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    Quote Originally Posted by John McCallum
    I give it 2 months (of being around apuger's) .... 3 at a push!
    Well, the problem is that a large camera in this country would attract too much of the wrong kind of attention. If anything i would move deeper into rangefinder territory...small camera, low profile..chances are greater i'll get back home with my gear AND my life in one piece....IF ya know what i mean..

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    Yes ... well .... of course no harm must come your way so guess rangefinders make a good 2nd option !! . (duck quickly - before and apug'er throws something!).
    Last edited by John McCallum; 09-23-2004 at 02:37 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John McCallum
    Yes ... well .... guess rangefinders make a good 2nd option !! . (duck - quickly).
    you're funny..haha...

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    Welcome Kathleen -I just registered myself. re: PS -The lack of space to set up a darkroom was one of the major factors hindering my personal development in photography. I recognized early on that I was severely restricted in not having the after-exposure control of images. It has been recently that I aquired PS and a decent scanner. I chose the Epson Perfection 2450 because of its reputation for decent scans of 4x5 format in its price range. I can get some near instant feedback of the recorded image using Polaroid 55 P/N and scanning and digitally printing. Just did the first one last Tue.
    In B&W, I print with MIS Quadtone inks on my old Epson Stylus Color 740. I get decent prints -not what most people would consider "Fine Art", but very usable as viewing size proofs at full sheet, and I still have a negative for fine printing at a custom lab. I get the impression that a main reason for this site is to avoid the circular film-digital debate, but I feel one can get serviceable color prints with the proper inkset/paper combination from scanned transparencies. Again, seeing the image at a decent viewing size; i.e. 8x10, 11x17, I can better judge which images qualify for a better quality custom lab print. Currently, I am working to put together a 4x5 kit. One option I am looking at is the possibility of a quality print from scanned and Photoshopped 4x5 negative printed to giclee (inkjet) transparency at 8.5x11 to be used as an internegative for contact printing on Kodak Azo silver gelatin paper. The Azo is designed as a contact paper with long expose times. A 300 watt refletor type bulb mounted on crude stand serves as light source. See post on this site: http://www.apug.org/forums/archive/index.php/t-8972.html For inter negative transparency material take a look at Bostick & Sullivan's site. For Kodak Azo see Michael Smith and Paula Chamlee's site: http://www.michaelandpaula.com/ Hope these leads give you some ideas to work with. Long road ahead for me also. Perhaps we'll cross paths from time to time.

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    Welcome to the film world. I know what you mean about the phsyical aspects of seeing, feeling and smelling the materials we love to use.

    Up until recently I have been printing both my BW and colour in a wet darkroom. I decided to start scanning my colour negs and printing on a good inkjet because I had seen enough prints that I knew the quality could easily match the wet version...without all of the hassle. BW was another story and unfortunately I could only use black ink with my printer, which falls far short of silver - however there are higher quality inkjets which use a range of greys that are starting to look good. So I have returned to wet darkroom for BW. However, I hate to say it, but I can't come close to matching the power of the levels control in photoshop. I need to refocus my thinking to match the limits of multigrade paper.

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