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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...
  2. 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,...
  5. 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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    Re: Medium Format Infrared Images

    Flipping this one horizontally is interesting.
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    Re: New and need help

    Start with any inexpensive view camera, and use it to determine what YOU should have as a final purchase.
  8. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    Andrea Stillman wrote another good biography from an insider's view: Looking at Ansel Adams (2012). If only the late Patsy English also left a biography of Adams!
  9. Re: Considering Fabricating Lens Board for Century Graphic

    Fabricating lens boards for the older 2x3 Graphic cameras from 1/4 inch plywood was a matter of a few minutes with a table saw and a table mounted router. It appears more difficult to improvise the...
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    Re: Found Photographs

    He registered for the draft in June of 1863. I haven't searched further.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Fine subject, well presented.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardorffuser -- two fine portraits.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardorffuser -- You two are getting better and better!
  14. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    There may be a very good reason for that: Users may have found them to be great for making photographs. Pretty cameras often sit in a closet because they can't compete with that.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    excellent capture of moving water.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    It certainly is!
  17. Re: I'm not sure if it's a popular size, but can I get some 5x7 camera recommendation

    5x7 was a logical choice for me when getting serious about LF many decades ago. At that time, many were moving to 4x5, and 5x7 cameras, enlargers, and other accessories were cheap. A 5x7 print seems...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Interesting subject, very well captured.
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    Re: Nikor Canoe??

    I used Heath Color Canoes for years when developing a very few prints or LF negatives. The Heath Color Canoe https://www.ebay.com/itm/164862741219 size 11x14 used maybe 1.5 ounces of one-shot...
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    Re: Index Tabs to your film holders

    Filing notches in the film holder flap is a quick permanent system for identifying a negative as being from a specific film holder. By using wide and narrow notches to represent the 0 and 1 of...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Lovely!
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    One of the nicest Holga photos that I've ever seen.
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    Re: 2 Questions re Location Portraiture

    The subjects in this project would be better served by digital photography if the photographer is quite adept with that technology.
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    Re: Edward Weston Remembered

    This might be a good time for the newer Weston fans to watch the 1948 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4aE2f07ON4&t=34s that was made with the cooperation of friends and family, and show Weston...
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    Re: delete/erase account?

    I haven't exposed any film, let alone large format, in over 10 years. However, to me this is a valuable forum for many other reasons.
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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    The first book I hand-bound was in 1947. The last was in the 1970s. The advice I gave in post #5 involved much newer technology.
  27. Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Increasing camera size also increases difficulties: http://robroy.dyndns.info/lawrence/mammoth.html
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    Salmo22: My last darkroom was smaller than yours, but had over 20 outlets. Sometimes most had something plugged into them, ready to use. The outlets and lights were all on one 20 amp GFCI breaker in...
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    Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    Deep-throat staplers are fine for throw-away folders, but not for any but mediocre photographs. The photographer Tin Can linked to in the first post provides good advice based on experience. If I was...
  30. Re: A foolish idea? Creating a positive transparency from a negative

    Normal negatives have far less contrast than prints. To make a positive that will look good when projected on a screen or displayed on a light box, high contrast film should be used for the positive....
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    Re: the "best" 5x7 Camera

    [QUOTE=John Earley;1595574]Although I would love a Canham or Chamonix I settled on a like new B&J Commercial View 5x7. It has a 21in bellows, full movements and under 8lbs. I added a lens board...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Me too!
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    Re: Wide angle lens hood?

    Efficient lens hoods were an important accessory in the days of uncoated lenses, but multi-coating has reduced, although sometimes not eliminated, the need for hoods. As suggested in post #3 above, a...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Deardoffuser -- Good bokeh and great model.
  35. Re: Why does the ground glass lack four corners?

    There's no mechanical vignetting if you look at the corners of the film gate through the lens and see no restriction of the aperture by the lens mount.
  36. Re: 8x10 Photography Compared to 4x5 Photography?

    In 1972 when I returned from years overseas where large cameras were impractical, 5x7 had an economic advantage over 4x5. Film was more expensive, but cameras and enlargers were not. Then, when the...
  37. Re: Scanner Options & Comparisons. Which to choose?

    Alan -- If you can get good scans at 2000 ppi negative scan from a flatbed scanner, that's not quite enough for a quality book printed at more than 200 dpi. However, you can make a large darkroom...
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    Re: Four Liter Jugs ?

    Chemicals stored in clear containers kept in a dark cabinet should last as long as in dark containers. This can save money, too.
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    Re: Lens protection / Covers

    Screw-in lens caps provide better protection than snap-in caps. Safety trumps convenience for expensive lenses.
  40. Re: Newbie Question - Should I develop film myself or send it to a lab?

    You can spend lots of money preparing to develop film efficiently, or improvise almost everything you need to produce the same quality LF negatives. Google "Edward Weston's darkroom" to see how a...
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