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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Photographing when your non-photographer wife is with you, so you rush things and make such rookie mistakes as forgetting to close the shutter before pulling dark slide. Happened to me this past weekend.

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Calwell View Post
    Photographing when your non-photographer wife is with you, so you rush things and make such rookie mistakes as forgetting to close the shutter before pulling dark slide. Happened to me this past weekend.
    Yeah. I can't go out to shoot with my wife. I'm rushing all the time.

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    When I was a student at RIT enrolled in the BioMedical Photography program of studies, I did all my Photomicrography assignments with my 8x10. I remember standing on the lab countertop looking down on the GG of my 8x10 B&J Commercial view camera, and using my big toe to focus with the fine focus adjustment knob. No one told me at the time that doing photomicrography with an 8x10 was difficult.
    Greg, there's a big difference between shooting prepared slides and tiny mobile organisms.

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Wind. I live in Southern Alberta - very windy at times. Had to rebuild my 5 x 12 last year when I took my hand for a second to reach something and it went over.

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Go adlibs to make a bad situation worse.
    Photomicrographs on ULF in extreme wind in Antarctica handheld.
    Portraits but the photographer is blind and doesn't have an assistant.
    Paper negatives but someone plays a prank when loading and reverses the paper.
    Getting to use a nice wood camera but then they reveal it's a kit and you have to assemble it before using it.


    On the serious note the worst for me has always been when I am rushed or am being rushed or having to try and field various questions while setting up a picture. It's not even that I mind their curiosity or anything, it's just I can't split my focus that well and end up feeling really stressed.

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Van Nes View Post
    Wind. I live in Southern Alberta - very windy at times. Had to rebuild my 5 x 12 last year when I took my hand for a second to reach something and it went over.
    I'm guessing you work with a higher ISO film.
    Garry Madlung
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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Photo Micro work at 200-500 times lifesize?

    Long bellows required and rock solid specialty cameras generally using Glass Plate film.
    "My forumla for successful printing remains ordinary chemicals, an ordinary enlarger, music, a bottle of scotch - and stubbornness." W. Eugene Smith

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    Re: What is the Most Difficult Large Format Photography

    Good for you Greg.
    I think one of the most difficult things for me is sorting out the "best" image from everything around me when I am out with the camera.

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