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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Jemery, that's a fine image.

    To enlarge your photo, you need to post it on a site such as Flickr or a personal website and then insert the link above/below the text in your post, however you would...
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    Re: greetings from Torino

    Greetings to you! We look forward to your contributions.
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Ookst, that's a rather nice portrait. By the time you fit the oval frame, they'll be less centered; or, you could reprint...
  4. Thread: Drying Clips

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    Re: Drying Clips

    For 4x5, which is as large as I go, wooden clothes pins are just fine. I have never had a problem with marking the image area -- clipping in that far at a corner is not necessary, especially if you...
  5. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    Doremus, yes to all. While it was a matter of concern -- and perhaps others' results vary, in our chock-full-of-variables medium (why lead a boring life?) -- I am content to have the paper as an...
  6. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    pau3 (interesting -- my father was Paul Alexander Ulanowsky), thanks, but as I said a couple of times, I find working in the red lighting a strain on my eyes. I don't know why, but it's very...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Just a fun snapshot.
    Leica, FP4 50mm

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  8. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    I have done my safelight tests now and am delighted to report that I can use my amber safelights with Fomatone Classic. The specifics are that I had to re-orient my enlarger station safelight (the...
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    Re: Notes on first experience with Foma paper

    tf, yes this is Fomatone CLassic, and the Fomabrom Variant is quite a different emulsion, neutral, much faster speed, fuller contrast range possible -- see my recent posts on getting full contrast...
  10. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    UPDATE for those interested:
    In response to the dialogue above, I have conducted various experiments. While the proverbial jury is still out on whether or not I need to use red safelights for...
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    Re: Durst Taucoli Cold Light.

    Here is the link to the PDF.
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    Re: Durst Taucoli Cold Light.

    awty, I found a PDF of a xerox of the manual in a quick search but didn't go through it. It mentions cold cathode head. If it's just that and not VC capable, I'll venture a guess that it's similar to...
  13. Re: Repair, Maintenance and replacement of COPAL shutters?

    Shutter CLA can be $100 or so; it can also be more. A technician may charge a fee for inspection and estimate, which then goes toward the repair if you accept. That would be my next move, because he...
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    Re: Fomapan 100, 200 and 400

    Very fine. And very fine ambient light only.
  15. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    Fortunately, Vaughn, I am a moderate person (at least, physically), and I like my equipment and do my best to treat it well so that it will reciprocate in its own way.

    That would be quite a bit...
  16. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    Okay, Maris, you put me to the task again, and again I discovered something -- enjoying which is always better than feeling embarrassed. While there is no Fiel Stand, or label at all under the strap...
  17. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    Sean, that makes sense to me, but clearly was not the design in these cameras, as countless photos of them, and users, attest. My only guess is that unlocking might have been considered a bit too...
  18. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    Maris, I just tried your suggestion for the front cam. The closer I get towards a more vertical closed position, the less stable it is. I tried different combinations of washers to achieve this --...
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    Maris, thank you. Since the manual, such as it is, really gives no clue about this (or much else), I certainly defer to your expertise. I have, along my journey with this camera, tried adding more...
  20. Re: One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    Well, that was interesting. I discovered that the front front standard is removable when the cams are removed. I discovered that a couple of screws holding the guides for the standard to move back...
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    Thanks. Makes sense. I might have to get someone do that for me. But your mention made me think about having to figure out how to get the entending bed out to do it, and that reminded me that the...
  22. One more time: Tachihara 4x5 front cam loosens up. Solution?

    I have posted about this before and tried numerous possibilities. Here's a new thought, after having had to shoot with the camera aimed well downwards the other day and having the right-hand cam open...
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    Re: Notes on first experience with Foma paper

    Two updates, regarding toning and finish.

    Toning: Doremus, I read your posts carefully whenever I see them, and have indeed read and followed your advice on selenium toner, even to the point of...
  24. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    Huub, I will keep that in mind this weekend when I test the safelights (though I have already ordered 2 mini-globe red bulbs and devised a preliminary solution to allow switching from amber to red...
  25. Re: Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    Thanks to all, as always. I just emerged from a darkroom session with another couple of negatives, with similar results. I tried turning off the enlarger station safelight but saw no difference.

    I...
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    Re: Hiya from Scotland

    Good move, Tomas. as you have discovered, this is the place to be, to ask, to learn, to share. Looking forward to seeing your work. I have been in Scotland but once, about a half-century ago, for a...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    afxstudio, I find the first image particularly engaging. It appeals to my Classical taste, with a unity in the precisely framed composition, thoughtful counterpoints of tone and elements, especially...
  28. Re: Free-standing dust attractors/filters any good?

    I use a Germ Guardian AC4-100 in my darkroom, which is an upstairs room, roughly 12x12x8. It includes a UV bulb as well as HEPA. I use it to filter and simply to circulate air, as some corners...
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    Interesting. I can certainly test, though what I was not seeing was increase in overall contrast, so I suspect that this is not the issue. My closer safelight, the one at my enlarger area, tested...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Nicely done, Two23. Ironically perhaps, it reminds of Eugene Smith's early compositions, mostly 35mm.
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    Greg, very interesting. I'm using 132, the FB warrm-tone luster surface. My standard is Ilford WT FB Semi-matte. I printed the same neg on this at 2 1/2 and immediately saw the contrast increase.
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    Re: post your Architecture photographs!

    Greg, I love that cloud. What a delightful complement to the building!
  33. Foma Classic paper and higher contrasts: anyone else having issues?

    I'm fairly new to Foma paper. Yesterday, I printed the first negative that required a significant contrast boost, portrait in soft light. From grade 2 I went up by half-grades, using Ilford filters....
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    Maintaining shutters

    Since the days when my concerns were limited to 35mm cameras, I have followed the advice long ago given, to take out the camera periodically during extended periods of non-use and run through the...
  35. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Pieter and Doremus, yes and yes. That is to say, if you'll pardon the expression, all is not black and white only. I suspect-- no, I am sure both of you would agree that there is considerable room...
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    Re: Is Dektol supposed to be brown?

    I don't use Dektol any longer, but there is at least one thread dealing with this on the forum. Try a Google search for site:largeformatphotography.info dektol+brown
  37. Re: Makrolon® LD polycarbonate sheet for electronic signs using LED lighting

    Curious: I see it comes in many formats. What is the thickness of your sheet?
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Kmallick, I find this a very painterly photograph, by which I mean the sense of place, time, and atmosphere; the quiet use of space, and the handling of what could be very distracting detail in the...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    That's a fine image, Kevin. The various counterpoints of visual rhythms and textures, combined with a very sensitive use of space within the rectangle combine to offer the viewer more than first...
  40. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Not the format. Extraordinary work is done in all formats, just as it has been done since the advent of photography by various means. Although it strays just a bit from topic, I'll add the following,...
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