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

    Three Halloween images, all HP5+, Pyrocat, Rollei 6006. These are negative scans from Photoshop Elements. Sadly I had one of those "Murphy's Law" catastrophes where for the first time in over a...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    Enjoy #62. As for #64, I've often wondered why we LF photographers are always attracted to dead cars in fields. I guess it is because they don't move, so we have time to set up and focus.
  3. Richard Benson at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Benson is known for his printing skill, but was also a photographer. I would love to get to Philly to see this exhibit, but the current Omicron surge makes that unlikely. The link provides a sampling...
  4. Re: Advice on De Vere 504 Cathomag Enlarger

    My 504 originally had the cathomag head, but at the time graded papers were common, so using the head was easy. When VC paper became the norm, I switched the cathomag for a ZoneVI variable contrast...
  5. Re: Hi : )!!! - Please suggest me GPC flatbed scanner

    I am using an old Epson 4990 with a Mac running the current 64-bit OS. All you need to do is buy a copy of VueScan software, no need to run virtual anything. Years ago, when the Epson 700 series came...
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    It is reassuring to realize that other photographers also make mistakes! With my 4x5 I have run the gamut. But Mr. Searing's development tank experience reminded me of my most recent with my medium...
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    Re: Oh my . . .

    Should Tin Can’s post count be doubled because they are all double spaced?
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    Re: Chamonix cameras in action in Tibet

    I hesitate to ask what to me seems an obvious question: why chose to shoot wet plate rather than sheet film, since Chamonix cameras can do both? Logistically and ecologically it would have been...
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Peter, Ari, Of course it helps that I like dogs, but what I want to articulate is something about your portraits. When we talk about portraits of people, there is usually a debate whether the...
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Peter, those are great dogs and great portraits. They make me want to pet all three of them!
  11. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    As many of you, and I am sure Bernice, know, this question gets asked periodically. My answer is always the same: I enjoy the process, I wouldn't argue that the end product from either film or...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Very nice little video! Even though I have been using LF cameras for about 50 years now (!), I still occasionally make his first and last mistakes, always if I have gone too long without using the...
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    Re: Film in freezer

    Never have. And like Alan9940, I’ve been doing the ziplock and freezer thing for 40 years without ever having a problem.
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    Re: Film in freezer

    I have done this seemingly forever. I keep boxed sheet film in the freezer, with the box inside a ziplock bag. Take the bagged film out, let it come to room temperature inside the ziplock. Take the...
  15. Re: Experience in printing from 4x5 and 8x10 on paper 95x120 cm

    Wonderful technical ability! I had to do the conversion from metric to inches, that paper is very close to 3 feet x 4 feet! Not sure how many of my images would be worth that kind of effort.
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    My thought is that the Ansel Adams series is too complex and detailed for a beginner, and in this day of variable contrast papers and split filter printing I’m not sure how valuable the Zone System...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    Most of the posts subsequent to my earlier thoughts fall into two camps: either "why bother to make a lightweight monorail, because we already have excellent systems cameras (Sinar, etc.)," or "it...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    I think the answer has more to do with materials than basic design. Most monorails are made from aluminum and other metals, most of the lightweight folders are made from wood. But there are also...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    Tuco, John: non-photographic, but related to Tuco's photo. When I built wheels in the pre-carbon fiber days (i.e. 32- or 36-hole aluminum rims) we always bought threaded spokes (usually...
  20. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    One pack that is rarely mentioned is Peak Designs' "Everyday Backpack 20L." Not cheap, but very well made and has a myriad of ingenious design features which let you pack it in multiple ways. I...
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Mine are split into two groups: those, some lesser known, who I have learned from in person, and those whose work inspires me:

    Those with whom I have taken workshops:
    Fred Picker: mediocre...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    Tuco, your image #492 caught my attention, I like the combination of wheels which adds a little complexity. I’m also impressed by your truing stand and run-out gauge, you clearly have at least one...
  23. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    HP5+ (120 & 4x5), Pyrocat-HD, TF-4 fixer
    Ilford Classic FB & RC (RC for contact sheets and 8x10 work prints only, FB for 11x14 prints), Ilford Multigrade Print Developer, Ilfostop, TF-4
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    Re: threading the needle

    Since we have left photography behind for Wagner, I have seen three complete Ring Cycles, I am clearly a Wagnerian (I also enjoy Meistersinger and the Flying Dutchman). One of the cycles was in...
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    Re: threading the needle

    I think the key question is the one at the beginning of Merg's thread, "who is your audience?" If you are making photographs to sell or for a commercial purpose, your objective is by definition...
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    Re: Looking for feedback on images...

    I think my favorite is the one with the barbed wire, I guess like Robert Adamsís pictures I like evidence that humans have been there.

    But my question goes in an entirely different direction:...
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    Re: Are you shooting more than one format

    Sony Digital FF, Leica and Nikon 35mm, Rollei 6x6, Canham 4x5 (and unused for years, a 6x9 roll film slide-in holder). Ilford HP5+ for all formats.
  28. Re: Ilford Multicontrast Classic FB/selenium toner

    I also print on Ilford VCFB Classic, and my technique is the one Bernice posted above, let the prints dry without toning, evaluate, choose the ones to tone, and then I tone a batch say 4 or 5 at...
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    Re: Studio lights for a hack

    Since I've been doing this for a long time I have a bunch of studio strobes which I can use with soft boxes or umbrellas. My favorite is a compact DynaLite M500 pack with two heads, I also have a...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    John, You do a wonderful job with chrome and shiny metal on all of your motorcycle engines! Any hints for the rest of us, or is it “simply” being spot on with your exposures and development?
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Ken, Drew, JMO, and everyone who responded: Thanks, and success! I have installed Photoshop Elements 2021 on my Mac (which solves the 64-bit issue) and VueScan which solves my Epson 4990 Photo...
  32. Re: How do you see and appreciate a large format Portrait?

    I probably see actual prints primarily in museum or gallery shows. I don’t pay much attention to the format, since what gets my attention is the expression on the subject’s face. By that I mean a...
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    Re: Fences & Stone Walls - Post yours !

    Dennis, I really like your fence shot, the white crosses really “pop,” you got the lighting just right. Of course, every time I see an image like this (or make one myself) I think of Paul Strand’s...
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Afraid I'm back again. Having spoken with Epson, it seems that I did successfully download their "ICA Scanner Driver v5.8.9 for Image Capture" which (a) they say is Apple software, not Epson's, and...
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Unfortunately it is not in downloads (all that I have in downloads is the .dmg file which is what I opened to get the installer, etc.) and nowhere else either (I searched for "Epson"). The good news...
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Greg, Drew, thanks for responding. Unfortunately the supposedly downloaded and installed new software is not in any Epson applications folder, all the programs under Epson show "last updated x/2007"...
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    Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    I've upgraded my Mac OS to Catalina 10.15.7 from the older 32-bit system, and just tried to download the 64-bit driver for my old but functional 4990 scanner. The download and installation seemed to...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    For Alan Klein: Beautiful image, I'm glad to see that you have become familiar with using your Chamonix! Definitely an image to hang on your wall!
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    Re: Heathkit Darkroom timer revealed glory!

    I’m sure I am stating the obvious, but why don’t you re-mark the dials with times adjusted for the 20% difference, so 1 minute would be 1:12 etc. what you need for printing is consistency, not timing...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    I think my response was driven in part by the OP's request for a [single] go-to lens. I actually have, for my 4x5, 80, 120, 150, 180, 210, and 300mm lenses, and use them as seems appropriate for the...
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