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    Re: mounting gelatine filters between glass

    Can't find actual glass filters or possibly resin filters? They might need to be custom cut to the size needed and are likely to be somewhat costly, but you'd get far better performance without the...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    Postvisualization is necessary if you're into calibrating previsualization. Post-nonredundant; prepostvisualization? Let's see, there's the inner planets, the asteroid belt, the outer planets, the...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Greek Fire was a sort Byzantine napalm they could shoot over the water. It no doubt had something like paraffin in it, among other things, allowing it to float atop the water while still violently...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Strings, sticks, and shadows did it all. Primitive geometry combined with non-union labor, heh heh. Seems like the bean counters have always been in charge. But they got their bowl of barley or...
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    Re: Getting started in 11x14"

    I only had a little over a decade when I could muster up the spare energy and time to do exhibitions. Have kept up shooting and printing just as much ever afterwards, but many family, property, and...
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    Re: Getting started in 11x14"

    That's wonderful, Bob. Good balance.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Fermented brewsky no doubt goes way way back in time, tens of thousands of years before the time of the Pyramids. Seemingly every primitive tribe in the world knew how to do it, even under...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    All of the above/none of the above. Unless all of this kind of thing becomes pretty much an instinctive act, it's just a set of Lego blocks. I find it hard to believe that even Minor White thumbed...
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    Re: Getting started in 11x14"

    Those are ENORMOUS towns compared to where I came from, Vaughn. Most of it instantly blew up when a logging truck swerved and hit the gas pump. Fences there were barbed wire, period. But here on the...
  10. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    Except for shorter focal lengths, as noted on a previous post, the German selection of modern lightwt lenses was almost nonexistent. With Nikon there was the M series (below the 450, at least); with...
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    Re: Avedon

    There's a different one from the same shoot. But I am relying on memory. I haven't seen a copy of the book itself for a long time. Either way, it's all about shock value, using a deliberately...
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    Re: Avedon

    Just look in the darn book. It's an infamous over-the-top shot pretty much defeating the notion that he was trying to be objective, and as utterly contrived corny as his Natasha and the Snake poster....
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    Re: Avedon

    Did what by himself? Made some noise? That's due to his extant big media microphone, frumpy society connections, and huge personal budget, not necessarily anything brilliant in itself. I didn't use...
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    Re: Getting started in 11x14"

    I sold my house outside of a very very small town, a long ways away from any actual city - much nicer than my house here. It had a fantastic view, a view which is now largely carbonized by the most...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    This has a gold rear barrel, not front one, so how can that possibly equate to any legitimate limited edition tweak?
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    Re: Avedon

    Ricky Nelson? My wife was just listening to some of that yesterday. She wasn't even born yet when that came out. Didn't his meteoric career end in the same plane crash as Ritchie Valens and Buddy...
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    Re: Avedon

    Take a look at the Navajo portraiture of Laura Gilpin. Definitely not ego driven. That would have been a non-starter. Steichen was a giant. I actually most admire his earlier "Pictorialist"...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Two completely different animals. There was the Beseler/Minolta flashtube rig, rather weak, versus the completely different Universal (a designation unfortunately given to a number of other Beseler...
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    Re: Avedon

    How about the real West as a backdrop instead of a sheet? One can learn more about the actual people of the West from the setting alone, and what they left behind, than they can from person after...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    I just can't win. Had another nice blue day when I got up yesterday. I had already been over to Pt Reyes the day before for a walk, and red flag restrictions were beginning; so I went to the darkroom...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    No manuals. Tech doesn't come cheap. Probably any hobby electronics enthusiast could figure it out. I know quite a few electronics engineers & phD's in computer fields, but none of them seem to know...
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    Re: Avedon

    Lik's prints look utterly abominable in his galleries, downright amateurish, just big, overpriced, and ridiculously PS fake colorized. Quite a bit of other blatant manipulation too. But both Lik and...
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    Re: Avedon

    Well, I don't read into his white sheet backdrops a "democratization" of his subjects at all. That's more an art critic's retro assessment, I suspect. At a certain point he found it to be an...
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    Re: Avedon

    MY Gosh, Bob .... Avedon obviously isn't my favorite photographer, but he has firmly and deservedly earned a recognized niche. Peter Lik just makes gaudy oversized kitchy postcards; he's more in the...
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    Re: Avedon

    Yes, they were commercially successful, very much so. But if getting rich at it is your yardstick of a great photographer, then you're going to have to scratch an awful lot of them off your list. But...
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    Re: Avedon

    To elaborate a tiny bit : both Avedon and Warhol made it their career objective to become mass-distributed visual commodities; and that's exactly what happened. If others find that kind of endpoint...
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    Re: Avedon

    Who do I like? Well, I'm admittedly not a people photographer myself very often. But in terms of an apples to apples comparison of those who could get into people's face, wanted or not, I'd rate the...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    They are good lenses, but that looks worse than dubious! The brass rear is a total mismatch, from something else.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    No, John. The fog did move back in.
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    Re: Avedon

    My opinion is that Avedon never was in the American West. He was inside a portable New York tent concocting stereotypes and catchy myths. A few interesting shots in that book, but a lot of corny...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    If the fuse is blown it simply won't turn on at all. But those little fuses are dirt cheap at almost any real hardware store, so it's not a bad idea to have a spare on hand.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Let's be glad that so many current photos are ephemeral, or don't even exist except on the web, or in cyberspace.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Three raccoons managed to break into a bank the other nite through the ducting. They look like bandits, so why not? The air has been so clear here due to the winds, no fog, and lack of road and air...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Then there's the shroud of Turin, which looks remarkably like a mineralized impression of the features of a conspicuously gothic statue somewhow transferred to tightly applied cloth. But what I'd...
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    Re: Avedon

    One more reason not to be impressed by him. A machine-gunner, hoping that one shot out of 91 will actually hit the target. That's also quite a stack of money to burn on a single session. I realize...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Lenses in a crude fashion go way back long before Galileo, perhaps even to stone age use of natural glass for magnification. What allowed him to make a dramatic practical improvement in spy glasses,...
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    I'm not familiar with the exact pyro tweak you're using. But I've used quite a few of them, and like many others, originally used a brief alkaline afterbatch based on the recommendation of Gordon...
  38. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I use UV filters when I need to filter UV! My own experience with CF's is that an intermediate filter works just fine, whether a contrast filter for black and white work, or a corrective filter...
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    Re: Avedon

    Jeroen - I am proudly one of those who finds Avedon generally pretentious, and often downright goofy in the sense of being overtly predictable 60's era in an especially obnoxious manner. There, I've...
  40. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    The biggest problem with long distance shooting is actually atmospheric. Haze and heat waves are the "great equalizer" that limits the effective resolution at distance of all these lenses, rather...
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