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  1. Re: Some 35mm and 120 resolution targets for camera scanning

    Many decades ago when the USAF 1951 charts were not readily available, I improvised this chart and still prefer it when comparing images where absolute lp/mm isn't required. A user can measure a...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    This idea may be elegant, but is unnecessarily complex. Careful construction of a back with appropriate surfaces well blackened and based on the models of well over a hundred years ago should still...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    LF camera builders may find a few features of Jon Grepstad's cameras useful: https://jongrepstad.com/building-a-large-format-camera/.
  4. Re: Hinge the window on the top or the side - or does it matter?

    Interaction between dry mounting tissue and mount board after decades prompted me to give up on floating dry mounted prints. Perhaps dry mounting smaller images on paper that extends under the...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    For decades years a 4" square wooden, metal, or plastic lens board was very common. They are easy to fabricate from 1/4 inch plywood on a table saw and less easy with a jig saw. I can post dimensions...
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    Re: Maintaining shutters

    Most between-the-lens shutters do have two escapements. Both types can usually can be thoroughly exercised by using only the slowest speed for each escapement. Focal plane shutters usually have an...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Thoroughly beautiful! If you have to take too long with 4x5, try a shoot with small format so you can shoot faster and informally. Then, based on those photos, fine tune the best with the 4x5. A...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    The footprints add to a fine photo. They add a story, a mystery, a human touch.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Nice capture and fine print.
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    Re: I just "killed" an old habit today!!

    It is good to split your work between standing and sitting with a little moving around now and then. After many decades it has become obvious that, since my but is much larger than my feet, I should...
  11. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    Test strip? Rarely. When I was making a lot of prints for press releases, the negatives were often consistent and the first print was almost always good enough for that use. Guessing the required...
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    Re: Post yer 35mm shots!

    Tuco -- Very nice Epcot Center photo. This ought to be a fine wall hanger to give one a break from hours of the commonplace stuff.
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    Re: tripod thread issues

    Use a piece of plywood about the size of either the tripod top or camera bottom. A 1/4 inch hole countersunk on the bottom of the plywood lets you attach the plywood to the camera bottom. A T-nut or...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Alien or not, it's a fine photograph.
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    We should consider good for what and for whom? My sports photos don't interest Ansel Adams fanatics. Unfortunately, neither do most of my scenics. The few times there is some deep meaning, viewers...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Very nice!
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    Make sure your lens is perfectly clean. Lens coating eliminated much of this problem in good lenses, and today's multi-coating is perhaps the most significant advance in photographic optics in my...
  18. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Good composition is sometimes sometimes merely adhering to rules that seem to result in successful competitions among your peers, whether a small camera club or a huge national photographic...
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    Re: A Tripod Setup for Tight Spaces

    A string tripod is better than nothing and is quite affordable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjqPuHFoqhE.
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    Re: New and need help

    Wow! What a bargain! Such bargains shouldn't go to those who merely want to make resale profits. A few notes on the Graphic view cameras: this is the first model (1941-1948) with base tilts,...
  21. Re: Considering Fabricating Lens Board for Century Graphic

    That beats fabricating one! However, in the days before the internet, we did many things the hard way.
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    Re: Medium Format Infrared Images

    Flipping this one horizontally is interesting.
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    Re: New and need help

    Start with any inexpensive view camera, and use it to determine what YOU should have as a final purchase.
  24. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    Andrea Stillman wrote another good biography from an insider's view: Looking at Ansel Adams (2012). If only the late Patsy English also left a biography of Adams!
  25. Re: Considering Fabricating Lens Board for Century Graphic

    Fabricating lens boards for the older 2x3 Graphic cameras from 1/4 inch plywood was a matter of a few minutes with a table saw and a table mounted router. It appears more difficult to improvise the...
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    Re: Found Photographs

    He registered for the draft in June of 1863. I haven't searched further.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Fine subject, well presented.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardorffuser -- two fine portraits.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardorffuser -- You two are getting better and better!
  30. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    There may be a very good reason for that: Users may have found them to be great for making photographs. Pretty cameras often sit in a closet because they can't compete with that.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    excellent capture of moving water.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    It certainly is!
  33. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    5x7 was a logical choice for me when getting serious about LF many decades ago. At that time, many were moving to 4x5, and 5x7 cameras, enlargers, and other accessories were cheap. A 5x7 print seems...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Interesting subject, very well captured.
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    Re: Nikor Canoe??

    I used Heath Color Canoes for years when developing a very few prints or LF negatives. The Heath Color Canoe https://www.ebay.com/itm/164862741219 size 11x14 used maybe 1.5 ounces of one-shot...
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    Re: Index Tabs to your film holders

    Filing notches in the film holder flap is a quick permanent system for identifying a negative as being from a specific film holder. By using wide and narrow notches to represent the 0 and 1 of...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Lovely!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    One of the nicest Holga photos that I've ever seen.
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    Re: 2 Questions re Location Portraiture

    The subjects in this project would be better served by digital photography if the photographer is quite adept with that technology.
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    Re: Edward Weston Remembered

    This might be a good time for the newer Weston fans to watch the 1948 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4aE2f07ON4&t=34s that was made with the cooperation of friends and family, and show Weston...
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