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    Happy Toyo field owner

    Welcome. Just one extra thought on light meters. With secondhand meters do check the batteries needed as many of the older spot meters use the dreaded mercury cells. I found a Soligor that uses a 9V (PP9) battery that is readily available.
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    Letcombe cress beds

    From the second roll in the DaYi back [thanks @Monsta ] (the first roll had bad light leaks due to a small excess of wood in a corner of the back of the Intrepid preventing proper seating). Graflex 135mm lens, f/18, 1s, no filter. Developed Rodinal 1:49, 9:00 @ 20°C. The Letcombe Basset cress...
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    Another shutter, another problem.

    Sorry if this sounds a bit confusing, I had thought that I had posted a comment saying that I had found that there was a cam on the front plate that locked it, but must have failed to hit the post button.
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    Another shutter, another problem.

    Thanks, Somehow that dog screw had turned (I called it a cam), so that the front plate wasn't locked. I don't know why as I'd been using the shutter and lens for a while and then on Saturday while trying to take a shot everything started moving as I tried to set the shutter (of course out in the...
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    Another shutter, another problem.

    This time it's a Synchro-Compur-P #0. (The one with B but not T). When I turn the exposure setting, the front plate (with the arrow to indicate the exposure and the aperture indicator panel) rotates with it over a smallish range but enough to shift the pointers from 1/2s to B and f/32 to f/11...
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    A moment to reflect

    I did think of just posting the inverted version, but it seemed a bit cliché. Also, here I'd expect most people to be familiar with upside down views of the world.
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    A moment to reflect

    From Snelsmore Country Park, New Year's Day. Intrepid 5x4, Schneider Xenar 180mm, Fomapan 100. ~2.5s f/32. Developed ID-11 Stock (3rd use) 8:00 @ 20C. Also works as a kind of dreamland image:
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    DaYi Roll film back

    Thanks everyone for the comments. My thinking was that in this part of the world there are a lot of "horizontal" landscapes, and so there's often quite a bit of rather dull foreground and sky. Also colour 5x4 is extortionate (and hard to find processing as I don't yet do my own C41), so the DaYi...
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    DaYi Roll film back

    Has anybody here used this roll film back https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAYI-6x12-6x9-6x6-6x4-5-Multi-Format-Roll-Film-Back-For-4x5-Large-Format-Camera/273013096348?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 ? If so do you have any thoughts on whether it is a worthwhile piece of kit?
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    Dragon Hill

    I don't think there was any drizzle about that day, a bit misty, hence the red filter. I'll try to compare the locations, I did have a problem with the Mod54 if I used the twizzle stick instead of inversions (I never feel that the top on modern Paterson's is that secure -- much prefer the AP...
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    Dragon Hill

    Now that you point it out, I can see it. Any suggestions to avoid it in hardware (i.e. developing methods) rather than software?
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    Dragon Hill

    I'm not sure I see it. The horizontal structure is the low-contrast cloud formation. I think that this was the second batch that I did in the SP-445. I generally use -- continuous inversions for 30s (~15 inversions), then 10s of inversions (~5 turns) after each minute. I know there is a very...
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    Tempus Fugit

    An experiment in long exposure. Intrepid 5x4, Schneider Angulon 90mm, Fomapan 100. 1:15:00 (approx), f/22. Developed Rodinal 1:49, 9:00 @ 20°C. The combination of a magnification of about 1.4 and Fomapan's reciprocity failure allowed the long exposure under normal indoor lighting. If you look...
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    Dragon Hill

    Dragon Hill, a natural chalk hill (the flat top is manmade -- probably iron age) just below the Uffington White Horse (out of shot to the right). Shot with Intrepid 5x4, Schneider 180mm Xenar, Ilford FP4+. 1/2s f/32, red filter 16/12/18. Developed Ilfotec HC 1:31, :30 @ 20°C
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    Chemical ratio chart

    Here is a PDF version of the spreadsheet that I use mainly for 1-shot developers. (The forum does not appear to allow .xls or .ods files, so I can't upload an editable version)
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    Wytham Woods (experiments in backlighting)

    Actually, there was not a huge range in either scene, maybe 4ev from the shaded trunks to the bright leaves hence the push to 200 as I wanted the shadows quite dark and the leaves bright. The developing time is the digitaltruth.com value for FP4+ at 200, in stock ID-11 (first use) corrected to 21°.
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    Wytham Woods (experiments in backlighting)

    On my screen, it's very dependent on where the image is, when the deep shadows are near the top (a bit above eye level) they are very dark, but when below eye level only the base of the big beech on the left of the first image is blacked out. I probably overstretched the tone curve a bit after...
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    Wytham Woods (experiments in backlighting)

    A couple of experiments with backlit trees in WythamWoods. Both were shot with the Intrepid 4x5 on Ilford FP4+ at 200ISO, developed in ID11 (Fresh stock) 9:00 at 21°C. Backlit Beeches: 135mm Graflex lens 1/25s, f/30. Beeches & Pines: 240mm Schneider Symmar, 1/5s f/22.
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    Pool on Snelsmore Common

    Properly what I should have said is focal length make no difference, i.e. if diffraction is the limit then the number of features per mm that can be distinguished on the sensor (film or digital) is the same at a given f-ratio irrespective of whether the lens is a 600mm wildlife monster or a 20mm...
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    Pool on Snelsmore Common

    As I recall it was pretty "watery" sunshine.
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