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  1. Re: Interesting Alternative to a Tripod, Especially for Rough Ground

    Rough ground use????? You'd never even get that thing onto rough ground. It's for studios and sidewalks. But I have set up actual tripods many many times in truly rough terrain. Apparently there's...
  2. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    That's not southern California, Benjamin, but mid-coast. No palm trees or warm beaches, but characteristically mostly cliffs and tide pools, and a lot of fog. Big difference both scenically and...
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    Re: How is Large Digital C-prints made?

    koraks. I used to specialize in distributing product lines from the EU, especially Germany. It is a radically different ballgame at the moment, and this is unquestionably due to pandemic issues....
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    Re: kodak Tmax RS developer formula

    I only used TMax RS for developing very nitpicky precisely matched color separation 8X10 TMax100 sheet film negatives. So before trusting that bottle, I'd have to do a critical test and check it with...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    81A and KR 1.5 are similar. If I'm trying to remove a bit of excess overall blue, I'll use the 81A, if cyan instead, the KR1.5. Since Ektar mainly suffers from a shift toward cyan, I'm more apt to...
  6. Re: “Vivian Maier: In Color” Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark, through May 8

    Oh my. A bit of medium misfit. Or maybe just so little of her color work survived that this is a misrepresentation, and a blatantly faded and discolored one. But I know someone who worships her...
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    Re: kodak Tmax RS developer formula

    Hmmm.... thanks for the link. But on John's site, I also stumbled onto a link to the background story behind, Yosemite and Range of Light, my very favorite AA book. I'll try to watch the whole flick...
  8. Re: Weather-related Resources---Post Your Favorites!

    Well, today my nose and eyes completely agree with both the satellite wind direction forecast and projected air quality shift. I started smelling a bit of smoke last night, have sneezed a few times,...
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    Re: How is Large Digital C-prints made?

    Bernice - that's not why I having trouble with Fuji paper. It is manufactured in large quantities. But distribution itself is not even for one thing, and any kind of shipping and warehousing is...
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    Re: kodak Tmax RS developer formula

    I still have an unopened bottle of concentrate of the original RS. Wonder if it's still any good. For those relatively few lab applications I actually needed that, I simply settled on a tweak of...
  11. Poll: Re: Seeking 4x5 Lens Advice - Which Lens To Keep - Fujinon Or Nikkor 150mm 5.6

    Well, back when a full selection of both was in stock in the local pro store, there were serious experienced salespeople too, who swore by Fuji above any other brand of similar lenses - whether...
  12. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    Salt versus Pepper. Most of what I learned about Dorothea was from extended family members. But in terms of sheer in-your-face tenacity, Dorothea could be more like pepper spray. Just let her get the...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Scott - Among folders, I've always coveted the Canham 5X7 wooden folder; I regard it as the "sweet point" in his whole camera design lineup. But when I finally got around to acquiring a folder to...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Daniel, the fact you had to order a bellows for it tells us that you did not really get a complete camera for $250. Glad you did find a bargain, but you'd have to give the full sum involved in any...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Well, I haven't personally encountered anything resembling a clean Norma as low as $250. Anything that "too good to be true" would probably have issues like leaky bellows. If one already has another...
  16. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    Dark creepy nights in Yosemite ... Nope, not that one. It was already authored by Kerie Stayner. Don't need any repeats of that one. That was definitely one mind sunk down in Zone 0. The real Bates...
  17. Re: Recommending Mary Alinder's Ansel biography

    I've read it. She had somewhat of an inside track, so, second to his official autobiography itself, which she was also involved with, it's a good choice.
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    Sharktooth - Sinars are still and probably will be the easiest to repair, simply because you can get a used version so cheaply and easily these days, that cannibalizing parts is easy. A person can...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    I find Sharktooth's reasoning untenable. My first LF camera was a Sinar and I never regretted it. You were purchasing into a whole system of options which was extraordinarily versatile. Even major...
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    Re: Strange Experience in Monument Valley

    It's probable that with a pre-arranged official tribal guide you could use your large format gear, tripod n' all. Covid circumstances might temporarily alter that option, and perhaps they are having...
  21. Re: Weather-related Resources---Post Your Favorites!

    Satellite views of forecast smoke direction are now routine on our regular evening TV news networks. Sad it has come to that; but it's a whole new era, one in which climate and forest fire disasters...
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    Re: Sinar F2 Vs Sinar Norma (4x5)

    A couple of random comments. All my Norma levels are in fine shape. I never pay attention to them, even in architectural shots. Subject planes are aligned visually in relation to the ground glass...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Well, it really depends how far you wish to fine-tune any print medium. I've proven to myself and at least certain skeptics who have actually seen my work, that even RA4 chromogenic prints can be...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    Just go to any decent art store and look at the selection of pigments available. You've got oil colors, acrylics, pastels, crayons, dye markers, tempera colors, on and on - many types, each with its...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Porter was independently wealthy. He had nothing to prove in that respect. Many of his Maine pictures, for example, were taken on the substantial family estate. He became quite a bird watcher, and...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    Just try cooling the image tone of the Bergger Neutral Tone with something like GP-1 gold toner afterwards. Or another tweak you could try is substituting benzotriazole for KBr as the restrainer in...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Mark - all the re-issues are conspicuously inferior to the printing quality of the original edition. It would be prohibitively expensive to make books like that again. An enormous amount of hand...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    DT was the most malleable printing process ever invented, so could begin with all kinds of originals : color neg, color transparency of any type, or tricolor in-camera separations onto black and...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Well, DT printers can be a catty lot, and some have sneered at Porter's own abilities as a printer. He mostly used an assistant, and much of his equipment was at first home-made. Porter got into DT...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    I know the inside story of our big local labs quite well, not only because the owners were friends, but because I was a supplier to their facilities and maintenance needs. One of them was highly...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    In Wildness put him on the map with the general public, though he had already made his mark with Stieglitz. Another "keeper" book on my shelves, the original version with glossy pages. Current...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Our family didn't have a lot of money, and my older brother was only the 8th person in history to survive open heart surgery, and was hospitalized for an entire year afterwards. Now they do that kind...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    Bernice, the mostly highly equipped SF color lab was hardly known to the public, bigger than New Lab, and mainly worked for just a handful of big overseas corporate clients, and mostly from 8x10...
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    Re: Color of Ansco/PF 130

    1:1 is awfully strong. Doing 1:3 will give you better control due to longer time. Premature "pull processing" works poorly with most current silver papers, especially VC. Muddy results. It's not a...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    If you want the real Ciba look, use Fujiflex Supergloss media, itself polyester rather than RC paper based. And some color negs will need a supplemental contrast-increase mask to boost the contrast...
  36. Re: Temporary EQ mess east side Sierra Hwy 395

    Not long ago, I was working on an evening/morning diptych of a giant swirly cliff way up in Convict Canyon, with the two shots taken on different trips. Giant Sevehah (sp?) Cliff right above Convict...
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    Re: Reasons for using reversal film?

    Chromogenic RA4 printing directly from color negatives is actually one of the easiest and most straightforward forms of printing there is in terms of the mechanics of it. And it can be more...
  38. Re: Temporary EQ mess east side Sierra Hwy 395

    I'll waiting for a window when it's not so hot, and when smoke isn't around. That's going to take some luck this summer. There's a big fire right now just south of Lk Tahoe. Hiking-wise, I prefer...
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    Re: A large-format laugh from Matt Marrash

    Well, at least it isn't power equipment like I used to distribute. I've seen some do-it-yourself flicks that looked like a recipe for suicide, electrocution, or amputation. But having a camera tip...
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    Re: A large-format laugh from Matt Marrash

    I've seen a number of allegedly serious web flicks even more fumbling and incompetent in portions.
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