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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    I just started salt print testing a couple of weeks ago but so far FP4+ negatives developed in Pyrocat-M that normally print on VC Grades 1.5-2 seem to have enough contrast for salt prints. Those...
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    For the DIY sinks and trays a simple 1 1/2 or 2" Hole Saw that fits your drill and a flange drain available at HomeDepot/Lowes will suffice. The flange fits under the sink so you have to seal...
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    What developer are you using? If it contains potassium bromide try making it without the bromide. Example there are variations of Pyrocat that do not include PB. Also do you use photoflo in your...
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    Precisely why I do not live in the North.
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    I used one for years and did 4-6 pieces of film in it. I would put it in a tray and slide side to side, and then tilt side to side letting it drop. Any spillage would be dumped back in. I just got...
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    Initial agitation of 2-3 minutes seems to give me the most even results especially with open sky. It also seems to eliminate the edge holder effect on the SP-445.
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    As suspected it is really flat with almost no separation in midtones. I scanned the negative and ran it through photoshop to see what I was up against and had to boost contrast significantly to get a...
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    I'll admit I had to "trim" a few bits of brush near the camera by whacking the leaves off. A machete would have been handy.
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    Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    I saw a great shot of a Covered bridge in square format which felt very constrained and wanted to go shoot it in 5x12. So I pick a cloudy day and head out. I get lost on the way there and of course...
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    Re: Backpack Insert, Hook and loop, Moli

    HillPeople also has this bucket attachment that might be useful for Tripod attachment Outside and Center rather than side mounted. https://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/CategoryID/7/ProductID/80
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    Re: Long life opened liquid paper developer

    +1 on Ansco 130 (or the photographers formulary kit). I store and use about 2 liters stock in a gallon bottle over 12-24 months. Could probably go longer if I put it in smaller bottles. I also have...
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    Re: Foot candle to aperture and ISO.

    I did a conversion from EV to Lux to FC and created this exposure chart. It even has reciprocity time adjustments for Ilford. Its based on 100 ISO and large format shutters normal working speeds and...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Lovely, but how does one get a 17cm (6.7in) image on a 12.7cm (5in) opening? Does the film back have an extension, and if so how do you focus since the plane of focus is different?
  14. Re: DOF: A restatement of simplified testing for your needs

    You can also introduce creative sharpness and blur with a little tilt or swing. At your close range for a portrait not sure how much more/less DOF you would really get.
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    Re: Field Tripod for Horseman 8x10

    Having a limited budget requires longterm planning and saving. A Bogen/Manfrotto Aluminum 3021 tripod is pretty stable even with the center column raised. Weighs about 6 pounds without a head, is...
  16. Re: Headless LF Enlargers Rise UP!.....................LED

    My crazy mind at work again... If you put UV lamp as the light source on a 4x5 enlarger, could you then make enlarged salt prints or other alternative POP process? Or build a dark box below the lens...
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    Re: Field Tripod for Horseman 8x10

    There is a great tripod in the for sale section now. But its a pile of money. Of course if you buy a great tripod once you will never need to buy one again. Imagine if we could get life expectancy...
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    Re: DIY Basebord?

    Threaded adjustable furniture/machine foot levelers from the hardware store might be your answer if you only need small adjustments to your baseboard. If you want to level your entire workbench...
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    Re: Hang it Dang it

    In my crazy mind I once thought about using a skylight with a camera/box mounted to the ceiling and then an adjustable table below it. And then I wonder what Weston used in his villa in 1923 Mexico .
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    Re: Developing tank advice

    +1 for the SP-445 for 4 negatives or less. The Yankee or FR square tanks are easy to use too and hold more negatives, but can not be inverted so you end up sloshing some chemistry out when agitating...
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    Paper is generally developed to completion when using a paper developer. When I was a newbie the instructor taught us to use 90-30-60 seconds for dev-stop-fix times with 15 second drip times in...
  22. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    One other tip I got from someone here. Buy 13 of them. You can load a box of 25sheets all at once and use the spare on one side to house a half sheet dark slide that you can insert into any of the...
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    Re: Long exposure with light camera

    If you lower the tripods working height and spread the legs further apart it becomes more stable, instead of shooting at standing eye level. Corran often shoots a foot or two above water level when...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Nice light on all the trees on this page.
  25. Poll: Re: Poll: How do you process large format black and white film?

    #3 with scans of the print for web display. I imagine this poll would be shaped differently if you took it at Photrio or even Rangefinder forums. Other photo forums they would ask what is film?
  26. Re: Best Developer For 4x5 Hard Rubber 1/2 Gallon Tanks

    HC110 @ 1:63 ounces - Nice dilution since it is double the normal time, but very handy when you need to reduce time to contract your contrast.
    Pyrocat HD / M 18mlA+18mlB+1850ml W

    IF only...
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    Re: The new Heiland 8x10 enlarger

    11x14 might make more sense for such a large machine. maybe a conversion kit. I agree on the hand wheels or mechanical alternative for fine focus.
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    Re: Sunny !6 Users Unite!

    I'm still looking for the histogram and white balance on my 4x5. Maybe I need to upgrade models.
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    Re: post your trees!

    An oak on a scenic parkway turn out.
    https://I0.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/oak_richrussel.jpg
  30. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    I'm likely in the minority - I like the older plastic Riteway and Lisco's for 4x5. They are compact and with their age the slides go in and out smoothly. I rarely clean them but I do not live in a...
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    Re: Sunny !6 Users Unite!

    I would fail miserably. I am usually an early morning in the woods shooter with mixed light on waterfalls. I could be anywhere from 4-7 stops off of sunny 16 and then I tend to shoot at f32 or f45....
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    Re: Discussion on Tripod Heads for 8x10

    I was a long time heavy duty ball head user until I bought this. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1034870-REG/manfrotto_mhxpro_3w_3_way_pan_tilt_head.html. Supports my 4x5 and 5x12 with no...
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    My darkroom is tiny and can accommodate up to 11x14 trays if arranged in tiers. However I decided to print an image 12x16 for a particular space in my house so had to expand operations into the...
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    Re: post your trees!

    equivet96 - fabulous. Is this a negative scan or a print?
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    Re: Pyrocat HD solution B question

    Green is bad - You can try Jim's test but even if it works once or twice it will fail eventually.
    You can use plain old washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) but use it at ratio 1A + 2.5B Stock +100W of...
  36. Re: Darkroom Automation F-Stop Timer is available again.

    The enlarging meter/densitometer is a nice tool also.
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    Re: Contact printing light source?

    Since my darkroom is tiny I just use the enlarger raised to about 28 inches above the baseboard and stop down the lens 3-4 clicks. Blue/green are handled by the head and controller. 20-25 seconds is...
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    Re: Volume \ flow rate for RC print wash

    TIN CAN, I use Fiber 95% of the time. Only recently trying RC since Ilfords new RC is close match for exposure and look to make my initial prints. for Fiber you can also use washaid for shortening...
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    Re: Volume \ flow rate for RC print wash

    Use a holding tray in the darkroom then take the prints inside to do final wash where you can use hot and cold running water drip to achieve desired temperature. 12x16 trays will easily hold a...
  40. Re: How to keep film ending up wrong side of dark slide after exposing

    IT happens, usually due to shooting downward or improper loading. You could tilt the camera up so that the sheet falls back into the holder. It might be inconvenient if planning back up shots but...
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