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  1. Re: Traveling by Air In July: How should I handle LF Film?

    I put the film in a ziplock bag, and ask for hand inspection when I go through the TSA check. I just returned from flights where I had the hand inspections done in Austin TX, Newark NJ, and Toronto,...
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    Re: Canham DLC45 Bellows Damage

    If Keith doesn’t answer promptly (I’m sure he will, he is very responsive) re-post and I will check my notes for the Allen key sizes. They are all small metric sizes (IIRC three sizes cover...
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    Re: Keeping or tossing prints?

    Into the garbage can which sits right next to my darkroom sink. As you said, space is limited, and I don't see any point in hanging onto the "iterative steps" along the way. When I have the print I...
  4. Re: ‘Pure’ Landscape Photography Versus Including the Human Element

    Ultimately I think this is the answer. There are those in the forum who enjoy taking pictures of trees and waterfalls. We have threads for those. There are also those who enjoy taking pictures of...
  5. Re: ‘Pure’ Landscape Photography Versus Including the Human Element

    The author of the article implies that including the human element in landscape is a fairly current trend. I would suggest that it goes back at least as far as Robert Adams, whose landscapes of the...
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    Re: Processing and Printing

    We have very hard water where I live in NJ. I use distilled water when mixing fixer and for the final rinse before hanging film up to dry. I use the hard tap water for pre-soak, working dilution of...
  7. Re: The largest and/or heaviest 4x5" camera ever?

    Daniel, your twin lens Sinars are always fun to read about and look at, but presumably you assembled it (them?) to solve a problem. What was the problem?
  8. Re: What's the BEST ultra-light weight, compact 4x5 tripod you've actually used

    The travel tripod I use is a carbon FLM, I believe the model is the CP-26 and I have an FLM ball-head on it. FLM products are fairly expensive, but very well made. The North American importer is a...
  9. Re: Can you guys critique my website/portfolio of my large format photography work?

    I feel almost nervous about critiquing, because I don't have teaching experience or MFA credentials, just 50+ years of photographing and looking at photographs. I think you have a strong personal...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Three Halloween images, all HP5+, Pyrocat, Rollei 6006. These are negative scans from Photoshop Elements. Sadly I had one of those "Murphy's Law" catastrophes where for the first time in over a...
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    Re: Jason Lane Dry Plate

    Enjoy #62. As for #64, I've often wondered why we LF photographers are always attracted to dead cars in fields. I guess it is because they don't move, so we have time to set up and focus.
  12. Richard Benson at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Benson is known for his printing skill, but was also a photographer. I would love to get to Philly to see this exhibit, but the current Omicron surge makes that unlikely. The link provides a sampling...
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    Re: Advice on De Vere 504 Cathomag Enlarger

    My 504 originally had the cathomag head, but at the time graded papers were common, so using the head was easy. When VC paper became the norm, I switched the cathomag for a ZoneVI variable contrast...
  14. Re: Hi : )!!! - Please suggest me GPC flatbed scanner

    I am using an old Epson 4990 with a Mac running the current 64-bit OS. All you need to do is buy a copy of VueScan software, no need to run virtual anything. Years ago, when the Epson 700 series came...
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    Re: Cursed image - Pyrocat-M salvage

    It is reassuring to realize that other photographers also make mistakes! With my 4x5 I have run the gamut. But Mr. Searing's development tank experience reminded me of my most recent with my medium...
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    Re: Oh my . . .

    Should Tin Can’s post count be doubled because they are all double spaced?
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    Re: Chamonix cameras in action in Tibet

    I hesitate to ask what to me seems an obvious question: why chose to shoot wet plate rather than sheet film, since Chamonix cameras can do both? Logistically and ecologically it would have been...
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Peter, Ari, Of course it helps that I like dogs, but what I want to articulate is something about your portraits. When we talk about portraits of people, there is usually a debate whether the...
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    Re: Pet Pictures, Any Format.

    Peter, those are great dogs and great portraits. They make me want to pet all three of them!
  20. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    As many of you, and I am sure Bernice, know, this question gets asked periodically. My answer is always the same: I enjoy the process, I wouldn't argue that the end product from either film or...
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    Re: Common Large Format Mistakes

    Very nice little video! Even though I have been using LF cameras for about 50 years now (!), I still occasionally make his first and last mistakes, always if I have gone too long without using the...
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    Re: Film in freezer

    Never have. And like Alan9940, I’ve been doing the ziplock and freezer thing for 40 years without ever having a problem.
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    Re: Film in freezer

    I have done this seemingly forever. I keep boxed sheet film in the freezer, with the box inside a ziplock bag. Take the bagged film out, let it come to room temperature inside the ziplock. Take the...
  24. Re: Experience in printing from 4x5 and 8x10 on paper 95x120 cm

    Wonderful technical ability! I had to do the conversion from metric to inches, that paper is very close to 3 feet x 4 feet! Not sure how many of my images would be worth that kind of effort.
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    Re: Newcomers to LF: First Read The Book

    My thought is that the Ansel Adams series is too complex and detailed for a beginner, and in this day of variable contrast papers and split filter printing I’m not sure how valuable the Zone System...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    Most of the posts subsequent to my earlier thoughts fall into two camps: either "why bother to make a lightweight monorail, because we already have excellent systems cameras (Sinar, etc.)," or "it...
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    Re: Monorail vs. Folding Camera Weight

    I think the answer has more to do with materials than basic design. Most monorails are made from aluminum and other metals, most of the lightweight folders are made from wood. But there are also...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    Tuco, John: non-photographic, but related to Tuco's photo. When I built wheels in the pre-carbon fiber days (i.e. 32- or 36-hole aluminum rims) we always bought threaded spokes (usually...
  29. Re: Smallish back pack for Technika + 2 lenses + 3 film holders??

    One pack that is rarely mentioned is Peak Designs' "Everyday Backpack 20L." Not cheap, but very well made and has a myriad of ingenious design features which let you pack it in multiple ways. I...
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    Re: Your 10 Most Influential Photographers

    Mine are split into two groups: those, some lesser known, who I have learned from in person, and those whose work inspires me:

    Those with whom I have taken workshops:
    Fred Picker: mediocre...
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    Re: Post Your Photos Made At Close Distance

    Tuco, your image #492 caught my attention, I like the combination of wheels which adds a little complexity. I’m also impressed by your truing stand and run-out gauge, you clearly have at least one...
  32. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    HP5+ (120 & 4x5), Pyrocat-HD, TF-4 fixer
    Ilford Classic FB & RC (RC for contact sheets and 8x10 work prints only, FB for 11x14 prints), Ilford Multigrade Print Developer, Ilfostop, TF-4
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    Re: threading the needle

    Since we have left photography behind for Wagner, I have seen three complete Ring Cycles, I am clearly a Wagnerian (I also enjoy Meistersinger and the Flying Dutchman). One of the cycles was in...
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    Re: threading the needle

    I think the key question is the one at the beginning of Merg's thread, "who is your audience?" If you are making photographs to sell or for a commercial purpose, your objective is by definition...
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    Re: Looking for feedback on images...

    I think my favorite is the one with the barbed wire, I guess like Robert Adams’s pictures I like evidence that humans have been there.

    But my question goes in an entirely different direction:...
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    Re: Are you shooting more than one format

    Sony Digital FF, Leica and Nikon 35mm, Rollei 6x6, Canham 4x5 (and unused for years, a 6x9 roll film slide-in holder). Ilford HP5+ for all formats.
  37. Re: Ilford Multicontrast Classic FB/selenium toner

    I also print on Ilford VCFB Classic, and my technique is the one Bernice posted above, let the prints dry without toning, evaluate, choose the ones to tone, and then I tone a batch say 4 or 5 at...
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    Re: Studio lights for a hack

    Since I've been doing this for a long time I have a bunch of studio strobes which I can use with soft boxes or umbrellas. My favorite is a compact DynaLite M500 pack with two heads, I also have a...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    John, You do a wonderful job with chrome and shiny metal on all of your motorcycle engines! Any hints for the rest of us, or is it “simply” being spot on with your exposures and development?
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    Re: Epson 4990 Scanner & Mac Catalina Driver

    Ken, Drew, JMO, and everyone who responded: Thanks, and success! I have installed Photoshop Elements 2021 on my Mac (which solves the 64-bit issue) and VueScan which solves my Epson 4990 Photo...
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