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    Re: Tripod for Modified 8x10 Horseman?

    Yeah, I once sold quite a few of those; and it's a good price, provided they actually have it in stock.
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    Re: Tripod for Modified 8x10 Horseman?

    Just try it out, see how it works, and then if necessary tweak the next one appropriately. Photography is always more enjoyable when you make or customize at least part of your gear yourself.
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    I was on the west side last time, headed on a big long clockwise loop out of the Green River trailhead. Lots of solitude. If I had been headed up on the glacier I would have brought an ice axe and my...
  4. Re: question re metering for zone III and overexposing HP5+ a little

    Not all spot meters are created equal. In terms of flare, it helps to have a multicoated lens on your meter as well as a lens hood. And just like when shooting itself, beware of not only intense...
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    Old Dick - yeah, we had to study Forams (short for Foraminifera), Diatoms, Fusilinids. Micropaleontology could be awfully hard on the eyes.
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    The last of the serious glaciers in the US Rockies are at the north end of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Those are crucial to the farm and range lands below. I was last in that area just before...
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    As the Polar Ice cap keeps diminishing, the Jet Stream is going to get more and more schizophrenic. It's going to be a wild ride. My own little slice of research involved the question of why the last...
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    Re: Death Valley Closed

    There were all kinds of major events related to the Ice Ages, when had its last dramatic tantrum roughly 12,000 yrs ago. And it took several thousand years for most of the giant lakes in what in now...
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    Re: Enlarging MF on a LF enlarger?

    It's such a small print size in question anyway that will it even matter? No, I wouldn't reach for a 210; but if you already have one... It's just that there are so many affordable lenses out there...
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    Re: Tripod for Modified 8x10 Horseman?

    Yes, it can be so easy. And you might only need to put another twenty bucks into it, not a hundred. If 3D printing is to your liking, why not? I'm more the traditional shop and drill press type with...
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    Re: Tripod for Modified 8x10 Horseman?

    Just use non-slip caster cups for the spike feet indoors, or modify the feet. Those spikes are both removable and replaceable. CST also sells a fold-out device for use on indoor floors but I can't...
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    Death Valley Closed

    As many of you might have noticed on even national news, nearly all of highway-accessible Death Valley NP is closed due to severe flash flooding last week. Given the logistical complications in that...
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    We have a somewhat illiterate fellow in this area who goes around spray painting "Free Peltier" slogans around the freeway as well as "Poisun" on treated park fence poles. That's not a good rabbit...
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    Re: Tripod for Modified 8x10 Horseman?

    Why do you need a tripod head? I haven't used one for LF work for the last 40 years. The whole point of a large platform head is that it provides the most stable support when the instrument is...
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    Re: Enlarging MF on a LF enlarger?

    You often get a more even field of illumination using a distinctly longer than "normal" focal length lens for any given format. But a lot also depends on the angle of incidence of the light above the...
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    Re: Enlarging MF on a LF enlarger?

    The problem is mainly logistical - will you have enough room below the negative plane to get the amount of enlargement you need with that long a focal length lens? As others have recommended,...
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    Native crafts are an important source of income in that whole region, Alan. The best prices are generally found in Gallup, New Mexico, near the Zuni reservation. Dealers often go there and purchase...
  18. Re: Assessing film speed and development time without a darkroom.

    Cute cartoon.
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    Yeah, pow wows. Most of them seem to be synonymous with "Generic Indians Welcome; please watch a few John Wayne Movies first". Right across the deep river canyon from my place, a couple of my old...
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    I never could figure out Barnbaum's stubbornness in that respect. Terrible advice. He could do good work, but sure did it the hard way sometimes. No wonder he was addicted to Farmer's Reducer,...
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    Besides being unable to pronounce alleged tribal names even remotely correctly, there can be little doubt quite a few of those shots were staged on reservations with inauthentic costume. Edward S....
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    Let's see .... walk into the steak house and order, can't make up your mind. What's gonna taste best ... well done, medium rare, rare, downright bloody? So order one of each; that strategy should...
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    Well, if you're rating HP5 at 200, but at the same time, placing shadow values on alleged Z3, then for all practical purposes, your low value is really way up there around Z4. That forces you to...
  24. Thread: Saltzman

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    Are you sure you didn't acquire that from the Museum of the Spanish Inquisition? What was that really made to stretch - a bellows or something else?
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    Duuuh ..... If one is realistically rationed to only two sheets of film a day, how many can you afford to waste bracketing? It's not like you can peek behind the nearest rock and find a camera store...
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    Alan, ya gotta understand the logistics - I had to tote two weeks of food, clothing, and a tent worthy of severe weather, often ice climbing gear too; then add to all that the weight of a Sinar...
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    Quick and Ready Loads were around a quite awhile. The first version involved early Fuichrome 50 packaged by Polaroid in an adhesive closure sleeve using the Pola 545 holder. Worked well except that...
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    How much do I shoot, Alan? I've come back from strenuous ten day treks with only two chromes exposed, plus a few black and white sheets. There's no ego trip involved. Conserving film was just a...
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    I wouldn't call overexposing Tmax a full stop safe at all unless it's a mild contrast subject to begin with, or an odd developer. With more conventional films with a longer toe like FP4 or HP5 or...
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    Well ... not exactly bracketing to accommodate potential exposure errors... but there is that "magic hour" drama which Alan referred to, when the light is constantly changing, and there is likely...
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    Alas, Alan, when one's transportation is one's own feet for days on end, every single sheet of film must be circumspectly used. I've even been on several long road trips when the very best shot...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    No nation on earth would function without cover-ups. Yep, I've got one of those myself - a custom sized 316 stainless tray I bought used, but that had the wrong kind of corner solder or weld. So I...
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    Bracketing is sure a lot of fun, Michael, just like lugging around an 8x10 pack all day long on a steep hill with double or triple the number of holders, just for the privilege of bracketing. Of...
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    Well, John, yeah, it's all been done. I've accidentally dunked my light meter in mountain streams a couple of times, and came back with even my color chrome sheets all correctly exposed. But that was...
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    Alan - Transmission densitometers measure the density of film (the developed negative itself) in log units according to the amount of light which comes through that density at a given point aligned...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    Steel wool? Why not something modern instead, that doesn't leave behind fragments susceptible to rust, like Scotchbrite pads? They come in quite a range, and are even available in disc fashion for...
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    Oh, using a darkslide test-strip style, John ... I never thought of that. But in that case, one should be confident they have an even field of illumination to begin with, or the middle portion will...
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    Just bracket, bracket, bracket? For heaven's sake, this is a large format forum. Is everybody here rich enough for that volume of sheet film? Sounds like a snipe hunt; and at least some form of map...
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    Yes and No. ... I would never want to go through that AGAIN.
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    Hi, Daniel. Yes, that all works in terms of Zone System theory on the subject end. But how do you read specific densities in small areas of a real world final negative, and not just bracketed test...
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