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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!
  16. 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.
  18. 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

    4x5 Cambo/Apo-Nikkor/Luc Shutter
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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
  26. 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...
  27. 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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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Excellent!
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    Re: Ventilation specs for darkroom

    Positioning of your exhaust duct is important. You want air pulled away from you over the sink and through the wall behind the sink. Then you need a light proof air intake vent behind you of...
  30. Re: Exhibition of Analog Photography/Oakland, CA

    Great! I'll be there around 4:30. Be sure to check the directions.

    Merg
  31. Re: Exhibition of Analog Photography/Oakland, CA

    Reminder, prints are up!

    https://grayloftgallery.blogspot.com/
  32. Exhibition of Analog Photography/Oakland, CA

    A stimulating exhibition of diverse vision and process opens next week. Hope some of you will be able to attend. Please be sure to check the hours and directions.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    You're on the right track. Bravo to you, Ken!
  34. Re: Mat conservation for a vintage Laura Gilpin print ??

    A valid point. However, I do not believe that this is an expression of the work and materials used at the time. Rather, a representation of lacking proper care, resulting from being stored in an...
  35. Re: Mat conservation for a vintage Laura Gilpin print ??

    That would be the safest approach, and my choice. It could be a tight window, given the location of her signature. Removing that much warp will not be easy. It may be on 2 ply Strathmore board which...
  36. Adams/Weston Exhibition @ Stanford University, CA

    https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/major-20th-century-photo-trove-premieres-with-adams-and-weston-at-cantor
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    Re: Portable Studio Portraits

    A passion and dedication to be admired. Wishing you much success!
  38. Re: A Center for Creative Photography in Oakland, California

    Good to hear, Tracy. See you tomorrow evening.

    https://www.ebpco.org/
  39. Re: A Center for Creative Photography in Oakland, California

    A reminder, the launch party is this Wednesday evening, August 14, 2019 in Oakland. All are welcome, please join us.
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

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    Cafe, Bodie, CA 1967
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