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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Well, at least it's better than using your teeth or claws, Vaughn. But not much better. Non-bending triple-jaw tinsnips (shears) were developed long ago, and aren't terribly expensive. But as far as...
  2. Re: Sequoia & Kings Canyon starting to issue wilderness permits

    Groveland is outside of Yosemite, not SEKI. It was already terribly affected by huge forest fires even before the virus issue. And Oakhurst (the lower end of Hwy 41, and not on 120) has always been...
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Don't try a saw if you're going to use typical plastic darkslide material. Use a thick steel straightedge and box or utility knife with a sharp blade just like Chauncey prescribed. Practice on some...
  4. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Well expressed, Michael, speaking from the film's own perspective. I think AA confused a lot of people in that respect in his how-to books, overcomplicated the concept. Any added filter decreases the...
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    Bingo! Although I had already been doing high-altitude LF color photography for about a decade, my first "school of hard knocks" experience with black and white film and contrast filters was in the...
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    Daniel - Barnbaums's habit of placing shadow values atop the barn roof is about as counterproductive advice as I can think of. Where do you go from there? You've already taken up nearly half your...
  7. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    I absolutely do get consistent totally predictable results, Michael, just as long as it's a quality control film like Kodak, Ilford, or Fuji. I can't speak for emulsions poured out of the Bubba Gump...
  8. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    All that fuss just to add yet another set of variables of uncoated filters and TTL meterings? How come I get entirely predictable results time after time, year after year, using different camera...
  9. Re: Zone VI Compensating Developer Timer footswitch issue

    Get a "wet location" footswitch if you can afford it. McMaster has a selection of these.
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    Re: Yosemite Renaissance 36

    I'll see how forest fire smoke is doing then. I'm quite sensitive to it. But I'd certainly love to see your work up close. My nephew lives just outside Mariposa. Hopefully, all the fallen tree damage...
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    Re: Stitching Panos in the Darkroom

    Leave stitching to Dr. Frankenstein. But it's been done clear back to glass plate days, when the only darkroom light source in existence was called window light. Vittoria Sella not only stitched wide...
  12. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    All my Pentax spotmeters are calibrated to not only match each other, but a tightly defined industry standard. I even have shades for them. The fact is, panchromatic films differ somewhat from one...
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    Re: Yosemite Renaissance 36

    Well, Oct is a long time to wait; but by then most folks will be vaccinated, and the ones that aren't are probably more interested in carbonated booze than carbon prints. Glad to see it happen, Jim....
  14. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    I use a lot of different contrast filters as well as different films, and seldom have a rude surprise. My personal filter factors work perfectly nearly all the time. The exception would be on those...
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    Do those long whiskers really grow just on the north side of your face, Vaughn?
  16. Re: Zone VI Compensating Developer Timer footswitch issue

    I bypassed the footswitch with a line switch. A type of footswitch which is far more reliable around wet areas is completely sealed & rubberized and long-term resistant to corrosion. But those are...
  17. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    I NEVER take a reading through a filter. That's voodoo because meters are not spectrally consistent in their sensitivity; nor are films. And even Fred Picker's tweaked spot meter had to be designed...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    Well, raccoons do have sensitive hands and fingers, as well as superb night vision. Maybe I should train one to develop sheet film. But I'm afraid they'd try washing snails in the pyro. Sure made a...
  19. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    TMY400 and TMX100 all formats from 35mm to 8x10. FP4 in LF sheets only. Acros in 120 only, cause that's all that's left. All PMK dev except TMX. Papers: MGWT, MGCT.
  20. Re: Schneider Symmar XL 150mm f5.6 VS Nikor SW 150 f8

    They ideally need center filters. Just depends on how you feel about falloff and if your film has enough latitude left to correct for it when printing, if needed. Color transparency film would be a...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    I have R23 insulation in the sink and film rooms, which makes my darkroom itself the quietest place to be on weekends. I have neighbors over the back fence whose whole point for existence seems to be...
  22. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    The problem with Tiffens is they have to be cleaned prior to almost every use. Due to the lack of coating, the glass attracts smudges like a magnet, much like the inside of a car windshield above...
  23. Re: Wet Print Evaluation Issues - Age Related? Help!

    Solux are nice but awfully warm, color-temp wise. Ideally, one would match the print to the actual display lighting anticipated. But since that is generally out of our hands, if the print sells, I...
  24. Re: Wet Print Evaluation Issues - Age Related? Help!

    I put a light neutral gray backdrop panel behind my sink where the toner tray typically goes. The overhead bulbs are angled toward it, to bounce the light onto the tray. I have decent halogens, but...
  25. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Nothing but real glass filters would survive where I go. And a good multicoating is important for resisting condensation and other forms of smudging. Flare is less an issue in compendium-shaded view...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Looks like insufficient fixing to me, when the edge or corner of a print rises and is not fully immersed long enough. Otherwise, ditto what Doremus said. But I always use TF4 fixer one shot, which...
  27. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    An excellent "strap wrench" for seized filters in the field is simply a length of plastic Zip Tie. Useful to have in any pack for all kinds of unexpected repairs too, especially snowshoes.
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    I've seen a converted military amphibious vehicle. That should get you around, and would be less intimidating than driving a tank. But you'll need a fuel truck to follow you. ... Recycled USPS vans...
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    I have a compact set of lenses for long distance treks or airline carry-on 4x5 usage standardized to 52mm filters with step ring adapters, and a 67mm set for sake of 8x10 lenses (often used on my 4x5...
  30. Re: Switching lenses. Any disadvantage with downsizing the filter thread size?

    I don't know what you expect to achieve optically by such a switch. Fuji's own 150W and NW/ 5.6 was petite and took 55mm filters. Perhaps you have the later Fuji CMW with the illogical oversized...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    Nothing can ever go wrong. I had a friend who depended on an old motorcycle for getting around. Some engine screws were wearing out, so he went to a nearby hardware store and bought some. They...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    Steve - Good versus Better versus Ordinary translates into Junk, Junkier, and Worthless. Go to a specialty supplier who has a pro clientele instead. I happened to work for a company that had about...
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    Re: Teeny, tiny wood screws

    I use McMaster whenever possible because you get the product quality being specified. Fasteners made in China, sold the majority of places, are sheer junk and tend to snap or strip easily. The same...
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    Re: Help Request : Film Choice

    I too would recommend FP4 as an excellent middle-of-the-road learning film. But it's versatile enough that you might decide to stick with it for the long run. Lots of developers work well; my...
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    Re: face mounted acrylic vendor?

    One important issue which hasn't been addressed yet - is a color print in mind? If so, via what medium? Inkjet prints slowly outgas the glycol present in the inks; and unless this has completely...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    Efficient? Not by any HVAC standard by which things are conventionally classified. Useful perhaps under limited conditions, yes, as you have demonstrated, but not realistic under most darkroom...
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    Re: face mounted acrylic vendor?

    Jim, one definition of face mounting means permanently bonding it to the inside surface of the acrylic sheet atop via a thin transparent adhesive bonding layer. It's going to bow toward heat and...
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    Re: Log live 8x10 Large format

    "We have nothing to fear but film itself." FDR
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    Re: Chemical storage question

    I only trust real glass and dedicated lab caps when it comes to mixed developers. If you want to determine compatibility between various SPECIFIC plastics and chemical solutions, just go to a lab...
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    Re: Darkroom Venting

    Bingo. Thanks. Nothing remotely related to true 250 extraction, but evidently useful for simpler applications. I had something similar exchanging air in a makeshift film drying cabinet, with nothing...
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