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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Hilarious, it seemed to be the only good thing left to SF. Been there a few times, decades ago.

    So I clicked on Harvey Milk Photo Center membership to be given a momentary flash of an image 'Fly Over Country'. It immediately disappeared.

    Flitting irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui;Harvey Milk Photo Center1497422
    Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco carries on the SF tradition of group darkroom sharing to this day:
    http://harveymilkphotocenter.org

    Being in San Francisco back in those great days of film and more was a special and memorable experience in many ways.
    That was a time when Eastman Kodak had a office near Ghirardelli Square. South of Market was a hot bed of creative artistic Fotographic image making from Fashion to Ads to Portraits to Architecture to "Fine Art" and a LOT more.


    Bernice
    Vive la révolution!

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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Hi Pere. I already have a 6x9 "Texas Leica", and it produces much better images than a 35mm Leica at a fraction of the cost. I love that camera. But looking at my best recent 20x24 Fujiflex enlargement from 6x9, which I really like, compared to today's enlargement from 8x10 film, well, it just ain't a fair fight. Technical KO before the enlarger is even switched on.

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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Hi Pere. I already have a 6x9 "Texas Leica", and it produces much better images than a 35mm Leica at a fraction of the cost. I love that camera. But looking at my best recent 20x24 Fujiflex enlargement from 6x9, which I really like, compared to today's enlargement from 8x10 film, well, it just ain't a fair fight. Technical KO before the enlarger is even switched on.
    The GW 690 is amazing... everything is bigger in Texas !

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Well, I originally wanted to shoot that particular shot tri-color on 8X10 TMax. But it wasn't logistically sane. It was one of the most interesting roadside shrines I've ever seen, but at the side of a very small turnout on a curve of a narrow country road with quite a few big ranch trucks and trailers barreling through. It had obviously been a fatal location before; otherwise, a shrine wouldn't even be there. I wanted a very specific perspective, and the 8x10 would require me to set it up in the road itself - not a good idea! But the 6X9 Fuji RF allowed me to work close in and very quickly. Besides the Crystal Archive and Fuji Supergloss prints I've gotten from it, I've also generated a deep green filter enlarged 8X10 interpositive, then from that to a black and white printing neg which yielded a very nice MGWT print; and best of all, I didn't get run over!

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    Re: Why Large Format?

    In answer to the original question, I have a friend who prints out photography for artwork, and I just think its awesome to be able to hangup really large pictures haha

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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Like my muzzleloading rifles, wood and canvas canoe and open backed banjos, my restored 1910 Seneca is just plain fun to use. They also offer challenges we take for granted with today photo gear.

    Many of these old technologies are the products of long gone skilled craftsmen, replaced by modern machines. The fact that they function more than a century later speaks volumes.

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    Re: Why Large Format?

    Here is a crop that I can print with decent quality at 14 inches x 12.5 inches. The original photo still has immaculate tonality and is from before 1910 and is only 3 inches x 16 inches. That's more than a 400% enlargement! I think the image may have been taken with a circuit camera and printed on a collodion emulsion and then toned with platinum and gold. This puts all digital prints to shame.
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