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  1. Re: New to 4x5. Please help me troubleshoot what I'm doing wrong.

    The light looks to have entered from the insertion side of the camera back. Possibly the holder was not completely inserted. Besides the fogging, a sign of this problem will be loss of sharpness...
  2. Re: New to 4x5. Please help me troubleshoot what I'm doing wrong.

    The negatives that look "underexposed" in some areas have actually been fogged while in the film holders -- the thin areas are the areas that have not been fogged.

    1) Fogged in holder -- the...
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    Re: Troubleshooting enlarger won’t focus

    The lens may not be able to get far enough away from the negative.
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    Re: Troubleshooting enlarger won’t focus

    Perhaps needs to be on a cone of some sort to extend the focus?
  5. Re: Any thoughts on why my film washer is not working?

    Interesting auto dump/refill. It must work off of establishing a siphon action, then breaking it, then repeat. But I do not understand the working mechanism from what I have seen on the videos...
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  6. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    Looks to be a fine machine -- could replace my Gowland Pocketview if it needed replecement...weights about the same (2.5 lbs w/ 150mm lens).
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    That is the standard dope about Potassium ferricyanide/cyanotypes. It is considered a safe process for kids...and I do not know how many 10s of thousands of "Sun Print" kits have been sold and used...
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Interesting -- first time I have heard this and cyanide gas doesn't show up in the chemical reactions I have seen. I would need more info before worrying about this at all. It would take a strong...
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Aye, but the atomic weight of platinum is almost double that of palladium...more palladium atoms for the buck!
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Palladium is still cheaper than platinum. B&S sells Pt at ~$10 per ml and Pd at $7.5/ml (for 100ml), but it is not cheap! I use a 2:1 mix of Pd:Pt...originally to save a little $$ on the cost of Pt,...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Its a wonderful place, but Chile is going through a lot right now.
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Tuco, love it. I've done a touch of fire-lookout...but certainly not with that view! And alas the tower was condemned, so I had to hunker down in the truck during the lightning and could not use the...
  13. Thread: Post your signs

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    Re: Post your signs

    Nevada...or maybe Utah
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    Re: Tape like a post it note

    Drew has the number for the tape (3M)...he has posted it on other threads about holders.
  15. Thread: Spot meter

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    Re: Spot meter

    Use the one that will give you the most exposure -- better to have shadow detail than not. If your negatives are denser than they need to be, then use the other.

    PS...make sure the glass is...
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Yep -- cyanotypes are a fun easy way to start -- and one can get into toning them.
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    I have a diary of my photographic efforts...searching through my notebooks (yellow Rite-in-the-Rain field note books, 4.5"x7") for info about a image I made, for example in Yosemite sometime in the...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    For when someone asks what lens and f/stop did I use for an image 30 years ago.

    PS...got to do something during a 30 minute exposure -- might as well write the notes. LOL!
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    Re: Harris Tent Storage

    I bought some cheap curtains for my bedroom -- a wide window that took three packages. Two sets were odd -- the graphics on the packaging sort of transferred slightly to the drapes -- and when I...
  20. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Thanks...don't even know if I have a good copy of it anymore, and it would take some digging to find the 4x5 negative even if I still silver printed. During the exposure I ran back and forth on the...
  21. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    For me it is all tied together with light...that is the one subject for most of my work. Although I love getting the viewers' feet wet...LOL!
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    Re: Kodak Technical Pan and PMK Pyro?

    What will you be doing with the negatives? Tech Pan yield negatives of very high contrast. If you will be enlarging the negatives it will be difficult to control the contrast with normal...
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    Re: 210mm lens for 8x10?

    My 210mm for 8x10 has been a Wolly Graphic Raptar Wide Field lens (f/6.8). Tons of movement on 8x10. Small. A barrel lens that some folks have mounted in shutters.
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Some of the more off-beat roads in Death Valley that would be nice to get to, and the further out one goes, camping becomes less restricted...but the Eurovan can only go so far...not as far as my old...
  25. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    I have a Chamonix 11x14 with the same screw drive. Great idea -- easier than the way I have been doing it.,
  26. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    I almost mentioned you (but had forgotten your name, sorry) in another post somewhere as an example of someone working with the chaos of the woods/forest and capable of bringing some order out of it...
  27. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Sure would be nice to say "Hold that light right there!" and have time to work. I got spoiled working on light overcast days in the redwoods...like working under a big slow-moving softbox.
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  28. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    That is the issue with post filming cropping...Taking the space above the falls into full consideration by the time of the exposure might have presented itself with a different solution that is not...
  29. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Unless one is just taking a snapshot to say "I was here", one needs to work all the elements into one's visual image. When students would come to me with an image with a very distracting element...
  30. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    Does anyone determine their focus point by focusing on the farthest part of the image one wants in focus...make note of the amount of bellows extension. Then focus on the closest part of the scene...
  31. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    I think it is a matter of showing more sky (such in the vertical) -- or better -- cropping the scene to include just the top of the waterfall with just the tiniest sliver of sky.
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    We have few examples with "there it went" light...though the situation seems to come up. Thanks for the comparison!
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    Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    My mountain bike for 5 months in NZ with the 4x5 was the perfect vehicle for me.

    Now my ride is a 2002 Eurovan, Westfalia Weekender. A shorter van/wheelbase by 16" than the full size Eurovan...
  34. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Well, the light you recorded in the horizontal is sweet
  35. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    Thanks.
    Funny in a wonderful curious sort of way -- looking at the thumbnails, I realized how in each one, I bring the viewers eyes close to center but down below the center line. Like hell if I am...
  36. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    For me it cries out for another image to the right to finish the image (dyptych). Compositionally it does not stand on its own for me, but understandable with your limitations. Sounds like a great...
  37. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Great. The sense of space is working well. Did you consider or try a vertical?
  38. Re: Photographing long hallways - tilt or swing to achieve maximum focus?

    Why do you want to create an image of a hallway?
    What do you want it to look like?
    That determines how one approaches the space.

    Similar focusing issues...4x5; 150mm lens (Wharf, 16x20 print) --...
  39. Re: Post your homage to another photographer (any format)

    Mistaking the Map for the Territory, 16x20 silver gelatin print

    Inspiration by an obvious Yosemite photographer...along with three 5x7 contact prints (the horizontal images) that sort of follow...
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    A challenging composition -- so far it is not working well for me, while remaining an interesting image. Two lines creating three planes that work awkwardly together (not well balanced), with my...
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