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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    Thanks for the video. Good looking camera. I suggest you carry through with a much larger dark cloth. Mine for 7x17 is 5x8 feet. You may need one 6x8 or 7x10 for really good coverage. Another suggestion - leave the dark cloth on the camera at all times, especially when inserting the film holder through removing it.
    I like your single tray method - practical and space saving.
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    Thanks, Jim. I now have a much larger, darker, dark cloth. Normally, I leave the dark cloth on, but I wanted the viewers to see the holder going in and out. I probably should have mentioned that. Thanks for the tip! My darkroom is quite small, hence the single tray. I actually prefer working this way now, even when making smaller prints. Cheers!

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Hi Andy,

    I enjoyed watching your video with the 14X17" camera. Watching you place the camera on the tripod reminded me of doing the same thing with my 20X24 camera many years ago. And glad that you got a good print from the work. That large kallitype definitely looks like a keeper to me. I was always somewhat limited in darkroom space also and developed most of my vandyke and kallitype prints in a single tray.

    Did you actually make the negative for the kallitype print you made from the same place as in the video? My first impression on seeing you set up the camera was that the subject seemed too far from the camera, even with a 600mm lens.


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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by sanking View Post
    Hi Andy,

    I enjoyed watching your video with the 14X17" camera. Watching you place the camera on the tripod reminded me of doing the same thing with my 20X24 camera many years ago. And glad that you got a good print from the work. That large kallitype definitely looks like a keeper to me. I was always somewhat limited in darkroom space also and developed most of my vandyke and kallitype prints in a single tray.

    Did you actually make the negative for the kallitype print you made from the same place as in the video? My first impression on seeing you set up the camera was that the subject seemed too long from the camera, even with a 600mm lens.


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    Yes, the negative was from that actual spot, from that shoot. I think having the gopro set on super wide angle distorted the distances. One negative was developed for carbon, and the other for kallitype. The 600mm lens is the longest lens I have for this format. By the way, I bought the beautiful holder from you waaaaay back in 2011. Thank you! I only have the one, sadly... having to reload in the Harrison tent gets old really quick! Thank you for watching and commenting, Sandy!

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Fun video! One finds methods of working with a process to fit the size and type of space one has to work in.

    Any lens longer than 600mm and you'll need longer arms!
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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Fun video! One finds methods of working with a process to fit the size and type of space one has to work in.

    Any lens longer than 600mm and you'll need longer arms!

    Yes, it's quite a trip from back of camera, to front. Then back again. Repeat.

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    I was very moved by your video...and feel newly inspired!

    Breathtaking image...but a detail I think worth mentioning in good company, is the importance (and challenge) of submersing/covering the image as quickly and completely as possible with the developer!

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew O'Neill View Post
    Yes, it's quite a trip from back of camera, to front. Then back again. Repeat.
    I like to judge my placement of the plane of focus by watching the change in DoF on the GG as I close the aperture down -- tough to do when I use my 600mm!

    Your processing practices (single tray) reduces the handling of large sheet of film and paper -- always helpful. The handling of large sheets of wet paper eventually becomes a series of natural movements -- and the heavier paper helps, too. The old Cranes Cover was a nice paper, but needed more care when wet.
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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    I was very moved by your video...and feel newly inspired!

    Breathtaking image...but a detail I think worth mentioning in good company, is the importance (and challenge) of submersing/covering the image as quickly and completely as possible with the developer!

    Yup. I was using a tray that was a tad too small. The method that I used in the video to submerge the print quickly and evenly, is one that I have used for many years. I'll be using my usual "larger" tray from now on. Thanks!

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    That is impressive - loved the final print! Makes me want to get my DIY camera out myself.

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    Re: Out With My 14x17 DIY Camera & XRAY Film

    Quote Originally Posted by Pali K View Post
    That is impressive - loved the final print! Makes me want to get my DIY camera out myself.
    Is that it in your avatar. I seem to recall an 11x14 build awhile back.

    Roger

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