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    Re: What film to use for first test shots

    I'm personally quite glad that I started out with high quality films instead, that I planned to stick with. Some of my very first b&w shots turned out to be "beginner's luck" classics which have been...
  2. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    The inability of Foma 200 to build linear contrast with extended development has never changed from its inception. I once heard Michael Smith say some unrepeatable expletives about it, for this...
  3. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    Ahhh .... contact prints. I seldom do them, but was looking at some of my past 8x10 contacts today, and getting mighty tempted to get back into it, at least when my color printing season winds down...
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    Re: Favorite ULF photographers

    Watkins was perhaps the most brilliant ever in that category, in terms of compositional skill - well ahead of his time. His competitor Muybridge also did some amazing things (so did his defense...
  5. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    The 200 product certainly doesn't accept boosted contrast "plus" development like true 200's such as Super-XX or even Bergger 200 did. That might not be a terrible limitation to typical...
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    Re: Images from my June 2022 Road Trip

    There's nothing like a sneaker wave to teach you to bring along a bottle of distilled water and clean soft microfiber cloths when planning an ocean shoot. Salt water is also terrible for leather...
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    Re: D2 lens cone question

    Hard to say. On my ole D2, the extended cone worked fine for even my preferred 180mm lens. But I no longer use that setup.
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    Re: 180mm Apo-Rodagon Enlarging Lens

    Used my regular 180/5.6 Rodagon yesterday. I like it for its very even illumination of 4x5 negs or chromes, and was my preferred lens for Ciba printing unless I needed more speed. My apo is the Apo...
  9. Re: Portrait & General purpose lens for 4x5? (Goerz vs Kodak)

    What specific camera are you using? Unless your 4X5 is built like a tank, how are you going to even fit and keep steady a 14 in lens in no.4 shutter on it? As for "harsh Karsh", all I was implying...
  10. Re: Portrait & General purpose lens for 4x5? (Goerz vs Kodak)

    Well, if you want that relatively "harsh Karsh" look, then an Artar or Commercial Ektar might be suitable, or any number of more modern lenses. Many portraitists prefer something less harsh like one...
  11. Re: Color Transparency film 18% gray card test (expanding on "be technical perfect ?"

    Color film is better than ever in terms of quality control, esp color neg film. I count on this fact all the time. And the current E100 chrome is better balanced than the majority of its...
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    Re: Large format at Jan. 6 hearing

    There's going to be plenty of flash powder on the 4th. I hear firecrackers every night, but have buzzed down the yard, and will spray water into my gutters and onto the trees on the afternoon of the...
  13. Re: what bright! LED bulbs are you using inside a softbox?

    Beware of anything too good to be true, price-wise, especially if color photography is involved. There are all kinds of LED and CFL options out there which are basically BS-labeled garbage. I don't...
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    Re: Giving Voice..

    I don't even like an obvious subject. Leave that kind of thing for advertising photography or a portrait commission. Fine in its place, but otherwise, the whole notion devolves into crass stereotypes.
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Any obsession with mere technique is a symptom you're uncomfortable with the process, or perhaps even with your own objectives. Sure, I'm constantly learning new things technique-wise, especially...
  16. Re: Planning Roadtrip for June in Middle/Western USA

    In the Southwest they say, Hi Ho Silver, Vaughn.
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    What is going on????? Whether it's a Franken-lens or not, I can't say; it certainly is a Franken-Ad listing. It's probable that the Seller is not familiar with lenses and doesn't understand the...
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    The posting has been corrected. It's now re-listed as f/9. If it had been f/3.5 it would be as big as a horse and not fit any kind of Shanel shutter. Probably an innocent typo.
    The "Claro" series...
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    Re: Repro Claron APO II (320mm)

    An old process lens somebody got mounted in a Shanel shutter. Don't know why it would realistically actually fetch a high price; but that's what some sellers are fishing for these days, realistic or...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    I can't get any of the images on that page up. But Mark C. printed things quite low key, slightly warmish on Kodak Polycontrast as I recall, so I wouldn't be surprised if there is in fact some...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Very few photographers or labs are even equipped to degree I am for making precise highly-detailed prints. Few photographers take the trouble to use precision 8x10 filmholders like I do. But I think...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Today's color neg films and RA4 chromogenic papers are way, way better than previous versions. The designation, "digital paper" with respect to RA4 basically means two things: 1) since green lasers...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    It's how one uses the "imperfections" to advantage, compositionally, that separates the men from the boys. In large format works, something in the scene is inevitably going to be out of focus; but...
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    Re: Light Impressions

    Upon inquiry, Archival Methods told me they make their own boxes in house, rather than subcontracting them. So even is a size is discontinued or odd, they can still make it. Of course, there would be...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Deep Blue - your issue looks like weak chemical activity. How long do you keep chem around after mixture? Do you replenish? Trays or drums. Wash time? Or else the paper itself could be on the old...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    If every shadow has to be full of detail, then Brett Weston was a horrible printer! I personally regard every image as potentially worthy of its own kind of treatment. One shoe size does NOT fit all.
  27. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    HP5 has somewhat of a longer more sweeping toe than FP4, so benefits from some overexposure if deep shadow gradation is needed. And while not being a true thick emulsion film, it is still thicker in...
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    Re: Some JOBO CPA questions

    I use a Jobo tempering bath for keeping my own color chemical bottles at correct temp. My own roller machine is separate, and much more seriously built than a Jobo. I change the water daily. These...
  29. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    ???? I haven't used any 4125 copy film for the past 30 yrs, and even then the box was old. Did you somehow manage to steal that from a touring King Tut tomb artifact exhibition, Vaughn? Or more...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    Fuji can be a bit cryptic with what they publish, and things have to be revised from time to time. But it appears that some of their Crystal Archive products have better display stability than Ciba;...
  31. Re: “Tripods for Bipods” (John Sexton new tech tip video)

    Different audience. Most of us already have our battle scars from learning things the hard way, and certainly plenty of scars and old war wounds on our tripods! A Ries isn't a Ries without some...
  32. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    It's really tricky to make full scale negs on Ortho Litho or Tech Pan. Yeah, achieving high contrast per se is super easy. But retaining detail in the upper highlights and deep shadows is a near...
  33. Re: Arista EDU and Foma 400 - Are you using them in spite of .... ??

    I put too much work into my shots to gamble with Foma/Arista films. Learned that lesson the hard way. For example, the alleged 200 speed product has the longest straight line, and least toe, of any...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    This thread sounds like hunting for another Ivory Billed Woodpecker in an endless swamp. One man's version of "perfection" is another man's nightmare. To each his own. Yeah, I'm known for really...
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    Re: RA-4/color darkroom printing in 2021

    One just has to iron out and optimize each step at a time. RA4 processing itself is fairly easy, but you still have to pay attention to reasonably fresh chemistry, learn how to assess the color...
  36. Re: “Tripods for Bipods” (John Sexton new tech tip video)

    Sounds like he's seen it all. I once stumbled onto him doing a workshop, and he privately expressed his exasperation with some of his students who showed up with absurdly expensive equipment, yet...
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    Re: John Sexton - Kenny Rogers

    There was an old View Camera Mag on this too. Celebrities get attention; but I wasn't otherwise impressed. He probably found some personal space or calm this way, just like all of us.

    Barry...
  38. Re: building a copy/digitizing stand out of Sinar parts

    I certainly hope some of you never apply for a job as a building inspector! I't so darn easy to seriously stabilize a stand that I can't figure out why that option is even being debated.
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    Maybe not a saying of Voltaire, but "vibration is the enemy of decent results". When in doubt, ALWAYS overbuild. And always solidly anchor any kind of column at BOTH ends. An efficient copystand...
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    Slot track systems aren't really all that precise, convenient, or stable unless you dramatically up the price to serious liner motion components and their own kind of gear options. If slightly large...
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