Workshop with Lee in Ft Worth this weekend

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  1. dianna

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    What an awesome weekend - I spent both days in a workshop with Lee Carmichael in Fort Worth working on a list of things I've been wanting to learn for some time: working with my new Deardorff 8x10 view camera, using the zone system and evaluating negatives, split contrast printing, and contact printing. When I bought the Deardorff (from Jeremy Moore - he put together a complete kit for me, camera, tripod, film holders, dark cloth, lens, literally everything, thanks Jeremy), I was a overwhelmed and considered taking one of the Weston workshops in California. It never occured to me that Lee might be willing to give a workshop, but my husband, Kevin, suggested checking with him. I'm glad I did.

    I went to Lee with no formal training, and no darkroom skills other than developing my own b/w film and making a few prints on POP. On Saturday, Lee gave me some tips on how to use the view camera movements, how to run a film test, how to evaluate the negative. Photomc also stopped by in the morning and gave me some tips on using the view camera. Film tests are time consuming and that's where a 1-on-1 workshop is really valuable. Today (Sunday) we spent the day on split contrast printing and contact printing. I was blown away by how much control I have over the final print. We don't have plumbing in our darkroom yet, but I can't wait to use what I learned - I'll have to use buckets until we get the plumbing in place...

    All in all a valuable and very enjoyable workshop!
     
  2. Nicole

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    Congratulations Dianna! Lee's a great guy and has helped me over time as well, unfortunately I've never had the privelidge of meeting him in person (yet).

    Dianna I still use buckets in my darkroom as well until my new darkroom is built and complete.
     
  3. Gay Larson

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    Lee is a gem. He is a wealth of information. I always try to make any workshops he is involved with.
     
  4. dianna

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    Another thing I like about Lee is that he's so down to earth!


     
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    Thanks for the kind words Dianna and Gay and Nicole. Dianna worked hard and took lots of notes.

    lee\c
     
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    Mr. Carmichael! Charming the ladies, as usual. :D
     
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    Hmmmm, Lee, there might be something to explore here...a women's only LF seminar????

    :tongue: s
     
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    Sounds good to me, Sharon!! :smile:
     
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    ahh... a "Mr Carmichael ego stroke" ... long overdue and well deserved.

    glad things went well with the workshop.
     
  10. Gay Larson

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    I'm in for a Ladies workshop, even have a 4X5 I hardly ever use.
     
  11. Nicole

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    I might even consider coming all the way to the US for this event! :smile:

    Oh, and Happy Birthday Lee!! :D
     
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    LOL Nicole...:wink:

    As has been mentioned, the acolades for Lee are well deserved.
     
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    Lee,
    I have met Lee and have to agree that he is a wonderful person, a great photographer and a help to many of us. I'm just angry that he thought of the ladies only workshop before I did. A smooth operator :smile:


    Regards,
    Bill