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    Re: $5,000 Postcards

    The content is not bad in a lot of those images, but that saturation... yeesh. If it's anything like the on-screen image in reality... Almost as bad as a lot of the over-cooked HDR on all the photo...
  2. Re: What did AA actually see when he “came upon this extraordinary scene”?

    Yeah, I agree, it's obvious that neither picture shows exactly what the scene looked like at the time, but I'm sure a lot of us can put ourselves there and imagine what the late dusk light on the...
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    Poll: Re: Worst Photographic Buzzword

    "I like it but my eye keeps getting drawn to the ... down in the left corner".

    So look at something else! You're not a passive observer!

    (my critique pet peeve ;)).
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    Re: Software For Wet Plate Look

    The difference, and one wet plate users should be proud of, is that a wet plate image is a hand-crafted physical object. I don't doubt that a digital plug-in could replicate the appearance of a wet...
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    Re: Software For Wet Plate Look

    Photoshop is a tool to achieve a look, just like the darkroom. The fundamentals are easier to control (moving a slider is way easier than spending 3 hours tuning some variable in the darkroom) but...
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    Re: Photographic exhibits and stores in Paris

    Thanks guys. I found mention of Beaumarchais the other day (some kind of "camera alley") so I'll probably check it out.

    Also, appreciate the other suggestions. I'm not just looking for free...
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    Photographic exhibits and stores in Paris

    I'm in paris for a couple of weeks and I want to find out if there are any interesting exhibits I should check out? Any used equipment stores that are a must-see because of their exotic or unusual...
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    Re: 4x5 + DSLR Experiment- it kinda works

    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b377/walter2323/IMG_7057.jpg

    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b377/walter2323/IMG_7031.jpg

    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b377/walter2323/IMG_7036-1.jpg
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    Re: 4x5 + DSLR Experiment- it kinda works

    Heh, I used pretty much those same cheapo extension tubes to do this with a 9x12 plate camera once. It was fun.

    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b377/walter2323/digihybrid.jpg

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    Re: Photographer Baiting Bighorn Sheep

    Hah, first two I looked at on his site.

    Earth "bones":
    http://www.fatali.com/gallery/details.php?id=77&gid=5&

    Fruit of temptation:
    http://www.fatali.com/gallery/details.php?id=45&gid=5&
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    Re: First Petzval Shots, Thinking

    Yeah, I used mine (recently sold) in the day only, and even then, there was a fair bit of flare to overcome. I'd highly recommend getting a speed graphic to mount it on, if you want to continue...
  12. Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Isn't the main cost of silicon not the price of the material itself but the need for it to be very high grade / free of defects? It seems to me you could have a much lower defect rate by simply...
  13. Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    I would like a large, low resolution, inexpensive sensor. Couldn't someone put out a 4 megapixel sensor at near large format size for a thousand bucks or so?
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    Re: Show us your guns

    Or maybe a trashed living-room scattered with broken malt liquor bottles and crumpled grease-stained McDonald's paper bags. A busted banjo with strings flying out in disarray from the snapped neck...
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    Re: Digital light meter.

    It just occurred to me what issue might be at fault. I just mentioned that digital must maintain highlight detail (once the sensor meets the maximum exposure threshhold it simply cannot store any...
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    Re: Digital light meter.

    I don't think it has to do with film size; exposure is sort of an area-independent measurement - afterall, a small sensor is equivalent to a cropped portion of a large sheet of film. Each unit of...
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    Re: Home Made Meniscus Lens

    Surplus Shed is a good place to look for odd lenses. They have lots of positive meniscus and doublets, etc. You can usually get one for about $5 to $10 depending on size.
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    Re: Sewing/craft room darkroom combo

    There are no rules here; do what works for you. Obviously dust might be a problem but you can work around that if you're careful.

    My darkroom has been in an under-the-stairs storage area, with...
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    Re: Petzval Closeup / Macro Photos Anyone?

    Did this out in the forest, maybe 1:1 or so on the negative. Photosig reviewers trashed it. "It's not in focus and I'm confused!"

    http://visualfiction.org/zenphoto/albums/4x5new/sm-img003.jpg
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    Re: Chromatic Aberration in Black and White

    I had a neat old 58mm screw-mount Takumar lens with a heliar-influenced design that made for some pretty cool images because of the aberration. Bokeh was a bit weird though ("chunky"). I sold it...
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    Re: New DIY 4x5 Camera kit to be launched soon!

    I had my own site listed as an attack site once by firefox's "safe browsing" or whatever the hell. The problem was that my site was with a pretty insecure host with servers that were always being...
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    Re: Petzval cell replacement

    Maybe find an inexpensive tessar of about the same total focal length as the Petzval was supposed to be, and use the rear group (which looks similar in design to a petzval group)? If it sucks,...
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    Re: American Expat in Switzerland

    Switzerland? Expensive? No way!
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    Yeah. Hundreds of people read this stuff and it stays online for eternity.

    You should delete it while only myself and a few others are in on it!

    (seriously!)
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    I think you win.
  26. Re: Anyone Familiar Bausch and Lomb Planatograph Lenses

    Yes, both front and rear make positive lenses. They're achromatic doublets and I think basically similar to achromat "landscape" or meniscus lenses.

    Both front and back on their own end up making...
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    Re: Show off your camera!

    That's a really interesting one... it has a prototype look to it with that diamond plate stuff lining the slot (for holders?). Amazing what people tried coming up with before the invention of roll...
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    Re: Lost and found

    I'm amazed you managed to track down the identity of these people with so little information to go with.
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    I like the spiderwoman print. Very cool accident.
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    Re: Shooting eggs - Lens recomendation

    Depends on the magnification he needs though. To fill an 8x10 with an egg you'd need several times the focal length worth of bellows draw. So a 150 might be more practical.
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    Well, just an update, I got the camera and it ended up being a pretty good deal. Couple of minor things wrong (more cosmetic than anything) but function overall is good with good focal plane...
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    Re: Insects Anyone ?

    I'm glad this thread popped up to the top. I remember seeing your work (Bosaiya) a long time ago, but I only saw maybe 5 or 6 images. Maybe it was the beginning of your project, maybe you'd just...
  33. Thread: Just Leaves

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    Re: Just Leaves

    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b377/walter2323/o-canadah.jpg

    Lith print from 9x12 Voigtlander Avus negative. The print is quite a bit nicer looking than this scan; it really has a metallic...
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    Re: So long PayPal ...

    Count me in, too. In my case it's disgust with the Canadian cell-phone pricing structure. I've shopped for phone plans several times over the last few years, and every single time I've found that...
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    Re: So long PayPal ...

    I just bought something from a guy on ebay and he informed me that paypal put a 21 day hold on the money he received (in case I file a dispute, though it does get lifted if I file positive feedback -...
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    Re: Show off your camera!

    Is that a pinhole camera? I can't see any glass in the shutter.
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    Yeah, the angulon alone would be worth over that if the shutter works well.
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    Speaking of steals, I was watching this one carefully but because I won that pacemaker I didn't bid on it (running low on spare funds).

    Whoever bought this got themselves several hundred bucks...
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    What's the story with this? Is it counterfeit or something?
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    Re: Biggest "steal" you ever made...

    Heh, I've always wondered how often us guys from this forum are the ones fighting over these things. Good eyes regarding the back; I usually look really carefully, but I was blinded by greed because...
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