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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    zhyuch, I agree with Ulophot. A fine photo.
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    Re: March Portraits

    Jeffsweet -- Both are strong portraits. Sometimes it is better to break a few rules to make the best photo,
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    Re: Computer Technology

    Ah, those space age motherboards! From 1956 to 1959 I was one of a few repairmen on a one-of-a-kind computer, contemporary with Univac 1 & 2, that had no printed boards. Everything was hard-wired. We...
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    Re: My Set Up for Film Holder Labels

    Notches to indicate binary numbers filed in the edge of the loading flap can be keyed to external labels. Like many old system it still works well today.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Natenaaron -- If they are like a few photographers I know, those gadgets on the cameras are flashes so they can brighten up the shadows on distant rock formations.
  6. Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Steve, for display as art, consider flipping it horizontally.
  7. Re: Polaroid Instant - Retain B&W (Prevent Sepia)

    This is the 21st century. Any image that one wishes to preserve should be scanned for a back-up, and that back-up file preserved with evolving technology.
  8. Re: Controversy over Mural Photo in North Dakota

    "It was all about the art. It was not about the controversy." Great art has been achieved by many generations of wet plate photography. This image doesn't compare with them.
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    Most photographers can adapt to whatever 4x5 enlarger they use often. Most of my 4x5 B&W enlarging was done on old Elwood and DeJur enlargers. Appropriate newer enlargers are far better for color...
  10. Thread: 6x17 Images

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    Re: 6x17 Images

    It certainly is!
  11. Thread: Doors

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    Re: Doors

    This would be a fine picture even without the cat, but the cat gives it special meaning.
  12. Re: Hypo Clearing Agent = Ilford Washaid? I am confused!

    Kodak Photo-Flo reduces surface tension in the final film wash so the water doesn't bead up and dry slow with the possibility of residue on the film due to contaminates in the water. I used it for...
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    Re: February portraits

    Lovely!
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    Re: Scanning a negative as a document

    Many years ago I improvised a light source to mount above a negative on a cheap document scanner, but could never could get decent scans. Perhaps it would have worked better if I had disabled the...
  15. Re: Check Your Ground Glass ~ Film Holders for Registration! Simple, Important and F

    . .. . and allow for the refractive index of the ground glass.
  16. Re: Kodak Eastman View 2D: Extension Rail fitting?

    The pins on my 2-D from 1943-1944 are brass .25 diameter and spaced 5.503 center to center. Probably the 5.5 center to center spacing is the intended standard, and any change to match the holes to...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    I certainly agree with Eric. Way Beyond Monochrome is one of the most inspirational and informative book I own in a large library.
  18. Re: Folmer & Schwing R.B. Cycle Graphic 6.5" x 8.5"

    The booklet, A Survey of Graflex, by Richard P. Paine (1981), lists the 6.5x8.5 Revolving Back Cycle Graphic as being made from 1907-1922. The 6.5x8.5 body only was $49 and with a Graphic RR, $62. No...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Even the early editions of various AA books are interesting. They are more like AA himself speaking than are the later editions.
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    Re: Nudes tiny format

    Norman -- It is refreshing to see a nude as good photography rather than a celebration of feminine beauty.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Wow!
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    If the aperture sequence is 4, 8, 15, 32, 64, 128, it is the old U. S system where 4=f/8, 8=f/11, 16=f/16, 32=f/22, etc. This system made more sense in the days before practical light meters where...
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    Re: Graflex Pacemaker Speed Flash Sync

    The 10th edition of Graphic Graflex Photography covers the top rangefinder Pacemaker series (Crown and Speed Graphic). You'll need the 11th edition for complete coverage of the later top rangefinder...
  24. Re: Seeking Large Format B&W Negative Repair Tips

    Before doing anything to the negative, make a quality scan so you at least have that as backup. I use Bill Burk's technique as mentioned in post #5. A very fine tipped water color brush or spotting...
  25. Re: Likely Very Naive Question, sheet film then scan to produce a digital print.

    Huge digital files scanned from large format negatives can duplicate view camera movements in Photoshop. The edited file can be archived in a long life digital print.
  26. Re: Film Development and Contact Printing Equipment and Materials List

    PhotoFlo is used in the final film wash to help the water stream off of the film while it is hanging to dry. I use a pre-wash of plain water before the film developer. Some others do not. The SP-445...
  27. Re: Camera Selection: Tachihara, Toyo 45Aii or xxxxxx?

    Some of us have found that it is easier and usually much less expensive to adapt to whatever view camera that is readily available than to try to select the perfect camera that will suit us best....
  28. Re: Scanner, enlarger, or contact printer? Which one and why???

    Someone who is already equipped for developing film needs little more for contact printing. I don't regret enlarging since the 1960s. The cost of several enlargers and a few darkrooms used since then...
  29. Re: Thinking hard about taking the LF plunge.....

    The most valuable investment for a novice in a new area of photography is knowledge. Adam is getting some of that here. Books and YouTube are other sources. A good manual on photography covers...
  30. Re: Thinking hard about taking the LF plunge.....

    New LF cameras can be expensive, but have little advantage over older and moderately priced equipment. I've owned many LF cameras and lenses over the past 60 years, and most were perfectly...
  31. Thread: 4x5 Camera

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    Re: 4x5 Camera

    Pedro -- You're off to a good start with the Graflex. There are enough good subjects waiting to be photographed to keep you busy with just that camera and lens for the rest of your life. For more...
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    Re: Contact print frame glass

    I'm with Barry and Paul. Any old moderately coarse stone works fast and well. This use does gradually wear down the stone, so don't use a stone that you need for precision sharpening, like a plane...
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    Re: Darkroom setup: your thoughts

    Doremus gives fine advice. Add up all of the electrical devices you might ever use in the darkroom, double or triple that number, and put in that many outlets. I've had up to maybe 20 outlets in use...
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    Re: Technical Pan

    My favorite use for Tech Pan is as a solarized negative. An exposure index of about 25 and a brief development in Solarol developer with a reversal flash worked well after much experimenting. A...
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    Re: Test Pattern for Variety Lens Testing

    Bob makes good points, although lens test charts are valuable for numerically comparing various lenses. The old standard USAF 1951 lens resolution test chart has the advantage of availability and...
  36. Re: Kodak Master View 8x10 GG problem and replacement

    I scribe my own grids. First the desired pattern is laid out on paper. The ground glass is taped down over the pattern, ground side up. A sharp tool, perhaps a needle in a pin vise, scribes the lines...
  37. Re: How to do tray processing - both regular and stand?

    Long ago I used a Heathkit Color Canoe to develop single sheets of 8x10 film. This tray has a curved bottom that requires perhaps 1.5 ounces of each chemical per sheet. The tray is rocked back and...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    I lived in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in Missouri without air conditioning until recently. Humidity could also be a problem. Two small Edward Weston photographs printed by Cole Weston and bought at...
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Probably another sheet of that acid-free rag board from Light Impressions.
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    Re: What Happened to Dry Mounting Prints?

    Years ago I used Colormount tissues and acid-free rag boards from Light Impressions for B&W darkroom prints. Eventually many boards became discolored around the print edges. This also happened to a...
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