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  1. Re: Paul Caponigro in Carmel, CA for lecture on February 8, 2020, 3-5 pm

    Thanks for the report. I'm not surprised that it was a standing room only event.

    Often as I pass through my finishing area on the way to the adjacent darkroom, I glance at the prints on the wall....
  2. Paul Caponigro in Carmel, CA for lecture on February 8, 2020, 3-5 pm

    This is a rare opportunity to hear, and speak with, a master of the silver print.

    Paul's career spans almost seventy years, devoted to the art and technique of photography. You will leave...
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    Re: post "in Galli style"

    Congratulations, Jim!

    Looking forward to more frequent posts, images, and unrivaled Galli wisdom.

    All the best,
    Merg
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    What paper do you intend to use; graded, or variable contrast?
  5. Re: "Ansel Adams and Richard Wasserman: From The Mountains To The Prairies"

    Congratulations, Richard!

    I'm still enjoying your book and the wonderful photographs.

    Best,
    Merg
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you. I'd be happy with a silver!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you, Pat. This is a photograph that composed itself. I only had to be there at the right moment. It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Wynn Bullock; "Mysteries lie all around us,...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Knob & Shadow, 2020

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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Several factors, Drew. Scott has been contemplating a move for a long time as rents increased in that Geary St. building, and other gallery owners began to flee. I think that those he sold to, the...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thank you for doing that. By the way, there is a link between Scott Nichols and Garnett. Scott was Garnett's student at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Design Department (1970's) where William...
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Drew, he started making his own Cibachrome prints in the early 1980's. For the color book, he duped the 35mm capture onto 4x5 Ektachrome for reproduction.
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    Re: William Garnett Aerial Photographs

    Thanks for posting. Check this earlier forum post and the Scott Nichols Gallery exhibit. On Scott's site (page not found) scroll down to William Garnett and you will find images of his work.
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    Re: Viewing Lights in the Darkroom?

    The answer is in knowing the final destination and purpose of the print. If you are printing for reproduction, that is one thing. If you are printing for a gallery exhibit, another purpose. Most of...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Hi Alan. That is what I thought.

    Do you have a good working relationship with your lab? If so, perhaps they will do plus/minus for you. In that case, you will need to mark the holders in the...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    You have several choices. The obvious is to develop by inspection using a green light (DBI). Another method is to mark your holders in the field for plus or minus development, place in similarly...
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    Re: My Latest And Probably Last Darkroom

    Very nicely done. It looks like a logical and comfortable space in which to work. Congratulations!
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    My choice would be to drive. However, it really depends on how much time you have for the additional two thousand miles. Either way, it should be a productive trip. Enjoy!
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

    Good point, John. I also prefer the long cloth releases, especially if one chooses to store lenses with the release attached.
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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

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    Alan, I think the release you have will be fine. I also prefer something in that length range, allowing some slack between hand and lens. The two above are 16" Minolta with dial locks,...
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    Michael, my last visit was in the fall --- September. As noted, the drive from Banff to Jasper is beautiful. I drove from CA, but Calgary seems a good choice if flying; Ray Van Nes would know.

    My...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Good choice. It will serve you well.

    Do you have film holders?
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Alan, now you're in the ballpark for price, and a Schneider 150 APO f.5.6 Symmar MC would be a good choice, in my opinion. I have the 210mm version and it is excellent. Remember, this is your first...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    Alan, to make life easier, avoid the changing tent if possible. You are adding a step that can be easily avoided by blocking out light, say in a bathroom. Block out the window, put a towel under the...
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Alan, thank you for mentioning my note and book. You sound inspired, and I'm sure the pleasure will follow (likely after some frustration). Take your time, ask a lot of questions, and you will be...
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    Re: Problem with Pyrocat HD from PF

    I alerted PF to this thread when it was started in August. I received an email from Mikkie at PF in mid-November acknowledging the concerns.

    Perhaps you will learn more when you contact them.
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    Re: First and second lenses for new 4x5 shooter

    Hi Alan,

    I suggest: (1) 150mm (2) 90mm (3) 210mm.

    As suggested above by William, it depends on how you look at the world. I seldom use the 90mm except for architecture; however, you may want it...
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    Re: 8x10 tray processing

    When I hear such discussions, my thoughts are of Edward Weston and his technique. Prior to the mid 1920's he developed in open tanks with an MQ developer. After that time, he switched to single sheet...
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Excellent!
  29. Pier 24 Photography Museum/San Francisco Faces Eviction

    Another sad San Francisco story of art and culture versus real estate. This was a wonderful place to visit, for free. I hope there will be a favorable resolution to its future.

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Have always enjoyed this thread.

    Photographing on the Oregon Coast a few years ago.
  31. Re: Questions about 4x5 film developed by local lab

    Nick, it is good practice to cover the film holder with a dark cloth at all times, as Kent notes. From a cursory look at the exposures, it appears that there may be some uneven development issues....
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

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    Shop Window with Reflection

    Ontario, Canada, 2008
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    Re: Is folding a Toyo difficult?

    Exactly; this is good advice. I purchased mine twenty years ago new, and it has performed well. I'm not sure that the referenced minor folds and creases are more than cosmetic, but worth noting.
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    Re: post your trees!

    You sure can, Jim.

    Your work is always inspiring, like this one. Beautiful!

    Best,
    Merg
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    Re: Large Format Industryscapes

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    Building/ Mare Island Shipyard, CA

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    Re: Kim Weston Nude Workshop

    Although I have no experience with Kim's workshops, the above comment by Thom prompted my reply. I first visited Wildcat Hill with my parents starting in 1949, until shortly before Edward died in...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Well Austin, nothing wrong with batting a thousand. I'd say it was a good day!

    The show here just finished, and was well attended. A group of twenty photographers, only film capture, with diverse...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Hi Austin,

    Wonderful timing, the surf and rails in rhythm. Well done!

    Hope all goes well up your way.

    Best,
    Merg
  39. Re: Clarence John Laughlin - Father of American Surrealism

    This takes me back. I first heard of Clarence Laughlin in the early 1950's from Dody Weston. Clarence had photographed her as a teenager in New Orleans where she was born. Later, in 1959, I visited...
  40. Re: Exhibition of Analog Photography/Oakland, CA

    Reminder, closing reception this Saturday, November 9, 4:00-6:30pm.

    http://www.grayloftgallery.com/upcoming-events
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