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  1. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    Glad it worked out for you. It's remarkable how differently we see things. I can think of only two times in my entire life I have used a wide angle lens on 4x5 in the Sierra. For me, "short" means a...
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    Re: The making of a large format image

    My 8x10 is just as light, and it would be anathema to me to risk vibration from ANY kind of ballhead, where all the torque is concentrated on the fulcrum of a narrow neck. Then it adds height between...
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    Re: The making of a large format image

    Deadload "rating" has nothing to do with actual stability against wobble. You can buy a ladder weight rated at 300 lbs that will blow over in light breeze. It's all about torque vectors. Basic...
  4. Re: Location Surreal Reine Paradis Photography

    Nobody talks about pre-visualization anymore. All the art curators were already describing post-previsualization twenty years ago. Now it's repost-pre-post-pre-visualization.
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    Re: Hello from Santa Cruz!

    Forest food too. Don't forget banana slugs. All those UC Santa Cruz students can't be wrong. Way back when, when that branch of UC was barely in existence, I lived on the beach nearby, a starving...
  6. Re: Epson V800-Kami or substitute for wet mounting

    Mineral spirits is an awfully generic term, whether in paint store or art store terminology. Unless you've done specific advance testing, or know what is actually in it, and how pure that is, you're...
  7. Re: Epson V800-Kami or substitute for wet mounting

    I sure wouldn't want paint thinner of any kind in proximity with emulsions.
  8. Re: Location Surreal Reine Paradis Photography

    deja vu
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Gosh Garrett - quite a number of people die or suffer permanent damage from common household cleaners every year. It happened like crazy back before skull and crossbones labeling became mandatory....
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    Re: Process lens application?

    Around here on the West Coast, cheap vertical stat cameras used mostly private-label lenses that certainly looked like R. Gerogons. Most big horizontal process cameras used much more expensive Apo...
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    Most large art stores carry big sheets of mylar in a couple of thicknesses, typically 2 mil and 5 mil. Some have more of a texture than others. Be careful not to crinkle the sheets in handling, cut...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Lots of huckleberries around there. Maybe a horse stepped on Huckleberry Hound and they slipped some of him onto the grill too. But cowboys are creative and know how to use nearby ingredients. I...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Things are a bit up in the air here. I just got back from my dayhike in a forest along the coast, with near total solitude, a parking spot all to myself, replete with overloaded wild plum trees all...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    I stopped in Pinedale briefly last year on my way to a two-week loop hike in the northern Winds with my 4x5, in the headwaters of the Green River. More moose than people, and more ornery horseflies...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    I use rail saws a lot. The only one worth buying is Festool, and excellent nonferrous blades are available. But I was a major dealer for them, so got some nice equipment free as personal samples. If...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    I actually have all kinds of fabrication equipment that can precisely work various thicknesses of aluminum stock, but you probably wouldn't be interested in that kind of investment. For just one of...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    A pro grade dual-rail Rototrim should work. The rotary blades basically self-sharpen against the steel guide. The bigger problem will be maintaining squareness of the cut. You'll need to improvise...
  18. Re: What should I look for with the Omega Chromega D 4x5 Color Enlarger? Is it any g

    My first LF enlarger was one of these. It had already been used for about 20 yrs when I bought it, then lasted me another 30 yrs before the fan and power supply started having issues, and by then I...
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    Re: Expired FP4+

    Sealed inner bags are not a universal custom. Some films were simply put into folded-over black poly bags before the outer clamshell box, and therefore not totally immune from moisture intrusion if...
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    Re: Expired FP4+

    Times for FP4 versus FP4+ shouldn't be significantly different, provided aging itself hasn't introduced another variable. My old notes imply that. Unfortunately, all the old FP4 sheets I've still got...
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    Re: The making of a large format image

    You would have gotten a good laugh at me the other day - I'm trying to condition my knees for high country backpacking pretty soon, so threw in a whole pile of MF gear into the pack to get it good n...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Way off across one corner of my old modest ranch was a shack coated with six different colors of tarpaper, on a tiny plot next to the road, with at least twenty dead cars piled up. I looked at it on...
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    Re: Expired FP4+

    Two years post-date is nothing. I've used FP4 sheet film 20 years post-date no problem. Seems like some moisture got to your film during improper storage.
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    Re: The making of a large format image

    Contact printers get away with all kinds of misdemeanors that would constitute felonies with substantial enlargement, Vaughn. It looks like a Canham camera he's using, and I wouldn't consider using...
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    Re: Pyrocat HD Stain & Base Fog

    Overall proportional image stain is one of the benefits of pyro development. But the amount of otherwise worthless fbf depends on the film. HP5 is what I'd call a semi-thick emulsion (not thick like...
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    Re: The making of a large format image

    Flimsy little ball head with an 8x10? I won't even bother viewing if it's that amateurish.
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Indeed. Dirty diapers thrown into the streams, piles of cheap beer cans laying around, mostly shot up, even though much of the ammo goes wildly flying right across the road during drunken roadside...
  28. Re: Flatbed scan print vs copy stand digital capture of print for website reproductio

    If via copystand and camera, use a vacuum easel with perimeter (border) hold-down. No glass needed. You might not even need any vacuum drawdown unless the prints are seriously curled. A few days...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Do you have a copy of the biography of Orland Bartholomew, Vaughn? I didn't personally know him; but my older sister went to school with his kids. He was known as the "last of the mountain men",...
  30. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    Sorry for the confusion, Les. I've just never considered anything like an RV Park or KOA etc to constitute "camping". I'm not trying to be outdoor snobby; I've just never done anything resembling...
  31. Thread: kale

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    Re: kale

    Interesting, but indeed a little sinister. I was thinking more of "Day of the Triffids". Carnivorous kale, with someone's head about to disappear down the middle, like a giant sea anemone digesting a...
  32. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    When was that, Les? Casual camping near the bristlecone forest has always been banned, along with potential serious fines, due to the risk of tree theft or vandalism (don't be cynical; I know of a...
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    Re: Wild Camping

    Import grizzly bears
  34. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    Not only are the "stylish" using them, but now the majority of contractors and servicemen, and most delivery services, including Amazon. There are massive distribution warehouses along the Bay here...
  35. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    All of that in a single week? How are you going to find quality photography time? I'd pick one or the other; but that's me. I live on SF Bay, and the City of SF itself is not very open at the...
  36. Re: Camping suggestions on the west coast or western states?

    That private campground is ordinary stuffed wall to wall with tents and RV's - not a good situation in this virus climate. It's very popular with abalone divers; but I think the abalone season was...
  37. Re: Drilling holes for flange screws in wood - suggestions

    Depends on what kind of wood it is, namely, how hard or potentially split-prone. But drilling slightly less than the full thickness might keep the inner surface easier to clean etc.
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    Re: Durst Mivalo and Durst 138S

    You either need a way to precisely adjust the pins to the punch spacing or visa versa, with everything involved being dimensionally stable. Even the final tape should be mylar rather than acetate for...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Ordinary sodium carbonate would seem to be an easier accelerant to fine-tune that sodium hydroxide, which is used in crystal form for very high contrast A&B lith developers, no acetone involved. But...
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    Re: Inexpensive LOUPE for focus?

    Unless something is a bargain simply because it's used and no longer needed, the old adage generally applies : you get what you pay for.
    I have a couple relatively cheap magnifiers myself for the...
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