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  1. Re: Over the years - sheet film holders question - your most preferred and maintenanc

    I agree with Peter who said “the best care is to keep them from getting dirty.”

    You might call me a fanatic about this, and you might be right. It’s an issue I might even bring up with my...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Nice shot from your kayak. That's a favorite tree of mine. No tree loves the damp, mild climate of the Pacific Northwest more than the Sitka Spruce.

    Some famous one in Olympic NP – Gigantic!
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Finally, a reporter who asks basic, important questions for readers and finds a good source who can address them.

    From today’s sfgate.com:
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    True, the article says no toxicology results on the family have been released, only data about the toxins in the water near them.

    Anybody like math?

    From a science paper listed in Wikipedia’s...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    Amazingly, abandoned bird nests, even egg shell fragments on the ground, fall under this law.

    One might ask how the Hell picking-up and taking home, say, a cardinal's stray feather, or a fragment...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    This may be hard to believe, it might even sound preposterous – and I don’t mean to sound like a crazy, out-of-control wildlife enforcement officer – but if that’s a red-tailed hawk’s feather (or any...
  7. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    A nice example of atmospheric perspective, the least-discussed type of perspective in this forum!



    This inspires me to seek out more horizontal banding for my future mountain shots – long...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I find it telling that authorities are investigating lightning strikes in the area at the time of their hike – a sign of how baffled they must be in advance of the pending toxicology reports. I...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

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    ^ Here's a rough map of their hike.

    No mileage scale, but I think Devil’s Gulch is about 1.5 miles from their car (?).

    Authorities found the man in a sitting position, with the baby...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Below are brief excerpts from recent reporting, casting doubt on homicide, algae blooms, and CO from abandoned gold mines as possible causes of death:


    "Mariposa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    I’m curious about this too, but I think authorities work under strict guidelines about what info can be shared and when, especially if criminal activity remains a possibility. Were all four victims...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    The LF forum’s detective work continues.

    On July 13th, the Sierra National Forest’s Facebook site gave the following warning about the Hites Cove area (These are the first two sentences):

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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Perhaps authorities will need some unique ideas like yours to help solve these hiker deaths...

    I think the Japanese WW2 balloons have never had poisons associated with them, only incendiary...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Initial autopsy reports are back, it’s all still all a mystery. :confused:

    Ruled out: blunt force trauma, knife attack, gunshot wounds, animal attack.

    The two leading theories remain...
  15. Re: 1/3 of Lassen Volcanic NP now burnt to ashes (yes, one-third)

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    Here’s a young child in Bumpass Hell just days ago.

    This is immediately before fires entered Lassen and closed the Park.

    (Or, “Honey, come along now, it’s time to go.”)
  16. 1/3 of Lassen Volcanic NP now burnt to ashes (yes, one-third)

    As many of you know, the still-raging Dixie Fire, and newer Morgan Fire, recently entered and caused the closure of Lassen Volcanic NP in California.

    You may also know the fires have destroyed...
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    Re: Epson Scan assistance

    Just to add, here's a quick summary of what I remember people reporting here:

    The lower resolution lens of the v7xx/v8xx gives an effective resolution very similar to the 4990's fixed lens, right...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    I don’t think the “I hate rabbits” magic trick applies to any particular species.

    I simply discovered it by trial and error, going thru a Noah’s Ark of variations until I found one that calmed the...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Maybe it’s the awkward English, but I’m not comprehending the criticisms above.

    Is the criticism about the newsworthy-ness of the story? The suitability of this story for the “Location and Travel”...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    My most common field mistake is believing the wind will subside simply because I want it to.

    Yes, I often fall victim to the illusion of wishful thinking. How ego-centric of me.

    What actually...
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    Re: Epson Scan assistance

    Here’s how I understand EpsonScan works with the V7xx/V8xx models, which have two scanning lenses: the lower resolution lens, and the higher resolution (SHR) lens.

    Selecting “Film (w/ Film Area...
  22. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    I might be the only one, but I keep many of my test strips with brief notes on the back about exposure intervals, dodging and burning, chemicals and paper type.

    Like a detective collecting hard...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    If this is a case of drinking bad water, I'd agree that one can rule out giardia or e-coli since they're slow acting.

    Blue-green algae, by contrast, is speedy. Maybe 3 or 4 hours after ingesting...
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    Re: Deadly hike----Haz-Mat the cause?

    Quite frightening and sad. No signs of trauma.

    Like Drew, I'm thinking it was something ingested.

    An updated report says the trailhead has a sign warning of toxic algae in the river.

    Here's...
  25. Re: Do you use a test strip or a test sheet when you print in darkroom?

    I think this is a great question that will generate many useful tips for making better prints.

    Here are a few of my personal habits, heavily summarized – and there are, of course, infinite...
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    Re: Too wide of a lens used...?

    Just to slightly clarify things, moving the lens with axial swing or axial tilt doesn't change (viewpoint) perspective.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Nice relaxing image.

    Quite a colorful scene with wide light values.

    Looks like the Portra-400 did an admirable job, retaining rich color and preserving many shadow details, too.
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    Re: Epson scan v Vuescan v SilverFast 9

    When I first purchased my (refurbished) Epson 4990, I experimented with all three – Silverfast, Vuescan, EpsonScan.

    I thought all three produced excellent results with my 4x5 film, negatives and...
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    Re: What makes a photo “deep”?

    Say, in view of h2oman’s fun thread “What makes a photograph good,” I naturally remembered this related thread from long ago.

    I thought it might be worth a bump if it adds some “Depth” to the...
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    Re: What makes a photograph "good"?

    Just for fun, someone please compare my math to Mill’s. ;^)

    If a photographer knows his image will motivate a particular viewer to murder someone, and this happens, but the image also motivates...
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    Re: Post yer 35mm shots!

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    This is somewhere in Yellowstone NP, but too long ago to remember where.

    It was near a vehicle turnout, so maybe someone else with sharp eyes knows.

    All I can remember is a hand-held...
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    Re: Front vs. back rise

    Yes, turn my 4x5 Tachi on its side, and presto:


    • Front rise/fall converts to front shift
    • Front swing converts to front axial tilt
    • Back swing converts to back axial tilt

    My Tachi’s...
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    Re: Rocks and stones

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    Rock vs. tree w/ a patch of snow in July.

    Judging by the remains in the foreground, this rock is an undefeated champion.

    (N. Cascades, Wash. state)

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    I view AA’s instruction books as wonderful b/w landscape books – The Camera, The Negative, The Print.

    Many of these images, of course, appear in his other books of landscapes, such as those...
  35. Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    You’re remembering room for the 10 essentials, right? :cool:

    Since it’s a day hike from the car, you might be able to squeeze by with just 3 or 4.

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    1. Navigation (map & compass)
    2. Sun...
  36. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    Thanks Jerry, Mount St. Helens is fun to photograph, even if her temper is, well, volatile.

    As for “N. Cascades,” I’d say you’re right – but so are others who would disagree with you.

    For the...
  37. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    You’re a stronger hiker than I am.

    I’ve made greater gains in elevation – thanks to my trusty Honda Civic on FS roads!

    Those banks of fog add a great deal of energy and mystery to your image.
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    I feel your pain – I’ve been turned back by weather on that impossibly scenic trail, too. Your clouds make me think of a viaduct in the sky. Or depending on the weather, maybe an aqueduct!



    A...
  39. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    The side lighting on the eroded forms creates a splendid dimensional effect, and I like how you’ve preserved the granular texture in all the brightest areas.

    I would have underestimated the size...
  40. Re: Let's see your favorite mountains & ridgelines

    For contrast, here’s a famous mountain in the N. Cascades, a natural favorite, Mount St. Helens.

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    I was lucky, caught her steaming, re-building a new peak – maybe an act of apology?
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