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

    John, You do a wonderful job with chrome and shiny metal on all of your motorcycle engines! Any hints for the rest of us, or is it “simply” being spot on with your exposures and development?
  2. Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Ken, Drew, JMO, and everyone who responded: Thanks, and success! I have installed Photoshop Elements 2021 on my Mac (which solves the 64-bit issue) and VueScan which solves my Epson 4990 Photo...
  3. Re: How do you see and appreciate a large format Portrait?

    I probably see actual prints primarily in museum or gallery shows. I don’t pay much attention to the format, since what gets my attention is the expression on the subject’s face. By that I mean a...
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    Re: Fences & Stone Walls - Post yours !

    Dennis, I really like your fence shot, the white crosses really “pop,” you got the lighting just right. Of course, every time I see an image like this (or make one myself) I think of Paul Strand’s...
  5. Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Afraid I'm back again. Having spoken with Epson, it seems that I did successfully download their "ICA Scanner Driver v5.8.9 for Image Capture" which (a) they say is Apple software, not Epson's, and...
  6. Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Unfortunately it is not in downloads (all that I have in downloads is the .dmg file which is what I opened to get the installer, etc.) and nowhere else either (I searched for "Epson"). The good news...
  7. Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Greg, Drew, thanks for responding. Unfortunately the supposedly downloaded and installed new software is not in any Epson applications folder, all the programs under Epson show "last updated x/2007"...
  8. Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    I've upgraded my Mac OS to Catalina 10.15.7 from the older 32-bit system, and just tried to download the 64-bit driver for my old but functional 4990 scanner. The download and installation seemed to...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    For Alan Klein: Beautiful image, I'm glad to see that you have become familiar with using your Chamonix! Definitely an image to hang on your wall!
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    Re: Heathkit Darkroom timer revealed glory!

    I’m sure I am stating the obvious, but why don’t you re-mark the dials with times adjusted for the 20% difference, so 1 minute would be 1:12 etc. what you need for printing is consistency, not timing...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    I think my response was driven in part by the OP's request for a [single] go-to lens. I actually have, for my 4x5, 80, 120, 150, 180, 210, and 300mm lenses, and use them as seems appropriate for the...
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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Canham DLC^2 4x5, Rodenstock 150 lens. You have to understand that all view cameras are compromises between weight, rigidity, precision, flexibility in lens choice, and ease of set-up. The Canham...
  13. Re: Linhof MT vs. Technikardan 45s for urban landscapes and architecture

    Bob will give a more complete response, but the built-in rangefinder on the classic is similar to your Leica (I.e. two windows and a split image) and the camera has a cam to bring the images together...
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    Re: Donald Ross Photography

    Wonderful book! I have to look at it again, there are images which remind me of the work of a number of your father's contemporaries, some of whom probably influenced him, and perhaps some influenced...
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    Re: Heliar Picture Post

    Clickma: I have concluded that as long as a portrait is basically competent (and yours is much more than competent, your lighting and posing is excellent) what really makes or breaks a portrait is...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    Vaughn, I thought that what I wrote was very similar to what you posted in #5, only in my words. Where are we differing?
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    Re: Nice photo auction / show at Swanns

    This auction makes me miss the annual AIPAD show in NYC which made many of the same images accessible (and purchasable if you had the funds) to the public. Unfortunately that is gone until Covid is...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    If we back up from having fun with grammar and Deloreans, I think that most of us "visualize" simply from experience. The majority of us spot meter scenes, place high or low values, and know that if...
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    Re: October Portraits

    Deardorffuser, what I love about your images 9 and 21 is not your technical competence, which is obvious in all your work, but the ease and natural expression in your subjects, the mother and...
  20. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Came to this thread late, but it seems to concentrate on Avedon's American West and similarly minimalist portraits. But he was a fashion photographer for much of his career (rather like Annie...
  21. Re: Deana Lawson Awarded The Hugo Boss Prize 2020

    You can find a lot of her images by searching with Google, surprisingly she doesn't seem to have a website (unless I missed it). The relevant NYTimes quote is " 'Her contribution to the medium and...
  22. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    I dry mount onto 2-ply museum board, and cut mats from 4-ply museum board, leaving about a 1/4" around 3 sides, and a 1/2" at the bottom to allow for a signature and title in pencil on the 2-ply...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Paul, your #6551 is a standout, I can stare at it for quite a while. I love images where I have to try and work out either what is going on, or how it was done, and your combination of what I think...
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    Re: how to cut film in the dark?

    An old rotatrim rotary cutter. I simply measured from the cutting edge and put down a strip of masking tape as a guide. In the dark it is easy to position the film (or printing paper) by putting the...
  25. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    The Catlabs darkroom timer looks very much like a modern copy of the ZoneVI compensating timer, one of which has lived in my darkroom for something like 40 years. The ZoneVI is a count-up timer, and...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Hope this is not political, I don’t think it is (unless possibly you live in CA). Big article in NYTimes on whether insurance companies have to continue insuring homes in fire zones. One side of...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I would keep it just as it is, I like photographs that make you look twice, and maybe think about them more. As I said, IMHO it is a very nice image.
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Matt, that is a very nice image, and it brings back memories of the years I lived in London. Is it the very wide lens and perspective corrections that make the Palace appear 2-dimensional? It made me...
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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...
  30. 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...
  32. Thread: Hello!

    by Peter Lewin
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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...
  33. Thread: Hello!

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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.
  35. 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...
  38. 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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