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    Re: Pentax digital spotmeter battery drain?

    I've done the "pack the meter with the trigger pressed" trick a time or two myself. I carry a spare battery, and give how I stuff the meter into the backpack a bit of attention when I put it away.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Agreed. It's always nice to enjoy a successful photograph that violates one of the "rules of composition" (viz., "Don't break up the picture with horizontal lines").
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    Re: Hello From The UK (West Sussex)

    One of the great things about LF, Anthony, is that you can make much larger messes quite easily. Welcome and good luck!
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    Re: post your urban landscapes

    Much better than some (one assumes) "planned" sculptures I've seen in museums, enigmatic and very nice.

    I assume this was on a college campus during a break time. I recall when I was (briefly)...
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    Re: post your urban landscapes

    John, was an ND grad used in this photo? Or maybe just vignetting from a lot of rise. In any case, the effect is strange and unsettling. A very good image, I think.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I like it too! Disparate elements making a harmonious composition.
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    Re: Bellevue Lutheran Chruch

    Yes it is. The fact that it is (sadly) no longer in use probably accounts for the lack of added-on ramps at the entrance, which have spoiled the appearance of many old buildings, especially churches....
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    Doremus said: "Evaluating the prints is an art in itself." So true!

    The right viewing light for wet (damp) prints is very important. If it is way too bright (or is fluorescent), your prints will...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    A "good" photograph speaks to the viewer in a way that communicates something more than just information about the subject matter. In fact, the subject matter can be and often is irrelevant to what...
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    Re: Development time for paper.

    Agreed that film developer is generally not suitable for paper. In any event, it will die quickly in the tray and give inconsistent results.

    I develop all my prints for 3 minutes using a D-72...
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    Re: USING TILT and SWING TOGETHER

    It doesn't matter in which order you adjust the tilt and swing. Try to visualize where the critical points are for both the tilt and swing axes and make the best possible compromise you can with the...
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    Re: Internal Bellows Reflections

    Balazs-- I use the previous "wide angle" Lee filter, which has a 4x5 aspect ratio. I agree the new version is insanely expensive-- more than many of us spend on our main lens!

    We put up with lens...
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    Re: Internal Bellows Reflections

    Just looking inside the camera at the matte black surfaces can be misleading. The problem is that the light that scatters onto the film and degrades the low values is mostly the tangent rays, i.e.,...
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    Re: Ruins

    Andreios, the way you print and tone these images is perfect for the subject matter. They feel to me like pictures of "lost time", which is something that only photography can do, I think.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Yes indeed! I like it.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    This has a nice feeling of light and space. Well done.
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    Re: Digital Prints - Horrors

    There is a lot of good input above. Regarding what you said, ..."The colors are beautiful, but is the lack of edge sharpness which makes the prints unusable."..., forgive me if you are well aware of...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    That is a pretty impressive debut there, _tf_. I've never been to Scotland, but from what I've seen if you're up to the challenges of the climate it's a rewarding place to work.
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    Re: Digital Prints - Horrors

    PDM, you haven't mentioned what image editing software you are using. Photoshop (for instance) allows you to simulate how the image should look when printed. This requires you to tell PS what printer...
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    Re: Juxtaposition, Any Format

    If those things are supposed to be chairs, they show no respect for the human body. The people in the painting are headed in the right direction.
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    I had this problem with the controllers I use for air and tray development temperature control. Big bright 7-segment displays and white enclosures. Black plastic electrical tape is your friend here....
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    Re: Actinic focus

    I was going to tackle that question but I have nothing to add to Doremus' excellent explanation.
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    Re: Digital Prints - Horrors

    If you are new to the inkjet printing workflow, there could simply be something awry with the way your driver is set up, or the paper profile it is using. You might want to try making a TIFF that...
  24. Re: Is it Legally Permissible to Photograph Modern Headstones in a Cemetery?

    My guess (and it is only that) is that it depends on the policy of whatever organization--church, etc.--owns the property, as it would with photography on any other private property. As a general...
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    Re: post your trees!

    [snip]

    The picture is strange and wonderful in its own way. I like it.
  26. Re: Hey, Guests! Please consider joining the Forum!

    I might add, for any (humans) who might still be shy about joining, that you will never get spam email from this site, messages begging for financial support, or other familiar online nuisances. The...
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    Re: Strange black blur spots on 4x5 320 Trix

    I've never seen any issues from it. Film doesn't have to be sterile or semiconductor fab clean, or we'd all be in a lot of trouble. Developers are usually so alkaline that any oily stuff on the film...
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    Re: Strange black blur spots on 4x5 320 Trix

    FWIW, even with blowing out the film holders before loading, I was still troubled by this problem occasionally until I started to blow off the film after it was slipped into the holder and just...
  29. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    I like it a lot, Alan. I'd love to see a print.
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    One way that a photograph can be good is when it portrays a subject in such a way that it seems both familiar, and strange, at the same time. The "cognitive dissonance" this involves keeps us coming...
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    Paulette Tavorima

    She does still lifes reminiscent of 17th century painters. Why make photographs like that, one wonders. But hers, I like. Large format--who knows? Digital?--probably, but she's not saying on the...
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    https://www.josephoharaphotography.com/img/s/v-10/p2761541078-5.jpg

    Waterford, 2018
  33. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    Can't argue with Martin's sensible advice above.

    If I've recently printed a negative that looks similar in contrast and density to the negative in question, I'll dive in and use a whole sheet and...
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    Re: Kostiner Archival Washer question

    Yeah, it helps to dig out small prints that have drifted to the bottom of the tank. The guy who sold me mine didn't know what it was for, either.
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    Re: Equivalence: The Perennial Trend

    I also like this picture very much both for the quality of the light, and the enigmatic nature of the whole scene taken together. To me that is one of the most intriguing aspects of photography, the...
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    Re: Post your (intimate) woodland scenes

    Thank you, PDM. I'm sorry to hear that you were so ill-- I hope you are doing better now. The ticks are terrible here, I get them just running the lawn mower. I haven't encountered a loaded one yet,...
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    Re: Post your (intimate) woodland scenes

    https://www.josephoharaphotography.com/img/s/v-10/p4156131972-5.jpg

    Clethra and fern

    Made in my back yard about a week ago. The clethra (Sweet Pepperbush) has been flowering abundantly this...
  38. Re: “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”

    Composition is part of making images that reflect the way you see the world. I think this is partly why some photographers' pictures are often instantly recognizable as "theirs".

    Of course, choice...
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    This is a very sneaky problem. It's prone to happen if you keep your camera and lenses in an air-conditioned house, and then start working outside where the dew point is well above where you had the...
  40. Re: anyone print 4x5 negatives with a black border?

    Very nice outcome in this case, ic-racer. Is the black border critical to the success of this image? I think not.

    I have never attempted this with 4x5 in my 4x5 enlarger, but I will venture to add...
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