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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Ha, you wouldn't be the first to suppose a few Nahuatl-speaking Matteo Ricci's with a handful of magic beans and a flair for the dramatic.:) Hard to prove, though.
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    Re: Mountain Lion near Santa Cruz

    Very interesting, back here in the East when mountain lions were still thick on the ground, they factored into the Native culture in a couple of ways. For the Southeastern tribes, it was SOP to...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Ha, Heraclitus definitely had it right in these parts--the only constant is change, especially on the higher gradient streams in the GSMNP.:) That is a photogenic stretch of water, though.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Excellent, I've been curious as to solution-strengths lately as I try to get dialed in using a Paterson Orbital with 5x7.:)
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    That's one of the stronger Pyrocat semi-stand dilutions I've seen: is it predicated on using that particular film, or did you have some printing issues you were planning on?

    At any rate, good to...
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    Re: I've got a (Horseman) screw loose

    Ha, since the camera remains functional, even if I had calipers and way of measuring thread pitch, tearing into anything spring-loaded always gives me pause: too many...memories.:)
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    I've got a (Horseman) screw loose

    How's this for an arcane question?:) Horseman "technical" cameras like the FA or my HF have a clamp that secures the top section of a lens board. This clamp is secured to the camera with two...
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    Re: Borrowed Time

    Excellent, if you've got some tricks up your sleeve for using 1:2 in terms of composition, I'd be love to hear them...as much as I dig 1:2.5, for anything other than a planar subject I often find...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Excellent, I just caught your last photos in my Flickr feed and was hoping you would provide a review.:) (FWIW, I'm just starting to use a repurposed Paterson Orbital for 5x7...good to know there's...
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    Re: Borrowed Time

    Excellent, that clump of grass at lower left and the chop/horizon line strike me as especially "painterly.":)

    BTW, these "native format" digital shots reminded me that there are a few Sinar...
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    Re: Borrowed Time

    That's probably the most "non-Floridian" shot I've seen--I can't believe it's anywhere south of the Chesapeake. Wonderful color palette, though--hope the greens print for you.:)
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    Re: Medium-Format Digital Images

    Very much like this one--anybody who can make a drip/dry anhinga look "artistic" has some skilz.:)
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    Re: post your trees!

    I think you have mostly heath balds there in Virginia, which in my experience are mostly good for thrashing around in laurel and irritating sunning timber rattlers.:) The true "grassy" balds start a...
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    Re: post your trees!

    That's quite impressive--Gerald Manley Hopkins would be proud.:) (FWIW, you'll find similar scenes up on the no-longer-quite-so-grassy balds here in Appalachia, though you might be in for a bit of a...
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    Re: Post Your Hiking Photos - Any Format

    That's an interesting piece of history--I'd heard of the Basque taking those jobs, of course, but hadn't realized Asian immigrants had diffused from 19th C urban centers.:)

    (FWIW, it's always...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    One of my favorites from you, just on a formal basis--lots of interesting symmetries to explore (not to mention some great gradations, especially in at the "middle distance.")

    At any rate, if you...
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    ‘There may have been fogs for centuries in London. I dare say there were. But no one saw them, and so we know nothing about them. They did not exist until art had invented them.’

    Oscar Wilde, ‘The...
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    Re: Dark Cloth 4x5

    Excellent, I was hoping someone would give a little feedback on this one--have you tried it on an 8x10 by chance? At any rate, I'm usually through Paddington while in London--their showroom seems to...
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    Re: Lens for color

    Nobody sells Brynje in your neck of the woods? I'm a tough fit, but they'd definitely make it into my rotation even here in the South.:)
  20. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    I'm sure you'll get a lot of feedback, but I'm thinking you can get a used, quality set of sticks for $400-$500--e.g. a 4-series Induro or wooden Ries. (FWIW, great deals seem to be rare these days,...
  21. Re: SP445 tank processing Delta100 and Pyrocat HD help please

    Excellent, I will definitely check out the Paterson/insert option--as luck would have it, though, my community darkroom came back on-line recently, so I might just build out a couple of ABS tanks.:)
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    Eric--I've been following this thread with interest as well, thanks! A question: have you tried to tweak Steve Sherman's EMA regimen with four sheets of 4x5 by increasing the concentration of...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Very helpful--thanks for elaborating.:)
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    Re: post your trees!

    Lovely, that's a very impressive environment that you're exploring.:) A question: with the vertical tree trunks in the background, can I assume that you didn't use much if any front tilt? (FWIW, my...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Ha, I've had black bears in my back pocket but I think I'll leave the crocodilians to you and Bryan.:) At any rate, the camera lens seems to unfurl land, sky and water in a unique way down in your...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    +1...I'm going to have to study this one for a while--the depth in the frame is just mesmerizing. (I'm jealous of that stand of longleaf pine in the background as well...quite the Greek chorus.:))
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    Excellent, thanks--I suppose most folks are paying a premium for the extra IC, then, and not for the GG experience with the faster lens. Since I'm already limited in terms of movements with the...
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    Very cool--I don't know anything about French optics (though a quick search of Flickr shows a lot of folks are adapting Berthiot projection lenses to indulge their bokeh addictions.) At any rate,...
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    Ha, little chance of that, it's just that I'm trying to keep "fiddly" out of the equation as much as possible (when things get dropped in my part of the world they can roll a long way.:)) Luckily, I...
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    Yes, I've definitely been trying to "rationalize" filter threads lately--ironically, my "compact" 4x5 kit lenses all seem to take bigger filters than those I use with my 5x7. (FWIW, because a lens...
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    I'm curious: for those of you who have used the 75/90 Grandagons in both f/4.5 and f/6.8, just how important was that extra stop of light to you out in the field in terms of having a brighter GG to...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Wonderful...such a great combination of subject and medium.:)
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't let James Wright weigh-in about West Virginia:

    For the river at Wheeling, West Virginia,
    Has only two shores:
    The one in hell, the other
    In Bridgeport,...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Now that's what I call making a virtue out necessity.:) (Speaking as one who's spent an inordinate amount of time--and incurred more than a few falls--trying to find a window through or over the...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Well, US 52 up to Huntington always left me feeling a little under-gunned, but as a whole I agree.:) FWIW, I always regret not fishing the Cranberry Wilderness a bit more--I haven't seen peaty water...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Nice set and some beautiful country back in there--I've traipsed through the region quite a bit, but never got to explore, say, the Dolly Sods as much as I would like. (Also, a lot of history in that...
  37. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Excellent, thanks for the addendum--I suppose the crux is as always defining "good enough," but for my purposes the possibility of even getting close to a drum scan with off-the-shelf, dual use...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Ha, that's hilarious--though you'd have to go a ways to beat my Yankee wife, who I put through a classic "meet the parents" scenario on what was then a working cattle ranch up in Arkansas.:)...
  39. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Awesome, Sandy...assuming you've got enough computing horsepower, doesn't 5x7 start looking awfully good for this kind of workflow?:)
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Ha, we seemed to be following one another--I got my undergraduate degree at LSUS and am currently fetched up in Knoxville. At any rate, I suppose it was a pretty scruffy scene when I was there,...
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