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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Very nice John. Was this taken at the east end perhaps near the Hamptons? Is this Salt Marsh Grass?

    I am in Port Jeff in Oct. Any recommendations for locations like this?

    PDM
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    The aesthetic quest (awareness of beauty and other human senses) brings us to ethical realizations (Kierkegard - a kindred spirit). Artistic endeavor (creativity) is the expression of realized...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    One last thing Bernice: Leni Riefenstahl

    Amazingly successful for her time and in promulgating the superiority propaganda of the so-called "Arian" nation. Her technical abilities were top and...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    Looking at Jim Huylebroek's Afghan images on the front page of the NYTs today, they are successful for the reasons I have given: high craft, talent and the ability to convey the human condition in a...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    Substitute "successful" for "good". Why? Conscientiousness/intention of the taker. It speaks to talent, craft and longevity of an image in the context of billions of others. Other than from a moral...
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    Drew/JE can you describe what is the difference in these prints? Also, some of us are probably looking for an invitation to your next opening, Drew/JE, so we can assimilate the distinctions in prints...
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    Re: Photo Experiments - Software

    Thank you Tin Can. Good reference material.

    PDM
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    Photo Experiments - Software

    Thinking about how to create the following using existing software, whether one or more in combination.

    1. Creating 3D digital images from multiple photographs.
    2. What angles and how many...
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    I don't believe you :).
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    Examples please.
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    Re: Post your (intimate) woodland scenes

    Beautiful and subtle image Joe, and technically perfect. I am a bit jealous of your location near the NJ pines. Unfortunately my connection there is no longer. I had intended to visit this year but a...
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    Sorry, late to the party here.

    The term "deep" suggests to me something metaphysical perhaps, emotional as well in the context of man's plight. There are so many religious and quasi religious...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    This image has rich, beautiful tonal range. I never was able to bond with Ektar either, for the same reasons you give.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Benjamin,

    I like the tonal range in this image and focus on various lines within. Curious why you set Portra at ISO 100? Reminds of Morley Baer who seems to me to have improved tonal range and...
  15. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Not sure what to say about this image Bernice. Surely Abbott is a fascinating personality and her posed portraits of Joyce are well crafted and historically significant (MOMA).

    Vaughn I always...
  16. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    “… handle”.

    Nothing there to latch onto - seen but neither understood nor embraced.
  17. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    :) well H2O, I believe it was J. Campbell who said follow your bliss, but with ageI am following the dictates of my brain. Sorry, not trying to confuse.
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    Weston’s Excusado is an object which is framed distinctively but which lacks in visual impact, though for its time, it was breaking free from convention. Like many Dadaists of the period, it is...
  19. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Alan,

    Your choice to think in terms of a “subject” for me limits the possibilities. One can think animals, insects, humans, vehicles, buildings as subjects and record an image accordingly. I am...
  20. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    This is where I diverge.

    Composition is structure, like architecture, it’s your decision in design/framing. It is restricted first by your choice of focal length. There is a vastly different way...
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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    Check out Clyde Butcher

    +1

    I forgot about him. I was gifted one of his books and enjoy many of his images. A friend visited his gallery many years ago and was impressed with his prints. He...
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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    I have an embarrassing lack of familiarity with B&W LF landscape photographers work in general (not promoted in bookstores that I have frequented over the years) and so abstain on voting.

    I can...
  23. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Color is its own genre. B&W images that usually work best for me have the widest gamut of tones and lots of information, but with a clear vision. Where E Weston perhaps fails us and where Adams...
  24. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    [QUOTE=Bernice Loui;1608860]Texture of the peppers in Edward Westons photographs are similar to the texturing in Auguste Rodin's sculptures. It is much about how this texturing interacts with...
  25. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Visually I find the super clean whites and deep blacks of John Sexton images or the color work of Morley Bauer and his contemporaries far more compelling than the early fraternity of the F64...
  26. Poll: Re: Seeking 4x5 Lens Advice - Which Lens To Keep - Fujinon Or Nikkor 150mm 5.6

    Not to diminish the OP’s intentions, but perhaps a more important question: is 150mm the right choice in focal length. It’s about the same as a 40mm lens in 35mm language (163mm diagonal being...
  27. Poll: Re: Seeking 4x5 Lens Advice - Which Lens To Keep - Fujinon Or Nikkor 150mm 5.6

    I would also check each lens’ flare characteristics. I found Fuji lenses had less controlled flare than Nikons. Color wise I found Nikons a tad more accurate but both are cooler overall than...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    If I can append Drew's history of Porter. He began his career as a physician, taught at Harvard, and became smitten with the study and eventually the photography of birds (my photography began with...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Really interesting insight and personal history Drew. Thanks for sharing it. How difficult for your father to have realized the result of his efforts were inequitable.

    On the DT front, I know...
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    Re: Eliot Porter, The Place No One Knew

    Some years ago, I found a copy of his Glen Canyon book free from a library who was "cleaning out" their stacks for newer editions. It had a stamp inside, "free, not for resale". So goes the value of...
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    Re: Velvia 100 discontinued in the US

    ... further reduction in LF chromatic color film choices. 10 Sheet Kodak E100G is now $55. Hmm.

    I found Velvia 100 overly magenta in most situations (preferring Velvia 100F which is no longer...
  32. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    The Foveon sensor has been around in some form for several years, and as Bernie suggests, there are few choices without sever limitations, other than H6D-100c and IQ4, both out of bounds for those of...
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    Bernice,

    So if you eliminate the Bayer array, do the results at the pixel level compare favorably to B&W film in terms of tonal range?

    I have seen some use a “monochrome” digital camera (sans...
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    [QUOTE=Bernice Loui;1605079]Curious about the "color fidelity" comment. Please expand-explain.

    What appears to be the limitation on enlargement?

    Go to 200% on the same detail, 4x5 film vs...
  35. Re: Why View Camera & Sheet Film Today, in our here and now?

    The pros of continuing to shoot LF color Film:

    1. Larger size quality prints (above 24x30 assuming good scans)
    2. Greater effective color bit depth and better color differentiation compared to...
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    Re: How is Large Digital C-prints made?

    Dodge Chrome in DC/Silver Spring and Taylor Photo in NJ both produce C Prints using Chromira machines (last that I looked). They may have changed during pandemic.

    Durst Lambda prints were for me...
  37. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    Respectfully disagree regarding a “balance”. As Charlie Parker, jazz great, once intimated, you learn all the technique, forget it (I.e. absorb it so it doesn’t intrude in the process), then play...
  38. Re: Precision and Accuracy in LF Photography: How much is enough?

    Think of large format color in terms of a classically trained musician. There are the standard procedures, techniques, and to obtain best results, tedious perfection of each element of the process. ...
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    Re: Art is Emotion

    There are too many examples, but particularly in the first half of the 20th century, which show that art is exactly the expression of ideas, concepts, shapes, color relationships, and ultimately in...
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    Re: Art is Emotion

    Indeed, I have no skills to paint or draw though have tried. The conversion of what's in the painter's mind onto the canvas assuming one has the skill set to manage it, is unique and individual. The...
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