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    Re: Lenses and their "personality"..

    I do like that Ilex Paragon
  2. Re: First Photos Taken on 4x5 - A Few Questions

    My daughter is an engineer too, we joke that she can't handle "real" numbers just "fake" ones, so yes I understand.

    As for forgiving, I develop all my negatives normally, my contrast adjustments...
  3. Re: First Photos Taken on 4x5 - A Few Questions

    Not sure about how to use the app, don't use it. No need to be that exact.

    In the interest of embracing the vague make the math super simple. If you double the focal length add two stops of...
  4. Re: First Photos Taken on 4x5 - A Few Questions

    One other thought that will make your large format life more enjoyable.

    Allow for vagueness, embrace it.

    For example your question about which hole and my answer of whatever. The real work...
  5. Re: First Photos Taken on 4x5 - A Few Questions

    Yeah roughly. The exact point in the lens doesn't matter. just pick two points where you can easily measure 210. It's a relative measurement.
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    Ok, focus the camera at something a long way away, 1/4 mile or more, you are finding infinity focus. Now if you measure from the film to roughly the middle of the lens it should be darn close to...
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    Re: 35mm/120 Tri-X 400 vs 4x5 Tri-X 320?

    TXP 320 is a really nice film. I use it exactly per the instructions and it works great.

    Of course I can say the exact same thing about HP5. If you have HP5, and have experience with HP5, I see...
  8. Re: First Photos Taken on 4x5 - A Few Questions

    1) Whatever.
    2) Whatever makes it look right on the ground glass.
    3) Yes light got in. Jamming isn't normal.
    4) Good
    5) A little wiggle is normal. After developing, use sheet from question 3 to...
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    Re: 35mm/120 Tri-X 400 vs 4x5 Tri-X 320?

    Yes
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    I agree that most don't.

    It is though the reason that there is visible distortion, the wide angle look is because people don't normally print wide angle shots big enough for the viewing distance...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    Print that wide angle shot 30"x40" and hand hold the print yourself to view it and you may get surprised.
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    No.

    That is an urban myth based on a fairly arbitrary tradition of viewing distance.

    Essentially I believe this tradition comes from viewing prints hand held.

    Pick up a 2x3 print and...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    I think there are a few important side notes that should be made here.

    First, the perspective of the taking lens is for the most part defined by where it is and where it's pointed. It does not...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    This sentence doesn't make sense.

    The angle of view for specific lens remains constant, as the lens moves farther from the film the projection at the film gets larger, more coverage. This is the...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    Yes.

    The focal length marked on a lens is only right when focused at infinity.

    Part of the struggle in explaining "my" concept above is this variation in focal length to focus. When framing...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    So I'm going to blow up the scale here little bit to see if I can clarify the idea.

    Take any camera & lens and take a photo. No cropping. Blow the photo up really big, say printed on the garage...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    If you want the print (yes the 8x10 or whatever) to have normal perspective the print viewing angle needs to match the taking angle.
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    You bet apple tree.

    Normal perspective comes when the camera's angle-of-view matches the print viewers angle-of-view.

    Take your Hasselblad with the 80 and point it at a print on your wall....
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    Yes just metric vs ...

    The biggest difference between using 150, 210, and a 360 for a full length portrait is how far the subject will be from the camera. The longer the lens, the further the...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    You are welcome, Ulophot. You are working on the right questions whether it makes sense yet or not.

    Getting the general idea of how perspective works is an important thing. I remember the first...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    Morning Ulophot,

    The disparity between the geometry of the shot and the geometry of the print view, is what introduces the bulging or flattening look/perspective to any photo. The rules of the...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    Actually I need to amend my post above, the camera should theoretically be focused the same as you would be shooting.

    My destruction above would be about right for a headshot, maybe head and...
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    Re: Portrait perspective issues investigated

    There is an easier way.

    A photo naturally "looks normal" when the angle of view the camera saw, matches the angle of view that the viewer sees the print at. (Cropping is the equivalent of using...
  24. Re: Do your best BW inkjets matched or surpass your best BW wet prints?

    IMO what you are probably seeing here is not intrinsic. More likely, it was just a choice made by the person who printed that particular photo and probably not representative of the medium itself.
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    Re: Help me in my unbelief!

    It would take some work to figure out and would be tricky to use in the field.

    Part of the problem is that the amount film exposure given changes how much developer gets used up. A scene with a...
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    Re: Help me in my unbelief!

    No, not the boundaries of film exposure, ideal or otherwise, the red lines simply represent the "real" limits of the range of detail that the paper can print.

    Negatives typically catch more...
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    Re: Help me in my unbelief!

    Steve, there is always more going on than a simplified model can show.

    115813

    In the attached illustration the red lines represent the upper and lower edges of a given paper's range. Black...
  28. Re: If the negative is the score and the print the performance....

    Ahh, technology is a wondrous thing.

    My apologies to Lenny.
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    Larry the point I'm making is that Silver Gelatin prints can be well exposed, the contrast nicely adjusted, they can be clean and clear of dust, in sharp focus, properly developed and fixed;...
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    I think it must be remembered though that we are not talking about music, printing isn't nearly as complex or as demanding a skill. IMO most anyone with the will and the interest to print well can...
  31. Re: If the negative is the score and the print the performance....

    I actually find that I rarely want a truly "accurate" representation of any scene.

    My photography is not about trying to present an unbiased account of what was there or what happened, that's not...
  32. Re: If the negative is the score and the print the performance....

    Darin I don't think the premise you suggest in this thread is Adams' premise, it's more Henri Cartier-Bresson's.

    IMO the premise as used by Adams was used to help people understand that creating a...
  33. Re: Are Film Price Differences Worth The Money?

    I'm with Ken, considering everything else, in large format scrimping on film doesn't really save much.

    The one time I might suggest being cheap with the film is for the first 50 or so shots. Get...
  34. Re: Best time to visit Page, AZ/slot canyons

    Last time I was at Lower Antelope there was just an extra fee, no guide, been a while though. Don't know at the others.
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    Re: Bulk Portraits! 110 at a time.

    Good try Jim, life ain't perfect.
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    That's what Medium Format cameras are for. ;)

    On a positive note, the weather report is showing less wind for you Thursday and Friday.
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Camping?
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Been there, done that, didn't know any better at the time.
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    Re: Marts 2014 portraits

    Very nice Ramiro
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    There is definitely that possibility.
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