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  1. Re: Long exposure experience with portraits?

    Now that is one relaxed dude!
  2. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Great info...thanks!

    Didn't think about flipping the holder for the second image...makes good sense!
  3. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Vaughn I've been thinking about modifying an 11x14 dark slide for just this purpose...and I have a couple of questions: One, do you have any problems with "bleed over" of light from the image...
  4. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Yes, exactly...it is when a camera becomes completely functional and intuitive in concert with how I am responding/projecting/receiving to and from a given subject, that the camera ceases to exist in...
  5. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    I think that the synergy goes three ways...what the photographer brings to the place, what the place brings to the photographer, and how effectively the particular medium of choice (the camera in...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Bryan thats just stunning. It has been so nice to have been here to witness your evolution as an artist...and that you are constantly exploring, and taking risks...with different approaches and...
  7. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    ...and if the sun is hiding, you could remove lens elements and use them to make really sharp spear points (hey...six chances to get it right with a plasmat!), and assuming that your hunt is...
  8. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Thinking further about the camera as kindling idea...why not make the wooden camera into a survival camp cooker? First, remove the lens. Next, insert raw food (something wild and meaty) into the...
  9. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Yeah...but that bellows would need to be the classic leather (as in an original 2D?) Nylon sounds a bit too crunchy for my taste!
  10. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Drew...the one on the left is patented - so has a logo.

    The one on the right is what I use most these days.

    And I like your "camera as kindling" idea...maybe use the lens to start the fire?...
  11. Re: Chamonix and Ebony's are gorgeous & Old Kodak 2D's are UGLY but they have their p

    Can you guess which one of these I'm using most these days?

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  12. Re: Covid-19: Ilford factory in Mobberley shutting down for now

    As above...I just put in an order for 5x7 fp4 - will let things sit for awhile before opening.

    Please do what you can to keep yourself and your families safe!
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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    Drew...I like your nail-in-the-desert suggestion - will try this on my next trip west!
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    Re: Time to get Serious about DIY

    I think that clearing a bunch of old LF film...taping the cleared sheets onto the camera's ground glass after setting up and composing, tracing over this with either a pencil, or perhaps a combo of...
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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    ...just make sure its black duct tape - and depending on the brand you might need two layers. I typically bring a roll of photo-black tape, but as duct tape is more generally useful this can be made...
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    Re: Choice for new 210 lens for 4x5

    Bob...I stand corrected - thanks!

    And FYI...I worked at the Camera Shop in Hanover, NH, from 1980-85, selling photo gear, handling repairs, and writing advertising. Decent gig during what were...
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    Re: Choice for new 210 lens for 4x5

    I've stood by my trusty Sironar-N MC (for both 4x5 and 5x7) since I got it new as a "dealer's special" back in the late 1980's (from who...Art Doxer - or maybe even Bob?). At any rate, I've never...
  18. Re: Any thoughts on why my film washer is not working?

    toilet washer...hmmm....a special basket, with film/paper dividers, that secures to the top of the bowl. Three flushes for films...five for prints - and Bob's your uncle!
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    Re: Changing bags and dust

    If I'm traveling with a changing bag, I'll forego its use when in motel rooms by utilizing its bathroom as a film-loading/unloading room - having carefully black-taped around door openings, laying...
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    Re: A 3D Printing 8x10 Pinhole Camera

    Injection molding would take a huge scale up (in product numbers) to make it financially feasible. CNC would actually be somewhat more cost effective with slightly smaller numbers...but I think that...
  21. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    Andrew...indeed it looks like they're working on a 5x7 - but with the older plywood design/construction, and I already have one which I banged out and cobbled together myself recently. I would be...
  22. Re: LED enlarger head creation -- just a thought

    I would much prefer to emerge into an analog "age of light."
  23. Re: New Intrepid "Black" Edition 4x5 Camera - No Plywood! Also...

    ...but what about a 5x7?
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    Re: A pretty cool drybox??

    How about an old, classic Coca Cola machine (red coin-op with the curvy corners)...convert this to a film dryer? Plus, you could leave the coin function in place...so maybe it would cost 15 cents to...
  25. Re: The Wisner convertible classic 8X10 camera (review)

    "...he ate, and ate, and ate..."

    (or was it "she?"...hmmm) Neil?
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    Yup...cyanotype is easy and fun! Nice to tone also (1st image straight, second toned with tannin):

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  27. Re: B&W negative looks normal when projected onto mirror.

    ooooh...with that shorter windshield and hump on the back - this looks like the "speedster" version of the 356....worth many $$$ today for sure!
  28. Re: B&W negative looks normal when projected onto mirror.

    ...kind of like an ambrotype or tintype...
  29. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    A number of my past photo trips out west were done with an F-150 (driven from back east) with leer cap and raised suspension. Great vehicle for almost anything out there. Then again, sometimes...
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    Re: Portriga Rapid for Lith printing

    No help from me as I've never tried Lith...but I do have a bit of "old stock" Portriga Rapid on hand - so will be checking back here frequently! Absolutely loved this paper back in the day, and have...
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    Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    Likely preaching to the choir here...but regardless of any actual issues possibly relating to slightly curved holders, its likely best to store them flat - and back to front so they are evenly...
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    Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    You can do a further test by inserting the film holders in question into the film back(s) of your camera(s), to see if the spring tension of the ground glass frame is sufficient to flatten things...
  33. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    Two separate posts at the exact same time...yikes! (oh, that's right - there are 60 whole seconds in one minute!)
  34. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    We all have our own thresholds...and indeed, depending upon the nature of light, subject, logistics, etc. etc., medium format is often a better choice than LF.

    Personally, I typically do not...
  35. Re: Help! I can't open my new B&W King 4x5 tank...

    You might try using an old trick to remove stuck lens filters...wrap a length of electrical cord (heavy duty/larger gauge in this case) around the cap, and grasp the two ends together very firmly and...
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    Re: New Dektol Mixes Dark Brown

    Even though achievable contrast range and d-max might seem ok (but are they up to spec?), I might worry about possibly accelerated oxidation rate and solution capacity.

    Hate to sound cynical...but...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    ...or box kites! :cool:
  38. Re: A simple and practical 4x5 snapshot camera

    Looks good!

    I'm wondering if you might consider creating a "forward tilt module" (accessory which would replace the standard module) - which would feature a hinge mechanism at the bottom, so...
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    Re: Is Steve Hopf still active?

    I read something recently about fresnels...perhaps on this forum...that as the degree of rear tilt increases - the accuracy of focus, starting at the periphery of the image, becomes very slightly...
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    Re: Camera set up for hiking

    Be careful Vaughn…point your camera too high, and you’re bound to inadvertently capture at least one - possibly many more - “box kite mummies.”

    Remember box kites…and how hard they could pull? ...
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