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    Re: Donald Ross Photography

    Wonderful book! I have to look at it again, there are images which remind me of the work of a number of your father's contemporaries, some of whom probably influenced him, and perhaps some influenced...
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    Re: Heliar Picture Post

    Clickma: I have concluded that as long as a portrait is basically competent (and yours is much more than competent, your lighting and posing is excellent) what really makes or breaks a portrait is...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    Vaughn, I thought that what I wrote was very similar to what you posted in #5, only in my words. Where are we differing?
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    Re: Nice photo auction / show at Swanns

    This auction makes me miss the annual AIPAD show in NYC which made many of the same images accessible (and purchasable if you had the funds) to the public. Unfortunately that is gone until Covid is...
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    Re: Visualization, Pre and Post?

    If we back up from having fun with grammar and Deloreans, I think that most of us "visualize" simply from experience. The majority of us spot meter scenes, place high or low values, and know that if...
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    Re: October Portraits

    Deardorffuser, what I love about your images 9 and 21 is not your technical competence, which is obvious in all your work, but the ease and natural expression in your subjects, the mother and...
  7. Thread: Avedon

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    Re: Avedon

    Came to this thread late, but it seems to concentrate on Avedon's American West and similarly minimalist portraits. But he was a fashion photographer for much of his career (rather like Annie...
  8. Re: Deana Lawson Awarded The Hugo Boss Prize 2020

    You can find a lot of her images by searching with Google, surprisingly she doesn't seem to have a website (unless I missed it). The relevant NYTimes quote is " 'Her contribution to the medium and...
  9. Re: Dry Mountings vs Hinging and other aspects of presentation

    I dry mount onto 2-ply museum board, and cut mats from 4-ply museum board, leaving about a 1/4" around 3 sides, and a 1/2" at the bottom to allow for a signature and title in pencil on the 2-ply...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Paul, your #6551 is a standout, I can stare at it for quite a while. I love images where I have to try and work out either what is going on, or how it was done, and your combination of what I think...
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    Re: how to cut film in the dark?

    An old rotatrim rotary cutter. I simply measured from the cutting edge and put down a strip of masking tape as a guide. In the dark it is easy to position the film (or printing paper) by putting the...
  12. Re: Looking for a count up timer for use with film development

    The Catlabs darkroom timer looks very much like a modern copy of the ZoneVI compensating timer, one of which has lived in my darkroom for something like 40 years. The ZoneVI is a count-up timer, and...
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    Re: Smoke smoke everywhere

    Hope this is not political, I don’t think it is (unless possibly you live in CA). Big article in NYTimes on whether insurance companies have to continue insuring homes in fire zones. One side of...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    I would keep it just as it is, I like photographs that make you look twice, and maybe think about them more. As I said, IMHO it is a very nice image.
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Matt, that is a very nice image, and it brings back memories of the years I lived in London. Is it the very wide lens and perspective corrections that make the Palace appear 2-dimensional? It made me...
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    Re: Grey, Green, and Black & White

    Doremus, Thanks so much, exactly what I needed! I had already played a little in PS just to see the effect of dodging and burning, but those are always more difficult to do in the analog world...
  17. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    I think the question originally posed combines at least two issues: first the argument that arose simultaneously with the invention of photography, "is photography an art or a craft?" and secondly,...
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    Grey, Green, and Black & White

    This is a question about the use of color filters for B&W photography. I have a scene consisting of graffiti on a grey concrete bridge abutment surrounded by greenery. I have made a photograph...
  19. Thread: Hello!

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    Re: Hello!

    I would guess that 99% of us develop our B&W 4x5 at home, and there is no downside, especially if you are used to developing other formats. I have a darkroom, so I tray develop, which I find easy...
  20. Thread: Hello!

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    Re: Hello!

    Two thoughts on equipment: your list is very good, but while you will ultimate end up with at least the two lenses you mention, I would save money at the front end and just get the 150mm, which for...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    Pedro, that portrait simply gets a "wow!" Dramatic lighting combined with an appealing expression from your subject.
  22. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    If you look at the camera as a tool, you need to decide which is the better tool for what you want to do. The 35mm will clearly be easier to carry around, and is the better camera for moving...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    Without getting into recommendations for specific cameras, I second the above concerns. While I love 4x5 for a variety of reasons, for long hikes the logistics become problematic. Aside from the bulk...
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    Re: Hello from San Antonio

    Will, tell us something about your photography background and whether you own any large format equipment. You have some wonderful subject matter available in the chain of Spanish Missions in San...
  25. Thread: Portland

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    Re: Portland

    Same thing for me. Can you summarize the issue?
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    And two more images, this time related because they are both from [closed] playground equipment.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871663932_26117ede86_z.jpgCovidMiltonSchoolSpiral by Peter...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    An ongoing (unfortunately!) series of closures in NJ due to Covid-19. I have been photographing parks and playgrounds near home which the police have sealed off to avoid crowding (i.e. violations of...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    There are no rules. Your ground glass has a grid. Just use the vertical and horizontal lines to get the image the way you want it to look. I was being extremely pedantic with my comment about the...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Alan, technically they look fine, with nice textures and cloud detail in the sky, so your metering was accurate (as was development, but I think you sent these out for processing). In the third...
  30. Re: Merering: Spot Metering, Reflective, Gray Card, Average

    Having just shot some still lifes and made a contact sheet and some work prints, my experience says “bracket.” While I have my film speed and development pretty well zeroed-in outdoors, indoors both...
  31. Re: Picking up my second LF camera in the Washington, DC suburbs

    Mike, Dugan answered your lens board question. There are a number of “what lens” threads in the lens sub-forum. When I bought my first 4x5 about 50 years ago, the now-defunct Olden Camera recommended...
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    Re: Fred Picker

    I took his workshop in 1984, and Bruce Barlow was at the same workshop. My strongest memory was the lesson he drilled into us, that if we had a question about something, try it! That was consistent...
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    Re: Self Portraits

    Marc Morel, I really like your portrait. Technically your lighting is excellent, and the bird makes the portrait a stand-out.

    And, based on your location, I guess in Australia you see the image...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Thanks, Igor. Will consider crops before making a final print. This image is already cropped a bit on the left from the full 4x5 negative, the bag bellows I need for displacements with my 80mm...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    There is a short story attached to this, and probably a universal truth about photography. I posted a similar image in this thread, #112. In that image, taken handheld with my Rollei 6006, I was...
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    Re: Hello from South Korea

    Welcome! I like the image you posted and look forward to seeing many more. Your English is excellent, had you not commented at the end, I would have assumed English to be your native language.
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    RGB: Great photo for the quarantine thread since it made me laugh, something we need right now! And having two cats myself, I know the look!
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Agree completely. I was hand-holding the Rollei, and concentrating on keeping the flag pole vertical and the framing with the tree, I didn't even realize the car was there until I developed the film...
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    Re: Quarantine Pictures Any Format

    Flags throughout NJ are flying at 1/2 mast due to the deaths from Corona Virus. I stopped the car coming back from delivering food to my 91-yr-old mother-in-law to take this image. After the fact I...
  40. Re: scanning 4x5 negatives in printfile sleeves

    I frequently make "contact sheets" of newly-developed 4x5 negatives in the PrintFile sleeves, with no extra equipment (on an old Epson 4990). As posted above, just lay the PrintFile sheet (upside...
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