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  1. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    If you like grain from film and a large volume of photos, perhaps the 35mm gear. If you have hundreds of thousands of digital photos under you belt and don't want a step down in image quality and are...
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    If you have not, try drying the mat boards a couple of times, as if you were drying prints, before drying your prints.
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    Are you using two clean dry matboards to sandwich the print atop the pad?
  4. Thread: Pyro

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    Re: Pyro

    It's cheap, it's versatile. It does a great job. I like the stain for making single negatives good for alt process and normal silver and scanning purposes. Grain is less visible due to the stain....
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    90% of my paper use is RC paper.. Contact sheets, quick prints, etc... Use it, learn it, enjoy it. It's a real silver photo and it's convenient.
    FB paper has some nice texture options, FB glossy can...
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    Re: soft focus lens for architecture

    Most of them will cover much more than designed, they just get weird and swirly around the edges... .
    Reinhold's wollaston meniscus and the Verito are both available in a variety of sizes.. Probably...
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    That's how they all work. I've used Ilford, Foma, Oriental, Adox

    I mostly use a speed-ezl which has a fairly generous opening to slide unflat paper into.
    Make your developer 2 inches deep.
    Hang...
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    Re: Freezing Silver Gelatin Paper?

    I've frozen mine...
    I leave it in the unopened factory packaging, then place it in a freezer compatible ziplock bag for moisture/frost protection.
  9. Re: Which lenses did Carleton Watkins use in 1861 for his mammoth plate camera

    Perhaps Emil Schildt's ash tray? (8:44)


    https://youtu.be/W6PYiWxod9w?t=524
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    Eliot Porter's darkroom with Jim Bones

    https://youtu.be/loJ_D-OlFYE


    https://youtu.be/loJ_D-OlFYE

    I've seen Jim's own prints and he has done a great job as well.
  11. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Someone mentioned Monhegan...

    1. Poor weather >1/2 the time for large format photography. I've been there all times of the year.. The common impression is the idyllic summer sunny calm day.
    2....
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    Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    I love the Kodak Portrait 305 for 8x10. It's meant for 5x7 which makes it a little swirlier and wider than intended when used for 8x10. But it's a good character. You can subdue that a little by...
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    Re: Help choosing a "soft focus" lens, please.

    Paul; what film size and what is the subject matter?

    ( I don't consider AE soft focus; it's pretty crisp and exacting )
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    Re: Suggest Me Some Monitors For Photo Editing

    For cheap, look for IPS. Color is the same when viewing angle changes... Every see color change on your monitor as you walk past it or lift your head up or down? Does not happen with IPS.
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    Re: Current Large Format Workshops 2020.

    Because Corona not much is happening in person at the moment.

    Tillman Crane,
    Maine Media Workshops+College

    It's going to be tough if people can't easily travel.
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    Re: endless external HD shuffle Part deaux

    They Intel and AMD are both very capable for what we do and perhaps a Ford vs. Chevy preference when it comes down to it. Currently AMD will be more power efficient for the same amount of work done....
  17. Thread: Portland

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    Re: Portland

    Paywalled...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Already got a dead car in my yard, don't bring back the rusted out pickup! My wife would not like that on mother's day.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    That looks awesome!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thanks
  21. Re: Stearman Press 810 & Temperature Film Reticulation

    That might not be enough developer for an 8x10... You've got it diluted to 1:1:200 which is half dilution and only using 300-500ml might not be enough. Be generous with the developer quantity.
    (I've...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    I think I found what is more popular on FB than dogs and infants and fake news... Lighthouses and moons... My D600 and 300/2.8, cropped. I photographed the moonrise the other night with some planning...
  23. Re: The Lens Ravings of a Quarantined Large Format Mind...

    For B&W use, I don't think there is much difference between single coating and multicoating. Uncoated is a big difference that makes complex lenses impractical. A simple 3 element (or less) lens...
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    Re: How do you set up your tripod?

    I think about the location and height. Once picked, I extend the tripod legs for that location and flip the tripod over (so legs are down) 1 leg toward the subject, then the other two I can stand...
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    Re: Minimalism, post yours

    Beautiful Joe! Film does a great job with this sort of scene.
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    Re: endless external HD shuffle Part deaux

    +1 on WD. Lacie and other design/market brands often use Seagate for cost purposes so stay away from that too.. Ten years ago, Seagate was pretty good.

    I have a desktop computer so plenty of...
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    Re: Which lens would you choose?

    Whatever has the better functioning shutter, and whichever has the roundest aperture as it stops down.
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    Re: Please help identify this ULF rig

    I'm guessing it was probably the workhorse of a studio portrait photographer. Nice stand. Nothing terribly valuable about the lens, not sure about the camera. The sliding back probably let them shoot...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Great sense of place though... I could tell it was MA before I even looked at your name/location! Great time to get some hikes in.

    Love those tones Austin!
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    Re: Soft-Focus Lens Examples

    awesome!
  31. Thread: Dealing with dust

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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Mine are about twice as big as the film holder because that was what was on sale when I was shopping a few years ago. I just fold the excess over.
  32. Thread: Dealing with dust

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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Ebay, Uline (if you need several lifetimes supply)
    ...
  33. Thread: Dealing with dust

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    Re: Dealing with dust

    Biggest help to me is to keep film holders clean. I use plastic antistatic bags (meant for electronics) Normally plastic bags tend to attract dust but at least they don't give off dust like a paper...
  34. Thread: Interested in 4 x 5

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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    Buy gear here from photographers who know what they are selling, like Kumar or Galli and many others.
  35. Thread: Interested in 4 x 5

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    Re: Interested in 4 x 5

    $750 is a reasonable budget.

    A cheap monorail and 135mm lens to get started, or a press camera like a speed graphic pacemaker / crown graphic with such a lens to get started. Functionality versus...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Some Portra 160 at Beech Hill in February

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49775337156_47c5363183_c.jpg
    img059d by Jason Philbrook, on Flickr
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    Re: How does this negative look?

    Just hold the negative up to a window and snap a photo with your cell phone.
  38. Re: Disinfecting developed film from lab due to Coronavirus

    Just let them sit for a few days. Corona doesn't last that long without a host.
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    Re: Etsy: An On-line Gallery for Selling Prints?

    LF negatives, generally speaking, are just a bigger waste of film. It's the image that counts. Unless the negative is from a famous dead photographer with some provenance. But even then the prints...
  40. Re: Covid-19: Ilford factory in Mobberley shutting down for now

    If we must speculate... Could well be that a batch had to be imported while the dollar was down: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/GBPUSD%3DX/?p=GBPUSD%3DX
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