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    Re: Pricktorialism

    I got out the other evening and got a shot that looks in the style, except for no prickers you can see! We did find them, bushwacking back to the trail. (click for larger)
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  2. Image Makers - The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers

    If you get a chance, watch this documentary on the early cinematographers. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/image-makers-1247941

    Good in depth study of lighting, camera movement, and...
  3. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    In my youth in Carolina I found a few pot fields, but back in the 70s it was just hippies growing it. They didn't have guns.

    20 years ago I was hiking to an old mining ghost town in the Gila...
  4. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    Are French portrait lenses as good as the German originals circa 1841-50? Are the British copies of the French as good? Are the American copies of the British?

    It's all relative to who, what,...
  5. Thread: Single Travel

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    Re: Single Travel

    Wilderness is where few people are. When you are around few people, why worry about dangers from people? Crime is a per capita situation. No thief is going to drive into a national park, hike...
  6. Re: KORONA 11x14 " ULF / Alan Brubaker refurbished

    The fastest way to learn wetplate is under the instruction of an experienced person. I mean live, not on the internet. But it's not hard.

    Cost is the biggest reason I would shoot wetplate over...
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    Re: Ideas For Temp. Lensboards?

    The iris universal mount shown above was the best thing I ever got for experimenting with lenses. I still have 75% of my small lenses unmounted because a) the often came without a flange, and b)...
  8. Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Every method of taking a portrait is environmentally unsound, starting with petroglyphs and moving through drawings on papyrus. But in terms of proportionality, I can think of a lot of more...
  9. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    As with many vintage designs, someone decides to remake one, even though there are millions of used ones out there. ...
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    Re: Aspect ratio of 10x8 and 5x4?

    Yep, as I used to say when doing training, "there are no stupid questions....only stupid people."
    In jest of course.
  11. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    The problem with oil is if you get some on the inside surface of the lens, now you have even more of a reason to get it apart to clean it. But may not be able to. A bigger problem is the oil may...
  12. Re: A bit stuck (literally) on how to proceed taking apart this Liesegang Lens

    You are going to have to be an explorer to discover how to get this apart I fear. Everything that was assembled, can be disassembled. The trick it to do it non-destructively. The outside ends next...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I have it on good authority that the term "three strikes, you're out law" was coined from the "three turns and it's out" TTH patented thread.

    Did you know Dallmeyer also had standardized threads...
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    Re: Rapid View Portrait (RVP) Pictorial lens

    I should get mine out and shoot some soft focus this winter.
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    Re: Your Oldest Lens

    I just got my oldest lens. A c1750s Dollond refracting telescope. He invented the Achromatic lens group that made most early portrait lenses possible. Very neat to look through glass from before...
  16. Re: Current sources for having a lens flange made?

    There is a machinist in Oregon that Milan used to recommend that makes good flanges. Can't recall his name right now. Also, any local machinist worth his salt can match a thread from a ring of...
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    Re: What Makes a sellable photograph?

    What content sells? Pretty women, pretty landscapes.
    Who buys it in bulk? I was at a hospital this year, and saw some very nice black and white landscapes by an AZ photographer. Then I went to a...
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    Largest wetplate demo and darkroom ever

    My friend Blake did a fantastic thing!
    https://petapixel.com/2019/10/01/photographer-turns-symphony-hall-into-the-worlds-largest-darkroom/
  19. Re: A Special Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Very nice, makes me want to head for the hills.
  20. Re: Stress of Buying Lenses - Sight Unseen / Reputation

    I found a guy a few years ago that said he had some old lenses, from a studio his dad ran. This guy was in his 60s. I asked what they were and got answers like "some were black, some were...
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    Re: Star Camera Company

    I have some knowledge of that company and the owner. He is slow. Like a lot of craftsmen, he works on his schedule, and sometimes (often) his promised delivery date will be exceeded by weeks or...
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    I got the slides back from the lab, and decided to rescan a few. Whew, much better than what they'd done:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48785798952_718028d30f_b.jpg
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    Ha! Yeah, but the leaded is hard to get. I use a pencil sharpener and dump some shavings into the tank every fill.
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    My other mule looks pretty good with it.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48754738096_caba11b8f3_c.jpg
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    Hey, great idea! All seriousness aside: I wasn't really that impressed, compared to Velvia.
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    Re: New Ektachrome 35mm

    You bunch of weenies. I order you to go order an order.
  27. Re: Stress of Buying Lenses - Sight Unseen / Reputation

    It is a gamble buying expensive optics, like expensive sports cars. You can't learn to use either in an "reasonable amount of time" that a seller would let you use it for. In a year, yes. In one...
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    New Ektachrome 35mm

    Anyone shooting it? I got a couple rolls, and just got one developed.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48759493058_0446eedb27_b.jpg
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Are you calling it "virgin" because it was never used? Or because no one ever bought any of them and they remained immaculate? I've thought a more appropriate name would have been "Ringling Bros....
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    Re: Bellows Wax & Wood Polish? Suggestions?

    Lexol conditioner for leather. There are a few others you can use for fine leather, research saddlery. NOT Neatsfoot Oil unless you want a floppy, oily mess.

    For wood, there really isn't much...
  31. Re: Focusing range of Goerz Dagor 305mm 6.8 for portraits?

    Jim, why measure half way between the lens nodal and the ground glass? I always measure the entire distance.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Good deal Stephen! Fun learning and using these exotics.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    I resemble that remark.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48638205757_ae8569f459_b.jpg
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Evidently you and I are the only two on the LF forum who care about these. Strange how silent this forum has become since a few years ago. Like a library in a backwater town, I guess.
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Thanks, they're good ones. It came yesterday, and the iris works. Everything looks good on it, ready to try.
  36. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    I let the design of my lens dictate my shots:

    Extreme Wide Angle - LF imitation "selfie" photos with round faces and big noses
    Fast Petzval - architectural shots of toilet functioning, to show...
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    Re: CC Harrison coming

    Today's the day it should arrive. After the usual UPS circuitous route back and forth across the continent a couple times (they have to justify their 6 day shipping time somehow) I should get it and...
  38. Re: Allowing Lens Availability to Dictate Format Choice

    As a guy that got into LF and wetplate around 2006, I can say there was a price spike about 5 years ago, but it's going back down. Like a lot of fads, I've seen it a lot over my life - up fast, then...
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    Re: Darlot Rectilinears

    Darlot were innovators. They came up with a lot of interesting variations of technologies, if not outright patentable inventions. I went to the big Paris camera show twice, and it was amazing some...
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    Re: Darlot Rectilinears

    I also heard from Milan Z., a lens scholar, that the "earliest" lever stop Darlots were a different design than later. He said the first ones were more like a Harrison Globe. But I've never seen...
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