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    Re: post your urban landscapes

    From what I hear, the ancient Egyptians had archeologists studying ancient Egyptians...finding lost pyramids and such...
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    Re: post your urban landscapes

    Nicely done, Bryan.
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    Re: Optimum Range: Goerz 14" Red Dot Artar

    I believe the lens spacing comes into play here. The non-red dot variety were more process-camera orientated and spaced to optimize bigger enlargements. I have only used the Red Dot variety (19" and...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    It is the visual tension in the second image that interests me. The road and its shadows lead the eyes one way. The cone of light from the left edge expanding across the image leads the eyes another...
  5. Re: You're going to hate me (thrift store entry to LFP)

    One of the original toy cameras...pre-Holga. A classic, but not a Sinar! There probably were no new Sinar assessories that cost less than a new Diana camera...:cool:
  6. Re: You're going to hate me (thrift store entry to LFP)

    I found an original Diana camera at a thrift store. The shutter worked, so I bought it. The price tag was a buck, but they had a sale and I got it for 75 cents.

    Not quite a Swiss 4x5, but I was...
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    Re: New here and looking for lens advice

    Like painting a wall, increasing viewing distance hides a lot.
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    Re: Blowing and agitating whites

    No. All tones start developing at the same time. Since less silver was exposed in the shadows, they finish first. Reduce your development (time/temp/dilution/aggitation) to prevent blowing out...
  9. Thread: Zone VI camera

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    Re: Zone VI camera

    I have the 8x10 made by Zone VI. Bought it second-hand but looking new in 1996 (no longer looks anything like new). In New Mexico I talked with the fellow who took over the construction of the first...
  10. Thread: Pigments

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    Re: Pigments

    That's the danger of carbon prints -- make a bad one and it can be around for a looooong time! Gelatin and carbon -- pretty tough stuff!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Our skin certainly gets thin as we age! Couple that with blood thinners and it does get messy! Backpacking through blackberries this summer had my arms dripping blood that I'd wash off whenever I...
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    Re: Pigments

    Good you have found a good black! I have stayed away from using dry pigments...too lazy (and very happy with what I am using).

    It is almost impossible to compare pigment loading of different...
  13. Re: Best 250 for architecture from a distance for a feild camera

    I agree with Drew. Although if size and weight are not an issue at all, then one of the 5.6 plasmats at a great price will also do you well.

    I use a Fuji 250/6.7 for 8x10 (contact printing only)...
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    Re: Election Eclipse - 11/8/22, on 4x5

    Fun, Bryan!

    An older image as I was leaving Yosemite. I used just the element on the back of a TR on the 5x7 (28" or 710mm). An exposure every 10 minutes -- until the cold air froze the shutter...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Come here...my town has a closed down wood-fired power plant with a pile of chips just waiting...

    A bit soggy...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    The way I work, those highlights are much easier to keep. That was accidental...I was exploring ways to increase the raised relief and it turned out the variables that favor that also favor keeping...
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    Re: HP5+ Processing and EI

    Drew -- any experience with HP5+ in normal to medium-high contrast situations and getting more out of it...say a DR of 2.8, give or take a couple tenths...not where a lot of people hang out....
  18. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    Agreed...and tools shape us as well as our art.

    It is getting easy for me to understand why the Greeks thought that the arts that did not involve making things with the hands were the higher forms...
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    It looks like they are getting mixed together anyway.

    To have everything in focus is not just a technological process to get 'perfect', but also an artistic decision to create the image one wants....
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    Re: Must your image be technical perfect ?

    Some people are more flexible about the self. I am more along the lines of "The mind cannot know the Mind".
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    Re: What in the heck is going on?

    So far the on-line reservation system for Redwood National Park is not done through recreation.com, and is free.

    I use to get to the Redwood Park visitor center at 9am to get the backpacking...
  22. Re: Gallery owner arrested for forged and stolen Ansel Adams photographs

    Those are limited to 8x10 prints. My guess since they were from 'gift shops' -- matted prints from the calendars...they were excellent reproductions, but still easy to tell they are not silver...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Thanks, Martin -- my first negative has the fall centered -- but fortunately I did not stop there.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Great, Bryan!
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    As they say, some people are like clouds; the day brightens up when they leave...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Same here -- or it is a long enough exposure they are not going to show up unless they decide to sit awhile and contemplate their navels.

    This image was improved by two ladies enjoying the fall...
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    Re: Under the Redwoods..

    He is down towards the southern end of the range, it sounds like. Good images.

    Happy belated birthday, Jim!
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    Re: Under the Redwoods..

    I haven't seen him under there yet.....;)
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    Re: Which 360mm lens has the largest image circle

    I remember when Thomas Cooper asked Ansel if he (Thomas) should move up from his 5x7 to 11x14. AA recommended against it for the same reasons. Almost a half century after I heard that story, Thomas...
  30. Re: F/9.0 lenses, what's your tips/trick for better viewing?

    I prefer the cleaner look without the fresnel lens.

    But then I also like trimmed corners on the GG. The aerial image is easier for me to see/compose what is in the corner than GG. From under the...
  31. Re: F/9.0 lenses, what's your tips/trick for better viewing?

    For max brightness on the GG, keep your eye on the same path as the light coming from the lens.
  32. Re: R.H. Phillips Advantage 8x10 - focus belt repair advice

    Thanks, Sal. I lent my old trusty 8x10 Kodak 2D to Aaron along with a TR triple convertible. The Phillips and a couple of excellent lenses he now has access to will send my 2D back into loneliness. ...
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    Re: Which 360mm lens has the largest image circle

    Computar Symmetrigon lenses...wonderful lenses, but certainly Drew is correct -- their coverage was average for the focal length. Sharp and good contrast, especially using the supplied lens hood.
  34. Re: R.H. Phillips Advantage 8x10 - focus belt repair advice

    After you described your problem on Friday, I took a quick look online and found no examples of this style of focusing on Phillip's cameras.

    That made me wonder if you have a proto-type. The...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Interesting image, Daniel! The way you focused seems to have enlarged the foreground relative to the rest of the image -- giving us a place to stand and look across the water.
  36. Re: Info request: Expose and Develope 10 year old FP 4

    Treat it as new.
    Unless it was stored in hot condition, it should be fine. Expose and develop a sheet or two, judge the quality and go for it.

    The film's latitude should take care of any loss of...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    A 4x5 carbon print.
    Film exposed and developed 10 years ago. First printing.
    4x5 Kodak Tech Pan film (ASA 25) developed in D-76 1:1.

    Island Rock, Redwood Creek, 2012
    Redwood National Park
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    Re: Astragon 360mm f/4.5: What do I have here?

    That's a bit of bellows for a portrait with a 35" lens!
  39. Re: Bill Owens, CPA Gallery, Carmel, CA Exhibit/Talk, Oct.-Nov. 2022

    I helped with the PhotoCentral show of Bill's work a few years ago -- cut a hell of a lot of mats, help hang, etc. The show was for Bill's 70th, if my brain still works. The energy, expertise, and...
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    Re: 5x7/13x18 daylight processing

    Trying not to go off-topic too much...the Unicolor motor base does have an auto-reverse. Less than useless with the Expert Drums -- due to the large diameter of the drums and the short duration of...
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