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  1. Thread: how old are we?

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    Re: how old are we?

    The beard is trimmed short for the summer months. Also a smart thing to do when hiking back up in the wilds of the redwoods. Both the she bears and the lady bigfoots (it can be very difficult to...
  2. Thread: Howdy!

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    Re: Howdy!

    Welcome to Large Format!
  3. Re: Nikon Nikkor W 360mm: coverage beyond 11x14?

    I use a Fuji W 360mm -- slight less coverage than the Nikkor W 360 (at f22, 485mm vs. 494mm).

    I found near infinity, the Fuji W 360mm needs to be at f16 (if careful and straight on) or smaller...
  4. Thread: how old are we?

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    I just spent 5 days in the redwood backcountry with my 4x5. I managed to climb the 1.5 miles up the trail back to the trailhead and car. I packed fairly light, but add 20 pounds of camera gear, the...
  5. Thread: how old are we?

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    Re: how old are we?

    When I hit 84, I am going to find a one year old and tell him, "I'm 84 years old, and Uranus has only traveled around the sun once."

    Should confuse the heck out of his parents...
  6. Thread: how old are we?

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    Re: how old are we?

    Dang...I was a kid of 48 when this thread started.
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    Re: Posting - message about "leave the page"?

    I ignored it and that was all I needed to do...besides the wait for the leave the page? to finally shows up.
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    A thick subbing that will take some of the strain of the metal expanding and contracting can help preserve the carbon print longer...but temperature swings are a son-of-a-gun with metal.
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    Two test prints (4x5 single transfer carbon), checking on the exposure and development of the Kodak Professional Copy Film (ASA 25) relative to the printing process.
    Prints scanned on an office...
  10. Re: ‘Pure’ Landscape Photography Versus Including the Human Element

    We are social animals. If we see an image with a human in it, the viewer will tend to assume the image is about the human(s). They focus on the figure that is in the landscape...and the relationship...
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    Re: Images from my June 2022 Road Trip

    And we have the World Famous Logger Bar...which also happens to be my nextdoor neighbor. Took Bryan in there too.

    https://www.loggerbar.com/

    25 cent pool (good table) and free pool on Mondays....
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    Re: Images from my June 2022 Road Trip

    Great, Bryan! A balanced fire department.

    Volunteer -- complete with air-raid rated siren to call the volunteers. Even with cells phones, the Fire Chief loves it. It lets the town know there's...
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    Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    No sense argueing about it, but in my own work, how the image was made and the materials used are as much a part of the image as the arrangement of light.
  14. Re: Any advice on cutting your own museum glass?

    Sanding 'strengthens' the glass -- actually just reduces the possibility of the glass breaking (I believe it is harder for cracks to form on a sanded edge vs. not-sanded.) And handling/storing sanded...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    "indefinite shelf life" ('indefinite' is defined as: lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time) -- that means they do not know the shelf life, correct? It is not that it lasts long on the...
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    Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    With silver gelatin film/paper and chemistry, one can get all sorts of 'looks'. Golfball grain to fine grain, short or long tonal ranges, and so forth. If the tonality of wet plate or a particular...
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    Re: Hi from Wales, UK

    My son grew up in the rain and has been working the last two years in the heat -- he is looking forward to it!
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    Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    Excellent, Joe.

    I have always been involved with some form of education for the entire period of being a photographer. Directing my own educational efforts, of course, but helping students and...
  19. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    I was just referring to safety as in trying to provide income...not necessarily public opinion.
  20. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    I take it as doing work that is personally non-challenging and/or that is socially/artistically acceptable.

    I personally have found landscape to be easy, and thus a particularly difficult and...
  21. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    Unfortunately, yes...usually identified by older men with beards and big hats...big bellys not uncommon...humping big cameras around, counting out their long exposures at f64, "One anseladams, two...
  22. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    Thanks -- reminds of why I have not gotten rid of my (almost) complete set of View Camera magazines.

    Sally's association with the Image Continuum has always demonstrated that she was not a...
  23. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    Yes, it is only to an certain extent for both (photography/computers). The unwashed masses do not care one way or the other.

    If I wanted to be safe, I'd go digital.
    And if I wanted to live...
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    It also depends on ones personal drive to improve. No sense taking notes if one is not intense about getting better at what one does.
  25. Re: "If I wanted to be safe, I would have done Landscapes."

    I do not photograph to preserve or serve memory.

    If photo rob us of our memory, then hand-computers do also, along with the ability to reason.
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    Re: Hi from Wales, UK

    Welcome!

    My son is heading to Wales for a year for grad school in September. I might find a way to visit him. It will be an interesting first trip that far east.
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    I find it even more rewarding to use my notes to repeat my successes...:cool:
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    And writing in the notebook gives me something to do during the longer exposures.
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Just checked on the prices for the Rite-in-the-Rain 4.625"x7" stapled No.311FX notebooks that I use. Lowest Amazon price was a 3 pack for $15. Directly from Rite-in-the-Rain is $15.95 for three...or...
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    Re: Jobo Expert 3010

    Yes, that would be a valid assumption. If anything leaks out of the cog opening when the drum is horizontal (spinning or not), it will only because the drum was overfilled (beyond Jobo's recommended...
  31. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    Here is another example of FP4+ in Universal PQ Developer used at paper strength (1:9). I just posted this.

    Development info : 8x10 FP4+ in Ilford Universal PQ Developer 1:9, 67F, 9 minutes in...
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    I use Rite in the Rain surveying notebooks. Waterproof, write in pencil.

    I like the 5x7 size -- I use the Level design, #311FX. I write what I need to, in about the same format over the years --...
  33. Thread: Pigments

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    Re: Pigments

    I tried a French brand of lampblack watercolor (starts with an "S") that was very warm -- closer to what I have found with Ivory black. So there seems to be a variation in what lampblack actually is....
  34. Thread: Pigments

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    For a neutral black in my carbon prints (single transfer) I have found the watercolor lampblack in tubes to be excellent. I have been using Grahams...but that is a west coast USA company and...
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    Re: Images from my June 2022 Road Trip

    Old barn images are hard to pass up. Growing up on the left coast, anything with a bit of age draws our attention. While at university, I lived in a building built in 1885, hand-forged nails and...
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    Re: Images from my June 2022 Road Trip

    I have to admit that when I was in the area with my 8x10, I did not go to the barn. I already have hundreds of negatives I'll never print (of which some are barns)...:cool:
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    Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    See -- if we built temples instead of making photos, we would not be worrying (in terms of a century or two) about our work needing to be 'saved'.
    Or we could work in ceramics. I just have to worry...
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    Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    The study of the aging of the wood of Japanese temples is quite interesting -- especially the cedar of support pillars. My son was doing a little (literature) research on it while I was visiting him...
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    Re: Southern Yosemite Highway 41 closed

    I sure am glad I don't fight fires anymore...
    Can hardly believe I use to do it (but not much).
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    Re: Kodak copy film 4125?

    I use it at ASA 25. Just got back from a backpacking trip with the 4x5 and 12 holders loaded with Copy Film 4125. I typically use Pyrocat HD, adjusting dilution, temp and time based on SBR. Still...
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