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  1. Re: Dry mounting and the “orange peel” effect

    All fiber-based papers have a degree of texture to them; likewise, all fiber mounting boards. The glossier the paper surface, the more apparent this will be with harsh incident lighting, which we...
  2. Re: Many paper developers back-ordered or special order with long delivery lead

    I buy bulk chem and use a scale. But Formulary powder kits have the exact quantities already measured out and packaged; so all you need to do it mix them in the order given by the included...
  3. Re: Many paper developers back-ordered or special order with long delivery lead

    A specialty supplier like Photographers Formulary will have their own selection of of both powder and pre-mixed liquid developer concentrates, with full instructions, which you can read in advance if...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    2000 miles can equate to a lot of grit and weather that I wouldn't personally want a scissor-style RF like a Makina or GF670 subjected to. Nice camera. But I glad I got a 6X9 Texas Leica "beater"...
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    Re: Liquid Orthazite formula

    I thought it was simply overpriced benzotriazole, which is readily available in powder form. Maybe someone else can confirm that.
  6. Re: Anyone Made RA-4 Color Prints From Ektar Negatives?

    It's partially the native steepness of the respective dye curves which makes minor cc correction have a greater impact with Ektar than Portra, but is also what allows this particular film to...
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    Re: Dark room Taps

    Be very careful working with marine epoxies indoors. You need serious ventilation, eye protection, and rubber (not vinyl) gloves.Two or three coats, applied a day apart. Common brands are West,...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    I figured that if a place was really hard to get to, and I might not ever get to go there again, one more reason to take large format and do it right while I still can. And for the first 20 years of...
  9. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    Contacting onto film will reveal more about the efficiency of your technique than onto print paper. But optimizing the quality of a contact has a suite of variables just like enlarging film to film....
  10. Re: How much detail is lost enlarging a 4x5 negative to 8X10

    Will a shotgun kill a duck? Same kind of question. It depends on certain variables including aim. A contact print holds subtle tonality better, while an enlargement allows you actually see more of...
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    Re: Clothes iron as tacking iron?

    Just get a full-sized 500T Seal press and you'll be able to make thin-crust pizza faster than the pizza joints. Just be sure to use silicone release paper so the melted cheese doesn't stick to the...
  12. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    I wouldn't want to speculate on exactly which films will be available twenty years from now, because the exact selection of such things has periodically changed all along; but it's very likely that a...
  13. Re: Anyone Made RA-4 Color Prints From Ektar Negatives?

    I use Fuji Crystal Archive papers. How "archival" Archive really is depends on quite a few factors including display conditions. But I would recommend washing them well, certainly more than the mere...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Filmholders etc are going to be appreciable weight by themselves. If you want to take 4x5, trimming the weight of the camera itself down will allow you to take a decent tripod for no more cumulative...
  15. Re: Anyone Made RA-4 Color Prints From Ektar Negatives?

    Quite a few of us do it. I use various Fuji RA4 papers. The starting filter values vary relatively little batch to batch, but you do need to calibrate to your own reference negative. RA4 is fairly...
  16. Re: Source for String-Wound Filter Replacements?

    Measure the size and look at a Grainger catalog (preferable to their website). Huge selection.
  17. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    I did have (past tense) a very big backyard indeed, being adjacent to huge uninhabited sections of the San Joaquin River canyon, looking off toward the Ritter Range and Minarets on the skyline -...
  18. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Funny thing about cuisine. Even an old package of freeze-dried food and some gnawy beef jerky tastes great when you're up above timberline with nobody else in sight. Singapore does sound like a nice...
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    Re: Single Travel

    Jim - I briefly lived in Santa Cruz back when it was a major hub of the heroin pipeline, and the hills had lots of weird dangerous guru cult communes as well as druggie operations. One of the...
  20. Re: How to maximize shelf life of Fuji E-6 kit?

    Can you mix proportionately for a single session and not the whole batch at once? That's what I do for RA4.
  21. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Er... I have a number of friends in Singapore who come here frequently, but think I'll stick closer to wide open spaces. Not all of us do well in captivity, even if the enclosure is well manicured....
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    The whole name of the game is to how to balance things to work together, esthetically. How you do that is integral to your personal taste and sense of composition, and not set by any book of rules. ...
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    Re: Update on my office layout

    I see you're using one of those quiet low-RPM RolAir compressors that I specifically convinced them to provide once quiet oilless US-made models were no longer available from Thomas. Most small...
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    Re: Clothes iron as tacking iron?

    Good tacking irons are teflon coated with relatively rounded edges, and are small. So they have several advantages over ordinary clothing irons. But those will work if you're careful and keep the...
  25. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    When me and my friend were finally stumbling out of the northern Wind River range after two weeks last summer, having seen nobody else for an entire week of that time, we encountered a couple from...
  26. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    Well, I built things like crystal radios and cattle prods when I was a little kid in 4H, and later even a metal detector which worked, but in reverse, by beeping all the time and going quiet only...
  27. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Ben - Thank goodness most of Wyoming doesn't resemble Grand Teton or Yellowstone NP's, at least in peak tourist season. There are equally dramatic areas with very few people; but they won't let you...
  28. Re: Seeking Ideas For Replacing Film Holder Labels?

    I just snip off little sections of colored electrical tape to indicate different film types, then use a Sharpie pen if anything more specific needs to be added to the label.
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    Now as per cold mount foils and the question of jtomasella. Cold mounting is far more difficult than heat drymounting. And without specialized equipment and a lot of practice, is a darn easy way to...
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    You must be working with very small prints, LabRat. But they'll buckle sooner or later. Paper hinging is a method applied to watercolor paintings with perimeter mats, and likewise suits...
  31. Re: An imagined LED enlarger light source for 4x5 -- NEW INFO FOR TECHNICIANS

    I don't know why someone would cobble together something specifically for sake of a Beseler chassis, which is inherently restrictive. But Alan did that with an 8X10 cold light conversion head too,...
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    Re: PMK and open sky blotchiness

    Filtered water? All it takes is a tiny little "seed" of something almost invisible even under a loupe to create a tanning halo; but that looks more like a little zit rather than blotchiness.
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    It's a basic fact of life. Different expansion/contraction coefficients board versus mounted paper due to humidity changes have always warped things, and always will. Every competent picture frame...
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    Re: PMK and open sky blotchiness

    Risk of edge frilling generally begins above 75F; 70C would turn it into gelatin ramen soup.
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    Re: Eliot Porter's darkroom with Jim Bones

    The chemicals and dyes are easy to acquire from photographic and dye suppliers,respectively, even if not quite a convenient as the Kodak kits. There were actually multiple manufacturers of dye...
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    Re: PMK and open sky blotchiness

    Are the sheets emulsion up or emulsion down in the tray? (Emulsion-up has lower risk of air bells). I don't use any baking soda; the carryover would seem to change the working alkalinity somewhat....
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    Re: Fiber based paper thoughts

    I wisely bought a 500T about 35 yrs ago new. Had it shipped to my workplace, and I borrowed one of their big flatbed trucks, along with a forklift and helpers. On the same heavy steel table with big...
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    Re: Eliot Porter's darkroom with Jim Bones

    I'm just a beginner at it, and simply don't want that much exposure to even weak acetic acid potentially irritating my respiratory system while this epidemic is going around. Strictly b&w printing...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    That looks realistic according to my experience, Peter. But use of deep contrast filters will complicate any predictability at long exposure quite a bit, in a manner that short exposures do not. The...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    Hard to say. But at three stops correction for only a 10 sec exposure, at least their spec sheet makes it obvious that the long exposure characteristics of Foma 200 are horrible, which many of us...
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