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    Re: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 cameras?

    WP has always made a lot sense to me as a contact print/hybrid option--certainly the form factor of the Chamonix is intriguing as well. That said, using a splitter with an 8x10 and getting two 5x8's...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    That's a wonderfully evocative photo--the foreground in the left corner is worth the price of admission, I think.:)
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Ha, Randy--speaking of dyes and Civil War trivia, the folks in your part of the world used to be called "Butternuts" because they used white walnut (Juglans cinrea) to dye their homespun linen. (The...
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    Nice choice, especially since the 1:2.5 aspect ratio really highlights the symmetry of the architecture. Given the tough lighting conditions, I might be interested in what a monochrome conversion...
  5. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That's very interesting about the 180/5.6--love the focal length, but had just about ruled it out for 8x10 based on published IC's. Do you think it's a case of G-claron syndrome, where stopped-down...
  6. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That's the fork in the path I reached once I decided on contact printing as my primary output, especially since a splitter gives you two 5x8/4x10's per sheet either to contact print or scan. (I also...
  7. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    Ha, I'm afraid my own lens bag is sadly bereft of wunderwaffen--the two lenses I use most for 5x7 are the Fuji 180/9 A and 240/9 G-claron, which should tell you where I'm coming from.:) The 115...
  8. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    Of course if you go with the Walker you could translate your 90/4.5 into an 110/5.6 SSXL and actually **make** money.;)

    At any rate, if you're new to the 5x7 format I think it's possible that...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Interesting, the tables I use are a bit more conservative: taking negative size into consideration, a 4mm extension difference calls for f/22 + 2/3 (without tilt). But like my mama always told us,...
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    Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Props for convening the Mortality and Morbidity Committee--very useful for a fellow newbie like myself!

    One of the things that struck me reading your description is that your far focus was on the...
  11. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    That wouldn't be a problem--there's also a 4x5 reducing back, and many folks put the Canham 6x17 RFB on the 5x7 Graflock as well. For myself, the only reason I don't currently own one is its 320mm...
  12. Re: Landscape 5x7: Chamonix 57N3 or 45H-1 ?

    If you're going to stay with that lens kit, it might be worth looking into the Walker Titan XL--probably a bit bulkier/heavier than the Chamonix options, but it has a good reputation as a rugged,...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Excellent, that's great info--especially like the effect on your skinny portrait orientation works.
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Very cool--I'm curious if you have a particular aesthetic when it comes to providing a white rebate around the print area, since some of the images seem offset within the frame. It's a neat effect,...
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    Re: Grass

    Barrow-wight Action Figure (TM) sold separately.:)
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    Re: Grass

    Indeed, (Section 6 of Leaves of Grass)--nothing like a bit of barbaric free verse yawping on a rainy day.:)

    At any rate, I'm digging the second picture especially--y'all do seem to have rather the...
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    Re: Grass

    A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
    How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.

    I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of...
  18. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Just to come at it from a different angle, I'd be curious as to what focal lengths the OP has to use in his architectural work. If he works mostly on the short end, then the Toyo VX125 might be...
  19. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Vaughn, have you ever checked out the Walker Titan XL line? They're a bit bellows-challenged like other non-folders, but they've always made a lot of sense to me, especially for us who go yomping...
  20. Re: A custom made bag example for arca swiss 8x10

    Excellent, that looks like an elegant solution.:) If you think there will be future iterations of this bag, you might consider "up-armoring" a bit on the sides and top (perhaps with HDPE frame sheet...
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    You mean the Shanghai "Continental" (if you're a John Wick fan).:) That's certainly a great subject--it was on the way from my hotel to the main gate of the university so I walked by it quite often....
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    Re: 4x10 Photography

    Excellent, I think we ought to commission some LF work back toward the French Concession--think it needs to be Velvia 50, though.:)
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    Re: post your trees!

    Ha, "Luck is the residue of design," as Branch Rickey once said.:) Certainly an evocative photograph--I suspect it would have a number of different emotional valences depending on your...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Wonderful work here, and on the "Landscape" thread as well. I would be curious to know your metering/developing process in more detail--the upper left corner of this shot seems to be especially...
  25. Re: Arca Swiss 8x10 - The Ultimate Carry Solution

    By Dan McHale perhaps? If so, I'm definitely jealous--if I made my living through LF, I'd definitely pay a visit to the Predator Moose, especially since I'm a challenge to fit.:)
  26. Re: Arca Swiss 8x10 - The Ultimate Carry Solution

    Excellent, were you the yankee I was chatting with on the HPG Forum a few months back?:) If so, I'm glad your new camera container solved the deformation you were getting with the Lightware...
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    Re: Backpacks for pano ULF

    Excellent, I'll start looking for some 5x12 shots then.:) FWIW, if you're looking for a bladder system, the Source "low profile" three-liter might be a good fit...I can usually find a place for mine...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Those are a couple of great photos from what looks to be some big country--nicely done.:)
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    Re: Sinar Norma 8x10 Telephoto Field 1

    Definitely like that plate and the dual clamp approach--overkill for my applications, but I'm always a bit nervous setting up when everything comes down to one collar being screwed-in securely.:)
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Ha, if it was good enough for Ralph Bakshi....:)

    At any rate, it seems as if we're following the same trail of breadcrumbs--I'll look forward to what you find works for you.
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    Neil-- Here's a thread that might be of interest:
    https://www.photrio.com/forum/threads/the-magic-of-pencil-masking-a-worked-example.115858/
    The OP I think is working with an Alistair Inglis...
  32. Re: Suggestions sought for exploring swamp habitats along Gulf Coast over to Florida.

    That sounds like a great adventure--I know mostly the uplands of Southeast, but it might be worth getting some info on the Apalachicola National Forest. Otherwise, Reelfoot Lake in northwest...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Thanks for all the suggestions--I'm now fairly confident that I can manage the operation with digits/appendages intact.:)
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Excellent, I was actually setting up to do a little paper trimming, so that might serve dual use. (BTW, Vaughn, I've had that dimensional drawing bookmarked for a while--thanks for sharing.)
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    Re: Multiple masks for contact printing?

    Excellent, I'm rolling with a field expedient darkroom for the time being (at least until the market for photos of wet tree bark comes back, as I've been assured it will) so 7x17 is a bit out of...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Good advice, a real potential for scalloped edges otherwise!
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    Re: Multiple masks for contact printing?

    Excellent, thanks--I'd already started thinking about how to keep everything indexed, especially in a "back loading" frame.
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    Re: Split darkslides: tools?

    Chauncey, Drew--thanks, I was definitely seeing the possibility of blowing one up!:eek:
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    Re: Multiple masks for contact printing?

    Ha, in all honesty that seems more my speed...thanks for all the tips.:)
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    Tools for cutting darkslides?

    I'm looking to hack into some 8x10 darkslides soon and was wondering if anyone could recommend a saw/blade that worked well for you (short of 'em new-fangled inverted jig-saws they're selling at the...
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