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  1. Re: Insight Requested on ULF Studio Camera Project

    Hi Leo,
    Since you want to make Ambrotype portraits with your camera, I would recommend that you think about increasing the amount of lighting for that purpose. I use 4800 watt seconds for my...
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    Re: November 2019 Portraits

    Thanks! The aperture was f11.5.
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    November 2019 Portraits

    Studio portrait of Anastasia. Wisner 4x5 Technical Field Camera, 240mm f5.6 Schneider lens, Ilford HP5+ film, Pyrocat M developer.
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    Re: In Memory of Bruce Barlow

    I am so sorry to learn of Bruce's passing. I used the Fred Picker video on printing for many years with my photography students, Bruce was the gracious host who gently held everything together in the...
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    Re: Dark Clouds on Negative Development

    You should be washing your film after the Fixer Remover step, did you leave it off the list of the processing steps accidentally or are you doing this? Are you processing one sheet at a time?
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    Re: Beginning Wet Plate (part 1)

    I strongly urge you to buy the wet-plate manuals by Osterman & Scully, John Coffer and Quinn Jacobson, they all have useful information that will guid you through the process. Coffer's manual comes...
  7. Re: 2018/2019 8X10/11X14 Print Exchange begins today

    Received my box of prints yesterday, thanks to all the participants!

  8. Re: Dektol dilution recommendation for overexposed negs? (16x20 prints)

    Based on your description of how you exposed your negative using an orange filter, f45 and a 10 second exposure, I think you may have grossly over exposed the negative. I think the correct exposure...
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    Re: When Good Pyrocat goes Bad

    I have never had a failure with Pyrocat, but I use the Pyrocat M version and mix the A and B solutions from scratch myself using distilled water and storing the solutions in wine bottles with air...
  10. Re: My Journey To 16x20 TinTypes: Step 2 - Plate Holders

    Are you sure your lens will cover the 16x20 format?
  11. Re: Kodak XTOL Replenished - Small Tanks - Ilford FP4

    Xtol instructions suggest agitation every 30 seconds, and that would be my first recommendation to increase contrast. If this change is not sufficient, I would also increase the time by a minute or...
  12. Re: 2018/2019 8X10/11X14 Print Exchange begins today

    Hi Randy,
    I'm in on the print exchange.

    Gary Samson
  13. Re: Single sheet tray processing (8x10") with PMK


    Do you have the book on PMK Pyro by Gordon Hutchins? Mr. Hutchings has a specific procedure for processing single negatives in a tray with PMK Pyro that works very well. If you are serious...
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    Re: ULF Tipping Point

    Do you have any experience making wet-plate images, if not, there will be a steep learning curve to pour, expose and develop a plate of this size. If you are planning to make 11x14 inch head shot...
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    Re: 5x7 matt for a 4x5 print

    I would suggest at least an 8x10 inch mat for 4x5 inch images.
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    Re: How much stock solution do you mix?

    I use 1.5 liter glass wine bottles with stoppers that allow you to create a vacuum after use. This has been a very successful way for me to keep Pyrocat M for months after mixing. I have never had...
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    Re: Uneven Development

    Can you describe how the film was developed, tray, tank or deep tank with hangers?
  18. Re: ABC Pyro versus PyroCat HD for contact printing

    As a start, I think your Pyrocat negatives are over developed in the Jobo and also possibly over exposed. I would suggest running another test and reducing your development time.
  19. Large Format Nude Portrait show at the Vermont Center for Photography

    My show, Unburdened Beauty: A Decade of Nude Portraits, opens at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, Vermont on Labor Day weekend, and the reception is on Friday, September 2 from 5:30...
  20. Re: Uneven development of FP4 in XTOL in JOBO 3010

    In terms of rotation speed, I recommend that you use the highest rotation speed for the first 30 seconds of each processing step and then reduce the setting to the F setting. I would also eliminate...
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    Re: PhotoPlus Expo 2015

    I will be attending on Friday afternoon with twenty five photography students from New Hampshire.
  22. Re: Wisner, Zone VI. Or Shen Hao? Field camera help?!

    I have owned a Wisner 4x5 Technical View Camera since 1991 and exposed thousands of sheets of film with it. It has never been repaired or serviced in any way. I have used 47mm through 240mm lenses...
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    Re: Scanning ULF Prints for Web

    Hi Will,
    If you have two lights and can control the ambient light in the room, set the lights to a 45 degree angle to the artwork and adjust for even illumination. You should have polarizing filters...
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    Re: Silver nitrate contamination?

    Have you tried shooting outside on a clear day? My exposures on a clear day on the north side of a building in shade run about 5 seconds with a f3.5 Petzval lens. I'm using the same collodion from...
  25. Thread: Nude

    by Gary Samson

    Re: Nude

    Ray, this is an exquisite image!
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    Re: is there a way to get grain in 4x5?

    I think Ilford HP5+ in Rodinal diluted 1:100 is your best bet.
  27. Re: Advanced daylight tank for sheet film - survey

    I would be very interested in this tank for myself and for the college I teach for. How about a Kickstarter project to make this a reality?
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    Re: E6 and expert drums-why curled film?

    I would suggest washing the film outside of the tank and you could dry the film in stainless steel hangers.
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    Re: Ideas as to what happened???

    Are you certain the negative is completely fixed?
  30. Re: Using Rockland Tintypes Indoors with Strobes

    I don't know if this will help, but I made a wet-plate portrait tintype in the studio with a 1000 watt second Ultra Zap in a beauty dish about 30 inches from the subject and it took four full power...
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    George Tice lecture in New Hampshire

    George Tice will give a lecture at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 PM. George will discuss his life in photography followed by a book signing. For tickets online:...
  32. Re: Orientation of fresnal screen on Sinar camera

    Thanks to all of you for your quick response on the Fresnel lens placement and correct spelling!

  33. Orientation of fresnal screen on Sinar camera

    I just bought a Sinar F1 and I want to know if the fresnal lens should be placed closest to the lens. This is how it is oriented at the moment. Thanks for your help with this.

  34. Re: Wanted - 16 photographers for the 2013 Folio Exchange

    18 prints is fine with me too.
  35. Re: Need a new compact film developer while on the road

    I would also recommend Pyrocat and pipettes for your road trip. HP 5+ and Pyrocat are a great combination and although I like Rodinal for some films it will produce quite a bit of grain with HP 5+.
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    Re: December portraits

    A portrait of Carrie from a recent studio session. The 4x5 HP5+ negative was contact printed onto hand coated palladium paper and developed in potassium oxalate.
  37. Re: Developer times for ilford FP4 4x5 film

    What E. I. Did you use? Are you making silver prints, scanning or working with a 19th century handmade process?
    Alll of these issues will affect the recommendations that forum members will make...
  38. Re: Where to buy raw chemicals - For Pyrocat HD

    Artcraft in NY.
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    Re: Ilford Warmtone Paper and selenium toning

    You might want to consider using Ansco 130 paper developer with the Ilford Warmtone paper. In combination with selenium toner, a really beautiful print color is produced.
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    Re: Unevenness with 4x5 in Jobo 2553

    When you first pour the developer into the lift set the motor speed to the highest rpm setting. After the first 30 seconds of development reduce the rotation speed to the slowest setting. I...
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