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    HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Anyone do this sort of work? The guidelines are online here:

    http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/stand...photospecs.pdf

    They are really out of date - they want a contact print on Azo, only, for example. I am curious if there are more up to date guidelines.

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    hi ed

    someone asked something similar a few weeks ago ...
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=26620
    enjoy your coffee

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Thanks! I missed that one. That helps a lot.

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Here it is 2010 and it's nice to see that HABS/HAER/HALS are still requiring photography on archival large-format film in 4x5 and 5x7 and 8x10. I recently did a day of photo-documentation on 5x7 Ilford HP5 of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, a folk-art environment in Simi Valley, California, Listed on the National Register of Historic Places but badly damaged by the Northridge earthquake. LF photographers could document worthy locations on 4x5 and 5x7 and donate the images to the Library of Congress to document the places that matter in the USA. The processing requirements are meticulous but doable.



    Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, Spring Garden, Simi Valley, Ventura County, California.

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Ed one of my grad students at SAIC is doing his dissertation on HABS/HAER documentation. I could put you in touch with him if you want the latest.
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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    I know black and white is more stable, and I like to use it. But just because something is old doesn't mean it has no color...

    I'd like to see if those bottles are green, brown or cobalt blue. What does it look like inside? 10 years from now, people will be using video to get a sense of the place.

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    In some instances HABS does call for additional duplicate exposures of transparency film to be taken of subjects. The black and white, large format, polyester-based film is the primary recordation artifact, and a transparency is exposed after the black and white film.

    Although the Library of Congress has the negatives of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, my workflow is to create a duplicate negative for my own files, and then a GPS tagged 12MP digital from the same camera position. So here is the digital color version, although not large format.
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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Who pays for the HABS/ HERS images. Building owner? Government? Photographer?

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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    All of the ones I have worked on were paid for by various govt agencies, though the work may be contracted through and supervised by an architect or preservationist.
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    Re: HABS/HAER Photography guidelines

    Stephen, both of your shots of Grandma Prisbey's are great but the color one is more of what I recall. I haven't seen that place since sometime in the 1980's. Thaks for the great memory!

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