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    Re: New Computer Time...

    I got a new PC last summer, for photo editing in Lightroom and video editing in Resolve. (I'm a Windows person, without being tribal about it.) I thought about building it myself, but reckoned the...
  2. Re: Metering on vacation - iPhone app or Seiconic

    I have carried a Sekonic meter, but now find a simple digital camera, especially with a histogram display, does a better job for metering a whole scene. I carry a Leica CL, but others would do, and...
  3. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    Who's a pretty boy then?
    New bellows, arrived and glued yesterday, first stretch today.
    No problems with quality, colour and fit.
    No disasters with the fitting: there's a good wide surface to glue...
  4. Re: How are Camera Bellows UK bellows holding up over time???

    I have ordered replacement bellows for my Gandolfi. I sent the measurements as specified on the website. I suspect my current bellows are not original - they look a poor match and not precisely...
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    Re: A really nice cable release

    I was advised to get a long one, and I'm glad I did. Everything in large format is on a bigger scale, so having a cable release that you can operate from the back of the camera is useful. Mine is...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Thank you!
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    I'm beginning to realise that I would be better off editing mainly in Photoshop rather than Lightroom, for these reasons. LR is more useful for the many similar digital images I generate, but PS is...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    I've been doing that once I have finalised the colour. I'm an obsessive colour tweaker though, so I'd rather work non-destructively on a dng if I can. I'm just trying to work out which are...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Thank you for all the advice, which I shall take on board.
    As a recent new member of this forum I find it really irritating that I cannot (unless I've missed something?) show my appreciation of...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    I still like the idea of evaluating a colour film directly - I find it difficult as an orange negative, though I find less problem with B&W.
    As for trying reversal, it will be just part of my large...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I'm willing to take the first comment as positive and the second as negative:). The yellow colour of the rock is accurate, but I may have left the slate grey as a bit too blue.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Slate quarry in Coppermines Valley, Coniston, UK
    Gandolfi 5x4, Nikkor SW 90 f8, Portra 400
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    My keenness to embrace reversal film has receded slightly in the last few days as I have worked out a basic recipe and workflow to invert colour negatives as a preset in Lightroom, based on Alex...
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    Re: Tripod for Wista metal field camera

    I recently bought a FLM CP30 M4 II. No centre column, 20kg capacity, and surprisingly light (1.45kg) and tall (1.63m): 30mm leg top diameter, 60mm disk, and very stable. I added a Novoflex levelling...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    My reasons for taking large format film photographs and taking them in colour are only partly aiming for faithful reproduction of colour.
    I have recently started large format photography because I...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Thank you. As soon as I have new bellows for my Gandolfi I shall get some trial boxes: perhaps Velvia 100, Provia 100F and Ektachrome. I'll leave Velvia 50 till I am sure it's worth the effort/cost...
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    Re: Reversal vs negative

    Thanks everyone, for all the advice.
    To confirm, I wouldn't be printing, except as an inkjet print from the scanned positive.
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    Reversal vs negative

    I am a recent starter in 5x4 large format - I have only run through a box of 25 B&W, and 20 colour (Portra 400). I'm looking further ahead to the sort of photography I will be using the format for -...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    The location has two quarries separated by a wall, in which there are two arches. The further quarry is filled with water. One shot was of the two arches (and I asked two strangers to pose for me),...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    This might be my best shot, ever! Accidental double exposure from Hodge Close Quarry, Lake District, UK.
    Gandolfi 4x5, Nikkor SW 90 f8, Portra 400 (colour was uninteresting, so I converted to mono)....
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    Re: new (and first) 4x5 camera

    It's just bizarre - my experience in the UK (yes, I know, not EU......): I have bought three used lenses from Japan in the last couple of months. One incurred customs and VAT. The other two sailed...
  22. Re: Making a photobook from darkroom prints

    I have made several books from inkjet printed images, using various traditional binding methods. I started with a concertina ('Leporello') style, moved on to Japanese stab binding, and then a hand...
  23. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Thank you, Philip, it's good to hear from someone whose thinking parallels mine. I also spend time looking at painted portraiture - especially Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velasquez..... My portraiture and...
  24. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    After this experiment, did you come to a conclusion about the limits of acceptable distortion? What nose to ear or nose to foot ratio is acceptable or unobservable?
    The two ratios I notice...
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    Re: Framing and focusing in a breeze

    Thank you, everyone, for all the comments and advice! It sounds like DIY is the way to go. The BTZS dark cloth approach looks interesting, but being joined by the head to my camera looks like a...
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    Framing and focusing in a breeze

    How do you do this?
    I'm new to large format, but I've already realised that there are days when the wind is just too distracting to frame and focus properly. A dark cloth, even tied down to the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    My first image posts here, and almost my first LF images.
    Wandlebury Ring, Cambridge
    Gandolfi Precision 5x4, Fujinon 125/5.6, FP4, Ilfosol 3, digitised by camera.
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  28. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Ebony is no longer made, but were Japanese. They still look pricy s/h:(
  29. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Thank you, Paul. As I said, I am in two minds - the romantic in me likes the Gandolfi, while the practical tells me that by selling it I could get a Chroma that is equally or more functional, perhaps...
  30. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Thanks for all the advice - all very helpful - and for the welcome!
    At the moment, living in one of the flattest parts of the country, and still under travel restrictions, traditional landscape...
  31. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Hello - new member here! Many years ago I bought a well-used Gandolfi Precision 5x4 (ex-Ealing School of Photography), but since covid struck I have been taking first steps in large format (I am an...
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