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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    I seldom use selenium as much as I once did for classic graded papers like Seagull G. But it's always been at 1:20. One of my current favorite papers, Ilford MG Cooltone, tones so ridiculously fast...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    All sneezy and brown this morning, but now with bits of marine blue air sneaking in. Don't know what to expect. It seems like mixed smoke sources now, from both the Sierra and North Bay. Some iconic...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    We started smelling smoke from the Glass Fire this evening. Its got that more toxic burning suburbia smell, full of plastic fumes and yellow ash. Hope the wind keeps blowing most of that smoke...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    The CalFire Incident site gives very detailed daily maps.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    I'd love to photograph some of the burnt areas sometime later, but not during the messy clean-up phase when nobody superfluous should be around anyway. I've had it with smoke. Even my little old lady...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    All it will take is a shift in the wind to bring the smoke back. But October is that month winds typically go from inland toward the coast, rather than the other way around, like in summer. Not too...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Currently in northern Calif is the largest "fire complex" in State history, now well over 800,000 acres, at the same time as the largest single-point-source fire, occurring in the Southern Sierra, at...
  8. Re: Neutral Density Filters with V54 Cold Light head

    Most of those poly ND lighting "gels" are slightly yellow-greenish rather than truly neutral, so would tend to reduce contrast on VC paper with a V54. It's a bit hard for me to give you a direct...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    There are certain WSA's (Wilderness Study Areas) up there that it's hard to find much information on, although they've obviously been hit hard by fire.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Yesterday the wind shift brought the smell of burning grass, evidently from south of my hometown in lower elevation areas of the Kings River, where they're simply allowing that branch of the Creek...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Austin - those pilings were one of the earliest 4x5 shots I ever took. My father had been a shipbuilding inspector at Portland in WWII, and was appreciative of the print. But I loaded my filmholders...
  12. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Ho hum. I've been accused of being a Govt spy or FBI agent more than once. Who knows what kind of deep dark cryptic secrets held by sagebrush bushes might be revealed by studying my prints? Was once...
  13. Re: Is there a free site that will host your images in their original full resolution

    I got rid of all the little pixels running around here using Raid ant and cockroach spray. Anybody who can't get far richer content on a 4x5 sheet of film than using the latest DLSR must be focussing...
  14. Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    It kills more than bugs in jars, so probably has distinct shipping restrictions.
  15. Thread: Salthill

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    Re: Salthill

    I looked at their slot washers, those of Zone VI, etc, don't remember if Gravity Works was in business yet, but came up with my own variation instead, which is more efficient in several respects, but...
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    Re: Wratten & HEX numbers

    Such corrections are always going to be better if applied at the time of the shot rather than afterwards, and more conveniently done. In the case of chrome film, it's largely a matter of taste. But...
  17. Thread: Hypo clear?

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    Re: Hypo clear?

    I use TF4 archival fixer instead. More expensive, but saves a lot of time and fuss. No need for a wash aid.
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    Re: Selenium Toner for Archivability

    I use all toners only relative to intended tone per se (final image color). I presume that this gives some extra protection from pollutants like sulfur dioxide; but I wouldn't want to live and...
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    Re: Wratten & HEX numbers

    CIE mapping is still just approximate relative to all the potential variables. There's simply no substitute for fine-tuning any intended end result with a trained eye. I've spent a helluva lot of...
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    Re: Salthill

    The irony is that no commercial enlarger in existence was ever machined to tolerances worthy of fairly simple means of extreme calibration. But if you're designing a research telescope, your...
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    Re: Salthill

    The enlarger alignment device was basically just a simplified kit of mirrors which bounced the light between the respective neg and easel planes to extend the focal length of a dot going through a...
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    Re: Wratten & HEX numbers

    81 amber warming series versus 82 cooling series of filters are classified as LB (light balancing) filters. But progressive pure CMY as well as RGB filters are classified under their CC density...
  23. Re: New Color Carbon Printing Service business... A new trend ?

    Sounds fascinating, Bob. It was exactly there, at the stochastic hurdle, that Evercolor ran into its cul de sac. But that was a long time ago, so might not still be an issue today. I never did like...
  24. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    One of the most interesting aspects of rapid exploration of the center-West and employing actual paid spies involved the early dinosaur-hunting feud between Cope and Marsh. That rivalry got terribly...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Tom - Interest has spread far and wide about the Creek Fire due to its especially dramatic nature. But I get a bit tired of generic what-if answers and backseat quarterbacking by people who have...
  26. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    You can't post-correct something that's not there to begin with. With even color neg film, falloff is related to not only a density difference, but potentially a hue shift toward the corners due to...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    John K. - the Creek Fire has now overrun Granite Cr and up over the Niche almost to Cora Lks. I imagine the red firs along the 3mi grade up will have been hit hard, and that that section of trail...
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    Re: Washing Anti-Halation Backing on HP5

    TMax films are among the easiest or fastest to wash out any residual stain completely. I use an alkaline fixer (TF4).
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    Good to see these being made. Large film sizes need that kind of flatness.
  30. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Leading up to the Civil War there was enormous intrigue over which side certain intermediate territories like Kansas would take. After the war, it inevitably developed into epic rivalries between the...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Mt Hamilton Observatory (or cluster of observatories) barely escaped one of our big fires up here, and I mean by mere yards away. The main telescope is mainly used for just teaching purposes today,...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    It takes some persistence, but after awhile one either becomes an effective practitioner of Colorhead Psychoanalysis, or resorts to some torture like replacing this or that part inside the little...
  33. Re: Keeping the film rebate for contact prints

    It could get rather humorous if some woodworking neophyte bought a shoulder plane made in England labeled as a rebate plane, and they came back a month later wondering why their rebate check never...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    When these go on the fritz from either a voltage surge or a bulb out, it seem almost like something inside the controls gets temporarily magnetized, so what might not work immediately after such an...
  35. Re: Rethreading screws (the search for replacement screws)

    I have interchangeable blades for my precision try squares, selector button for which kinds of readings on my calipers, quite a variety of rulers etc. The most useful of all are Fishermans tape...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Step-down transformers would logically be an issue because the enlarger control box is very sensitive to either voltage fluctuations or EMI (electromagnetic interference) . With respect to EMI, it...
  37. Re: ...photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

    Huh? Sounds like somebody is cooking up their own neo-myth in order to get undue attention. Various survey expeditions went into the West to assess what was there, and after the Civil War naturally...
  38. Re: Keeping the film rebate for contact prints

    I find the inclusion of that kind of extraneous non-information distracting, and often kitchy. Anyway, the term in the US is rabbet, not rebate. Doesn't matter on this forum because we all understand...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    I just got back from Pt Reyes. Most of the road closures are due to paving work. A couple trails have collapse hazards along cliffs. Their website explains all that. The fire is still smoldering a...
  40. Re: Rethreading screws (the search for replacement screws)

    Removable thread lock fluid can also be used in minor situations. I've told this story before, Tony, but when I was a kid in high school, it was right around that time the metric system was beginning...
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