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  1. Re: Seeking Large Format B&W Negative Repair Tips

    Retouch the neg and print the sky white. :cool:
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Sweet image.

    Over-all, some most excellent images here lately!
  3. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    An old Majestic with the gear head would be perfect -- beefy, tough, heavy and awkward to carry. Several models. I picked one up at a yard sale for $25 -- I just needed to pound the shaft straight...
  4. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    I love working in areas like this. I would have tried moving the camera over about a meter to the left (if possible) to separate the two darker trunks on the right from the darker tree branches...
  5. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Wonderful use of the light -- I assume that a print would have more detail in the whites of the steps than I see on the screen -- I see good texture there on the screen as it is.

    What I find...
  6. Thread: contact prints

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    Re: contact prints

    Might have a built-in neutral density filter! Their other glass is marked "Clear". Free shipping? That's going to weigh a bit!

    Definitely have the edges sanded at the shop if you buy a piece of...
  7. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    I have walked a dirt road a couple times that goes from the Bass Trailhead eastwards towards Hermits Rest, early 80s. Sixteen miles, that road was as straight as a ruler except for one bend. And...
  8. Re: My Omega Condensers have scratches - any negatives (hah) with using a diffuser?

    I will confirm this -- I had a bank of D5-XLs that I maintained and I had to sometimes move the condensers around to avoid a scratch on the flat surface from being too close to the negative and would...
  9. Thread: Dark Cloth 4x5

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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    I prefer my old Calumet darkcloth. White on one side, black on the other, not too light, not too heavy. Simple 3'x4'. I've worn it over my shoulder when got out at night.
  10. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    And, alas, as we get older our tolerance for attitude decreases.
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    Re: What 8x10 changing bag do you use?

    My field notes are tied to the holder numbers. If possible I segragate holders by SBR (scene brightnesss range), since that is what will determine development. I unload similar SBR negatives and...
  12. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    I lived in the El Tovar Hotel when I worked in the Park starting in May 1977...in the old servant quarters. Nice place. I was in great shape, 23 yrs old, and played full-on basketball several times...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    The difference between FP4+ and TMax100/400 -- very little to no difference at first, then as one uses and becomes familiar with all of them, the differences revel themselves quite nicely. In other...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Okay -- took a short hike down the trail to my favorite beach. One thing nice about winter is that one does not have to wait long for sunset! Digital camera, heavy of the "Sepia" slider. All for...
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    Re: Starting 4x5 - Which film?

    If you wish to stay with a TMax film, I would suggest the 400 if there is any chance would would like to try alt processes directly with camera negatives -- a majority of people are scanning and...
  16. Re: Need Advice Re : First ever visit to South Rim of GrandCanyon in January

    Warmer -- but I spent a week down in the Canyon in a January and only when the sun was on me (rare) was it above freezing and anything close to something one call 'warm'! LOL!

    Just hit all the...
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    Re: Where did all the Caltars go?

    Sorry -- I kept tell people what a sweet bargin-priced top-flight lens the 150/5.6 CaltarII-N was.
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    Re: 8x10 tray processing

    Hans, I would base that on the results you are getting at 13 minutes. If the contrast is a bit high, then that is a sign that you might want to try 12 minutes perhaps. Generally, one decreases the...
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    Re: What 8x10 changing bag do you use?

    A Harrison Jumbo on the way to me. I'll store it hung up -- I do not know how long it has been stored in its box (buying it NIB)
  20. Re: Pre-soak for manual 4x5 B&W development in a Jobo tank?

    I presoak in the Expert 3006 and 3005 drums. Brings everything up to temp and gets things going while I mix the developer (Ilford PQ Universal or PyrocatHD). And I love seeing the different colors...
  21. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    You mean the funny dead trees that somehow grew wider as they grew up, but broken off 15 or 20 feet up? :cool:

    I am so spoiled having spent the last (almost) 5 decades in the far northwest of...
  22. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    Walking thru the redwoods during a big wind storm can be quite exciting...
  23. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    Interesting question that needs to be asked, but it seems a little back-asswards to me. I would tend to start from the image and how I might want to present it -- then determine what type of image...
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    Re: long exposure light leak?

    That is something the flashlight test would easily show if done as suggested by Louis.
  25. Thread: Technical Pan

    by Vaughn
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    Re: Technical Pan

    For me, it is the contrast one can build up with it -- I contact print, so fine grain/extreme sharpness is not as critical for me as the contrast flexibility (which is why I can use 'normal'...
  26. Thread: Technical Pan

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    Re: Technical Pan

    It is not a good beginner film -- that said, it has some great characteristics for special circumstances and uses in printing.

    A rate of one sheet of tech pan for 2 sheets of 4x5 film sounds...
  27. Re: how to avoid the lens shade / compendium in the image

    This is what I do, also. I prefer GG with cut corners. I can use the aerial image to see exactly what is in the corners. There are many times I can not stand in front of the camera to check from...
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    Re: November 2019 Portraits

    But, Ari, that is the translation generated. Google translate gives the same translation. Something is lost in the translation, obviously. Or I am just confused...a possibility that I must...
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    Off the wall -- your safelight. You might want to run a test on your safelight situation to see if it is cutting your contrast any on the new paper.
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    Re: November 2019 Portraits

    Printed this last night -- okay...not the perfect negative..prints are right on the edge...might need to re-print. I'll pin one of the prints on the wall are live with it for awhile.
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    Re: How do you store / organize your negs?

    The 5x7 film goes into these:

    http://www.conservationresources.com/Main/section_5/section5_05.htm

    and those go into these:

    http://www.conservationresources.com/Main/section_5/section5_12.htm...
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    If you decide to intensify, and if the negative has enough meat to it, selenium toning is safe. Soak bath, tone 1:4 to completion, rinse, HCA, wash.

    But good luck in printing!
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    Re: My first 4x5 photo

    Great!
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    Re: Excited to join this forum

    Welcome! Have fun with the Busch!
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    Re: Diptychs, Triptychs and Other Multiples

    Good enough reason, better than most! Thanks!
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    Well Drew, there are more redwoods than I will live to see up close and personal, there are whole watersheds I will never set foot in. I am happy at this point to visit many old friends...sometimes...
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    Re: Winter Wonderland: Post Your Photos

    Nicely done, Austin and Maris!

    I could see snow in the mountains to the east this morning, but it rarely gets here at 80 feet elevation. Here is an old 4x5 negative enlarged to 16x20. Almost...
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    I was in Antelope Canyon with a 4x5 in 1985. Wish I knew then what I know now..I would not have compressed the tonal range of those negatives! It was an odd transition from photographing in the...
  39. Re: LF photogenic sites in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Santa Cruz, Monter

    And that should be southbound into SF on the Golden Gate Bridge. No toll collected/charged for leaving the city northward.
    ...
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    Re: 8x10 film processing

    Thanks -- and two 4x10s sounds risky.

    I tray develop 8x10 in the 12x16 trays (rarely now) and 11x14 in 14x18 trays.
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