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    Re: What film to use for first test shots

    The best of our images are taken with the mind - perfect every time.
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    I like the rainforests shots the best from your trip so far. And the boat at Point Reyes.

    CB - Try delta 100 for greens in spring/early summer. It takes on a different quality and separates out...
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    Re: What film to use for first test shots

    Are you testing lenses/composition being new to LF , or Chemistry?

    for testing chemistry (developers) you want to use the film you will likely use forever. I alternate between FP4 and Delta100...
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    Re: After coating Kallitype and Platinum...

    I was playing with Salt and Moersh's Lobotype (similar to Kalitype) and found I could keep them in a light tight box for up to a week. After that they seemed to be gaining a bit of oxidation and...
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    Re: Post Your Waterfalls

    I like this too - try burning or dodging in the area just behind the rocks so that their edges stand out a bit more.
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    Re: Stearman developing Issue

    Version 1 holders do not exhibit any problems that people describe because they are solid (no holes) the ribs sometimes show marks when the film is wet but not seen once dry. With experimental...
  7. Re: Ilford Photo 2022 Film Photographers Survey

    the whole survey seems pointed at roll film users - perhaps they need a separate one for LF.
    I asked for more Delta 100 in ULF sizes that they make in FP4+ like 5x12.
    New technology - modern...
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    Re: FP4+ in Pyrocat HD

    I think Pyro negatives in general look thinner than gray tone negatives due to the color. But the beauty of Pyrocat is that it has some latitude to be adjusted to your personal desires for...
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    Re: Potassium Ferricyanide question

    thanks - I'll tell my boss. Revision My reducing bleach for redevelop is not equal parts. Or make a 1% PB solution and add the PF to it. PB comes in handy for developer tweaking.

    Potassium...
  10. Re: Recommendation for a mini-fridge for paper

    Wine fridges have shelves and temperature controls for upper and lower sections. Find a scratch and dent model on sale. I'm not sure you need to "freeze" your paper. Also Keep your plastic bags so...
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    Re: Potassium Ferricyanide question

    If you add equal parts PF and Potassium Bromide you get a reducing bleach which is slower acting. I have not noticed color shifts except when using selenium after bleaching a dark area which has...
  12. Bostick and Sullivan emails for old orders

    FYI
    Bostick and Sullivan is transferring their website to a new server and it triggered resending emails for old orders. I got 2 from Nov 2021 and Jan 2022 orders.
    They confirmed the order is not...
  13. Thread: Tripods

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    Re: Tripods

    I wasn't trying to be rude - you just always seem to have some cool photographic stuff. Sorry if I offended.
  14. Thread: Tripods

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    Re: Tripods

    Can I come clean out your house when you pass away? - I bet its a treasure trove of photographic gear.
  15. Thread: Tripods

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    Re: Tripods

    3021 with a Giottos MH3000 was my birding setup for heavy DSLR and long lenses, but it weighed about 10 pounds. I got tired of hiking with it and went to CF tripods ultimately landing on the FLM CP34...
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    Re: Tripods

    KEH has some nice used models currently. Including the FLM CP26 Travel CF tripod and a few Gitzos.
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    Re: 510 Pyro in a Stearman Press tank

    I get the marks on the margins where the side tabs are if I do not agitate well enough at the beginning of the process (Version 1 holder). I changed my agitation scheme to 1.5-2 minutes for scenes...
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    Re: Tripods

    Tripods, heads, lenses, and backpacks - Save up and spend more than you are currently comfortable with and live without regrets - most of the time. Gear acquisition syndrome makes us think we have...
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    Re: float frames for alt prints?

    I also see all the "spirits" in this image. Left side Asian man in traditional robes with fu-manchu , Left middle grey Shark coming out of white water, Middle right - black bird sticking its face...
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    Re: float frames for alt prints?

    Here ya go ...

    Print is trimmed to 11.5x15.5 - foam core is 1/8 inch less all the way around, frame is 16x20 so a little over 2 inches all the way around. the depth from glass to print is about...
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    Re: float frames for alt prints?

    I recently had an image framed in a float style frame with glass. The image itself was permanently dry mounted to foamcore/gatorboard, which was then mounted onto the backer matte board (removable)...
  22. Thread: Pyrocat HDC

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    Re: Pyrocat HDC

    From my experiments with FP4+ , SP445 Tank development, Pyrocat HD and Pyrocat M 70degrees F. Pyrocat C should behave the same unless you are using rotary - then you need to increase both.

    Less...
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    Re: Darkroom Sink Slope & Drain?

    Just put adjustable feet on one end of your bench. If the water stands raise the height.
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    Re: Vacuum Frame Question

    Consider this - Noisy oil splattering energy consuming pump vs quiet glass contact print frame for a salt print at 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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    Re: How to learn a type of film?

    Learning how your chosen film reacts to what you think will happen with lens choices vs exposure vs development vs printing is the technical side of photography. You don't learn everything at once...
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    Re: Shopping cart camera carrier

    I was going to be a smart_ss and post a picture of a golf cart with monster wheels - but found this from REI instead - which might make a good base for a DIY system. ...
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    Re: What was Feininger using?

    I think it likely is a combination of filtering and creative printing. Notice the sky in the distant background does not have the extreme contrast as the near sky. If it was due to haze in the air...
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    Re: Darkroom Sink Slope & Drain?

    Alternative coating solution: Quick Seal - its a rubberized paint that is water proof. It also wipes down easily. I also fiberglassed my sink but I don't think that is really necessary if you use a...
  29. Thread: Sculpture

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    Re: Sculpture

    Print bleached and redeveloped using Pyrocat M for a warm olive-brown tone.

    https://i0.wp.com/www.searing.photography/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cinder.jpg
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    Re: Issue with film holder

    To prevent the darkslide or back open issue - pinch the outer back and back frame of the camera with one hand while inserting or removing the darkslide.
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    Re: Pinhole Exposure 2022 is NOW

    Pin hole month would probably get more participants
  32. Re: which Spot lightmeter for field use (dead Spotmeter V) ?

    The sekonic meters are quite useful whether you need all the functions are not. I just set it to EV mode and use the SPOT option. Another issue is how low an EV will a meter go for low light...
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    Re: Cheap 4X5 Cameras are Everywhere

    easy to buy - hard to sell when you want something else.
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    Re: Pentax digital spotmeter zone stick

    If you look down 4-5 posts you will see that photobackpacker has provided a download so you can print them yourself.
  35. Re: How do I get a warmer tone when developing BW film?

    Tim Rudman, who's book is often quoted, uses a Sepia + bleach/redevelopment in Thiourea process for his Iceland photos. He also likes Lith printing which is a far more complicated process. ...
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    Re: Densitometer Reading Question

    Or there is the school of thought that the negatives tonal relationships can be "compressed" but paper needed to expand the tonal relationships will require a higher grade, or more Blue filtration if...
  37. Re: Determing Direction of water movment in print washer.

    I use 3-4 tablespoons in my koi pond to kill parasites and to help clear the water from organics, followed by a flush of 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide to fully neutralize it and take away the brown...
  38. Re: Determing Direction of water movment in print washer.

    Fluid dynamics are not measurable with food dye, but it can give you a rough idea in the first few seconds. In linear koi pond filters, air bubblers are used to disrupt water flow through a series...
  39. Re: How do I get a warmer tone when developing BW film?

    I have been down this path. There is no paper developer that will give you a brownish tone rather than neutral gray even if described as a warmtone developer. Ethol LPD 1:4 will give a duller gray...
  40. Re: Heiland LED coldlight and contact exposing film for BTZS densitometry testing

    A light meter measures light - it does the same thing whether pointed outside on a sunny day or early morning light or at artificial light. Your enlarger has variables especially accuracy of time...
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