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    Re: How Did We Come To LF?

    I bought an Anniversary Speed Graphic in the early 1960s to shoot Polaroid film, followed by a NeuVue (me, too. Yuk!). Next came Burke & James 5x7 flat beds and monorails, and a few other cameras...
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    Re: 2022 Your Favorite Image of You No rules

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    Taken about 1999-2000 and posted on LFPF soon after. Published in the 2001-2001 Missouri State Manual. Probably 4x5 Kodak Professional Copy Film 4125 with an Ektar 203mm f/7.7. I was too lazy...
  3. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    Beautiful!
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    Re: Film Holder T-depth and ANSI Standard

    In the ASA standard, the "T" depth is measured from the face of the holder to the face of the septum, not from the face of the holder to the front of the film. For film holders up to and including...
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    Re: Ansel Adams Examples - new edition

    From the new edition: "Fifteenth paperback printing, 2021". The cover is also new, as shown in the link in comment #9 above. A leisurely comparison of new and old editions will have to wait until a...
  6. Thread: Bridges

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    Re: Bridges

    Wow!
  7. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    I would have passed this opportunity up because of the technical obstacles which you overcame magnificently. Now I keep coming back to it. Photographs rarely have that magnetic quality.
  8. Thread: Oh my . . .

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    Re: Oh my . . .

    doubled or doubted?
  9. Re: Help me to identify this LF Camera Model

    It looks more like a camera made by a good craftsman, not mass produced by a company. A few items, like the focusing rack and pinion, would be purchased.
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    Re: DIY Basebord?

    Rather than rely on one thick slab of plywood to provide strength and stability for an enlarger baseboard, consider two much lighter pieces of plywood separated by and bonded to a web of smaller...
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    Re: Biggest Camera Race....ON!

    John - You might scale your idea down a bit like this photographer did: https://danageraths.blogspot.com/2012/01/mammoth-camera-nearly-complete.html
  12. Thread: Just Leaves

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    Re: Just Leaves

    Beautiful!
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    Re: Hang it Dang it

    Only? It may work BEST with consistent diffused northern light. As shown, the mercury vapor lamp would provide very uneven light.
  14. Re: Does extending the center column accomplish the same thing as front rise?

    Large format images often have high enough image quality to permit tilting the camera to record the entire desired subject, scanning the image, and restoring correct perspective in Photoshop or...
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    Re: Converting a speed graphic into an SLR

    Why not start with a Graflex and add a rangefinder, sports finder, and whatever else you need to make it work like a cobbled up Graphic?
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    An expensive price tag seems to make a photograph look good to too many collectors.
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    Re: Long exposure with light camera

    Weight of camera and tripod is not as important as good engineering and construction. 150 years ago, with big cameras and slow plates, the problems with long outdoors exposures were fairly well...
  18. Re: Help with routing a centered through slot for 20x24 front standard

    After drilling holes at each end of the slot, the channel between them can be layed out and cut with a chisel. Clamping a guide along the outside edge of the slot simplifies the task.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    -Gabe- Beautiful presentation of an intriguing subject.
  20. Re: Some 35mm and 120 resolution targets for camera scanning

    Many decades ago when the USAF 1951 charts were not readily available, I improvised this chart and still prefer it when comparing images where absolute lp/mm isn't required. A user can measure a...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    This idea may be elegant, but is unnecessarily complex. Careful construction of a back with appropriate surfaces well blackened and based on the models of well over a hundred years ago should still...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    LF camera builders may find a few features of Jon Grepstad's cameras useful: https://jongrepstad.com/building-a-large-format-camera/.
  23. Re: Hinge the window on the top or the side - or does it matter?

    Interaction between dry mounting tissue and mount board after decades prompted me to give up on floating dry mounted prints. Perhaps dry mounting smaller images on paper that extends under the...
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    Re: Building a 4x5

    For decades years a 4" square wooden, metal, or plastic lens board was very common. They are easy to fabricate from 1/4 inch plywood on a table saw and less easy with a jig saw. I can post dimensions...
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    Re: Maintaining shutters

    Most between-the-lens shutters do have two escapements. Both types can usually can be thoroughly exercised by using only the slowest speed for each escapement. Focal plane shutters usually have an...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Thoroughly beautiful! If you have to take too long with 4x5, try a shoot with small format so you can shoot faster and informally. Then, based on those photos, fine tune the best with the 4x5. A...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    The footprints add to a fine photo. They add a story, a mystery, a human touch.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Nice capture and fine print.
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    Re: I just "killed" an old habit today!!

    It is good to split your work between standing and sitting with a little moving around now and then. After many decades it has become obvious that, since my but is much larger than my feet, I should...
  30. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    Test strip? Rarely. When I was making a lot of prints for press releases, the negatives were often consistent and the first print was almost always good enough for that use. Guessing the required...
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    Re: Post yer 35mm shots!

    Tuco -- Very nice Epcot Center photo. This ought to be a fine wall hanger to give one a break from hours of the commonplace stuff.
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    Re: tripod thread issues

    Use a piece of plywood about the size of either the tripod top or camera bottom. A 1/4 inch hole countersunk on the bottom of the plywood lets you attach the plywood to the camera bottom. A T-nut or...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Alien or not, it's a fine photograph.
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    We should consider good for what and for whom? My sports photos don't interest Ansel Adams fanatics. Unfortunately, neither do most of my scenics. The few times there is some deep meaning, viewers...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Very nice!
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    Make sure your lens is perfectly clean. Lens coating eliminated much of this problem in good lenses, and today's multi-coating is perhaps the most significant advance in photographic optics in my...
  37. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Good composition is sometimes sometimes merely adhering to rules that seem to result in successful competitions among your peers, whether a small camera club or a huge national photographic...
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    Re: A Tripod Setup for Tight Spaces

    A string tripod is better than nothing and is quite affordable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjqPuHFoqhE.
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    Re: New and need help

    Wow! What a bargain! Such bargains shouldn't go to those who merely want to make resale profits. A few notes on the Graphic view cameras: this is the first model (1941-1948) with base tilts,...
  40. Re: Considering Fabricating Lens Board for Century Graphic

    That beats fabricating one! However, in the days before the internet, we did many things the hard way.
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