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    Re: Share your framing of your LF inages

    I use 4 ply mat board cut so that the ambrotype rests against the edges, thus keeping it from touching the glass. I use fine textured velvet behind it. I bought the velvet 30-40 years ago and doubt...
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    Re: Central Camera Chicago & Ilford NEWS

    I don't remember either of these advertising in Popular Photography or Minicam when I was young. So I Don't believe it was either of them. Of course "young" was a long time ago,and could have...
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    I really like the location and the image.
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    Re: Central Camera Chicago & Ilford NEWS

    In 1952 I was 13 and rode the train from Nashville to Chicago with the sole purpose of going to Central Camera and 2 other stories whose names I have long forgotten. I knew about them because of...
  5. Re: Newb question: Store film holders with dark slides in...or out?

    I have bought all of my holders used. 4x5's have all been in my possession since the 1960's. They are additionally stored in zp bags whether loaded or not. all still work perfectly.
    My 5x7 and 8x10...
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    Re: Meter service at Quality Light Metric

    Call and ask.
  7. Re: newb question - residue on hands after loading film

    The changing bag may be new to you, but how long has it languished in a warehouse + store shelves since it was made? I would turn it inside out and vacuum it as a first step.
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    Re: Spotpen replacement ?

    Your brushes plus water colors will beat the work done by Spotpens.
  9. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    A good job of seeing and photographing this almost perpetual landmark. The dead tree is an excellent pointer to the truck and illustrates the bare desolation of this area. I have passed this sign and...
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    Re: Fastest film for 8x10 other than TMY

    I agree with Mark. if you want to "increase the speed" of any film, YOU MUST SACRIFICE THE SHADOWS!
  11. Re: Best way to repair small light leak in bellows?

    Black acrylic paint available in craft shops. Opaque,flexible and cheap.
  12. Re: Recommendations: Small 135mm with good coverage for 4x5 portraits?

    Your 210 is a far better FL for portraits on4x5, than is a 135.
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    Re: Amber Plexiglas for Wet Plate Dork Box?

    I don't remember the wavelength of the blue part of the visible spectrum, but I would check it. Ifmy memory is correct, it has bee a long times, wet p[late emulsions are also sensitive to blue light.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    John,I like htis because it is more the way we see rather than razor sharp all over.
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    Re: What have I done this time?

    Over-used fix?
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    Re: Developer CAPACITY question

    I would rather reduce the number of sheets than strain the limits of the developer. I would only develop 3 sheets to prevent developer exhaustion.
  17. Re: Michael Gordon's LF Workshop at Death Valley

    agree 3 days isn't long enough, but it is sufficient to get familiar with a few locations and make you want to return inthe future. The workshop could be 30 or 60 days, and it would still be...
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    2" solid foam with reflective backing against the ceiling makes an excellent barrier to both heat and cold. HD sells it in the correct width to fit between rafters making it quick and easy to...
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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    First, Insulate! It is amazing how the temperature changes in an enclosed room the size you are suggesting.
    Exhaust vent fan over the sink.
    Small window A/C low in wall opposite the sink, this will...
  20. Re: Eastman View No. 1 Acquired & Looking to Refurbish it but I'm A Newbie to Lg Form

    Custom Bellows in England. Contact them then send the bellows and frames. You will be happy, even amazed at the quality of their work. Many use cheap Chinese firms but not the experienced ones among...
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    Re: Do you use 100% of a LF negative?

    I use 100% for all my alternative prints. Sometimes I will mask with a mat to hide some minor distraction.
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    Re: Proof to Print: the contrast difference

    The passage of light is altered and even restricted to a degree regardless of light source. Try comparing a condenser enlargement with the same portion of a contact print. You shouldn't need a...
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    Re: Proof to Print: the contrast difference

    When I became concerned about the loss of sharpness and contrast between contacts and enlargements, I began going to larger cameras so I could contact all final images. My 4x5's have mostly gathered...
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    Re: Focusing Cloth r

    When I was teaching at the college the provided dark cloths weer smaller than I liked. I found a place which sold cheap T-shirts ad suggested each person buy their own, Even though we still furnished...
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    Re: 5 x 7 Deardorff Bellows velcro solution

    My pre 1957 5x7 with original bellows never has this problem. If the bellows has been cranked out for a long lens,and I need to use something short.I simply rack the bellows all the way in and then...
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    I really like these Vaughn. NIce,
    clean views taken with my favorite lens which I foolishly sold many years ago.
  27. Re: Jobo Expert Drum versus 2500 drum + 2509N Reel

    Photo Flo is a Catalyst which builds up in the grooves of reels and will eventually causes this problem. Reels should never be put in this foul liquid. LFN does a better job and does not cause this...
  28. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Randy,
    THanks for the reference to the Stieglitz article. Very interesting.

    JIm
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    I'm with you Randy. I have often wondered why as I get older I tend more and more toward Pictorialism. Lately I have been using only soft focus lenses, mostly on dry plates. Anew and refreshing...
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    Re: John Coffer Camp Tintype Experiences

    Now you are making me envious.I have wanted to go since a former student did so several year ago. He had nothing but praise for the program , and John in particular. Good luck on your quest.
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    Re: Gelatin dry plates

    I Have always wanted to take one of their workshops,but they are on the wrong coast for me.
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    Re: Anyone besides Lee make a ND 0.1 filter?

    Find the nearest Stage Supply store. They will carry 12" square gels in all densities and colors. They are very cheap but so thin they work well and I have never had any distortion.
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    Re: My Dream lens.

    This is such a terrific book it is under-priced in my mind. I have hundreds of books and it is one of the two best Iown.
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    Re: Still Life 2019

    Good job with the white on white. One of my favorite assignments for advanced LF students.
  35. Re: Just acquired a Pentax Spot meter with Zone V Conversion

    WHat a good explanation of Mortensen's method. I have used it for years with a variety of films and developers. I am a true Mortensen fan, and have been able to acquire each of his books.
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    Re: "Kinematic" 45 film holder

    People generally are scared of old films and paper. I'm not,as I grew up using it. I would try samples of the film to determine how to use it. In my experience the chances are excellent if the user...
  37. Re: Long Term "Archival" Storage of Negatives & Transparencies

    I have had the same experience. Some of mine which I transferred to Unicolor "Archival" plastic sleeves, the sleeves have disintegrated into small pieces but the images are not harmed.
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    Re: Model name of your large format enlarger please

    Aristo 5x7 diffusion w/cold light; Beseler 4x5 MX? w/Oriental VC head and probe.
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    Re: tray developing: which timer?

    I have two timers always running. One is analog and glows inthe dark. I set it for the development time - 10 seconds. Te other is digital with red numerals. it signals each 30 seconds for agitation,...
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    Re: Kostiner Archival Washer question

    I have the original model which was given to me by Mr. Kostiner when he came to San Diego for a conference. It has no valve, only an input and drain. It has no opening to input air into the system,...
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