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  1. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Here’s the image from AA’s “The Negative” (see chapter two):

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    Mrs. Sigmund Stern, Atherton, California (c. 1927)

    It’s taken with an orthochromatic glass plate, but I imagine a modern...
  2. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Yes, I too was in the heavens for the cliff scene (above) where the blue light baffled my Pentax digital and me. This blue light surprise might have been even greater – say a 1-stop or 1.3-stop...
  3. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Here’s a landscape whose sky I wanted to darken with an orange filter. These are the N. Cascades in Washington state at very high altitude under intense blue skies – which offered me a b/w filter...
  4. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    That’s a nice analysis of your metering experience, a great testament to personal testing in field and darkroom.

    However, I was asking if your meter might have reduced highlights less than they...
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    Re: Post Your Smaller Format Trees!

    The Cascade Mountains near Seattle are getting pummeled with snow.

    Here’s a scene that will look familiar to H2oman.

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    Nikon FM3a, 28mm f/2 AIS, Kodak Ektar-100

    We listened to the...
  6. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    This experience caught my attention because Ilford + HC110 H is a favorite combination with my Nikon 35mm cameras – F100, FM3a, N90s, and EM. So I’m naturally curious which cameras are giving you...
  7. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Nice information from the field – do your film tests indicate a half-stop difference with other colors, or is green your most extreme example? And do other b/w films, in addition to Tmax100 and Delta...
  8. Re: The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    Curious if you mean just the shadows are dropping, or the values of the entire scene are dropping, including the shadows, like high wispy clouds passing over the sun.

    Your moistened Finger of Fate...
  9. The mysterious “Hutchings” filter factor for b/w landscapes

    When using b/w filters for landscapes with important shadows, do you add a “Hutchings” filter factor in addition to your filter’s suggested factor (or alternatively, in addition to your...
  10. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    Maybe you can try stacking two or three of your .05mm washers on top of each other?

    3 x .05mm = .15mm … which is a little less than the “thick” .2mm washer you’ve tried.

    About treating the...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Though I felt myself reaching for bearings at first, I think it’s nice too.
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    A principal reason why Nick Carver advocates the Reveni (and the two main Pentax models) over all Sekonic spot meters.

    Nick, tell us how you really feel (from the video link in post #4):

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  13. Thread: Sculpture

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    Re: Sculpture

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    Reminds me of the famous Laocoon sculpture from Greek mythology:

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    I enjoy seeing animals win once in a while. ;^)
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    Re: Pondering the details

    Nice tip, it’s easy to watch part of a tree grow still and think the whole tree is still. Fooled me several times.

    BTW, listening to the breeze, often soughing through the foliage of the tree I’m...
  15. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    My three cables stay on my three lenses. However, when I wrap a lens with a snug lens wrap (cable coiled inside), I’m careful not to stress the cable connection. The wrap keeps the cable from...
  16. Re: Lens storage and carry - stupid but practical question

    I started closing the shutter when packing-up, because it forces me to open the shutter when I set-up the next time. For me, the physical act of opening the shutter during composition makes it a lot...
  17. Re: Calling Tachihara Users, re: washers and cams

    I have a late model Tachi 4x5 with white nylon washers.

    However, the washers beneath the two cams are metal. (Are you sure cams ever came with nylon washers?)

    In addition, it looks upon very...
  18. Re: Schneider Symmar XL 150mm f5.6 VS Nikor SW 150 f8

    Thanks for the nice link, mhayashi. It’s a long “Lenses in my kit” article, so here’s the relevant section for anyone short on time:


    “When I researched wide angle lenses for 8x10,” Ben Horne...
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    Re: Hello from a LF hopeful

    Quote of the week. ;)

    Welcome to the forum and we're eager to hear about your equipment and see your first images.
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    Re: threading the needle

    And those long periods of stagnating action. I’m recalling that long episode in “Tristan” when King Mark expresses his disappointment in Tristan’s betrayal. Depending on how much pain the conductor...
  21. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    These are both cheap and desirable (an unlikely combo in LF work!) in the most hostile of environments. Spraying ocean water, mature forests with that occasional airborne hurricane of invisible,...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    Thanks for the follow-up remarx! ;^)
  23. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Nice tips, Bernice.

    ("Synthetic watch oil" ... maybe a good choice for dark slides that seize in the cold.)
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    Who is “Marks” and why does he make his only appearance in the final sentence?

    (David Woolf Marks? Karl Marx?)

    Was he another philosopher, a bystander, a friend of Archimedes? What was his...
  25. Re: Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    I’ve always relied on under-tightening, never lubrication, to prevent filter sticking.

    Aluminum in the cold seems high risk, brass lower risk. I like the B+W filters and stepping rings that are...
  26. Do you standardize your screw-on filters by thread size?

    Please share your screw-on filter strategy!

    Even if you also use a different system, such as the Lee system, and complement it with screw-on filters. This is, of course, also a story about step-up...
  27. Re: Tripods: Is Carbon Fiber worth the extra cost?

    Congrats! The first time you shoot in a place of vibrations, I bet you’ll thank your CF tripod.

    Just as I’ve thanked my wooden Ries J-600, when in moving water, on a Yellowstone NP boardwalk, in a...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Nice, and looks like a very careful effort of tree-trunk placement.

    You must have micro-managed your tripod location! Did you maybe use a viewing card to help, or just your eyes?

    Maybe some...
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    Re: threading the needle

    Maybe we haven’t left photography too far behind, since the experience of music and photography are akin, as forum comments perennially suggest.

    One might recall AA, a capable pianist, and his...
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    Re: threading the needle

    Probably my preference too. ;^)

    Of course, one might experience The Ring over four evenings, as Wagner intended, and shoot photos during the morning and afternoon hours.
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    +101

    The link in post #4 to Nick Carver’s assessment of the Reveni addresses the basics of his P.M.M. and explains how one ultimately tailors it to their own film tests and other personal...
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    Re: threading the needle

    I enjoyed this illustration whose point (I think) is that an artist’s or LFer’s attention to an audience need not sully a fidelity to independent, self-driven work. Indeed, the audience might very...
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    Re: threading the needle

    Yes, as h2oman understands, it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of that needle. ;^)
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    Re: threading the needle

    Just to underscore the tricky terms “audience,” "expectations," and “beauty”…

    My audience of three (me, myself, and I) guide my landscape compositions, and I applaud myself when my work meets...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    There is a potential design flaw which Nick Carver briefly addresses but should have explained in greater depth.

    Namely, parallax:

    For one does not see the subject directly through the Reveni....
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    That sounds like a smart method to keep a Pentax close and protect it from dropping.

    Me, I like to keep accessories on a nearby “pocket” pancho and not be distracted by weighty pockets or swinging...
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    Re: Hello from a beginner

    Welcome and keep us updated on your search for a first lens. Always exciting.

    A 135mm or 150mm might be a good choice for affording & learning on your Intrepid 4x5 – then go wider or longer after...
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    Re: threading the needle

    An elusive term, “artistic integrity”!

    Many here seem to think it means avoiding the “contaminating” influence of your audience’s expectations. Where’s Paulr when you need him? “The viewers’...
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    Re: Reveni spot meter

    Certainly one of its nice attractions.

    But count on me dropping it/losing it within a year. ;^)

    This is from someone whose orange tape around his Pentax digital has kept it from being left in...
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    Re: Slosher Tray Technique

    Here’s another typical slosher (4x5):

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    There are pros and cons either way, but I’ve always done "emulsion side up" since I want to avoid scratching the emulsion side on the...
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