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  1. Software to track expenses and supplies

    Pencil. Paper.
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    Death Valley trip with Toyo 4X5

    My preference for a spot meter over an averaging meter is that it gives me a better idea of what the luminance range is when I develope the film. Though I shoot B&W almost exclusively, I do on...
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    Death Valley trip with Toyo 4X5

    I've seen hundreds of extremely interesting, and good prints made from 35mm digital cameras. So they can be "almost" the equal of LF given their limitations as to file size (print size ?). But there...
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    film hangar flow pattern

    I use the hangers when I have a lot of film to develope. I've had no problems with it at all. Presoak. Then initially agitate for 10 secs then drop in tank. Wait a minute and then pull up, tip to the...
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    ATV's and landscape photography?

    Jack, don't listen to all the jealosy here. Or the granola gramps. An ATV is a useful tool. There have been many times out west here that I would like to have had an ATV or even 4 wheel drive to get...
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    ground glass back

    Hello all and Happy New Year. I hope this year brings everyone their hearts desire and lots of great images. I had to sell my 4x5 Gandolfi but luckily it went to my good friends who use it to...
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    Pt/Pd workshops

    Per Volquartz runs Pt/Pd classes in LA. Look at his site. I also need a class.
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    Thinking about locations---what fun!

    I've been doing a lot of driving and flying to Montana the past 6 mos and there are some very nice farm and ranch scenes I'd love to shoot. Unfortunately I never have the time to stop for even a...
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    Coating Pt/Pd prints: results to-date

    Has anyone ever tried "burnishing" the paper after the print has dried? Burnishing is done with a hard stone or metal by rubbing the paper with an even hard pressure. I used to make high dollar...
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    8x10 glass plate holders

    Go to photo.net and you'll find an alternative process forum in which I have talked with a couple of people who shoot with wet plate.
  11. Noting/Identifying sheet film holders, 4x5

    I just notate on the little white spaces on each holder whether the shot is + or - and what the image is if important. I don't notate in a book what the lens was, the shutter speed, filter, aperture,...
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    Handheld 4x5?

    What is it that you are looking for the camera to do that a Speed or Anniversary can't do? Movements aren't that useful when you are shooting from the hip. A rangefinder isn't that fast either for...
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    pre exposure

    I have found that using a piece of white acrylic (as opposed to a grey card which muddies the color) in front of the lens gives me nice shadow detail on chrome at zone I without desaturatinbg the...
  14. Strange Green Light During Film Development

    You are not supposed to drink the stuff. I had similar things happen to me too but not since the 60's.
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    Owens Valley Workshop

    I enjoyed the company of some very good photographers and will attend many more events in the future. This is such an enjoyable outting and is the highlight of my photographic year. Hope to have some...
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    John Gavrilis-a "new" name

    I'm one of the few who love Velvia but this is even beyond my tastes. The color is way too obvious and even gaudy. I won't outright pan this but..............
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    Beseler Color Head

    Wilbur, are you coming up to Mammoth Lakes and Bodie with us this year? Hope to see you there.
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    Metering in a snowstorm?

    One thing to think about is the color of the image. If you expose color positive film (slide) in that light, it will have a very blue tone to it. Even though your eye says it's flat and colorless or...
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    Why Scan LF B&W Negatives?

    It is precisely because working in the digital realm gives an artist so much variability that makes this platform so unique and different from the darkroom product. It makes your question seem odd at...
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    Depth of Field in the field

    Getting a good darkcloth and then reading literature about how the camera "sees" is something too many LF photographers fail to do and learn. Too many make this hobby/addiction/life passion too...
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    Ominous goings on in the retail arena

    Looks as if Kodak won't survive it's current doofus management so it may be time to start stocking up on film and paper. Mail order is wonderful as it will keep a few in business longer and give...
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    Processing for images shot in fog?

    Next time shoot a couple of film holders for each scene you think worthy of printing and experiment with development. I would give each image an N+1 development. You can tame the extra contrast in...
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    Film developer for 8x10 and 35mm

    There are many other developers which will give you excellent results. I prefer pyro for most of my work but hc110 at different dilutions works too. I'm not a fan of Rodinal but that's just my...
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    Depth of Field in the field

    I'm always amazed at this question when the answer is so simple. It ain't rocket science. "The ground glass doesn't lie !" Look at the ground glass and it will tell you exactly what is in focus and...
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    How do you spot meter?

    From camera position.
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    Controlling exposure using filter...

    I used a sharpie which I always carry in my bag. It wipes off glass surfaces easily. You can apply it when it is on the lens and see the results on the GG. But if the bright area is in the horizon...
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    Controlling exposure using filter...

    Yes you can provided you can match the bright area to some degree. Skies are the easiest to do. I use my darkslide and make the exposure time a little longer so I can make the dodge in camera. I use...
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    roll call

    James "lumberjack" Mickelson from sunny, crowded, filled with hot babes, Ocean Beach, California on my way to Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Montana right next to Wyoming. But not shooting much lately due...
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    Film ISO speed test question

    Your lenses and shutters will make enough of a difference that separate tests should be done. It doesn't take long so do them and get good results.
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    B&W Filter For RedRock Country

    A Ratten number 58 green cutting filter is very deep green. I understand why at low sun angles you might want to experiment with filtration depending on film type. You already have very defined...
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    Dektol Dilution

    Actually there is no set time in solution. It depends on what you want your print to look like. How deep you want the darker areas to be and how light you want your highlights to be. I dilute 1:4 and...
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    B&W Filter For RedRock Country

    Using a number 58 green cutting filter will make the red rock with all of the blue sky lit micro cracks and the bluish desert varnish as contrasty as you can make the scene. Not a yellow/green nor an...
  33. Large Format Workshop/Training in Southern Calif ?

    Per's workshops are inexpensive and very good. But I don't know why you really need one when there are so many books that make learning the basics or even advanced techniques so easy. It was years...
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    Keeping scrotes & lowlifes at bay.

    Having grown up on the mean streets, anyone within arms reach of you constitutes warranted use of some kind. If they are that close and you've asked them to leave, you have the right to protection...
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    Thoughts on 90mm Angulon 6.8

    I love mine. I have used it successfully on my Gandolfi Variant. It doesn't have the coverage of the SA but unless you are needing a large amount of movements, say changing the shape of something...
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    Parallel lines and circles

    Prop the table up so that it is paralell to the camera back when the back is at it's maximum tilt. Put double stick tape on the bottom of the bowl so it doesn't slide off. A couple of books should be...
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    90mm f8 SA

    it should say MC on the front. Mine does anyway.
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    graduated ND filters with 4x5

    Trying to see anything on the GG when using a 90/8 is problamatic at best. I don't use a grad, I just do what I saw Sexton do once and it works fairly well most of the time. Of course this is with...
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    signing your finished prints

    This is an interesting thread. I was involved in this argument last year and when on a photography expedition to the Bay area, I stopped at the Carmel/Monterrey galleries and went to PhotoSF. I...
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    Scotch Mounting Adhesive Rolls

    I use the 3M repositional mounting adhesive. Works great and so far (12 years) has lasted very well. Most of my prints are framed behind glass and get some sunlight for part of the day. So far no...
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