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  1. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Take a look at the Navajo portraiture of Laura Gilpin. Definitely not ego driven. That would have been a non-starter. Steichen was a giant. I actually most admire his earlier "Pictorialist"...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    Two completely different animals. There was the Beseler/Minolta flashtube rig, rather weak, versus the completely different Universal (a designation unfortunately given to a number of other Beseler...
  3. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    How about the real West as a backdrop instead of a sheet? One can learn more about the actual people of the West from the setting alone, and what they left behind, than they can from person after...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    I just can't win. Had another nice blue day when I got up yesterday. I had already been over to Pt Reyes the day before for a walk, and red flag restrictions were beginning; so I went to the darkroom...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    No manuals. Tech doesn't come cheap. Probably any hobby electronics enthusiast could figure it out. I know quite a few electronics engineers & phD's in computer fields, but none of them seem to know...
  6. Thread: Avedon

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    Lik's prints look utterly abominable in his galleries, downright amateurish, just big, overpriced, and ridiculously PS fake colorized. Quite a bit of other blatant manipulation too. But both Lik and...
  7. Thread: Avedon

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    Well, I don't read into his white sheet backdrops a "democratization" of his subjects at all. That's more an art critic's retro assessment, I suspect. At a certain point he found it to be an...
  8. Thread: Avedon

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    MY Gosh, Bob .... Avedon obviously isn't my favorite photographer, but he has firmly and deservedly earned a recognized niche. Peter Lik just makes gaudy oversized kitchy postcards; he's more in the...
  9. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Yes, they were commercially successful, very much so. But if getting rich at it is your yardstick of a great photographer, then you're going to have to scratch an awful lot of them off your list. But...
  10. Thread: Avedon

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    To elaborate a tiny bit : both Avedon and Warhol made it their career objective to become mass-distributed visual commodities; and that's exactly what happened. If others find that kind of endpoint...
  11. Thread: Avedon

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    Who do I like? Well, I'm admittedly not a people photographer myself very often. But in terms of an apples to apples comparison of those who could get into people's face, wanted or not, I'd rate the...
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    Re: Schneider Symmar S 210 5.6 help

    They are good lenses, but that looks worse than dubious! The brass rear is a total mismatch, from something else.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    No, John. The fog did move back in.
  14. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    My opinion is that Avedon never was in the American West. He was inside a portable New York tent concocting stereotypes and catchy myths. A few interesting shots in that book, but a lot of corny...
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    Re: Beseler Universal 45 Assistance

    If the fuse is blown it simply won't turn on at all. But those little fuses are dirt cheap at almost any real hardware store, so it's not a bad idea to have a spare on hand.
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Let's be glad that so many current photos are ephemeral, or don't even exist except on the web, or in cyberspace.
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Three raccoons managed to break into a bank the other nite through the ducting. They look like bandits, so why not? The air has been so clear here due to the winds, no fog, and lack of road and air...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Then there's the shroud of Turin, which looks remarkably like a mineralized impression of the features of a conspicuously gothic statue somewhow transferred to tightly applied cloth. But what I'd...
  19. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    One more reason not to be impressed by him. A machine-gunner, hoping that one shot out of 91 will actually hit the target. That's also quite a stack of money to burn on a single session. I realize...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    Lenses in a crude fashion go way back long before Galileo, perhaps even to stone age use of natural glass for magnification. What allowed him to make a dramatic practical improvement in spy glasses,...
  21. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    I'm not familiar with the exact pyro tweak you're using. But I've used quite a few of them, and like many others, originally used a brief alkaline afterbatch based on the recommendation of Gordon...
  22. Re: Should I get a center filter for my 65mm Nikon-SW f/4 & 90mm Sinaron-W f/6.8?

    I use UV filters when I need to filter UV! My own experience with CF's is that an intermediate filter works just fine, whether a contrast filter for black and white work, or a corrective filter...
  23. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Jeroen - I am proudly one of those who finds Avedon generally pretentious, and often downright goofy in the sense of being overtly predictable 60's era in an especially obnoxious manner. There, I've...
  24. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    The biggest problem with long distance shooting is actually atmospheric. Haze and heat waves are the "great equalizer" that limits the effective resolution at distance of all these lenses, rather...
  25. Thread: Spotting

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    Re: Spotting

    Vaughn has been known to chew nettles too, so it's hard to say ... Life is a little different in the redwoods.
  26. Thread: Spotting

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    Re: Spotting

    Ditto. But I mostly use smaller 0000 and 00000, the latter being hard to find anymore.
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    Re: Spotting

    Spottone (now part of Marshall's product line) is easy to remove. Just soak the print a little while in a tray of water or slot washer, redry, flatten, and start over. It really helps to use good art...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Don't know why there were seemingly two different chopper pictures on that link, John. The small yellow one was obviously parked at the Mammoth airport on the backside of the range, which didn't look...
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    Re: Still Smokey

    Except for a 60 acre grass fire 15 mi away, we've had blue sky for the past 4 days. But I can't even walk up the street to the open space till the weekend due to red flag dry wind alerts. They've...
  30. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    Symmar S vs Sironar N? That's a Coke vs Pepsi question.
  31. Re: Photographing Darkroom Prints To Be Shown Online

    Research copy stands and their kind of lighting. There should be some past threads on this topic. There are several lighting choices, but you generally need lights on both sides of the print,...
  32. Re: Any telephoto (360mm or above) recommendations for a 4x5 (TK45S)?

    Not all those older teles are appropriate for color photography, if that is going to be in mind, and not just black and white work.
  33. Re: Dilution problem of sodium sulphite in water

    How hot is your water? You need at least around 110F for consistency. Very small volumes might dilute lower, but I don't recommend it.
  34. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    I've owned both the multicoated and single-coated 14 in Kern Dagors. I use 67mm filters with a slip-on adapter for them. They are somewhat heavy lenses, but nowhere near as heavy as big studio...
  35. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    My own usage of Symmar S lens lenses predates my 8x10 days, and was related only to 4x5 format. But I think I can give a relevant opinion, nonetheless. They aren't quite as ultra sharp or contrasty...
  36. Re: Is there such as thing as a modern, fast, compact 360 for 8x10?

    F/6.3 and light/compact would be mechanically irreconcilable. You need something that fits in a lightwt no.1 shutter rather than a big no.3. The realistic option, if you can find and afford it, would...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    I'll have to try that - round up some caterpillars around the yard, put them in a bug popper to simulate the lightning, and then grind them up into the developer, along with some unpasteurized milk....
  38. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Undertake your learning curve with more affordable 4X5 T-Max, of course, rather than 8x10. Calibrating it is a lot like learning to play chords on the piano until you get things right. It takes time...
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    Re: Tripods in lightning storms?

    Getting in the car ain't so easy when it's a week walk away. The best strategy is not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Out on the plains might be one thing, but up in the mountains...
  40. Re: Making separation negatives from color positive sheet film

    Choice of film is quite important. I strongly recommend TMax 100. It was originally engineered as a color separation film, among its other applications. Works better than discontinued Super-XX. A...
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