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    Re: Is it possible to pre wash photo paper?

    Maybe if you don't want the liquid on the paper to contaminate the chemicals, put a sheet of mylar or other thin plastic sheet over the paper when being exposed.
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    Re: Homebrewed Film Developer Formulas

    Pyrocat HDC is easier to make (fewer and easier to find ingredients) than Pyrocat HD
    https://www.pyrocathd.5x4.co.uk/mixing-pyrocat-hd/

    It's mostly what I use. I use blue glycol and if it gets...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Love that 2nd photo Bryan.

    Instead of the talk of new years eve traditions, and partying or lack thereof, I dressed up such that I'd be warm for an hour standing still in the calm freezing...
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    Re: Large scans on a student budget?

    The other option is to buy a new scanner and sell it for most of what you got it for when you're done. (assuming you don't want to buy more used scanners)
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    Re: Do you keep a checklist?

    I have a toolbag I use for 4x5. It is all ready to go with everything I need to shoot except the tripod. Things rarely used like polaroid backs or lenses not in my style stay home. I keep an ammo box...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thanks Ken, Old_Dick.

    OD, it starts in my neighborhood seconds after leaving my house, and ends at the harbor, both nice places spend some time, so you picked well for finding a place to stay.
  7. Re: Any tips for home brew developers for the TMax films?

    Plenty of good experience with tmax400 and pyrocat-hdc, pyrocat-hd, pmk, d76. Caffenol is functional for the slower films.
    These are very versatile films that can have a whole different look...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    https://youtu.be/rRy4CWcmkW4

    And one from October.. I'm not a morning person, but around the time changes and the winter solstice I can handle being out before sunrise.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    The instax is a great creative challenge... You really have to change gears. I like it sometimes.

    I've been playing with the drone... Winter is here. Transitions are an afterthought but it came...
  10. Re: Don't sell to "Delaware" without looking at the address

    Part of my job is internet security and I'm sometimes thinking up jaded scenarios where I think like the bad guy... Not saying it will go this way....

    I could forsee the buyer claiming shipping...
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    Re: Night Vision for focusing?

    I'd also suggest the laser pointer or putting flashlights in the scene for focusing purposes and removing them before the photo... Sometimes a cheap flashlight is a nice effect though...
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    There are places west coast and east coast that do this (re-ship items to other countries). Sometimes it's legit (so seller does not have to deal with customs or international shipping). But it's too...
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    Re: Photography of Carl. Chiarenza

    Carl is the author of "Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and terrors" which I love....

    Carl Chiarenza's work is also first rate which led me to obtain one of his books too.
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    Re: What are these annoying blemishes?

    Could be dust in the film holders blocking light from getting to the film.
    If you look at the negative with a microscope or something, is the emulsion damaged (blistered, chipped, etc..)?
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    Re: Putting together lenses from scratch

    I've also used zip ties hot glued into place as variable sized spacers inside of PVC tube lens barrel. Adhesive flocking like would be used in a telescope barrel is also high recommended. Have not...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    https://flic.kr/p/Tgm95V
    Ries junior tripod with 3025 head, pre anniversary 4x5 speed graphic. 7.25 inch verito soft focus lens.
    I keep two soft focus lenses and an aero ektar in my bag with the...
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    Re: DOF, Lighting, Composition or all three?

    Here's one where DOF works together with all the other items.... It provides texture where needed and mystery where it's not. Lack of detail in the dark areas actually makes the composition rise...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Very nice! I can hear the leaves rustling as I walk through.
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    Re: post your trees!

    Amazing what a tiny bit of snow can do! Beautiful
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    The softness from portrait lenses is different at different distances from a theoretical location of in-focus.. (It's never fully in focus because the softness comes from a blend of in and out of...
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    Re: 4x5 Portrait lens & Chamonix F2

    I'd get a Fujinar 210/4.5 which may come in a Shanel or Copal3s shutter. It's a tessar in a modern shutter. Probably a couple hundred dollars; most of which is for the shutter.

    There are soft...
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    Re: Piezography: Talk me into/out of it

    BTW, Ken has made some awesome piezography prints. I've been to one of his exhibits and have a print of my own. He's quite skilled in the subject and you are wise to be considering his advice on the...
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    Re: Mac mini M1 Thoughts

    If you like the mac-mini size and want to stay with Windows, try something like a Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q-1 11A4001WUS with SSD (add a ddr4 laptop ram chip of the appropriate size for photo editing)...
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    Re: Mac mini M1 Thoughts

    Minis have been decent values for a couple of years... The new chip has a lot of hype and fans. It may push down the price of recently made Intel ones.

    I only see 8GB ram as the only option and...
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    Re: How to open old Gralab 450 for repair?

    These 450/451 timers are a big step up from the gralab 300 if anyone actually wants to operate an enlarger or UV box. It's nice to have it repeatable compared to winding a dial of the 300. I use two...
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    Re: Barrel lens

    The early 1900s and onward normal to slightly long barrel lenses may have been used with a graflex SLR which were very popular (such as RB series, home portrait, auto graflex).e.g....
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    Re: Latent Image keeping properties

    With wet plate, my understanding is that it must never dry. So you have minutes total depending on the weather.
    Dry plate could keep longer than film; many decades.
    She may not know what type of...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    Look for first source material of Minor White, Stieglitz and in-person students of those artists.

    Furthermore, there is a lot of BS that photographs did not convey emotion before this, and that's...
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    Re: How Much Have We Accomplished?

    Very productive in terms for exercise, fresh air, and shooting (film use). I'm still developing stuff from months ago and only scanning/posting things from my very productive springtime and summer.
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    10.15 and 11 both consider people's HP printers to be malware and issue dire warnings when someone goes to print. There are updated drivers to work around it.
    Basically unless your peripheral...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Very nice Ken!

    Randy; that reminds me of everyday shots of Jcoldslabs here who would find interesting compositions and scenes in a normal indoors or on a walk around the block.
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    Looks great!
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    My first darkroom was in the corner of a basement as your describe. You could paint the concrete wall if you want. It doesn't need to be finished. It's actually nice to have concrete as it absorbs...
  34. Re: What y'll know about cheap non shutter wide angle 75mm lenses

    I've used one on a speed graphic which means i could use the focal plane shutter, but the lens had a shutter so I used it. Mine was a nikon.
    There are schneiders without shutter made for Sinar DB...
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    Re: Dev problem or light leak?

    Probably time to inspect the bellows for light leaks... At night with a flashlight inside the camera, see if any light leaks out.
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    Re: Film changing bag or changing tent?

    Perhaps just get more filmholders if the budget is comparable to a changing tent. Then you won't have to reload them when away from the darkroom/darkbathroom/etc..
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    Re: Brown glare on negatives

    I think it's from the scanner. I see that on my v700 and the negatives are perfect otherwise. Since it's opposite color, it's probably blue light in the scanner bouncing around.. The glass platen can...
  38. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    It's a pretty common design.

    I have a B&J camera that folds up like that. the sliding tripod base makes it easy to balance depending on the lens. It's nice that it protects the groundglass quite...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Making waves... My father leaving the harbor at sunrise.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50521427028_3ea4e60e34_c.jpg
    DJI_0803 by Jason Philbrook, on Flickr
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

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    Install the DJI FLY app and see how your area is regulated, even if you don't have a drone yet.

    The red X inside the blue circle is the no-fly zone. Locked down by DJI. The blue circle I...
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