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    Re: 2021 Self Portraits

    Interesting idea, awty. I see the shirt pattern as reminiscent of grain.
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    Re: Hello from Manchester UK

    Glad you're here! It's a great place to be for serious photographers of any stripe. Godwin's and Moore's work differ considerably in style and content; we'll be interested to see what you come up...
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    Re: 2 Questions re Location Portraiture

    Regarding ligthting outdoors, adn guessing that some will not wish to stand, or may be on wheels, I would consider places where I might use an overhead black gobo, maybe 4x4. If the light is direct...
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    Re: Weekend Mystery Quiz

    Maris, thanks for that. I have begun using that method, persuaded by Doremus S. One long-time Tachihara user whose work I admired greatly once wrote to me that he had no idea why the scale was that...
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    Weekend Mystery Quiz

    Hey, folks. Welcome back to another episode of LF Mystery Quiz. Today's mystery has to do with Tachihara cameras, at least the 4x5 Hope, and the question is, why does the centimeter scale count right...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5 to 6x12) COLOR image sharing

    Mohammed, the Hasselblad image is very fine. And what a beautifiul scene!
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    Re: Flowers Anyone?

    Nicely done, Bryan, s well as an interesting story. The gentle tonality seems just right.
  8. A starting-point guide to Marshall's spotting dyes and Ilford Warmtone Fiber

    Print spotting techniques vary. Fade-proof India ink used to be used (maybe still is) by many leading photographers, using an extremely fine stippling technique to darken areas larger than a small...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Bruce, quite correct. For Adrienne's sake, just two notes. When you say "reasonably well hidden" respecting grain in 4x5: one person's grainy is another person's smooth, to adopt the old adage. I use...
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    Re: New to LF - First shot - Focusing

    Christianganko, the comments above include some useful suggestions, but let's see if we can narrow down the problem. The image indicates that the vertical height in the framing is greater than 30...
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    Re: Membership stats

    Understood. Thanks.
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    Re: Is this uneven development?

    Swirl marks: These (and the ones on the right) are on the neg itself, not a scanning artifact? They don't look anything like fluid swirl marks to me.
    RE: uneven development -- I think you need to...
  13. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    In response to Bernice, above, and without straying into non-forum territory: I think it fair to say that the lunge, as it were, into distortion, which has continued through the present (as opposed...
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    Membership stats

    Perhaps one of our moderators has a way of looking through the site stats and would be willing to share some for the curious.

    I see that Community comprises more than 26,000 members, but sorting...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    George, I don't like to enter these controversies generally, but here I question whether you are correct regarding 1:1. Having used Nikon extension rings to accomplish 1:1 with my 35mm Nikon, and...
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    Re: Is this uneven development?

    I haven;t used the Stearman 8x10, only the 445. It appears from your images that the bottom of both was cut off in camera, i.e., no image of the figurines' bases, so I'll leave that out. The other...
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    Re: Current 4x5 enlarger options

    Since you're in a city area, you may be able to supplement waiting for CL -- although, you might get lucky and find a perfect enlarger there soon -- by making a few inquiries. There are many...
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    Re: Need More LIGHT: Should I start PUSHING?

    Adrienne, welcome, and thanks for posting. I used to live somewhere across the Sound from you in CT. I shoot portraits, too, and as I was coming back into LF some years ago with location portraiture...
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    Re: Getting back into film - why not LF?

    Mikey, an engineer such as you might enjoy at least some of Harold Merklinger's in-depth treatment of depth-of-field and discussion of the "hinge-line."
    file:///C:/...Local/Temp/FVCADNDM.pdf

    I...
  20. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    "I assume with view cameras, you use no movements or anything else with portraitures?"

    I have till now kept the back vertical for portraiture, but I have used lens tilt or swing on occasion. It's...
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    Re: Getting back into film - why not LF?

    Hi, Mikey. As one who cut his proverbial teeth in 35mm for a decade before getting my own 4x5, I know that it is a big jump in many ways. While the advice above is useful, I think you also need to...
  22. Re: A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    Yes, Paul, it is a jump from any roll film camera to LF. You have some impressive work on your site, so I'm confident you'll find your way.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Peter, a Grand Pyrenees, if I am not mistaken. I used to care for one that was the smartest dog I have ever known -- after she trained me, on her terms.
    Handsome portrait.
  24. Re: Focal Lengths with movements for Tachihara 4x5

    One thing I don't think anyone has referenced, is that the 4x5 Tachihara does not feature interchngeable bellows, as far as I know. Mark, above, said he successfully used a 90 on a Tachihara; as you...
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    Alan, why not? According to one calculator, this is roughly equivalent to an 80mm lens on 35mm, but I think this conservative (again, calculation methods differ). It's twice the length of the...
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    LocalHero, I have not come to hard conclusions, in part due to the many factors which can affect the final image, in part due to Covid having put my portraiture in abeyance just as I was getting...
  27. Re: Hi everyone, new to the forum and new to LF.

    Welcome, Murgo. You will also find members who can advise on the specifics of your camera. While it's more usual for shutter speeds to run slow, leading to over-exposure, there may be some variables...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Thanks, CreationBear. I had just gone into the yard, thinking to find a sign of Spring, perhaps to start a new thread with that title.

    I don't recall whether or not I added any swing to the...
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    Re: post your trees!

    Contrasts.
    4x5, 210,mm, HP5

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51132813385_c00e775627_h.jpg
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    Re: Musical Instruments

    Austin, you beat me to it -- I have just been thinking about our old pump organ as a subject. Anyway, here's one from long, long ago.

    4x5, Poloroid 55 neg. Scan from silver gelatin print made at...
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    Re: New Book by John Finch

    I just looked up his YouTube site, which appears geared for newcomers, and more power to him. I was surprised, however, that he recommended using his washaid (baking soda) after a one-minute water...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    BetXen, great start!
  33. A few, limited observations on traditional portrait perspective for the newcomer

    I thought I'd share a little experiment in perspective I conducted some years back. It is not meant to be anything but an observation, because portraiture is very complex, involving far more factors...
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    Re: Portraits from 2021

    Bernice, great counterpoint and use of environment.
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    Re: Omega D2 and zone VI cold light questions

    Dave, as you probably know, the Zone VI is only for B&W and requires one to use contrast filters, above or below the lens, for variable contrast papers, while the dichroic head, which is also a...
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    Re: Ilford HP5 PLUS processing

    Welcome back to film and processing!

    On questions of water quality, hardness, etc., I defer to Drew and others with vast knowledge of all sorts of technical information beyond my knowledge. There...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Welcome back!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Randy, you really captured the feeling of the light in such scenes. Well done.
  39. Help, please: Vit C developer neutralization by 120 film??!

    Okay, this is not like the time I switched the fixer and developer graduates after a morning of photography. I am testing D-23, my standard developer, against Gainer's simplest Vitamin C (sodium...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Christopher, please post more often. This is a wonderful image, and the tonality, with all the gorgeous reflected light, is superb. While far removed, it reminds me for some reason of Savannah, GA,...
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