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  1. Re: Printing color slides on Harman Direct Positive paper

    I prefer to make b&w internegs from chromes by contact on pan b&w films like FP4 or TMax. That way, I can not only apply selective colored contrast filters just like when shooting in nature, but also...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I will admit my conservational ability with spiders is rather limited. I did want to acquire a new microscope at least, but my wife wasn't thrilled with the idea. The house cats sure like them, to...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Stieglitz was obsessive about technique, and quite advanced for his era, even if just his personal little contact prints were involved. But he claimed there was only one "best print" of any of his...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Part of the beauty of all-darkroom printing is that you CAN'T just crank out multiples like a xerox machine. At least a certain amount of loving hands-on is required for each print, and the fact that...
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    Re: Chemical age -- metol

    Just like in flintlock warfare, keep your powder dry. If the metol powder is dark brown, it's probably over the hill. The metol I'm using has been out of the same bottle for over 20 years. So mere...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Well, all of that kind of technology is steadily advancing. But it already seems to be plateauing a bit in a "good enough" sense, just like chromogenic printing somewhat stalled for quite awhile...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Up in your frozen northland, where wooly mammoths, polar bears, and zombie walking-dead ice hockey players still roam, Bob Carnie's operation does excellent inkjet printing. I've seen some of those...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Depends, calfmike. Serious collectors can be very medium-conscious; they don't think like the general public, and certainly not like people entering tourist galleries. That's why I abandoned my own...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I'll risk my opinion. Having just sorted through about three hundred black and white prints still deserving to be drymounted, but realizing that only a third or less of them is going to get done,...
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    Re: Best choice portrait BW film

    I was about to mention that fact, Alan. But yearbook photographers always had softie filters on hand. I sure had my share of authentic zits at the time, but didn't get the softie treatment like the...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    Some of the best inkjet printers alive are here in the Bay Area, including certain key consultants. But the only reason they're so good is that they know what they want, having mastered color...
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    Re: exposure with filter and spotmeter

    If Chris Burkett has his reasons for using a modified Pentax meter, I have equally good reasons for using using the un-modified version. And one of those is the fact that modified meters contain...
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    Re: Darkroom vs Scanning

    I'm 100% real darkroom workflow, both black and white color printing. There is a certain level of nuance I get that way which I never see in digital prints. But it's also just a matter of personal...
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    Re: exposure with filter and spotmeter

    Welcome back. The older threads mainly addressed the fact that meters do not have equal sensitivity across the whole spectrum. So if you take a reading through a filter it might not be correct. But...
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    Re: Best choice portrait BW film

    If one wants that shotgun grain of old-school 35mm photojournalism, then Tri-X makes sense. Just depends on what expectations are in a portrait, as well as its degree of enlargement. It's still quite...
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    Re: Sheet metal flatness / availability

    Ha, Randy, something you said brought back a memory and made me chuckle. A job I held for five or six years in my 20's was at a store catering to auto dealership mechanics, machinists, etc, with a...
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    Re: Best choice portrait BW film

    I loved TMax 100 when it came to smooth complexions and long tonal scales. The only issue is with lighter or reddish Caucasian complexions, where a light yellow green filter like a Hoya X0 can be...
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    Re: Large format copy negative from print

    FP4 works nicely, or TMax if you can afford it. But there will be some inevitable tonality nuance loss compared to the potential of the original negs themselves. Are you familiar with copy and...
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    Re: What photo paper grade means?

    Perhaps it would have been wiser to grade papers just like report cards : A,B,C,D,E,F. That way we'd know right from the start which category applies to ourself!
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    Re: What photo paper grade means?

    Bob Carnie would know about that, though it seems he doesn't use a laser printer anymore. It's certainly feasible, though premium fiber-based papers are on the pricey side of possibilities, and don't...
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    Re: What photo paper grade means?

    It was never cut and dried like Ice-Racer makes it seem. There were variances per alleged grade brand to brand, and they were not always of evenly spaced increments, especially in the "harder" (more...
  22. Re: Baltic or Finnish Baltic Birch for lens boards?

    Apple ply is really a soft-core laminate intended for drawer sides, etc, and of premium price because it is free from the routine formaldehyde glues generally necessary for denser materials. I have...
  23. Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    I use quarters for my cam locks on the lid to my bear-resistant food container. The bears can't open them because they all use pilfered credit cards, and don't carry change any more.
  24. Re: Best 250 for architecture from a distance for a field camera

    One could always go mongrel : Norma with a P2 front standard substitution to handle the extra lens weight better. That's what I'd do if I wanted to shoot with my 760 Apo Nikkor.
  25. Re: Baltic or Finnish Baltic Birch for lens boards?

    Most of it is either Russian birch or Chinese substitute laminate anyway. "Baltic birch" is just a generic category; and in this case, "hobby plywood" is the more representative expression. At one...
  26. Re: Best 250 for architecture from a distance for a field camera

    Fuji has been a leader in lens quality for the past 50 years; they just didn't market their LF products as aggressively in this country as Schneider and Rodenstock. And you don't need to worry about...
  27. Thread: Pigments

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    Re: Pigments

    A few prints were actually recovered from the Titanic and a few other deep wrecks. Platinum prints, where the image is in the fiber itself, did a lot better than carbon, where the coating lifted off....
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    I have a huge octagonal maple handle screw driver for such applications in the shop, and a ground down ordinary stubby in the pack. But please don't remind me of any damned Baldwin keys. We cut up to...
  29. Thread: Pigments

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    Re: Pigments

    Hi Bob. Can't talk much at the moment. But I do own a set of some extraordinary watercolor pigments sought out all over Europe and Africa by my late aunt, an expert on the subject, hand-ground by...
  30. Re: Best 250 for architecture from a distance for a feild camera

    Plasmats tend to be the most abundant variety of modern view lenses on the used market, and therefore generally the most affordable in common focal lengths. But there are certain exceptions,...
  31. Re: Best 250 for architecture from a distance for a feild camera

    Just how big do you need to print? I've got a 30X40 inch Cibachrome right beside me on the wall that you'd need a loupe to see all the detail in, and I shot it 4x5 using the old Fuji 250/6.7. A...
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    Re: Neil Montana’s and Kodak Coloramas

    Yeah, Montana and NYC are quite a ways apart, unless they've tremendously extended their subway route!
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    That sounds interesting. But I still don't quite understand your chip shortage comment either. There might be cheaper ways to manufacture museum board than using linen fiber, via substitutes for...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Pretty stunning either way, either brand. But better than no film at all. I hope my stash of 8x10, especially color, handles my needs until I'm 80. After that it might starts showing signs of...
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    Re: Neil Montana’s and Kodak Coloramas

    My gosh, if it cost $30,000 dollars apiece to print just one of those huge backlit Etacolor transparencies, I can hardly imagine what the huge dye transfer prints outsourced to other labs, and in...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Vaughn - there does seem to be some fly-fishing tension controlling the highlights in HP5 while at the same time boosting negative density. Other than my salvage method involving masking, I simply...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Michael - I too moved along to TMY400 as the most direct answer to high contrast issues. I've posted before how I tamed HP5 in such situations, not by beating the life and sparkle out of it using...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Recognizing the differences between the characteristic curves of these films, and how those in turn are affected by specific exposure and development, is far more valuable than anecdotal...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    It works well with duct tape, Michael, that is, to wrap over the mouths of certain people to keep them from disturbing the calm of my developing session. There are a few of my old watercolor brushes...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Paul, that upper and midtone tonality problem you describe mystifies me; doesn't resemble any HP5 I know. In any event, a number of people including myself learned long ago that HP5 is happy in...
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