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    Re: Grey, Green, and Black & White

    Doremus, Thanks so much, exactly what I needed! I had already played a little in PS just to see the effect of dodging and burning, but those are always more difficult to do in the analog world...
  2. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    I think the question originally posed combines at least two issues: first the argument that arose simultaneously with the invention of photography, "is photography an art or a craft?" and secondly,...
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    Grey, Green, and Black & White

    This is a question about the use of color filters for B&W photography. I have a scene consisting of graffiti on a grey concrete bridge abutment surrounded by greenery. I have made a photograph...
  4. Thread: Hello!

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    Re: Hello!

    I would guess that 99% of us develop our B&W 4x5 at home, and there is no downside, especially if you are used to developing other formats. I have a darkroom, so I tray develop, which I find easy...
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    Re: Hello!

    Two thoughts on equipment: your list is very good, but while you will ultimate end up with at least the two lenses you mention, I would save money at the front end and just get the 150mm, which for...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Pedro, that portrait simply gets a "wow!" Dramatic lighting combined with an appealing expression from your subject.
  7. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    If you look at the camera as a tool, you need to decide which is the better tool for what you want to do. The 35mm will clearly be easier to carry around, and is the better camera for moving...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Without getting into recommendations for specific cameras, I second the above concerns. While I love 4x5 for a variety of reasons, for long hikes the logistics become problematic. Aside from the bulk...
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    Re: Hello from San Antonio

    Will, tell us something about your photography background and whether you own any large format equipment. You have some wonderful subject matter available in the chain of Spanish Missions in San...
  10. Thread: Portland

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    Re: Portland

    Same thing for me. Can you summarize the issue?
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    And two more images, this time related because they are both from [closed] playground equipment.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871663932_26117ede86_z.jpgCovidMiltonSchoolSpiral by Peter...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    An ongoing (unfortunately!) series of closures in NJ due to Covid-19. I have been photographing parks and playgrounds near home which the police have sealed off to avoid crowding (i.e. violations of...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    There are no rules. Your ground glass has a grid. Just use the vertical and horizontal lines to get the image the way you want it to look. I was being extremely pedantic with my comment about the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Alan, technically they look fine, with nice textures and cloud detail in the sky, so your metering was accurate (as was development, but I think you sent these out for processing). In the third...
  15. Re: Merering: Spot Metering, Reflective, Gray Card, Average

    Having just shot some still lifes and made a contact sheet and some work prints, my experience says “bracket.” While I have my film speed and development pretty well zeroed-in outdoors, indoors both...
  16. Re: Picking up my second LF camera in the Washington, DC suburbs

    Mike, Dugan answered your lens board question. There are a number of “what lens” threads in the lens sub-forum. When I bought my first 4x5 about 50 years ago, the now-defunct Olden Camera recommended...
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    Re: Fred Picker

    I took his workshop in 1984, and Bruce Barlow was at the same workshop. My strongest memory was the lesson he drilled into us, that if we had a question about something, try it! That was consistent...
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    Re: Self Portraits

    Marc Morel, I really like your portrait. Technically your lighting is excellent, and the bird makes the portrait a stand-out.

    And, based on your location, I guess in Australia you see the image...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Thanks, Igor. Will consider crops before making a final print. This image is already cropped a bit on the left from the full 4x5 negative, the bag bellows I need for displacements with my 80mm...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    There is a short story attached to this, and probably a universal truth about photography. I posted a similar image in this thread, #112. In that image, taken handheld with my Rollei 6006, I was...
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    Re: Hello from South Korea

    Welcome! I like the image you posted and look forward to seeing many more. Your English is excellent, had you not commented at the end, I would have assumed English to be your native language.
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    RGB: Great photo for the quarantine thread since it made me laugh, something we need right now! And having two cats myself, I know the look!
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Agree completely. I was hand-holding the Rollei, and concentrating on keeping the flag pole vertical and the framing with the tree, I didn't even realize the car was there until I developed the film...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Flags throughout NJ are flying at 1/2 mast due to the deaths from Corona Virus. I stopped the car coming back from delivering food to my 91-yr-old mother-in-law to take this image. After the fact I...
  25. Re: scanning 4x5 negatives in printfile sleeves

    I frequently make "contact sheets" of newly-developed 4x5 negatives in the PrintFile sleeves, with no extra equipment (on an old Epson 4990). As posted above, just lay the PrintFile sheet (upside...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    An iPhone snapshot that I'm using as a "study," hope to turn it into a real film image with my 4x5 when there is sufficient window light on our dining room table. Working title is "Religion in the...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Ken, I believe that Time in New England has been reversed! That is my bad attempt to make a joke, but it is really a compliment, your image reminds me of Paul Strand's work, and that is good company...
  28. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    At a time when almost all of us, and from what I read much of the world, is locked down with "stay in place" orders, staying in place with a nude model seems a wonderful way to make what are called...
  29. Re: Disinfecting Film, Cameras and other Photographic Equipment from Viruses

    FWIW, I received a shipment of darkroom chemicals and paper from B&H last Friday. I opened the cardboard shipping packages on the doorstep, left the cartons to “age,” and washed my hands. I’ve left...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Tuco, 6x6, Alan, Philip: Thanks for your comments.
    Tuco: Thanks for the PhotoShop/scanning suggestions, these seemed close enough without adjusting for posting, if I make real darkroom prints...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Almost wanted to start a new thread, but these are all medium format, taken with my Rollei 6006 and 80mm lens, HP5+ developed in Pyrocat. Straight scans from 8x10 work prints, no manipulations...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    M.Apffel, Thank you for response. To clarify, my question was meant to relate to LF photography, since many of the European restrictions are being implemented here, sometimes with a time delay. So I...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    M. Apffel, your pictures are wonderful! Are you permitted to go out and take pictures if you are alone and not near other people?
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    I can’t resist a question for those keeping extensive notes for each exposure: what do you use them for? For myself, the only thing I do is use post-it stickies to mark the rare sheets or holders...
  35. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Since this is becoming a lengthier discussion, I prefer the versions with some sky showing, and not too burned in either. As Vaughn posted, that is where the illumination comes from, so for me it...
  36. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    May I add a very late, possibly naive, question? I have enjoyed LF photography for close to 50 years, because I enjoy the thinking and precision afforded by a tripod and 4x5 movements, and in the...
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    My concern with this thread, now that it has reached 7 pages primarily motivated by one seller's desire to have rules more amenable to his sales, is that it may be taking up too much of the...
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    Re: A question on FS rule enforcement

    I disagree completely. It is the information threads, and especially the image threads, that keep it vibrant. The "For Sale" is a nice extra but nothing more. The people who seem to get most upset...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Steven, I really like them both very much. The tree image, while still taken at the Grand Canyon, is much more intimate than your usual sweeping vistas, it is well seen, and as if any proof was...
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    Re: Question on New-to-4X5 Schooling

    I would try the book exercises, but without film, and without buying anything new. Simply use objects you already own, and try to replicate some of the book exercises. There is no need to take actual...
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