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  1. Re: Check Your Ground Glass ~ Film Holders for Registration! Simple, Important and F

    Just stop down to f/64.
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    Re: A D-76 observation---any guesses?

    I used Kodak D-76 regularly back in the 80's and it always had some small black specks floating around after mixing. I always filtered it out before use. I have no idea what it was - perhaps...
  3. Re: soft focus adjustment on a Velostigmat Series II f/4.5

    As per instructions / experience from our Jim Galli, you can modify a Velostigmat II (non-fuzzy) by slightly separating the front elements (unscrewing slightly to taste). I tried it with my 9 1/4...
  4. Re: How do you post photos so they don't show up first as thumbnails

    I use dropbox for my hosting svs - it's free up to a certain amount of space.


    I am guessing that has to do with the image size that the person posting it has uploaded. I usually size mine at no...
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    Re: Pinhole 8x10 using Xray film.

    Possibly the stand development? Was the film of the double sided emulsion variety - if it was, how did you accomplish stand development?
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Yashica D / very expired Pan F

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4l4fgiiihuqxmmm/img917b.jpg?dl=1

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/fcbg9m6roy37zov/img920b.jpg?dl=1
  7. Re: Seeking Clever Idea For My 8x10 Camera & Vintage Lenses

    I have used a large Packard shutter mounted behind the front standard of my 8X10 camera for may years. I just learn to live with the slow speeds by using slow films and papers. Personally, I rarely...
  8. Re: Have you seen this video of daily self-portraits by 8x10 camera

    I watched it a year or so ago - an inspiring project. But apparently I lack the discipline to do that even with 35mm :(
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    Re: Looking for bellows.

    There is an ebay seller - ecbuyonline2008 - who makes very nice bellows. They are in Hong Kong. I think they make them for your camera. As to how difficult to replace - I have no idea. I ordered...
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    Re: Corner fogging and air bubbles on BW 4x5

    I don't think you can - and I don't see how one could possibly obtain uniform agitation in one (I have tried).
    There are other tanks that are supposedly water-tight.
    There are dip-n-dunk tanks...
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    Re: Retaining ring or workaround

    Since I make my own lens-boards, cut from Masonite...I think (old clip-boards I get at yard sales), if I am making one for a lens that has no retaining ring, I cut the hole in the lens-board just a...
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    Re: Beginning Wet Plate (part 1)

    I to have been contemplating making the jump into wet plate. Am running low on dry plate. And I also have a Subaru Forester :)

    Paul - thanks for the detailed advice.
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    Re: Photographs with Location Sound

    Well, if it has been done I must have missed it. I think it is a great idea. Next - some city-scapes with sound...?
  14. Re: Need replacement for flickr to store and share photos

    I have been using dropbox for free for a few years but I can't remember what their limit is for free use.
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    Re: Is 5x7 endangered?

    6-7 years ago I purchased an Eastman 33a off ebay - used it off an on for a few years, then sold it...regretted selling it, purchased another one...used it for a couple years then sold it...regretted...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Fall Creek, before it feeds into the Mayo River, northern North Carolina

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/blnmtn4qef95t5f/img886b.jpg?dl=1

    9 1/2" Velostigmat Series II on 4X5
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    Re: 14x20 ULF In Practice

    I have an old, heavy, Folmer & Schwing 8X10 and have made a plywood extension back to accommodate my one and only Vageeswari 8.5 X 15" Plate Holder (it has adapters for film use). I am making the...
  18. Thread: Paper negatives

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    Re: Paper negatives

    That, of course, is up to you. But my perspective is - if you are not going to fix them, then you place no long-term value in them, and you might as well dispose of them after you are satisfied with...
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    Re: Crown Graphic Field Camera Project

    I have owned a couple Crown 4X5's over the years and did exactly what you have done (I think I even removed that sports finder frame that comes out of the top of the front standard) - now get out and...
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    Re: January Portrait Thread

    I think Tri Tran started one ... I think
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    Re: Processing: What About Water?

    I just use tap water (our water source is from a well). I do a soak in distilled water for a few minutes before hanging film to dry.
  22. Thread: Paper negatives

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Wonderful images Peter...do you think you may have inadvertently picked up the mottling look from your pre-flash?
    I know some pre-flash in camera at an out-of-focus neutral background.


    ...but...
  23. Re: Developing contact prints without a Dark Room. Is that possible?

    My "darkroom" is a small bathroom with a tub. I covered the window simi-permenently with a sheet of thin plywood. As for the door, I use a length of rolled up black fabric for the space under the...
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    Re: On Shorpy Today . . .

    I made a slideshow youtube video a few years ago with images from the Shorpy site. The music is composed and performed by my #3 son. I think all the images were made by Lewis Hine but I may be...
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    Re: The Adventure Begins

    "Philip H. Carey of Cincinnati, head of the Carey Asbestos Manufacturing Company, and very wealthy, committed suicide by drowning.
    Austin Daily Herald; Austin, Minnesota.
    June 12, 1896"
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    Re: What to Buy for Film Processing

    I agree with Paul - I have been using Rodinal for a couple years but am not terribly thrilled how my Ilford 4X5 and 5X7 films come out - but - I will use it up. I hate how my 35mm Ilford films look...
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    Re: So now I know why photo clubs are useless

    The local club I attend does not have contests or judging, we just share a few images that we have shot over the past month. Some of the members will enter submissions into local judged shows /...
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    Re: Collodion - Wet Plate Images

    That is beautiful.
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    Re: A thread for images made with dry plates

    Well, I am about ready to give up. My last 4X5 I shot, the emulsion pretty much floated off, even with almost no agitation - but perhaps this is because it is from a very early batch.
    I just shot...
  30. Re: One more question while I'm here - why Large Format?

    Lenses - Looking on ebay, there are many decent modern lenses from Japan sellers - just looking at the 150mm lenses there are some just under / over $100 plus about $25 shipping. I have purchased...
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    Re: Dry Plates Screw Up

    Kent, I was just wondering if your under exposed plates gave the look of ambrotypes to your eyes when laid on a black material, like black construction paper, etc. If they do, then - "voila" - you...
  32. Re: Having problems with 8x10 images that are softer on one side

    Sounds like it isn't consistent, if it's "some" of the negs. I wonder if a neg holder was not inserted all the way in? That could cause partial out of focus on one side, as well as light leaks.
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    Re: Dry Plates Screw Up

    Kent, just for fun, if you have kept the under exposed plates, see if they work as ambrotypes by placing some black material behind them - I believe with the emulsion side up and the black material...
  34. Re: One more question while I'm here - why Large Format?

    I haven't read every response, so I'll just throw this out to the OP - if you are the slightest bit curious, just give it a try:

    An old, usable 4X5 camera - $200 or much less.
    An old, usable...
  35. Re: Tools: Cheap and disposable vs. the best you can find/afford?

    Best? I don't even know what that means. There are photographers here on this forum (Austin for instance) who could shoot more creative images with an empty cigar box, some expired film, and a roll...
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    Re: Austin Granger Show in Portland, Oregon

    They say just imagine someone in the crowd in their underwear - if that doesn't work, just picture me in my underwear, if that doesn't work - bourbon.
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    Re: Austin Granger Show in Portland, Oregon

    My gosh, I wish there was a Portland Virginia, I'd be first in line.
  38. Re: Use of X-ray film: technical discussion with example images

    I have used it for traditional cyanotype formulas - works fine.

    Shot on 8X10 green sensitive.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/bzz56aer0i3qskl/img622.jpg?dl=1
  39. Thread: BIG camera.

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    Re: BIG camera.

    I guess mine is pretty big, though I have never shot any film with it - perhaps one day...?
    And technically it is "non-stationary" since it is the bathroom of my "mobile" home. The lens has a F/L...
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    Re: Rear cap size for the 90mm SA

    Guessing the f/5.6 is substantially larger the the f/8. My f/8 feels like it's made out of plastic - so light.
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