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    Re: wildfire season already

    Your camera would have melted into a ball around our forest fires here, or more likely, been vaporized. The fire crews bulldoze breaks, clear brush, and sometimes set backfires several miles from the...
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    Re: Color paper storage in refrigerator

    Don't put it back in the refrigerator unless you know high to totally seal it nearly air-free. That's a condensation risk. If it's a small paper size, one of those freeze-dry kitchen bagging systems...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    I don't lay down packs on the dirt. If there's not a tree or rock nearby to rest it on, I simply use one of my trekking poles at an angle behind it as a support. But that works well because it is...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    But are there still 10,000 clamshell cameras still in use to prove that postulate?
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Do you mean 24X30 paper size or overall easel outside dimension?
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    Re: New De Vere 5108 Owner

    Lucky find ! But maybe it was there because chickens do darkroom work cheaper than humans. Or perhaps they contribute something special to the developer. Albumen prints perhaps? It looks beautiful.
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    Re: wildfire season already

    I never fought fires professionally. Back then, every able body was expected to pitch in some manner. That was called survival, just like community controls burns themselves, before those got...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    As a teenager, I survived an arson forest fire over 400,000 acres in size. Many of my classmates were homeless afterwards. Things were classified a little differently back then, according to single...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    Yeah, I saw the 30X40 prints of those back when they were first all displayed together at the local museum, including that classic "burning bush" one. Friends of mine printed them for him. A...
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    Re: wildfire season already

    They're particularly worried about the huge still unburned area between Shasta and the Siskiyou, which includes the Trinity Alps. What makes that area even worse is that there is an abundance of...
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    Re: 8x10 carry options

    All my own external frame packs have a large top section accessed from the top, and a separate zippered bottom section, plus a number of side pouches suitable for lenses and accessories. This...
  12. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    How can any one hue of dye perfectly match paper outcomes which are inherently varying? Dark tones in MGWT can trend downright blue-black if brought to full density potential, while lighter tones...
  13. Re: A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    I use the Marshall equivalents of Spot Tone. For all my FB MGWT needs, which include those toned with gold chloride, selenium, and sulfides (often split-toned), all I need is Neutral Black, Selenium...
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    Re: 20x24 enlarger easel options

    Saunders blades are easy re-square. Right now I'm assembling the masking blade system for my new 24X30 easel, or more accurately, taking a lunch break from doing that. I wanted to have on hand...
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    Any competent machinist could do it. You don't need a diemaker or someone with Durst background. But it might be simpler just to start over with a completely new punch and identically matching pin...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    I built my darkroom to code, even had the panel and wiring run to it done by the company industrial electrician (and yes, that business was classified as a heavy industry due to its integral mill...
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    Re: Editioning

    I saw that interview too. It's quite a delicate dance finding someone else who understands your own vision. I tend to refer to them as "hired guns" rather than ordinary labs services. There aren't...
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    Re: Durst Mivalo punch repair

    Take your magnifying loupe and see if certain punch pins are dull or uneven on the end. Milvalo punches are now quite rare, and probably most won't be in great shape by now. Inserting shims might not...
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    Re: Editioning

    Interneg, I would NEVER want someone else printing my negs. I realize that there have been quite a few highly talented photographers who for various reasons have farmed their originals out to skilled...
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    Re: Editioning

    Sometimes it really does help if one simply doesn't have enough money to go around recklessly spending it! And there are times I have difficulty feeling sorry for the conspicuous consumption crowd...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Leave the practice of pushing to drug dealers. It only takes a tiny bit more patience to shoot a scene for 1/2 sec rather than 1/30th sec, for example. We outdoor LF photographers get quite good at...
  22. Re: A foolish idea? Creating a positive transparency from a negative

    I often do it. I use one of my enlargers as the highly predictable and precisely-timed light source, along with a pin-registered contact printing frame.
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    Re: Editioning

    I haven't spoken with Mark K. in a long time. He was making his living as an architectural photographer; printmaking was a sideline. But he gravitated to that understated image rendering which...
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    Re: Editioning

    His "mural prints" were also mostly physically printed by others; in that case, by an appropriately equipped commercial lab, yet under his immediate input or supervision. Otherwise, his health would...
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    Re: DARKROOM - Electric Questions

    All depends on if you might hypothetically scale up to higher voltage or higher wattage equipment further down the line, especially if you contemplate something like 8x10 color enlarging. It's...
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    Re: Editioning

    Well, assistant-made prints don't really count. Thousands of those were made of of his most popular images from the original negs. Alan Ross is still doing that. Best Studio (now Ansel Adam's Gallery...
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    Re: Editioning

    Did AA formally "number edition" any image? Or ever actually print a thousand of anything? He claimed the most he actually did was around 360 of "Moonrise". And I'm pretty sure no unsold extras of...
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    A flatbed camera should operate reasonably well atop a stack of books. Thought about that one? And they are portable, and would at least be out of sight of the wife. (Sorry, Ari... I'll defer to...
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    AA was entering old age; and he was already about as firmly established in terms recognition as one could hope for. Having a formal marketer might or might not be the catalyst. He made a decent...
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    If the whole idea is to streamline things, for example, to carry on a bicycle, then the simple A to B path of sacrificing vertical collapsibility for sake of fewer leg sections makes perfect sense,...
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    Happy coincidences, who ya happen to know, luck, whatever ya wanna call it, does seem to be an essential ingredient, at least acquiring momentum. But ya gotta have the goods too. And regionality...
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    Re: Editioning

    Brett also stated that Holland Canal was his "Moonrise", and that he was sick of it, having printed it so many times. But I'll never get sick of looking at, even in repro fashion.
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    Sometimes the suffering and dedication attendant on family responsibilities and so forth overshadow secondary artistic career impulses. Or maybe we just don't want to go through the "starving artist"...
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    Re: Editioning

    No gallery I ever dealt with gave a damn about the topic, and they had the pick of the litter, not just upstarts like me back then. But it does seem to make sense for certain especially well-known...
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    I think that's just an old hat marketing game, and tend to distrust galleries that rely on it. It made sense back in the days of true lithographs or even when color dye-transfer printing was...
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    Indeed. Welcome to my ignore list, temporarily at least. A waste of time. Assume and accuse whatever you wish. It doesn't in the least affect what I already know, and have already done.
  37. Re: Troubleshooting Durst CLS-301 Blowing ELH Bulbs

    Look for any corrosion in your primary wall sockets and cord plugs too. Been there, done that. It made a big difference, especially here in our marine climate, where everything copper, brass, or...
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    Michael, it's often difficult to tell just when Edmund makes something themselves, and when they order it from someone else. They can be pricey for individual quantities, but send me each issue of...
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    Re: Brett Weston Books

    Such first-hand details are appreciated, Merg. I'd end up sleeping in the cat box on the front porch if I bought any more photo books. But what's more important is the distinct impression gained from...
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    Re: orthochromatic film?

    maltfac - you simply do not seem to understand how dichroic filters work. That's quite apparent. So you might want to do a little serious homework before arguing either with me or someone with an...
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