is during the final rinse, following the wash step.
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    Re: water filters

    You need different ones for hot versus cold lines. If you have an automatic tempering valve for working temperature, it probably needs protection from particulates prior to water reaching it. ...
  4. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Look like Hoodlum Hoodoos to me, quite anthropomorphic in a ski masked manner. Some beer belly or junk food folds too.
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    domaz - probably not above 105, 110 at the most. When I was young, I hiked far steeper canyons at 110, being accustomed to that kind of heat, once 18 miles. But since I've lived my entire adult life...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    HMG - or law enforcement itself having something to hide. Like I already posted earlier, I don't know the current situation; but it was just a little further back than two decades ago that the top...
  7. Re: So stores/ebay sell 4x5 GG protectors but not 8x10?

    You should have taken that plate for a ground glass cover. That would be novel.
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    Well, when someone attaches an obscenity to you, it sounds pretty annoyed; and I'm not referring to "shat". Once that begins, a red line gets crossed as far as I'm concerned. These are frustrating...
  9. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Alan - a web shot might be interpretable as an entirely different kind category of photographic media, but it's not even remotely a substitute for any kind of print. Someone like me is far more...
  10. Re: How do I recognize lenses that will cover an 8X10 plate with no vignetting

    Effective image circle involves not only the actual stopped-down aperture at the time of the shot, but the amount of rise and tilt or swing likely to be employed. So in effect, you ideally want a...
  11. Re: So stores/ebay sell 4x5 GG protectors but not 8x10?

    Make my own with about 50 cents worth of scrap plastic, preferably polycarbonate, but acrylic is OK too. Takes all of about ten minutes to make one. A plastics shop could cut you a piece to size for...
  12. Re: in search of white or off white archival 9 x 12 drop front boxes

    Archival Methods offers only standard options even in custom sizing, and white exteriors aren't one of them. Besides, is one willing to pay a hundred bucks a box or thereabouts for simply storage...
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    Paul, why did you even react that way? Carpenters make jokes about these kinds of terminological foibles all the time. Any woodworker in England enjoys the same joke over it as me. Terms even vary...
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    Isn't that what margin means by definition? Now the Canadians can't speak English? But Michael, does "part outside where the picture goes" mean you are placing the picture outside the exposure area...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Yep. Until I know better, I'll continue to suspect a premeditated act. Something could have been slipped into their drinking water, and some of that same water given to both the infant and their dog...
  16. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Doremus - I remember looking at certain famous Rembrandt paintings in numerous art books, actually some very well printed ones, and wondering, what's the big deal? Then when I finally saw a few of...
  17. Re: Deformed bellows (Horseman 45FA), repairable?

    One simple trick is to put a round tab of Velcro near on the outside of the susceptible point, and keep it taught with a connector strip of the furrier Velcro complement, connected at the other end...
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    Another stereotype of Brits is that they have zero sense of humor, unless it's very dry and aimed at someone else. Then it's "shat" in heaps, which is often what makes piped-in Brit TV comedies so...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    The lightning storms generally reach their peak in August afternoons. My place was near the edge of the San Joaquin Canyon, south of the Merced River system in question; and I had a view of the pinch...
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    "Rebate"???? - Are you British, Paul? Here a rebate is money you get back from a purchase. If it's a ledge inside a picture frame, we call it a "rabbet", which of course you might confuse with a...
  21. Re: Makrolon® LD polycarbonate sheet for electronic signs using LED lighting

    Polycarbonate is quite a bit stronger per thickness than acrylic. But one of its disadvantages is a lower level of light transmission when that is needed, generically-speaking, around 85% versus 95%...
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    Not all sheet films are the same in this respect. But no exposure at all, then no markings regardless. That kind of thing is not printed onto the film, using ink or anything like that, so itself...
  23. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    In the current market, nobody seems to give a damn how technically complicated or expensive it was to make something, or if it represents a high level of craft or not; all they care about it the...
  24. Re: Makrolon® LD polycarbonate sheet for electronic signs using LED lighting

    Interesting.
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    There were no lightning events that low down during the time in question. They're routine in summer afternoons way up above timberline thousands of feet higher; but this was relatively low elevation...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I'm surprised nobody has suggested an asteroid impact extinction event yet.
  27. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Mastery of any given medium does make a difference. And some media do seem more amenable to commitment and TLC than others. Even making a chisel, a Japanese sword maker thinks a lot differently than...
  28. Re: in search of white or off white archival 9 x 12 drop front boxes

    Why would anyone in their right mind mass market a storage product that shows dirt and fingerprints like crazy? Handling white matboard itself is fussy enough. Perhaps you could make you own. There...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Ask Brutus. Or in this case, maybe watch the movie, Green Mile. There was some interesting re-breathed molecules in that one.
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Air lacking oxygen? - way up on the side of a hill thriving with wildlife, with ample air currents being channeled by a considerable canyon network below? There wasn't even any serious smoke issue...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Gas ? Very very very unlikely where they were found, out in the open way up on the side of a ridge. No mines around. Far above the creek. We're all just making wild guesses (me too). This one is...
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    Re: Albumen Print Toning Color Shift Examples

    I don't know how accurate the book reproduction is. Most of the many actual Watkins prints I've seen are the basic brownish. Albumen is certainly a beautiful process. Most gold toner formulas I've...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    It was on a grassy hillside above a brushy side canyon, along a loop trail that rises two thousand feet above the river canyon itself, perhaps halfway up. No known mine tunnels there, way above the...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    There is the same warning about toxic algae in the Virgin River in Zion National Park right now, warning hikers not to swallow the water. There is no record of anyone actually dying from that - but...
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    Re: New Computer Time...

    First computer I ever had was something my dad brought home from some military surplus whatever, so I'd have something to work out my itch to tear apart and dissect gadgets, instead of resorting to...
  36. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Inside a nuclear reactor facility "hot zone". It's been done. Remote servo-style view camera controls, of course, and not using film per se for the capture.
  37. Thread: Lousy Dagor

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    Re: Lousy Dagor

    Well, I guess the only way I'll be able to obtain equivalent results to some of those recited here is to take sandpaper to the elements of my own Dagor. No, it doesn't have quite the tangential...
  38. Thread: Lousy Dagor

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    Re: Lousy Dagor

    Let's see .... maybe this thread will have as long a history as the Dagor design itself, which began back around the same time as automobiles did, so involves an awful lots of performance and model...
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    Re: Beautiful Contemporary Daguerreotypes

    Compelling portraits regardless. I too am skeptical that what is being shown is D-type. But I admit I don't keep pace with any potential modern tweaks on that process. Mercury is not my cup of tea.
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    It's like any other relatively basic darkroom process, including regular silver-gelatin printing black and white printing. You can make it either as simple or challenging as you wish. It takes a bit...
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