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    Hello, Inthedark

    I understand there's something different between your setup and my amateur 35mm (Opemus 6 enlarger) setup.

    Could you pls elaborate a little bit?

    Thanks,

    Jorge O
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    Jorge thats like the difference between a Ford Escort and an Indy race car! ;-)
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    Thanks, Gary

    I just happen to know (and fairly well) why an race car is better than an Escort.
    Now, why is the 35mm/6x6 inferior (and I do not mean neg area).

    Jorge O
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    Actually the most important difference between her equipment and yours is hers is production copy equipment. The frames are much sturdier and more accurately aligned and the lighting possibly more uniform. Shes using copy cameras converted into enlargers, and the copy lenses are probably a heck of a lot better than the average enlarging lens and that plus the design of the copy cameras means she can make really big copy negatives, really big prints and quite a bit more than either of us can do.
    Now as far as your Opemus 6 being inferior, thats a bum idea. It's designed to do what you want it to and do it quite well. You wouldn't drive an Indy car to work would you? Same idea, your enlarger is designed for your environment, not hers so it's like apples and oranges.
    Personally I'd like to play with the equipment at her shop (I used to run a copy camera so I know how they work), but I'd still want my trusty old Beseler at home for my own work, wouldn't you?
    Maybe Inthedark can post some pictures of her setup when the dust settles, I'd be fascinated to see it.
    Gary Beasley

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    Jorge O,

    glbeas expained it pretty well. It is like having Indy cars compared to escorts, BUT since my job is like being an indy driver, they are appropriate to my needs.

    I will try to get some pictures taken here soon. 1000 sq feet of black bliss. Lighting it to photograph well be a challenge. Not up my alley, I light copy boards, not rooms.
    Embrace **it! **it. . .just another name for fertilizer. . . Grow baby Grow!

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    Good Morning Everyone,

    How have all of your summers been? Mine was . . .BUSY. After my last post the shop and aspects of sewer alternative that I chose had one crisis after another. Then in August, just as I was finally getting everything squared away again, the puter crashed. And wouldn't you know I had to run production every single day as well. (I should have just shut down for two weeks when I moved, but I didn't) So I now have had two whole weeks without crisis wherein I have gotten the inside of the house back up to snuff and the yard is going to have to wait till spring.

    Anyway, I have missed you all and the lively conversations on the site.

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    Congratulations!!! I'll dream on....

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    Hello Inthedark - which is exactly how I felt when I read your posting. I'm new here and totally confused about what an 'aerial shop' is supposed to be - do you sell antennas? I take it that you are at least a professional printer but are you a portrait photographer as well? Please fill me in as I'm a bit intrigued.

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    Hi Art,

    I print aerial photography. This is direct overhead vertical photography on rolls 9" wide and 300 ft long. I do not take the negs, a professional pilot does that, then I get the film and print it for years and years and folks need archival information.

    I am not a photographer of any variety. I am a very skilled printer of photographic meda with equipment that is just right for aerial and pre-press, making it a ferrari or jaguar for printing normal stuff that photographers put out.

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    Cool! I was thinking aerial photography but you didn't have any in your gallery so I wasn't sure. I took a course on interpreting aerial photos and loved it. As an aside, I'm not sure if anyone has seen Emmet Gowin's book of aerial photos (Changing the Earth
    ) but it's worth it. The toned images are quite stunning and so different than his earlier work of his wife's family.

    Inthedark - it's good to hear that you have not been replaced by a drum scanner I'm glad that your business has increased - it must be very rewarding.

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