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    Re: Bostick & Sullivan kits

    Any subtle differences probably can not be seem on a computer screen. There will be a slight color difference between using platinum or palladium, or in combination.

    Generally I do not use Na2,...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    And the Fuji W 360mm is a 6.3 plasmat beast. I have 19" and 24" Red Dot Artars that weigh much less...besides having no shutters.

    I might try my Fuji W 300mm/5.6 along the side of the...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Not exactly a hike when it is done on the water with one's arms (kayak), but here is an image from the water on Stone Lagoon, northern California. A little warmth added to the image by the local...
  4. Re: I Built Myself a 16×20-Inch Camera in 10 Hours

    "...I’ll probably get a staple gun and attach the bellows properly..."

    My favorite line...:cool:
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    Re: New arrival: Chroma Carbon Adventurer

    Interesting camera. I like how they managed to be able to allow for the horizontal format...looks like a tight fit .

    My travel 4x5 is half the weight -- but about a third of the capabilities...
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    Work in progress -- a building less than 100 yards away from my house. I developed the 11x14 negative last night -- photographed the neg on the light table and did some photoshop magic on it. Fun...
  7. Thread: Americana

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    Re: Americana

    Space Age Lodge, Gils Bend, AZ
    A few decades ago
    Rolleiflex using Kodak 160VC Portra probably.
    7"x7" image on RA4 paper.

    As (US)American as it gets...
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    Re: Nighttime is the right time!

    Some evening work in Chile.

    5x7 platinum/palladium print.
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    Re: dilution for highlights

    And subtle differences are impossible to see online, unless exaggerated.
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    Re: dilution for highlights

    It would make sense the the diluted developer gave sharper grain. Diluting it lowers the action of the Sodium sulphite (?) in the developer that softens the edges of the grains a little (silver...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Yep -- it is always the a-holes that keep us from having nice things...
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    Re: National Forests in CA temporarily closed

    I did not click on the OP's link -- just quickly checked local info sources. But it is an interesting comparison to last year...though I am wondering if the 2020 closures were also related to Covid.
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    Re: National Forests in CA temporarily closed

    All closed around here. Our main highway east (299) was closed for a week -- now only open at night with pilot car every 3 hours (both directions at once). 170,000 acres have burnt/is burning along...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Here is an oak tree I have been working with and/or sitting under for many years. An early morning this past June with the creek already very low. A bit of a climb and scramble to get to this spot,...
  15. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    Good point, Greg. While I use in-camera negatives for platinum prints and carbon prints, I do not do test strips, but take my experienced guess the time/contrast and make a full print. If I guessed...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    Oh, man -- that is absolutely a wonderful short story! Madame Baranofsky and her scythe!
  17. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    First, where any test strip is placed is far more important than its size, as Drew mentioned. If you can't a good representation of the image's values in one strip, might as well use a whole sheet....
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    Re: Off the Wall Question

    Yes -- and cash, too at stores. Always both hands. And if you are given a business card, make a good show of looking at it -- both sides! I don't think handing a business card by the short side is...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    For my <0.1 acre, an electric weed-whacker does the job just fine. Light, quiet (relatively), no stink nor trips to the gasoline station.
    Wind has picked up here, too.
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    "Hanging" things from the tripod. Left hanging, or is the weight touching the ground?
    Is a stake in the ground with a rope tightly tied up to the tripod a workable solution?
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    Re: Tips for composing in low light?

    If one keeps their eye along the path of light coming from the back of the lens, the image on the GG will be the brightest. This means moving one's head around more while under the darkcloth.

    I...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    Sometimes it is sure luck. I exposed the first 4x10 on the 8x10 sheet, but thought it was not worthwhile to try again on the other half due to high winds. This is out in the open on the top of Fort...
  23. Re: Carbon Transfer Workshop, Oct. 20 - 23, 2021, Yosemite Valley

    The visitor support facilities were the major concerns. Your teaching situation is perfect -- sort of how I ran the darkroom for the university. Eighty hours of open darkroom a week, not including...
  24. Re: Carbon Transfer Workshop, Oct. 20 - 23, 2021, Yosemite Valley

    Yes. The union representing the workers in the Valley fought against any vaccination requirements, so most of the services are minimal in the Valley (pay full price for a room at the lodges, but no...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    The frame, obviously.
  26. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Where ever the light hangs out!
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    Thanks...Watching me making the toilet image in Costa Rica, is when I think my (now ex) wife realized I was probably not going to make a lot of money as a photographer.

    BTW...the single toilet...
  28. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    His toilet was an inspiration! On my bathroom wall: Our beach motel room's toilet, Costa Rica, ca1992 and a line of no longer used urinals at the Marin Headlands. Available light. Both 16x20 prints...
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    Re: Copal 0 shutter speed accuracy

    Much depends on how one is going to use the lens. For my work under the redwoods, all I use is B or T, depending on the length of the exposure...B if I am willing to stand there the whole time. T if...
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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    favorite books I have...in no order of preference...that would be even tougher than choosing these five out of the rest. I have foregone the Westons, Adams and some of the earlier masters...

    Two...
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    Re: LF cameras with geared tilt movements

    Not what you are looking for most likely, but my 5x7 Eastman View No.2 has all geared movements -- it just lacks front tilt (and swing) all together. :cool:

    But I imagine if the OP wishes for...
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    Happens every time I take my view cameras out of Humboldt County. I'll set up the camera in actual sun, get the GG image roughly composed and focused up, then notice that the image starts to mellow...
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    Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    This my preferred way, also, although I do less of it when on long expensive trips (NZ and Chile, for example) where a slip or fall that destroys the camera has greater impact on my photography.
    I...
  34. Thread: Ebike?

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    Re: Ebike?

    Ah...something we have in common! Besides riding push pikes for several decades (only one tour, but commuted), that is.
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    If your camera was in the sun, there is a chance that you created steam inside the bellows which slightly fogged your lens inside the camera, causing flare.
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    Re: Ebike?

    I can't go anywhere but downhill without pedaling my eBike. I even have my feet strapped in to pedal efficiently. You are obviously not a bicyclist.
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    Re: Ebike?

    EBikes in many places are (for now) classified as non-motorized vehicles, although for the US Park Service, it has to be able to be pedaled...so no electric versions of a Honda trail bike. So...
  38. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Good composition is merely one of the many ways of seeing.
  39. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Thankfully painting is not a subject-oriented art-form. Otherwise it certainly would have died with the invention of photography. Who needs more paintings (or photos, really) of things? :cool:
  40. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Pictures of Peppers? I thought they were studies of form and light...I can look at those all day. It can be a trap to be so subject-orientated.
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