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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Alan,

    Don't confuse tilt/swing for purposes of optimizing the position of the plane of sharp focus with positioning the back for rendering parallel vertical or horizontal lines in the scene...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Alan,

    It seems you're making a fundamental conceptual error here (from what I gather, at least).

    Swings revolve around a vertical axis, not a horizontal one. The green line in your...
  3. Re: 2 sheets of film in the same holder?

    I don't know about your holders, but mine (all of them, Riteway, Lisco, Fidelity, old wooden Graphic holders, etc.) won't accommodate two sheets of film on one side; they just don't fit under the...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    This is the correct thing to do if you want to keep parallel verticals in the scene parallel on the film. Pointing the camera down with the pan/tilt head on your tripod would result in keystoning,...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Who made that a rule? That only applies if you want the plane of sharp focus to fall on the face of the building you are photographing.

    Keeping the front and rear standards parallel and plumb...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Maybe not necessary, but in a situation with a lot of foreground in front of the building one is photographing, a bit of front tilt can help with focus spread and enable the use of a more optimum...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Simple Alan, see my earlier post. The camera back has to be parallel with the plane of the face of the building if you want the verticals in the wall parallel. Period.

    Any futzing for...
  8. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    They did roughly the same things, they just didn't have plastic :)

    Cairns, cloth, broken branches, memorizing landmarks, etc. Not so much different, just biodegradable.

    Doremus
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    Thanks!

    As far as "perspective" is concerned: it's cleared up for me, but there are those who haven't seen that older thread and those who participated in the thread that never really accepted the...
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    Re: Importance of back movements

    I look at all these movements in a different way.

    Two things really matter in image management: 1. The position of the back in relation to the subject and 2. The relative positions of lensboard to...
  11. Re: Not understanding Toyo Base Tilt Front and Rear

    The tilt specs are somewhat confusing.

    The problem with the specifications is that they often don't take into account that the bellows get in the way (especially the specs for the base tilts).
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  12. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Vaughn,

    I'm a pretty experienced outdoorsman, and I've flagged trails to find my way back out numerous times. Especially in the forest where things all look similar and I'd rather concentrate on...
  13. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    The used tones produces a fine black precipitate, a silver compound of some sort most likely. Since I transfer prints directly from the second fix to the toner, they still have fixed-out silver...
  14. Re: Darkroom print and data filing system

    My system:

    I keep exposure notes in a small notebook. Each set-up gets a separate sheet with information about exposure, place, working title, filtration, development chosen (ZS) and notes about...
  15. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    I use both these papers and have no problem getting a tonal shift with KRST. A stronger dilution will likely get you some results, but don't jump to 1+3 from 1+20... Maybe try something in between....
  16. Re: LF hikers, do you remove plastic tree ribbons?

    Well, in days past I regularly carried a roll of flagging tape (that's what we called it, not "ribbon") with me to mark my trail into the woods so I could easily find my way out after dark. I...
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    Re: Index Tabs to your film holders

    I use notches too, but in a Roman-numeral system: small half-round notch = 1, "V"-shaped notch = 5, square notch = 10, thin slot = 50, etc.

    However, the index tabs look pretty trick; I might have...
  18. Re: Avoiding purple tones with selenium...

    If your paper tones too quickly, use a weaker dilution. In my experience, dilution does not affect the final image tone, however; it just takes longer to reach with a weaker dilution. Still, using...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    I test my shutters regularly (at f/22, which is close to my normal shooting aperture), average the results and note that average to the nearest 1/3 stop. The times get printed on a label, which gets...
  20. Re: Wista 45VX stiff focusing knobs and back swing

    I don't know your model camera, but, certainly, you should be able to focus easily with one hand. On my wooden Wista cameras, the left-side "focus" knob is a focus lock. Are you sure you don't have...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Ouch!! I've done that once as well (only once, thank goodness...). Same scenario: packing up after a long hike in Death Valley, placed the tripod on the passenger's side of the rig, packed...
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    Re: Paper cutting preferences

    Rototrim for me too. I have two other trimmers sitting in storage and just use my 24" Rototrim for everything now. Once squared well, it is reliable, accurate and robust.



    Dave, I imagine a...
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    Re: Best dual axis bubble spirit?

    Late to the party here...

    I have installed/attached small bull's-eye bubble levels to all of my cameras. I set up the camera for a shot of a scene with vertical lines that are guaranteed plumb,...
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    Re: Dating your prints

    On the back of my prints (that is, on the mat board that it's dry-mounted to) is the following information:

    Photograph by Doremus Scudder
    Title: ..................
    Location: (usually just a...
  25. Re: 4x10 how does it work and what do I need

    I like the panorama format for many subjects as well, but I wouldn't want to be limited to it.

    So, how about 8x10 and just crop when you want that panorama? Then you could make an 8x10 print too,...
  26. Re: Yellow, Orange, Red Filter Factors?

    You're finding that filter factors are not nearly as "simple" as you may have believed.

    Manufacturers give you exposure factors that work under the controlled lighting, metering and exposure...
  27. Re: Dry Mounting Press / Change the Rubber carpet

    Replacement pads are available in most sizes from D&K and others. A quick Google search on "dry mount press replacement pad" should get you what you need.

    I see no reason why you shouldn't be...
  28. Poll: Re: Landscapers, please share wisdom about scouting

    I don't scout; I explore.

    I do find scenes that I return to time and again till I can get the image I want. When I was photographing in my erstwhile "home town" of Vienna, Austria, I'd make notes...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Yep, if those things are the ones you want to place at the extremes of your depth of field. Being exact, however, helps. I've got millimeter scales on all my cameras so I can not the exact...
  30. Re: landscape infintity focus: what aperture do you prefer or use?

    Good points all, Bernice.

    However, I'm still alive and kicking and making photographs with everything in them as sharp as I can possibly get them. I really believe that the eye needs to be able...
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    Re: Light leak

    It really looks like a light leak from the back to me. Check everything you can there; look for cracks, missing seals, and anything that would keep the holder from seating properly. And, do make...
  32. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    I have a bit different approach. Since I use different papers and tone to varying extents, one color recipe just wont work.

    I keep wells of the separate colors in a dimpled palette (looks kind of...
  33. Re: new member intro, and, lens purchase dilemna...

    I'm going to offer a contrary opinion here. I can't imagine having to lug around the larger f/4.5 - f/5.6 90mm lenses from any manufacturer. They are just to heavy and bulky for carrying into the...
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    Re: Editioning

    I don't do limited editions, but I do number my prints. I reserve the first few for "artist's proofs" and start my numbering after that. Each print of a size run gets numbered in sequence. In the...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    I, too, have a hard time seeing why the meter should not also be acceptably sharp if you focused on the numbers and shot at f/32. Depth of field should have been enough.

    So, I suspect there's...
  36. Re: Mystery Film Back for 5x4 Field Camera. Any ideas what it fits?

    Looks like the back from one of the Japanese wooden folding field cameras. It's similar to the Wista DX backs I have, but not the same. Maybe Tachihara or....?
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    +1

    You'll be needing to approximate a blue-sensitive emulsion. Try a Wratten #47 to start. You may have to use a gel filter; glass may be harder to find. Possibly Tiffen still offers them in...
  38. Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    No need to get testy... Let's try to keep these discussions civil in both tone and content. I certainly am. And, I'm looking back at your posts and trying to see what I'm failing to grasp. So,...
  39. Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Well, no again.

    Magnification functions independently of format as well. Getting 1:1 on 4x5 requires 2x the extension needed for focusing at infinity and the amount of light hitting the film is...
  40. Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Exactly Vaughn. I guess I was being a little vague. Composing the same scene on a smaller format automatically requires a shorter focal-length lens, hence more depth of field.

    The same thing...
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