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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    That's exactly what it means. Development by inspection is something that a few darkroom wizards did back in the day, but the technique is not widely used anymore.

    Normally, film is developed in...
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    Re: Consistent black lines on negatives

    The wording of the question implies that this is 35mm.

    The fact that the line appears in the same place in every frame, and that it doesn't extend all the way across the image, suggests that it...
  3. Re: Advice for installing louvers and a fan for a darkroom shed?

    It's nearly impossible to seal a darkroom so tightly that dust-laden air can't inflitrate around doors, receptacles, plumbing penetrations, etc. So I think that the best approach is to use a...
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    Re: Christmas in the Big City

    Having lived there for a year, my experience is that gray skies are normal in Chicago - - -
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    Codes do change, sometimes for the better, and sometimes because less expensive methods and materials are available. But you can be sure that if the decision is theirs alone, contractors will always...
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    Re: Framing a darkroom against concrete wall

    When I built a darkroom in the corner of the basement in our former home (built to early 1950 codes), I was faced with this situation, but with the additional complication that there were major...
  7. Thread: Spotting

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    Re: Spotting

    Many years ago, I attended a workshop taught by David Vestal. The process he taught for spotting was to put a few drops of the appropriate mix of Spottone dyes on a palette (he used a porcelain...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    My first response is to ask why you raise this question? If you are seriously considering going out into a lightning storm with a camera and tripod, my answer would be 'Don't do it!'.

    But if...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I do like the picture, but I think your wife is right. But rather than the problem being that there are two subjects, I see the fence as a psychological barrier blocking the viewer's access to the...
  10. Re: Exposure, Light Leak or Darkroom Issues?

    You problem may be that as you are pulling the darkslide, you are also inadvertently and unknowingly lifting the holder away from the back of the camera. This allows light to get inside the camera...
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    Re: Banned email

    First, let me say that I understand the challenge that the administrators face. I used to be the administrator of a web site used by a professional society, and faced numerous problems with spurious...
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    Re: Missing exposure equation

    This formula will allow Excel to calculate an exposure compensation with whatever degree of precision you want. You can specify the precision either by formatting the cell in the spreadsheet, or by...
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    Re: Will a fire alarm light fog film?

    Two profound responses here:

    Drew Wiley: "Quite possibly. It doesn't take much. "

    Bob Salomon: "Take a sheet of film out of the box with that light covered. Put a quarter on the film and...
  14. Re: How Many Ways to Process ANY Film: List Them

    for Sheets:

    Open trays - shuffling sheets
    Open trays - with a 'slosher' insert
    Tanks
    Vertical tanks with nitrogen agitation
    Vertical tanks - stand processing
  15. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Yes - but only on line. There are no conventional 'toll booths' at the end of the bridge to accept payments.

    You must go on-line to a web site (bayareafastrak.org) to register the plate number of...
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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    Having visited NYC many times (and currently planning a trip for my son's birthday next month), I suggest going handheld. Sidewalks are just too crowded for tripods. Trying to use a tripod may...
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    Re: Omega D2 Questions

    It's been a while since I was in the market, but Midwest Photo Exchange used to be the 'go to' place for Omega enlarger parts.
  18. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Our son lived in Silicon Valley for a number of years, and that gave us a reason to visit the area regularly. Some additional suggestions and thoughts -

    South of San Francisco:

    Mission Carmel...
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    Re: Recycling Silver Gelatin Paper

    Many years ago, I met a photographer who had an interesting way of recycling old, out-of-date fiber based paper.

    He fixed it out, washed and dried it. Then, he dry-mounted fiber based prints to...
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    Re: John Muir Historic Site

    Rules about when photography with tripods is now allowed are subject to interpretation - this can be a good thing, and a bad thing depending on the mood of the person you ask.

    Years ago, I visited...
  21. Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    If nothing else, seriously outdated paper makes good lightweight mounting boards.
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    Re: Anyone use rainwater in the darkroom?

    I've never used rainwater directly, but I have used water collected from a dehumidifier. Both rainwater and dehumidifier water are essentially distilled water (ie, water that was converted to the...
  23. Thread: Rinsing

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    Re: Rinsing

    I have seen a plain water rinse step inserted in place of a stop bath in film developing, but I have never seen anyone rinse between steps. I have seen people do a pre-rinse before starting...
  24. Re: 8x10 Development in tray - How to know the time

    The traditional solution to the timing problem is to use a timer with phosphorescent hands - that is, hands that are painted with a material that emits a soft glow in the dark. GraLab is the classic...
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    Re: Heading to Vermont soon...

    That's a nice area, but there aren't a lot of truly 'can't miss' type things to see/do. Sure, it's pretty and there are some good restaurants, but the main attraction is skiing, and that's so not...
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    Re: Darkroom Ventilation advice, please

    Any discussion of ventilation must also take into consideration two important factors. First, dust is a problem that must be addressed in the design of the ventilation. Second, it's not possible to...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    An interesting factoid - the land on which Stanford University was built was originally a nut farm. Some will say that nothing has changed - - -

    Today, the campus faces out on the main...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    A few more thoughts -

    for redwoods, the most famous place is Muir Woods, but it's crowded. I haven't been there in a number of years, and I have heard that you now need to book a visit in...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    Our son lived in the area for many years, so we had lots of opportunity to explore.

    Don't forget to wander north into Wine Country. We prefer Sonoma rather than Napa - far less crowded.

    If...
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    Re: Availability of ABS pipe

    Actually, the availability of ABS pipe varies regionally - it all depends on what is allowed in local plumbing codes. Where I live in New York, PVC pipe is readily available, but ABS is very hard to...
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    Re: how to store exposed 4x5 sheet film

    I agree that the whole process seems overwhelming, but if you break it down into components, you can find relatively simple solutions for each part.

    Like John, my solution to the exposed film...
  32. Re: Need replacement for flickr to store and share photos

    Look at DeviantArt.
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    Re: Your favorite photographers and genres?

    Michael Kenna, Tillman Crane, William Abranowicz, Ernestine Rubin, Jock Sturges, Timothy Greenfield Sanders, Ferit Kuyas, Roman Loranc, David Vestal, et al
  34. Re: Travelling Tips for UK (Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, ...)

    Nonsense!

    Every society/culture has rules, and if you are a visitor, it is your responsibility to understand and follow those rules.

    An oyster card is the rapid transit access card that is used...
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    Re: Info on the photographer Kipton Kumler?

    I remember the name, and also his book 'Plant Leaves'. That was a long time ago!

    Just an observation - in Kumler, we have a man who started out as a photographer, and ended up as a winemaker.
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    Re: Ever felt in the minority?

    Welcome to Curmudgeonhood. It eventually affects us all!
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    Re: Light Leak Theories

    I once had a problem with light leaks when using a Polaroid 405 holder. The leak produced fogging along the short edge of the sheet. It turns out that the problem was that wire handle on the...
  38. Re: Spam

    Yes - the latest trick seems to be to send out a message that says something like 'click here to be removed from our mailing list', or 'click here to confirm unsubscript'.

    Never click anything...
  39. Re: Technical Question About Selenium Toning & Washing

    This subject is discussed in Vestal's The Art of Black and White Enlarging, pages 164-165. He noted two practices:
    - The Traditional method - the print moves directly from fixer to hypo clear to...
  40. Thread: Abu Dhabi

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    Re: Abu Dhabi

    Very true.

    I've been there - many years ago, so I suspect that things have changed somewhat.

    Obviously, desertscape opportunities abound. And there is some really spectacular architecture,...
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