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  1. Re: Almost catastrophie for my Pentax Analog Spot Meter

    To address the problem:

    My meter is on a lanyard that attaches to my jacket or vest. I allows me to comfortably get the meter to my eye, but keeps it from hitting the ground if I drop it (except...
  2. Re: Lenses for landscape w 4x5 camera

    Okay, let me give you the standard spiel first:

    A 150mm lens is considered "normal" for 4x5 for a couple of reasons. First, it approximates (kind of) the angle of view of your eye, for most, that...
  3. Re: Volume \ flow rate for RC print wash

    Ilford says 2 minutes for RC papers in running water in their "Processing Summary." The 30-seconds-with-lots-of-agitation regime is for "down-and-dirty" quick print processing for situations with...
  4. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    +1



    A musical score is just a set of directions for making a piece of music. It is no more music than a recipe is food. And, like a recipe requires a cook with skill and creativity to be its...
  5. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    But, a lousy performance of a great piece of music is not only dismal, but can effectively hide the content and beauty of the work. History has countless instances of works being initially relegated...
  6. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Here we go again, separating the skill of the artist and their mastery of their craft from the aesthetic content of their works. One feeds off the other and vice-versa, symbiotically and...
  7. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Sandy,

    I wasn't referring to your post when I mentioned "polarized linear thinking," but rather responding to Bernice's (rhetorical) juxtaposition of "message" and "messenger" as opposites. Just...
  8. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Great minds... :)
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    Re: an idiot question but need help!

    I have always called the clear area around the image (i.e., the part covered by the rails, etc. in filmholder) the "rebate." I thought that was common parlance...

    Of course, I don't mind getting...
  10. Re: Getting the correct lens settings for a synced strobe?

    Most flash units have a graph or a guide number. Use the guide number to determine flash-to-subject distance (camera distance is irrelevant) for a specific aperture; or use it to find the right...
  11. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Why all this polarized linear thinking? One doesn't exclude the other. I would answer that the medium is both part of the message and takes part in delivering the message as well.

    Then, of...
  12. Re: in search of white or off white archival 9 x 12 drop front boxes

    I've never seen white boxes, just grey, tan and black.

    Suggestion: Use colored stickers or labels to code your storage boxes. Easy to see at a glance, easy to change if you need.

    Doremus
  13. Re: Does a Photograph's medium change your opinion of it?

    Let's expand this idea a bit, exploring the meaning of "medium."

    Painting has oil, watercolor, fresco, tempura, etc. on a number of different kinds of substrates. Each of these entails different...
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    Re: Notched Film Holders, Examples

    Yep, the notches go all the way through, both sides of the darkslide. I imagine one could just notch the inside lip and still get the image on the film.

    If I had the chance to do it over again......
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    Re: Notched Film Holders, Examples

    I think I have holders notched on both sides. You could easily notch the side opposite the film's code notches if there's a problem. I think I've had a couple of instances where my notch images got...
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    Re: Notched Film Holders, Examples

    I use a Roman-numeral system on my holders. A small semi-circular notch is "I" (1), a "V"-shaped notch is "V" (5), a small square notch is "X" (10), a modified "L"-shaped notch is "L" (50) and a...
  17. Re: Seeking Advice on Making an 8x10 Copy Camera

    I used to copy artworks for museum catalogs. I used 4x5, but the same techniques should work with 8x10.

    Just use your camera as usual. You're just making a close-up shot. No need for a dedicated...
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    Re: dilution for highlights

    Just stating the obvious here, which, however, hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet:

    If your highlights are consistently "blown out" (I really dislike that term, though), the first logical...
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    Re: Zone I SET

    Jerry,

    The real (and easier) test would be to develop strips of unexposed film for various times. I suspect that fb+fog will increase with increasing development time, though.

    Best,

    Doremus
  20. Re: Hinge the window on the top or the side - or does it matter?

    I've always hinged on the top, regardless of whether the print is landscape or portrait orientation.

    Lately, I've had to remount a few damaged prints and was surprised that my "archival,...
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    Re: purpose of sheet mirror?

    Ferrotyping plates. Used to give fiber-base paper a mirror-like gloss finish instead of the more textured air-dried finish.

    Doremus
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    Re: Zone I SET

    This is an important point, and why I almost always put "maximum black" in quotes. There's something like four Zones between "really black" and "maximum black" even visually under bright light...
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    Re: Zone I SET

    Well, certainly two seconds is way to fast for a manageable exposure time.

    A quick photo of the negative (e.g., smart phone and using computer screen for back-light) would help us to see where...
  24. Re: omega super chromega d dichroic ii timer question

    I'm using Gralab 450s with my Chromega power sources. I don't have the Chromegatrol, just the standard stabilized power source. With it, there are outlets for the enlarger timer.

    Best,
    ...
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    Re: Zone I SET

    Since changing development time changes the film-base+fog density, any standard enlarging time derived from one development scheme will not automatically transfer to another. Ideally, E.I. should...
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    Re: Zone I SET

    See my post above for finding minimum time for maximum black.

    As for "Standard Enlarging Time": I certainly don't have one. I do find a "proper-proofing time" for finding the minimum exposure it...
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    Re: Lens recommendation: Indoor, wide

    I second Mark's recommendation: Get a 90mm and get one of the f/8 models. The f/5.6 ones are big, heavy and might be a bit much for the Chamonix 45-N. I have both the SA Schneider 90mm f/8 and the...
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    Re: Zone I SET

    Fred,

    A couple of comments:

    First, the goal of all that Zone System testing is a negative that will print well at an intermediate contrast setting, usually somewhere around 2-3 for VC papers. ...
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    Re: Light Leak

    It really looks to me like the filmholder is not seating properly in the back, or the camera back itself is not seating properly, or the bellows on one side of the back are not attached properly (if...
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    Re: What's your windy day technique?

    Technique #1: Patience. I've waited literally hours for a break in the wind to get a shot. (I wait a lot for light too...)

    Technique #2: Embrace the blur. Sometimes the movement adds to the...
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    Re: Tips for composing in low light?

    An alternative approach:

    Forget all that ground-glass viewing. You don't need it. (Don't stop reading yet, I'm serious.)

    I use a viewing frame to compose my image and find my camera position. ...
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    Re: Too wide of a lens used...?

    Bob,

    You're wrong on this one. The lens is the "eye" or "projector" of the optical system. Sure, moving the film around without moving the lens will affect the projection perspective (e.g.,...
  33. Re: Notes on first experience with Foma paper

    Philip,

    Haven't you seen my posts about replenishing and reusing selenium toner? If not, then search here and over on Photrio for them. Replenishing fixes your "volume" problem.

    I have two...
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    Re: Dichroic Head for Beseler 45 V-XL

    I'm with Drew here; a dichroic head is really convenient. I've adapted Chromega heads to both my Beseler 45MXs. The enlarger I use most has the 5x7 Chromega E head (had to cut out the top aluminum...
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    Re: Front vs. back rise

    Just to make things more complicated :)

    As has been pointed out, since the projected image on the film is upside-down, you'd have to use back fall to get the same effect as front rise.

    If your...
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    Re: Drying Clips

    Wooden clothes pins. They have worked fine for me for almost 40 years. I don't think I'll change anytime soon.

    Doremus
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    Re: "Bloom"/flare around highlights

    Scanning artifact? Check the neg and/or make a darkroom print?

    That said, I had a single-coated Schneider 135mm convertible lens that flared like this in similar situations. I got rid of it.
    ...
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    Re: Foma paper speeds -- comparisons?

    I haven't noticed a lot of difference between the Foma glossy finish and the glossy surface of MG Classic. Maybe I'm not looking closely enough, but it certainly didn't catch my eye... And, I've...
  39. Re: Light weight 4X5 gear backpack recommendations

    I have an ancient Gregory lumbar pack that's no longer made. If I were to replace it, I'd get the Mountainsmith pack I mentioned (and tried to link to) in an earlier post.

    It's billed as...
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    Re: Foma paper speeds -- comparisons?

    Philip,

    I've used the Fomabrom graded and Variant (VC) 111 papers (glossy, neutral-tone). I like them well except for the yellowish tint of the emulsion, which is noticeably yellower than the...
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