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  1. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Puma, Catamount, Panther, Cougar, Mountain Lion - also synonymous with a Golden Retriever based on a panic 911 call by a local golf course resident. Yep, those vicious critters eat their victims...
  2. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    Ordinary silicones are infamously unreliable in contact with aluminum over the long run. The acetic acid or vinegarish smell is a dead giveaway. You mention a second category. But true neutral cure...
  3. Re: Drying and flattening larger fiber and RC paper

    Yes, screens are fine for drying fiber-based print too. But "2-ply, 4-ply,8-ply" refers to the thickness of the mounting board. "Archival" refers to its alleged properties protecting a print over a...
  4. Thread: Cougars

    by Drew Wiley
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    Re: Cougars

    Saw a cute video of someone tummy-rubbing a pet hedgehog last nite. Nowhere else to do it! You don't commonly find porcupines at the pet store either. Plenty of mtn lions have been kept as pets....
  5. Re: Drying and flattening larger fiber and RC paper

    20X24 isn't all that large. Easy. I air dry prints on clean fiberglass window screens, then put them under a big sheet of plate glass for flattening. I don't like to force-dry any kind of print,...
  6. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    There are analogous flexible moisture-curing polyurethane adhesives. But these too are pro products that have a short shelf life and are found only at specialty industrial suppliers. Speaking of...
  7. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Vaughn - young cubs tend to be kept hidden, just like domestic kittens. And the mother will be very cautious where they're led. After that, as they get a little bigger, they tend to scatter and climb...
  8. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Animals have different strategies. Two weeks ago I was hiking atop a ridge when I noticed a man with a big dog descending the next ridge right along the edge of thick trees and vegetation. A coyote...
  9. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Vaughn, I once accidentally stumbled right smack into the middle of a cougar harem, or more precisely, several potential mates. The huge tom was, at the same time, accidentally cornered by me right...
  10. Thread: Cougars

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    Re: Cougars

    Well, you don't just lay there stooped over, John. All the local "government agencies", as you phrase it, put up signs at the trailheads telling you to look tall and not run. Mtn lions have lived...
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    Re: Ansel Adams' portrait of tragedy

    Note how small those trees were on the Irvine campus. Just planted. It would be interesting to compare their size now. As for Oediupus Rex, got sick of reading it in High School. Only dummies were...
  12. Thread: Cougars

    by Drew Wiley
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    Re: Cougars

    They generally "stalk" out of curiosity. In very rare cases, they'll act aggressively if you accidentally get between them and their targeted prey, or too near their cubs. They are one least...
  13. Re: Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    I use a lighter yet more stable head option than any of the above - namely, none! For my lightweight 4X5 system, just a magnesium quick-release right on the top of the tripod platform. I wouldn't...
  14. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    Oh - OK, now I get it. Padding of a sort. Why not just self-adhesive strips of strong industrial Velcro?
  15. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    Every adhesive method suggested so far is a downright horrible idea. First of all, what is the actual composition of the proposed flooring? PVC is a pretty broad category; but it might be amenable...
  16. Re: My negatives are backwards....Shanghai 8x10 Film.

    Well, there are obviously a lot of people willing to make the same blatant mistake twice .... just speaking in principle, of course.
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    Re: Ansel Adams' portrait of tragedy

    Thanks, Merg. Well, I was correct about his starving artist status. But where did that money that allowed Peggy Weston's gallery and related real estate holdings come from? Did Cole somehow gain...
  18. Re: My negatives are backwards....Shanghai 8x10 Film.

    Yet another reason for me to avoid unfamiliar brands of film. You get what you pay for.
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    Re: Ansel Adams' portrait of tragedy

    I heard EW managed to buy some additional property nearby in Carmel Valley when that was still undeveloped, which became a subsequent source of family wealth. Marriage itself was a rather tenuous...
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    Re: Ansel Adams' portrait of tragedy

    As I repeatedly heard it, correctly or not, his print and pictures book sales alone, or art-side of his career, didn't really launch into full orbit as a financial success until he was nearly 80....
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    Re: Ansel Adams' portrait of tragedy

    Unfortunately, that very year what I witnessed on Calif. campus lawns was hundreds of people at a time bashing each other with fists, baseball bats, pieces of iron pipe, sometimes Molotov cocktails....
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    I generally print B&W nominal 16X20, but sometimes 20X24. The exception would be 35mm originals printed quite small. Color prints are done 20X24 (mostly LF, but some 6X9), and 30X40 inch (mostly...
  23. Re: What is your reccomendation for a Graded Fiber Printing Paper

    They're pretty much gone. The last I used were Ilfobrom Galerie and EMaks. I formerly depended on Seagull G, Brilliant Bromide, and sometimes Portriga. Some of today's VC papers are just so much...
  24. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Hard to say exactly what the sensitivity of those old plates was. Current Ortho Litho film seems about three times more sensitive to blue than green. I don't know about Ilford's
    Ortho sheet film -...
  25. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    They do a lot of work to clean up those old images for sake of those wonderful Ken Burns documentaries. I have a friend who does the same thing for use in his books about local history. But the first...
  26. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Huh ?????? Like there's only one cookbook in the world, and we're all obligated by contract to follow it like mindless lemmings? Nonsense. Ansel did what he wanted to do, I'll do what suits my own...
  27. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Huh? That kind of logic is like stating that if you never drive your car out of its garage, you're less likely to get in an accident. True; but then what's the point of owning a car? Film doesn't see...
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    Re: Why is aperture backwards??

    Aperture backwards? Wouldn't that be, "erurtrepa" ?
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    I would think an experienced woodsman like you would go out and find a petrified log with carbide-jawed termites in it, sober one up so it can walk a straight line, and let him have a go on the sheet...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    We once had a beloved hardscrabble "Arkie" at our workplace, who literally died of old age at only 52 just plain worn out due to such a hard life in lumber mills and then working for the railroads....
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Well, at least it's better than using your teeth or claws, Vaughn. But not much better. Non-bending triple-jaw tinsnips (shears) were developed long ago, and aren't terribly expensive. But as far as...
  32. Re: Sequoia & Kings Canyon starting to issue wilderness permits

    Groveland is outside of Yosemite, not SEKI. It was already terribly affected by huge forest fires even before the virus issue. And Oakhurst (the lower end of Hwy 41, and not on 120) has always been...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Don't try a saw if you're going to use typical plastic darkslide material. Use a thick steel straightedge and box or utility knife with a sharp blade just like Chauncey prescribed. Practice on some...
  34. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Well expressed, Michael, speaking from the film's own perspective. I think AA confused a lot of people in that respect in his how-to books, overcomplicated the concept. Any added filter decreases the...
  35. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Bingo! Although I had already been doing high-altitude LF color photography for about a decade, my first "school of hard knocks" experience with black and white film and contrast filters was in the...
  36. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Daniel - Barnbaums's habit of placing shadow values atop the barn roof is about as counterproductive advice as I can think of. Where do you go from there? You've already taken up nearly half your...
  37. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    I absolutely do get consistent totally predictable results, Michael, just as long as it's a quality control film like Kodak, Ilford, or Fuji. I can't speak for emulsions poured out of the Bubba Gump...
  38. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    All that fuss just to add yet another set of variables of uncoated filters and TTL meterings? How come I get entirely predictable results time after time, year after year, using different camera...
  39. Re: Zone VI Compensating Developer Timer footswitch issue

    Get a "wet location" footswitch if you can afford it. McMaster has a selection of these.
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    Re: Yosemite Renaissance 36

    I'll see how forest fire smoke is doing then. I'm quite sensitive to it. But I'd certainly love to see your work up close. My nephew lives just outside Mariposa. Hopefully, all the fallen tree damage...
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