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  1. Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    I'm not so sure I agree with the "20%-rule." As I mentioned, I'd have certainly used some movements in the image I discussed. Besides, not all "foreground" objects are equal. If your foreground is...
  2. Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Adam,

    Some thoughts :) :

    First, just because you choose near and far focus points and then set the focus halfway between them doesn't mean that you have enough depth of field for the extremes;...
  3. Re: Technique for focusing "into your scene"

    Couple that with: https://www.largeformatphotography.info/fstop.html and you're good to go.

    A few observations:

    The "1/3-in" rule doesn't really work. The amount of depth of field in front of...
  4. Re: Any Suggestions/Recommendations For A Lighter Field 4X5 Camera?

    Since you have the Technikardan for studio and tougher architectural work, I'd suggest a lightweight, no-frills wooden folding field camera.

    Take care to choose on that is actually lightweight; a...
  5. Re: Front Axis tilt with back base tilt

    Tilting or swinging the camera back changes the image. It changes the relative sizes of objects in relation to each other, with objects on the part of the ground glass/film farther from the lens...
  6. Re: Is it possible to practice the art of "seeing"?

    Principles and guidelines for organizing elements of an image have been around for centuries (millennia?). In contrast to Vaughn, I think they are useful for beginning students; why re-invent the...
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    Re: Black debris in developer tray

    It looks like small pieces of the emulsion along the edge of the film have chipped off and remained in your tray. Rather unusual with FP-4 I would think unless your wearing gloves made you somehow...
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    Re: Your favorite Enlarger Timer

    For many years I printed with a metronome. Just a regular battery-operated compact musicians metronome set permanently on 60 beats per minute. I started the metronome, held a card under the...
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    Re: A journey that never ends

    Welcome.

    This forum is one of your best resources. Feel free to search for and ask about anything LF related here.

    Greetings from Eugene!

    Doremus
  10. Re: Light tripod and head for lightweight 4x5 and short lenses

    I've been using the Manfrotto 056 3D "Junior" head (formerly #3025) for years now with my field cameras. Weighs 1.2 lbs, can be used with all three knobs loosened like a ball head or you can loosen...
  11. Re: Adhesive for gluing together PVC Garage Flooring tiles/mats?

    I wouldn't bother with glue. Tape your sections together (duct tape or whatever). Use double-stick tape for securing them when needed.

    Doremus
  12. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    The filter of choice for orthochromatic rendering with panchromatic film is the Wratten #44 or #44a (minus red filter). It may end up passing more green than older ortho film/plates were sensitive...
  13. Re: A few recent selenium toning notes with WTF

    Philip,

    A couple of things: first, in my experience, toning longer at a weaker dilution and toning for a shorter time in stronger toner delivered the same results. Your "more chocolatey" results...
  14. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Leaving aside the discussion on personal choices and observations...

    The point about using filters other than the more common yellow-orange-red family is a good one.

    AA liked and used a Wratten...
  15. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Daniel,

    I think you're making things too complicated. If you find that using a certain filter with your in-camera meter consistently results in under- (or over-) exposure, just make a note of...
  16. Re: Focusing aids for Chamonix 4x5 cameras

    I'll add my two-cents worth of advice here too.

    Do try and use the camera as-is, i.e., without any focusing aids at all except a loupe and maybe some reading glasses if you need them and try to...
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    Re: Why is aperture backwards??

    Just to add a point of interest for the OP maybe:

    The "f" in the f/8, etc. is the focal length of whatever lens your using. Replace that with the actual focal length of a particular lens and you...
  18. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Thomas,

    I spent years photographing my home city of Vienna on my bike. Every chance I got, I'd shoulder the camera bag, strap the tripod on the bike's luggage rack and head out. I always carried...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Michael's point about a thorough wash between sessions if you're going to dry your prints in between is important. That's what I do.

    My workflow, just FYI:

    Printing session: develop, stop,...
  20. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    I think this falls in the category of urban myth. The last time I checked, the rule applied only to vendor's carts with hard plastic wheels. Soft rubber and pneumatic wheels were okay and tourists'...
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    Re: TF-4 Or Hypam For Film?

    Me too: PMK for film, fixer is Hypam or Rapid Fixer. Never a problem.

    Doremus
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Ben,

    Your test with the unexposed sheets shows that the problem is not paper fogging or developer-related issues.

    Since you get no stains with an intermediate wash between fix one and two, I'm...
  23. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    Wow, lots of high-tech solutions here. Hat's off!

    Me, I just duct-tape some corrugated-cardboard boxes together to fit lens, both lens caps, lensboard and attached cable release. I stack the...
  24. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    It's interesting to me how Drew and I arrive at the same general results through completely different means.

    I ALWAYS meter through the filter.

    Yes, I'm aware of the different spectral...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Sounds like staining from developer, etc. seeping in to the middle of the paper from the edges now. This would be extremely difficult to wash out.

    Can you see any separation/physical damage to...
  26. Re: B/W film & B/W chems - What's in your darkroom?

    Films: 320TX and TMY these days
    Film Dev: PMK pyro. Used to use lots of others, but this is my standard now.
    Kodak Indicator Stop
    Ilford Rapid Fixer or Hypam without hardener

    Printing Papers...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Okay Ben...

    Seems we've eliminated lots of the usual suspects, so let's look for some not-so-usual ones :)

    Since the emulsion doesn't seem to be affected, I'm thinking that the stain is in the...
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    OP ID Banner?

    Is there any (easy) possibility of adding a banner to subsequent posts by the OP that identifies them as the original poster similar to what is being done over at Photrio? It would really be helpful...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Ben,

    It seems the only possible remaining culprit is the Perma Wash. Ditch that and see what happens. If you still get stains, we'll have to start over examining all the elements once again.
    ...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    I think Ben means 6 oz. fixer concentrate in 30 oz. total of working-strength fixer, at least he should :) That is 6 + 24 = 30, which is 1 part in 5, and the standard 1+4 dilution.

    At any rate,...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Michael,

    Seems you left out the final wash time :) Just to clarify:

    Ilford recommends 30 minutes minimum after toning and a 10-minute treatment in wash aid.
    Kodak recommends minimum 20...
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    Re: threading the needle

    An advantage of living in Vienna and having the Wiener Staatsoper just around the corner from your apartment. I mentioned it since Corran is a Schönberg fan (as am I - Guürre-Lieder - Wow!).

    I'm...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Well, Ben, the plot thickens...

    Possibilities:

    So, are you still washing before the toning? May it still isn't enough. Or, maybe the Perma Wash is getting in the way. Fixing should be...
  34. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Like Drew, I have two sets of filters, one 52mm and one 67mm. I don't have any lenses that take filters larger than this - on purpose. I started years ago with Nikon Fs, so had a bunch of 52mm...
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    Re: threading the needle

    Fascinating that my comment triggered such an outpouring! I wasn't aware there were so many opera-lovers and musicians among us.

    The opera discussion so far just underlines my point. Wozzeck is...
  36. Re: Switching lenses. Any disadvantage with downsizing the filter thread size?

    Using a larger filter on a lens with a smaller filter size by means of a stepping ring will never negatively impact the image. Many of us do that all the time; standardizing on the largest size...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Exactly right!

    Remember that you can use selenium toner as a test for adequate fixing. If the print is not fixed well enough, a stain will result. The same with general toning.

    Doremus
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Ben,

    The consensus seems to be either no wash before the toner, i.e., transfer directly from fix to toner, or wash thoroughly before toning, i.e., probably more than five or 10 minutes, if you...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Michael,

    Thanks for answering anyway :) Sorry I confused you with LabRat. Actually, I quoted the wrong post and didn't read it, just looked at the name; I meant to quote LabRat.

    Best,
    ...
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    Re: threading the needle

    Heroique,

    I'm sure Wagner was in a class of his own; arguably the largest ego that ever existed. I don't know of any photographers like that offhand (except maybe for Fatali, who tried to burn...
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