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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    You must be smarter than me is. Couldn’t follow except that all the leaves are brown, which makes sense. What experts?

    Couldn’t make heads or tails of the Stieglitz bla bla either. Basically,...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Everyone is different on the technical front. Some truly embrace the inherent slop in non-digital processes. Some pretend to. Some seek consistency, precision etc. The same applies to other artforms...
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    Re: Chemical age -- metol

    I’m betting on something with the DIY blue/green LED head as they are not necessarily that simple to design/make. That would seem to be the most likely place to look, but that’s just a guess really...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Another score. Reminds me of earlier Freeman Patterson. Well done - not just the waiting for the rays, but the picture as a whole. With the tree down the middle it’s like two worlds.
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    Re: Chemical age -- metol

    Seems more likely there is something else in the system/methodology which would explain why you’re not getting what you expect, but since you asked about metol, when fresh it should be...
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    Re: Blowing and agitating whites

    If I’m understanding what you’re saying, your would like your negatives to be less contrasty. Shorten the development time. Pretty much as simple as that.
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    Re: Best choice portrait BW film

    Worse than that, I remember you saying you had tried some of the cheaper films that turned out to have zits of their own.
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Too bad Ken Lee doesn’t seem to be around here anymore. He was making high quality inkjet prints from scanned B&W film and knew a lot about it. As of a few years ago he was using a Piezography/Epson...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    What I’d like to do is visit with Cone (Cone Editions, Piezography) in VT. I’ve seen a few beautiful things done by them.
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    In any case, my suggestion to OP is to try to view some high quality inkjet. Off the top of my head one excellent example would be Brian Kosoff, who comes from a darkroom background and still makes...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Ya but Drew that’s because you’re always hanging around the Bay Area where the inkjet prints aren’t very good and everyone likes the soy cream. Also there was that time you saw a Lik print, which...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    No.
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Hmmm another Michael R? That can’t be good for this forum LOL :)

    At this point in the progression of digital camera technology, I have to say I don’t really understand why one would shoot film...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I thought that was the case until I saw how good inkjets could look when they were made by people who were really good at it. They have all the “depth” of anything that can be done in a darkroom. Not...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I’m speaking here as an exacting darkroom worker - you can get results at least as good with inkjet, which is why some similarly exacting people I know (and some superb photographers) moved over to...
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    Seems a little excessive for bad nomenclature, but alright. I volunteer to be dealt with first.
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    Yeah the HYPO thing is an old mistake that stuck. People called fixer hypo which was incorrect since fixer is thiosulfate, not hyposulfate. Likewise hypo clearing agent should be called thio clearing...
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    It’s not necessary, but useful to reduce water consumption and wash time.

    Incidentally for those wishing to mix their own HCA the formula can be simplified to just sodium sulfite if distilled...
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    There are too many variables involved for a definitive one-size-fits all method unless the method overshoots (conservatism), which someone trying to minimize water usage presumably wouldn't want to...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Wonderful shot and beautifully done.
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    Indeed, it is a diffusion process. And washing efficiency depends importantly on how used your fixer is, as well as fixing time. You want to minimize fixing time, and change the fixer more often....
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    Re: More 510-Pyro Adventures!

    Indeed. On the general subject of contemporary staining developers, without getting into the details, I’d suggest people use Wimberley’s, PMK or Pyrocat (Sandy King at least made the effort to do...
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    Re: More 510-Pyro Adventures!

    I didn’t mean TF-4 is bad. It’s fine. I wouldn’t call it improved though. It’s an alkaline rapid fixer.
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    Re: Ilford Rapid Fix considerations

    It’s all you need. Hardening fixers are more or less from a bygone age and should really only be potentially useful if you are using delicate emulsions. Kodak, Fuji, and Ilford film emulsions are...
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    Re: More 510-Pyro Adventures!

    Funny thing is, all one needs to do to avoid the whole issue is go back to the originator of all the “modern” staining developers - John Wimberley. He started the “pyro revival” in the late 1970s,...
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    Re: Best choice portrait BW film

    As others have suggested, more or less anything will work. I’d probably go for something like HP5 for it’s faster speed. Of course TMY-2 would also be superb but it is expensive (budgetary concerns...
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    Re: Landscapes! - (Any format smaller than 4x5)

    +1. Another good one, John.
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    Re: What photo paper grade means?

    Jay,

    Just to add to some of the comments Doremus made, note just because you are contact printing doesn't mean you have to use a "contact" paper. Chloride papers (like Lupex) are usually referred...
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    Re: Push/Pull processing if Scanning Negative

    Uh oh
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    Re: Push/Pull processing if Scanning Negative

    The elephant in the B&W room :), especially ever since the advent of the Zone System. Assuming adequate exposure, from a tone reproduction perspective the rest of the negative "controls" are at best...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Looks like the negatives are good enough. From there, it’s all in your scanning/editing skill. Just like in the darkroom where print quality is heavily dependent on what you do under the...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Well you know, chip shortage.
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    LOL ok, ok I’ll stop poking the ibex on this one.
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Drew, just for fun, what is this “watercolour grain” you always mention when talking about HP5+ developed in PMK? Is it like you use the wet emulsion as a support for watercolour painting or washes?...
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    Re: Landscapes! - (Any format smaller than 4x5)

    Wonderful pictures, John. Not that it matters but are these digital or film?

    Michael
  36. Re: Best Fast (high output) Film Development Method?

    Jobo with Expert Drums (3010 for 4x5, 3005 for 8x10) is all I can think of for an off-the-shelf solution. It’s quite efficient for 4x5. For 8x10 I think a 3005 drum will do 5 sheets. Not sure you can...
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    Maybe it's just that there's a lot more out there than in the pre-digital era, so there's obviously going to be a lot more crap to see, but that's normal. Particularly when it comes to colour, even...
  38. Re: Center filter question - usage on different formats

    If it looks bad it just means it was badly done. It's not a "digital problem" at this point. That ship has long since sailed. Digital editing is a skill and art, just like darkroom work, and like...
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    Re: Spoon measure needed, please

    For what it's worth, the amount of borax in the second bath for typical A (metol-sulfite) + B (alkali) developers is not critical. Some years ago I tested this and found virtually no sensitometric...
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    You often end up making adjustments anyway. Center filters don’t fully correct for falloff.
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