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    Re: What's With the Rodinal? Can't Find Any

    No, not at all, Randy. In fact, I was unaware that you were one of the Rodinal enthusiasts. To each his own. *shrug*
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    Re: What's With the Rodinal? Can't Find Any

    I gave up on Rodinal and its variants three years ago, in favor of the Pyro developers: Pyrocat HD and PMK. Both are superior for rendering super sharp negatives, and for preserving highlight detail...
  3. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    I have the MkII 8x10, and my 12" f4.5 Ektar is too heavy to put on that camera. I have used my 12" Turner-Reich Gundlach on it, but its stressing the camera if I attempt to rack the focus out more...
  4. Re: Getting back into 8x10, would a cheap Intrepid Satisfy?

    This is exactly my situation as well, and my comments would be virtually identical to Alan's. For the most part, the Deardorff gets used only at home "in studio" nowadays, and the Intrepid goes...
  5. Re: A little more Intrepid news (es bueno news)

    What has become obvious over the life of the Intrepid Camera Co. is that they continue - year after year - to over-promise and under-deliver. They quote delivery times for a purchase and from what I...
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    Re: Dry Plate Availability

    I’ve been coating my own dry plates using the Foma Liquid Emulsion. It takes some learning to get a good coat of emulsion, but it’s quite feasible.

    Nejc/Lost Light has a good (basic) how to...
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    Re: Photo Flo In Presoak OK for PMK?

    I cannot think of any good reason to pre-soak with a surfactant in the water. It’s interaction with any developer is a wild card, and one that I see no point in risking.
  8. Re: Photography is a Top Driver in Silver Demand, Showing Film’s Resurgence

    It’s been years since I’ve even considered buying Kodak sheet films, given that Ilford is half the price. No compelling reasons to choose Tri-X over FP4, for my purposes.
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    Re: Anyone else here on Instagram?

    Update: I'm not so sure Grainery is going to be ideal for me: the creator of it has stated that at some point, he plans to open the platform up to allow digital content, at which point it will become...
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    Re: Printing techniques from wet plates?

    Depends what printing process you are planning to use.
    What Garrett says is right: wet plate negatives are fairly thin and lacking contrast by nature, so plan to either redevelop or intensify your...
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    Re: Still Life 2022

    Thank you very much, Igor, I appreciate it!
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    Re: Still Life 2022

    Thank you Ben, glad you like it.
    Its the west window of the spare bedroom, a location I use often for still life work. All natural light, after sunset: that's when the light gets magical.
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    Re: Still Life 2022

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52272532135_4a772cb1f3_h.jpg

    Photographed on 8x10 Ilford FP4+, devved in FA-1027
    Deardorff, with 15" Lerebours et Secretan Petzval.
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    Re: Film Question

    Pancro 400 is vastly superior to the Arista film. It takes some learning to get the best from it, but it’s an excellent film. You’ll probably find it’s true ASA is closer to 160 than 400, when used...
  15. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    Well, not necessarily. I've seen plenty of photos made entirely in photoshop that the author promotes as "wet plate", and its disingenuous at best.
    I still think that if you want the wet plate...
  16. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    A simple blue-violet filter isn’t going to achieve the right result either, so….
  17. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    Seriously? This needed to be said??
  18. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    I get what you're saying, I do. But I've been making wet plate collodion photographs for five years now, and even though I'm pretty good at making collodion on glass negatives (my preferred method),...
  19. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    David, using a color filter is only going to get you partway to your goal. I recommend using a red blind film instead. The Arista Ortho is inexpensive, totally red blind (meaning you can develop it...
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    Re: Kodak chemicals -- now what??

    I now use TF-5 exclusively.
  21. Re: How to imitate the contrast of wet plate

    Wet Plate images don't have a unique contrast range, and in fact, we have to fight harder to get enough contrast in our images. Many films are more contrasty than wet plate collodion. Perhaps its the...
  22. Re: How to finish, wash and dry fibre paper prints for exhibition and sale

    I use watercolor tape to tape my best few prints to glass for drying. Its easy, it works amazingly well, and as long as the glass is clean, its a benign process.
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    Re: Deardorff Identification Help

    My 8x0 Deardorff has no branding on it anywhere, but its obviously a Deardorff. I was told that some of the earliest ones had no name plates, etc. on them. I was also told that these very early ones...
  24. Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    My "other career" was in rose hybridizing (suspended shortly after the financial collapse, which brought the ornamental horticulture industry to its knees), and I have about 25 varieties in commerce....
  25. Re: What will happen to your negatives in "the end"?

    A more important question is "does it matter what happens to your negatives when you're dead and gone?" For the vast majority of us, its not going to matter one way or the other.
  26. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    Read the publication by Ellie Young. I provided a link. She goes into great detail about her process for producing the optimal negative for salt printing using FP4 and a Pyro developer, specifically...
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    Re: F295.................Lives?

    Thank you Sandy. I hope it becomes available again. There is a LOT of very valuable/useful information on those pages.

    Paul
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    Re: F295.................Lives?

    What about your web site, Sandy?? Where did that go?
  29. Re: How To Create Dense & Contrasty Film Negs For Alt Prints?

    Last fall I went in pursuit of the same goals - to make the ideal negatives for salt printing. I studied what materials I could and found many of the same ideas repeated. That includes: use FP4, not...
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    Re: Negative Dark Patches

    These marks are absolutely the result of light leaks somewhere in your process.
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    Re: Will pull help me with this image

    Rodinal is doing you no favors. Its a poor choice to pair with Delta emulsions. You fry the high values.
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    Re: 300mm Rodagon with Slight Edge Fungus

    It is possible (likely?) that the retaining ring is lacquered in place (many time, this is the case), and so a couple drops of acetone would soften the lacquer and allow for removal of the ring. This...
  33. Re: Ilford Photo 2022 Film Photographers Survey

    Oh come on, it’s not like a simple survey is required to “see” each and every one of us in all our endless complexity. They just want a glimpse into what their customers need and expect.
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    Re: Anyone buy a camera from Intrepid this year (2022) and how long did it take?

    Last July I bought the 5x7 Intrepid. It took maybe 3-4 weeks longer than the estimate, but that was way better than when I bought the 8x10 two years earlier. I expect you should add a month to their...
  35. Re: Bergger pancro 400 in bergspeed: Unseen base fog

    I think you can be pretty certain that the unpleasant skin tones are the result of severe under exposure. Pancro 400 actually has a bit extra red sensitivity, in my experience
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    Re: Photoshop Free Online

    Photoshop Express used to be a free iPhone app. Then they killed it and took it away. Now they want us back, taunting us with a “free” 14 day trial?? No, I don’t think so. Middle finger to you, Adobe.
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    Re: Anyone else here on Instagram?

    I'm looking at grainery.app as an alternative to Instagram now. It appears to be much more geared towards sharing of images that originate solely from film.
  38. Re: Bergger pancro 400 in bergspeed: Unseen base fog

    If you're using Pancro 400 in sheet film formats (not 120 or 35mm) then its almost irrelevant which developer you choose, since grain isn't going to be conspicuous no matter what. Rodinal delivers...
  39. Re: Bergger pancro 400 in bergspeed: Unseen base fog

    Yep, it’s a terrible combo. Friends don’t let friends develop Pancro 400 in Rodinal!
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    Pancro 400 has a much greater fog base than most any other modern film. Doesn't matter what you develop it in, its got serious base density. You may find you get less base+fog if you expose at 160...
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