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  1. Re: Tips, Tricks, Best Practices for Tray Development

    These are the 15 tips/tricks/errors to avoid that I think afflicted me most when starting out. Having a list like this would have saved me money and frustration I think. I also made a video about...
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    Darkroom setup for contact printing

    Hello,

    I made a short "tutorial" on my setup for contact printing. It could be a useful starting point for someone who wants to start with this process.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    My thoughts on the 8x10 MK2, some comparision with the MK1, and some mods:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzP7C7N2zLY
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Not sure it fits, but I made a 2-minute films of some photograph I took in the past months.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYRQuIeng2o


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    Re: Unusual Machines

    An Ilex #3 shutter. All stamped mass-produced metal parts.

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    I made a 3-minute film about this photo and sepia/selenium toned print:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AlUe2DfZOQ&t=38s
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    Re: Iron Blue Toner

    I have only one of his books, Creative Elements. Just ordered a copy of Gradient Light, thanks for mentioning it!
  7. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    Be careful with the shaking if you have old lenses. I don't have hard evidence, but since when I started to take my lens on the bike two of them started to show issues (an older Dagor and perhaps...
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    Re: 8x10 on a Bicycle?

    Sounds like a great plan.. Be mindful of the shaking anyway. I don't have hard evidence, but since I started to take my lenses on the bike, two of them started to fail (an old dagor jammed, and...
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    Re: 8x10 on a Bicycle?

    Impressive work, thanks for the reference, I did not know her.
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    Re: Iron Blue Toner

    I agree that it is a tough toner, especially to get reproducible results. I read in the book by Eddie Ephraums that he had to stick three prints side by side on a single sheet of plastic and soak...
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    Re: 8x10 on a Bicycle?

    Now that I think about it, this is the real 100% analog workflow! Haha
  12. Re: Photo travel by vehicle, what's your favorite?

    My favorite is the bicycle ;p.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfkG4z6LPgM&t=1s
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    8x10 on a Bicycle?

    A short 2-minute film on local photography on a bicycle.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfkG4z6LPgM

    The "lightweight" setup is discussed in another video (link).
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    Re: Macro Photography Setup Calculator

    Yes, you can change the circle of confusion and it will recompute. However, this will overwrite the current formula, which reads the circle of confusion for the different film formats based on the...
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    Re: Macro Photography Setup Calculator

    Thanks for catching the mm vs m... just a 1000X error!!!
    For the rounding, I needed to add two significant digits to the cell, the correct formula was there.
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    Re: Iron Blue Toner

    I have tried the toner at about 50% once. It did not reach the full toning after several minutes, and seemed to have stopped.

    I am not sure about bleaching.. it would for sure bleach any...
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    Re: Macro setup possible

    I made a spreadsheet to calculate bellows draw and camera position for macrophotography. You may find it helpful to select your setup. Please see at this link in the forum:...
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    Macro Photography Setup Calculator

    During these days in lockdown I attempted to take close-up images with my large format camera. But some questions arose:

    - what lens can I use?
    - does my camera have enough bellows draw to focus...
  19. Re: Help request - Ilex #3 bulb and time not working

    Probably this solvent is not as aggressive as acetone on the coated blades (although more aggressive on the ozone layer!!!).

    Now the uncoated blades are more reflective than with the original...
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    Re: Iron Blue Toner

    Washing in 0.1% borax will slowly fade the color to blue gray, and eventually revert the color back to pure silver (after very extended washing). If you attempt, make sure to thoroughly dissolve the...
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    Iron Blue Toner

    I experimented with iron blue toner and liked some of the results. The brilliancy of the tones is unlike anything I have ever seen. It definitely has some uses.

    Here are some of the results; they...
  22. Re: Help request - Ilex #3 bulb and time not working

    How the story ended:

    after thoroughly cleaning the lens again with acetone, the mechanism was running even smoother and then the bulb mode started working again. It has been working consistently...
  23. Help request - Ilex #3 bulb and time not working

    Hello,

    the Ilex shutter on my Artar Wide Angle Dagor 6 1/5 inches stopped working all of a sudden.

    Background story:
    Nothing was working properly. Regardless of the setting, the shutter was...
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Hi forum,

    I found that the bellows can get in the way with extreme movements or with wide angle shots. A simple solution was to use a clip and a rubber band as in the attached picture. Make sure...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Beautiful, delicate. Thank you
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    Creative Fogging

    Hi,

    I made a video on the concept and execution of creative fogging as a tool to deal with high contrast negatives, such as when shooting straight against the sun.

    I have noticed while editing...
  27. How-to video: Split-toning Sepia Selenium

    Hello,

    I made a little video about split toning in sepia/selenium.

    There's first an explanation of what happens to the emulsion, and then what to do in the darkroom.

    I think it might be...
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    Re: Pushing and Pulling Transparency Film

    I am planning a proper underexposure/overdevelopment and overexposure/underdevelopment test, but I am now mostly shooting black and white negative. Stuff goes in waves so I will probably get back to...
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    Re: Pushing and Pulling Transparency Film

    I emailed the lab and asked them how they achieve push/pull. They have been helpful in the past maybe they will share something.

    Anyway I would assume that time and temperature would have a...
  30. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    I made a more detailed comparison of the effect of development on Provia 100. Link.
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    Re: Pushing and Pulling Transparency Film

    Hello,
    This is a written synopsis of the video above.

    Following up from my previous post on pulling Velvia 50 to recover some information from the highlights, I conducted some more “accurate”...
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    Pushing and Pulling Transparency Film

    I made a video on the subject, comparing N-1, N, and N+1 development.

    I will also write down my findings and summarize them in the post below.


    https://youtu.be/yyGpNA0YRv0

    If interested,...
  33. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    Thank you for the link. Very interesting that the photographic engineer states that contrast can either increase or decrease by pushing film. I found that with Provia contrast increases with pushing,...
  34. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    I am going to bring this post back to this original aim of linking some technical and "artistic" aspects of photography.

    The question is why it appears that there is more information in the...
  35. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    Thank you for your comment. The photography was exposed as indicated in the posted images. I added this information to the original post to avoid confusion.
    I have made more recent tests with the...
  36. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    I have a comparison with same images and plan to post it this weekend after careful scanning.
    And yes the thread is getting lost, but this also show that the topic is somewhat relevant!
  37. Re: Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    Thank you for the note. I think you are correct: 6-7 stops of dynamic range, in which about 5 stops of textural range, the range of zones which convey definite qualities of texture and recognition of...
  38. Pulling Slide Film to Increase Its Dynamic Range

    Hi,

    The high contrast of slide film is both its strength and weakness. It is very easy to lose detail on the highlights: everything that meters above Zone VII is rendered as pure white on most...
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    Is "Bellows" a Singluar or a Plural name?

    From the Merriam-Webster:

    bellows

    noun

    plural in form but singular or plural in construction
  40. Re: The Most Lightweight/Compact Setup for 8x10 Large Format Photography?

    Ooh convertible lenses. That sounds like the best use of weight/space. The Cooke looks a bit long for the intrepid though: the bellows is already struggling to deal with the 450 mm Fujinon.
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