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  1. Can it really be so?

    by , 06-24-2009 at 03:52 PM
    I have only one digital left. As soon that goes I am digital free other than my cell phone. Getting close.
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  2. Finally going to rebuild the Agfa Ventura 66 V

    by , 06-04-2009 at 10:03 AM
    I just love this old camera and have taken quite a few amazing shots with it. The focus ring has been stuck at 10 feet and the bellows are like swiss cheese since I got it though so it is time. I have used black fingernail polish to repair the holes a few times but a couple of the holes are not pin holes and can not be sealed properly anymore.

    I found quite a bit of restoration info on the web and have even found directions and templates for a new bellows. Since I paid under $20 ...
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  3. Artomatic: On the Wall!

    by , 05-27-2009 at 11:10 AM
    Well, I've gone and done it. My exhibit is up on the wall now, all prepared and ready to go. Five images only, but I think five good ones. From a series of large format night photos of scenes in Washington DC, in and around the neighborhood where I live. Platinum/Palladium prints in whole plate (6.5 x 8.5 inches). I DEFINITELY need to get new lights for next year though- the little LED-based ones I'm using are nowhere near bright enough. I'll post a pic of the exhibit when I get home and can download ...
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  4. Keeping it "Fresh"

    by , 05-22-2009 at 02:22 PM
    Recently I was persuaded by my good friend and co-experimentalist, Diwan Bhathal, to try some metal-plate ink printing, which produces results resembling intaglio.

    The process is simple: you lay out a print, sketch it roughly onto a metal plate with a wax pencil, add ink, flip the inked plate onto some paper and brayer it. The ink partially transfers to the paper, and you get a print.

    Faced with the task of drawing my image onto the plate and inking it, I conjured ...
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  5. Moving furniture and old photography books.

    by , 05-16-2009 at 01:55 PM
    Well, today I met my brother at his mother-in-law's house to help him move some of her furniture out to sheds. She's getting her carpet redone. Well, it didn't take long and it wasn't hard work. But she insisted on paying us. She handed me $50 and I immediately said 'No!' I was more than happy to help. She said to take it or she'd beat me. I looked at Ron askance and he said she would fuss until I took it. I relented. 'This is for the last time (helped before), this time and the next time ...
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