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  1. Re: Disinfecting Film, Cameras and other Photographic Equipment from Viruses

    FWIW, I received a shipment of darkroom chemicals and paper from B&H last Friday. I opened the cardboard shipping packages on the doorstep, left the cartons to “age,” and washed my hands. I’ve left...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Tuco, 6x6, Alan, Philip: Thanks for your comments.
    Tuco: Thanks for the PhotoShop/scanning suggestions, these seemed close enough without adjusting for posting, if I make real darkroom prints...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Almost wanted to start a new thread, but these are all medium format, taken with my Rollei 6006 and 80mm lens, HP5+ developed in Pyrocat. Straight scans from 8x10 work prints, no manipulations...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    M.Apffel, Thank you for response. To clarify, my question was meant to relate to LF photography, since many of the European restrictions are being implemented here, sometimes with a time delay. So I...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    M. Apffel, your pictures are wonderful! Are you permitted to go out and take pictures if you are alone and not near other people?
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    I can’t resist a question for those keeping extensive notes for each exposure: what do you use them for? For myself, the only thing I do is use post-it stickies to mark the rare sheets or holders...
  7. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Since this is becoming a lengthier discussion, I prefer the versions with some sky showing, and not too burned in either. As Vaughn posted, that is where the illumination comes from, so for me it...
  8. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    May I add a very late, possibly naive, question? I have enjoyed LF photography for close to 50 years, because I enjoy the thinking and precision afforded by a tripod and 4x5 movements, and in the...
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    My concern with this thread, now that it has reached 7 pages primarily motivated by one seller's desire to have rules more amenable to his sales, is that it may be taking up too much of the...
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    I disagree completely. It is the information threads, and especially the image threads, that keep it vibrant. The "For Sale" is a nice extra but nothing more. The people who seem to get most upset...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Steven, I really like them both very much. The tree image, while still taken at the Grand Canyon, is much more intimate than your usual sweeping vistas, it is well seen, and as if any proof was...
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    Re: Question on New-to-4X5 Schooling

    I would try the book exercises, but without film, and without buying anything new. Simply use objects you already own, and try to replicate some of the book exercises. There is no need to take actual...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Steven, I find almost all of your Canyon shots wonderful. The "problem" I have is that the critiques, and your own concerns, seem to concentrate on post-processing (color balance in PhotoShop or...
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    Your question has to be divided into two parts: the enlarger chassis, and the enlarger head, since most enlargers will take a variety of heads (light sources). For a chassis, I would put my DeVere...
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    Re: Doors

    If you have a variable contrast enlarger, reduce the contrast (go to a lower grade) and shut down your enlarger lens several stops to get more time for dodging.
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    Re: A Very Dusty Horsehead

    No idea what you are saying about equipment and integration, but that is a remarkable and wonderful image.
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    Re: Medium-Format Digital Images

    Rick, I’m enjoying your series. It is nice to see the images the moderators produce when they aren’t necessarily earning a living, or taking care of us (an occasionally unruly mob.
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Don, while stylistically different, these images remind me of Shelby Lee Adams, who documented the Appalachia he grew up in. Is there a background story to how, as a one-time photojournalist, you...
  19. Re: "Ansel Adams and Richard Wasserman: From The Mountains To The Prairies"

    What a fantastic compliment, being paired with Ansel! (Or maybe it’s his honor to be paired with you!)
  20. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    Thanks to various posts, I now check the TSA website to determine whether the U.S. airports I use have the new scanners or not. If not, I can continue the easier routine of keeping film in my...
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    Re: Medium-Format Digital Images

    Rick, love your image, makes me think of a Charles Sheeler painting.
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    Re: Visit London and its Vicinity

    This link gives info about ongoing photo exhibitions. Unfortunately no obvious way to limit the listing to large format only. I lived in London for 6 years but it has been so long that I can’t offer...
  23. Re: Is it worth it to use the Speed Graphic handheld from time to time?

    It seems to me that this thread has concentrated on "is it possible to use the SG handheld" (which is obviously "yes, that was what its was designed for") rather than "why use the SG handheld?" I can...
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    Re: Old Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

    Two views of a 1970 American LaFrance Cab Forward Fire Truck, along with a story:

    This truck was displayed as part of our local JayCee's annual Christmas Tree Sale, and while I walked past it...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Philip, thanks very much for your constructive thoughts, I will re-read them a few times before making the “real” FB 11x14s. Our weather forecast for tomorrow is rain, I may get started then. My only...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Heritage House, one of the earliest homesteads in Pflugerville, TX and now maintained by the Pflugerville library.

    These are straight scans from 8x10 work prints on RC glossy. I've revised my...
  27. Re: Idea for a thread on sharing image scans

    I agree that the image is what is important, but to me your approach sounds like a test of scanners and scanning technique. The image threads we already have concentrate on the images, and I suspect...
  28. Re: Bergger new lower pricing for 2020 and Introducing Bergger PrintFilm

    I couldn’t find mention of the number of sheets in a box of the various VC printing papers, which makes it difficult to evaluate the prices. Is that information on the site and I just overlooked it?...
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    Re: 4x5 Exposed Film Archiving

    Same as Darr: 4 negatives in each PrintFile sheet. In addition I file the related contact sheet in a transparent 3-hole sheet protector in the binder next to the negative sheet. I make my proofs by...
  30. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    If you have the chance (don’t know how hard it would be with the Stearman tank) I strongly recommend the time tests Andrew suggested. I recently retested my tray processing using Pyrocat-HD and...
  31. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Steve, my suggestions are minor since I rather like the simple geometry of your Prescott House. I would burn down the bright top of the steps a smidge, and would crop a bit of the empty foreground.
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    Necessary update: While I still cannot explain the "milky" or "cloudy" appearance of the working dilution of pyrocat-hd, it is working correctly. When I first used my new batch, the appearance of the...
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    Re: Peak Design Travel Tripod for LF?

    I looked at the Peak tripod at the Photo Expo in NYC last year, with the same question in mind, and decided that it was not a good fit. Let me start off saying that I think Peak products are arguably...
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    Re: Lens Filters for 4x5

    Alan, I second everything Doremus said. Just get the step up ring and use the filters you already own. The best way to acquire LF accessories is to wait until you have enough experience to know what...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    I use a slight variation of this approach: I find a single heavy weight black tee shirt sufficiently dark (I never even thought of doubling it up), and I reverse David's approach by stretching the...
  36. Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Alan, you and AdamD seem to be on the same search at the same time! Merg's advice is (as you would expect) spot on. But you don't need a Rodenstock App 150, any 150 from the "big 4" (Schneider,...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    Jim, Esearing: I was hoping to avoid having to mix my own developer, I like Pyrocat-HD and my two prior batches from PF were trouble free. If I go to "mix my own," it would be Pyrocat-HDC; the...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I'm reviving this old thread because I believe I just encountered a similar problem (milkiness & white precipitate, NOT pinholes or other issues). I received my new "Pyrocat-HD in Glycol" liquid...
  39. Re: 150mm lens suggestion for landscapes on a Cambo 45NX

    Stick with your search for a 150. My absolutely most used lens is a Rodenstock Sironar-S 150/5.6. But that isn’t the point. A 90mm is a really wide angle lens on 4x5, not really a general purpose...
  40. Re: Camera Selection: Tachihara, Toyo 45Aii or xxxxxx?

    Kent is absolutely correct, but you can invert the logic and say that there are only a few places where you can actually save weight: the tripod, the camera, and the lens. With the tripod, it is...
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