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    photo8x10,

    What made you decide on the print process, i.e. silver gelatin or pt/pd?

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    Hi Tom,
    Now I'm printing everything on silver gelatin,and contact print, sometimes I had used pt/pd because I was looking for a different way for my prints, I love printing on pt/pd but for my feeling the lackness of glossy or semi-matt papers is a big problem, I love, in fact, this kind of surface.I'm not keen on matt surface.
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    I'm not the only person that likes a gloss surface then. A current trend with all the alternative process work going on does seem to be for matt surfaces.

    Tom

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    My descent into the abyss started with an RZ67. Even that little waistlevel viewfinder was mesmorizing to me. A cruddy old Green Giant Calumet 8 x 10 soon followed. I didn't even know how to develop film--dropping it off at the processor in town like it was color slide film. They all looked at me like I was nuts, which of course was accurate. I then started doing my own processing out of sheer financial survival, loved the process as much as the end product if not more, and started to realize even with my limitations as a somewhat pedestrian photographer, that a life needed something useless in it with no joy demanded except for the act of doing. I ended up buying an 8 x 10 Ebony, a lifetime purchase I thought that would end there. Fool. I had business in Japan and contacted Hiromi at Ebony via email to say I would be in Tokoyo and that I owned one of his camera's and was wondering where I should go to shoot it when i came to town. Instead of telling me, he and his incredible family, wife and daughter, arranged to come by at 5 in the morning so they could spend the rest of the day showing me wonderful spots to shoot in the countryside. It was an incredible experience. They are such an amazing family of generosity, humor and knowledge and void of ego. Went home and over the next year life led to the need to sell the ranch we were living on in Texas. In a fit of disappointment one night over the fact that we were going to sell and move, mixed with some Oban, a wonderful single malt, I hatched a Quioxtic plan of uselessness by devising a strategy of what we wanted to get out of the ranch for our regular lives and then I added the price of a 20 x 24 Ebony into the mix and challenged myself to try and negotiate into the final bargain. It worked and I ordered the camera the day after closing.

    The camera's name of course is 'The Don'. The Dallmeyer 8D which weighs 18.3 lbs that goes on it is named in honor of the late great Richard Pryor, 'Ass for Days'.

    I am quite happy chasing my windmills--The Don, Ass for Days and me meandering around Asheville looking for really slow things that don't move much to shoot in either Wet Plate Collodion or Platinum/Palladium and Platinum/Palladium gumover.

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    I was making a custom rope for 'ya but I'll toss it in the garbage.......just throw me some Lagavulin or Talisker when I go over the cliff.........Tav

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    I found that 8D on ebay (the tread at Quinns site also)

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    Found a crown graphic at work and started with that (4x5). Progressed to 5x7 and 8x10. Saw Kenro Izu's work (14x20 platinum contacts) and bought a Deardorff 14x20 back. Never found a Deardorff camera to match the back so I had Richard Ritter build one. Added an 8x20 back (also made by Deardorff). 8x20 for a panaromic view and 14x20 which is essentially the same proportion as 5x7 is a nice combo for ulf. The Ritter camera is under 20-lbs and that makes it manageable. This is my limit and I don't see anything bigger on the horizon. Based on my experiences with this camera, I am even more amazed by the guys who shoot 18x22 and 20x24. That is altogether another level of photography. Maybe instead of ulf, it should be called clf (crazy large format).

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    Quote Originally Posted by roodpe View Post
    Found a crown graphic at work and started with that (4x5). Progressed to 5x7 and 8x10. Saw Kenro Izu's work (14x20 platinum contacts) and bought a Deardorff 14x20 back.

    Pete
    Where did you find 14X20 holders? I have never run across one, but if Deardorff made a 14X20 back there must be some out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanking View Post
    Where did you find 14X20 holders? I have never run across one, but if Deardorff made a 14X20 back there must be some out there.

    Sandy King
    Sandy,

    I had the holders custom made. Film was custom cut also. Jack Deardorff originally came up with the format for Kenro Izu. It was the largest format that could be adapted to the Deardorff 12x20. The story I heard from the guys at Lens and Repro was that Izu wanted 20x24 and Jack Deardorff talked him into 14x20. The back I bought was made at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roodpe View Post
    Sandy,

    I had the holders custom made. Film was custom cut also. Jack Deardorff originally came up with the format for Kenro Izu. It was the largest format that could be adapted to the Deardorff 12x20. The story I heard from the guys at Lens and Repro was that Izu wanted 20x24 and Jack Deardorff talked him into 14x20. The back I bought was made at the same time.

    Pete
    Pete,

    Thanks for the interesting story. You had me going there with that format!!

    I am playing around with having a 10X24" back built for my 20X24 RR camera. I already have some holders that are left over from a custom order for 10X24" holders.

    The only question is, will I continue down this ULF road of obsessive insanity or try to scratch my way back up the cliff to some semblance of common sense before I die.

    Sandy King
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