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  1. Thread: Cougars

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    Right there at #1 on the list of important things to do. (satire)

    That is why I think he is an idiot and deserves a ticket for disturbing wildlife. Instead of doing what is required by law in...
  2. Thread: Cougars

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    One will have to fall back on one's inner beastie and fight back anyway one can -- I'd go for the eyes and push my thumbs in as far as they would go. That is about the most one can do to hurt a lion...
  3. Re: Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    That's my 4x5. I have the Calumet version. Non-rotating back. Weighs 2.5 pounds with the Caltar 150/5.6 on it.

    Backpacking trips, 6-months on a bicycle and other fun adventures.

    Not a...
  4. Thread: Cougars

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    I should. It is an automatic reflex these days to pull out the phone/camera before engaging the brain, so I'll give him that.

    A trail thru our local redwoods that I use to take my three 3 years...
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    And if a lioness is actively protecting her cubs -- throwing rocks at her and her cubs is something I do not recommend.
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    A couple of CA game wardens told a story of a car coming out of the mountains with a great dane strapped to the hood. These were a couple of characters that usually worked on San Francisco Bay, but...
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    Re: Backpack for 11x14 Camera

    Tripods for 11x14 usually do not strap on anywhere. :cool: My Ries certainly will not! Easier to hand carry them, especially off-trail, up steps, etc. where one can plant the legs the next step up,...
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    True...but picking up rocks or stick at the first instance of the encounter would have been counterproductive. By the time he threw the rocks there was considerable distance between him and the...
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    Rocks and sticks were not going to do the trick with a mom protecting her cubs.
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    I came into the hills a little late, being a city boy and all that. I would probably be amazed at what I did not see in front of my face. Before I start packing mules (all of the 80s) I had done a...
  11. Re: Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    I flew back to upstate NY to visit my son and took a 2 lb tripod for my 2.5 pound 4x5. It worked, but the whole set-up was too light and easy to knock out of position. hanging weight would have...
  12. Thread: Cougars

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    I assume the guy used a camera phone. He got out his phone and got close enough to two lion cubs to see them clearly in the video. I remember reading he claimed he thought they were perhaps bobcats...
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    When that video came out, my first thought was the guy was an idiot and should get fined for distrubing wildlife.
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    For some of my alt processes, exposure times can range up to a hour. I do not like the idea of trying to hand dodge under 750W of light. Plus a 50% burn for 30 minutes? in several different areas?...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Thank you. I seem to be doing a bit of centering lately...always healthy, but risky in photography. When doing so in this format, the ends almost act like peripheral vision and I need to make sure...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Yeah...and it sits right next to the road...just a little bit of walking because there is no parking right there (first world problem). I did not print that image tonight -- I printed the other 5x14...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Not too far back is the Wawona Road heading up to Tunnel View, so the slope heads up fairly fast.

    The same rock has shown up in this thread awhile back...8x10 platinum/palladium This one taken in...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    And a companion taken earlier in the day down river...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Hopefully I will actually be making a print (Pt/pd) of this image tonight or the next couple of days. Ansel photographed this rock, as have thousands (millions?) of others, and me...more than once....
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Using inkjet negatives to make alt photo prints is standard operational procedures these days...and silver gelatin contacts, also.
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    A friend published a book of his vertical Widelux images, but trees do lend themselves to the format!

    Besides 8x10 and 11x14, I also work those in half-frame pano-mode...when one starts to look,...
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    Re: Dodging & Burning 8x10 Contact Prints

    I have used a sharpie on the glass part way thru the exposure. Other types of masking are options, too.

    If the exposures are long enough, you can do a lot of 'playing' around. Take the frame...
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Yes...that is how it was hung. Even had it up in my office/stockroom (tall ceiling) at the university for a long while.

    There's a market for folks out there -- narrow tall photographs for people...
  24. Re: A few recent selenium toning notes with WTF

    It has been since the early 90s since I silver printed, but I used a warm tone paper (Portriga Rapid 111) and also selenium-toned.

    I preferred the slightly reddish brown color I was seeing, before...
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    A 4x10 B&W negative of mine was scanned and inkjet printed to about 3'x7' (vertical) for a particular space -- I still have it rolled up around here somewhere. I loved the idea...quite fun to see....
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    Re: Why is aperture backwards??

    :cool:
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    Re: Why is aperture backwards??

    Just upside down...or downside up...but never backwards. Although all my carbon prints are printed 'backwards'.
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    Re: Contact Print Equip

    In use, the B&S contact printing frames are wonderful and will last one's lifetime. I have one that sees a little more use than the other and there is wear in the wood where 10 hours into a printing...
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    I only contact print (alt processes) these days. 120 up to 11x14.
  30. Re: Disastrous Consequences (solved: fog with Intrepid lensboard)

    Tracey -- the manufacturer explained this in an earlier post on this thread:



    Shit happens.
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    Re: Why is aperture backwards??

    What strange gods of optics declared that the the closer the camera is to an object, the further the lens has to be from the film for the object to be in focus?!!!!!
  32. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Bernice, the film and lens already alters how colors and tonalities are reproduced. Why forsake one tool for another? Consider the use of them all for every image. It just happens that the choice...
  33. Re: ULF (and other sizes) Negative Sleeves In Stock at Climax Photo

    Even with shipping at the quoted rate, the sleeves are a great price. Buy a thousand 8x10 sleeves for 30 cents each, including shipping. And 50 cents each if you buy only 200.
  34. Re: ULF (and other sizes) Negative Slleves In Stock at Climax Photo

    Might be worth while giving them a call and asking them to cut it in half.

    Edit -- looks like they charge actual shipping costs -- perhaps instead of folding them into the cost of the goods. It...
  35. Re: ULF (and other sizes) Negative Slleves In Stock at Climax Photo

    Thanks for the heads up. I just opened a new (NOS) box of Kodak 11x14 plastic sleeves -- sweet, but they won't last forever...perhaps I shopuld pick up some replacements while I am thinking about it.
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    Reminds me of the cartoon of the old dog...."Back in my day I only had one toy, and it was a stick..."

    I have hacksaw blades -- don't need to go out and buy fancy stuff I don't need. The one I...
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    Re: Multiple masks for contact printing?

    I stripped some rubilith off a frame last night -- it was set up for 8x10 and I was contacting 5.5x14 negatives (and some 5x7). As long as one has some alcohol or acetone or such to remove left...
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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Yeah, but a good winch will get you stuck out even further.
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    Re: Tools for cutting darkslides?

    I used a hacksaw, followed with a file -- but I was cutting metal darkslides...more robust in the pack, bends rather than breaks, and can be hammered flat again if needed. I broke one made of more...
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    Re: Multiple masks for contact printing?

    First -- which side of glass the mask is on will detemine the sharpness of the line/edge it casts. If on top, there will a slight diffusion...if it matters. And it will if you try to separate the...
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