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  1. Over the weekend

    by , 07-27-2009 at 12:24 PM
    I thought my photographic tasks over the past weekend were going to be simple. Just develop some exposed sheet film and do some long overdue pt/pd prints for a film test.

    Saturday was fine. Sunday, well…

    Sunday started out poorly when I had put my initial water wash into the Jobo tank and started it rotating on my Unicolor motor. This was fine, except when I walked away for a minute, imagine my horror when I heard the sound of water hitting the carpet. Oh no! ...
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  2. Stress

    by , 07-22-2009 at 06:55 AM
    Stress. A five letter word which many people can relate to and which can make your day miserable.

    Now I know why I go out to make photos. I really understand why I go to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to close my eyes and listen to a viewing platform sing. I might seem a bit crazy for the last comment, but it really is about getting outdoors away from the stress of everyday life and relaxing.

    As for the viewing platform, it does sing if the wind is blowing hard ...
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  3. Published in View Camera

    by , 07-07-2009 at 03:59 PM
    Well, I just found the May/June issue of View Camera on the newsstand yesterday. I've got an image in the article about Whole Plate photography, which is very cool. The image is one taken of the viaduct at Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal. I shot it with an 1860s/70s vintage Darlot Hemispherique Extra Rapide #2, which gives it a very atmospheric feel, the corners just barely vignetted. I'm pleased as punch They did a pretty good job reproducing the image and the write-up about the work.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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