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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 11:35 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 148
Views: 6,102
Once again any kind of a cogent argument has failed to materialize. Perhaps sticking with which material is bester for developing film in would be a more productive avenue to walk. Now, not meaning to be rude, but I'm going back outside to see if the sky is falling yet.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 09:30 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 148
Views: 6,102
If you've never used a knife or/and a pencil on a negative you just haven't lived.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2022, 10:08 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 148
Views: 6,102
Exactly, but I believe it was HP Robinson who said, paraphrasing, 'anything over ASA 25 was darn near criminal.' Maybe it was Warnerke.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 06:33 PM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 148
Views: 6,102
"You push the button, we do the rest," was coined about that time if memory serves.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 09:53 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 148
Views: 6,102
Long before Kodachrome was glint in the eye of the musicians Mannes and Godowsky, painters knew the importance of good drapery.

The real question is, is the question of is photography dead, dead yet?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2022, 10:38 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 102
Views: 3,348
What is 19 divided by two feet? )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2022, 10:28 AM  
Does modern post processing AI make old lenses good again.
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 60
Views: 1,851
There's likely a distinct social pressure in favour of northern cardinal, too. Some images benefit from dodging and burning. Is 36 light bulbs on dimmers in a lamphouse analogue AI, and is it 'wrong'? How about if one scripts out a batch processing routine with auto levels? Photographic image making has always been about manipulation, and always will be. All sharpening routines are manipulations. All digital images have been manipulated. Did you or an algorithm make all the choices between image capture and image presentation (at any stage)? Have you ever gone to a bank of public computers at a library or big box computer store and viewed your work? I recall going to a gallery I had sent work to for exhibit and being appalled at how my stuff (and some other works) looked because, while they did use some half decent spot lighting, about 1/3 of the light came from really bad reflected fluorescents. Metamerism.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2022, 10:31 AM  
Ultimate pixel peeping
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 18
Views: 1,060
Size matters to/for some, otherwise yes the original NFT, The Click
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-08-2022, 01:58 PM  
Shooting at other than box speed - and developing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 58
Views: 1,355
That goes without saying, or so I thought.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-07-2022, 11:40 AM  
Shooting at other than box speed - and developing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 58
Views: 1,355
Darts are fun, at least my niece said so after going to the PDC finals last week. I fondly remember when the provost insisted I could handle 32 kids in my 101 and 102 classes I'd give first day 'talks' on zone this and D -Log E curve that, and thin out the herd a bit.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-05-2022, 10:50 AM  
Shooting at other than box speed - and developing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 58
Views: 1,355
I meant that... and more. The game is all about controlling processes. If you make a choice/decision tree of the whole process of capturing an image it will be quite long. I believe more will be learned by doing, and snip tests makes doing a bit less costly be it trying to find ones own speed rating, comparing film/developer/dilution/time A to film B, tungsten to xenon, or whatever one wants to try and control better... and that that needs to be borne out by final the final output. As with any testing, variables need to be limited and controlled/repeatable.


That said, I have both soft and hard necked garlic; which is best? ;
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-04-2022, 08:51 PM  
Any experience with The Darkroom lab for B&W processing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 3
Views: 305
You can still get 127 reels and DIY should you have that desire.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-04-2022, 11:59 AM  
Development times for Fomapan 400 in Rodinal 1+50 plus ~2ml A RhD positive
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 17
Views: 404
It always calls for blood.


The standard 60 second pre-soak will do what it can and as you don't know how much or where, it makes little sense to do any more. Just remember, nothing makes the cut feel better than stop bath.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-04-2022, 11:06 AM  
Shooting at other than box speed - and developing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 58
Views: 1,355
That's not really a developer issue so much as it is an operators error.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-04-2022, 09:27 AM  
Shooting at other than box speed - and developing?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 58
Views: 1,355
There were may pebbles in Siddhartha's path. Learn to do snip tests. A roll of 36exp can yield 2 - 6 good usable snips from which can can start walking your path to enlightenment or/and enlargement. The best or right combination is what puts on paper or screen what you sought, what you saw, what you want to see. There are ample combinations that will render that gray card well while moving the black or white. If you take your roll and shoot two sets of 5 exp brackets rated at 200, 400, 800 using your meter and then process them using the same developer at different dilutions or times, or even different developers altogether you will begin to see and understand better even if you only view them on a light table (though a proper enlarged contact sheet is best - it is possible to scan so long as you can keep the same settings for the whole series locked).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2021, 09:37 AM  
problem with photo file
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Take the same card(s) and use the same settings and shoot some other subjects. Was the card formatted in camera recently?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-22-2021, 10:19 AM  
Pentax land dilemma?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 41
Views: 2,155
The Borg Matrix isn't wireless ...yet. I bet they know how insecure remote work/networking really is and must protect data at all costs to prevent early dissemination of rumor and innuendo.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-21-2021, 07:28 PM  
Pentax land dilemma?
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 41
Views: 2,155
Parallax??
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-21-2021, 12:58 PM  
How to make 100% crop
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 105
Views: 95,384
Just remember a phrase can be turned too often and rendered to naught but, um, 100% compost.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2021, 12:04 PM  
Printing with Canon Pro-1000
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 23
Views: 882
Thankfully, my last PC was a Zenith Minisport, which I actually kind of liked.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2021, 09:29 AM  
Printing on watercolor paper
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 32
Views: 1,565
That's just a loo'd comment.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-19-2021, 09:27 AM  
Printing with Canon Pro-1000
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 23
Views: 882
How many bits is the paper your printing on, and which reflective spectrometer are you using to quantify? :(

Different images, media, and printer settings will yield different results, greater bit depth may, or may not be beneficial. I have solved banding issues in past by switching where the up/down sampling occurred, and adjusting the dry time on the printer.


It's fun to find where the bugs hide. I liked the canon studio for certain aspects of printing but it never seemed to be quite there in terms of consistency, though part of that was as likely due to changes in OS and editing software(s). Remember that fun when you're offered SW updates and are tempted to be an early adopter - let others do the testing and bug reporting. It is much improved but not perfect.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-18-2021, 07:53 AM  
Pentax Lenses and Problems
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 62
Views: 2,621
The Valiant and Lina had sharper... box graphics.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-12-2021, 04:18 PM  
Time Marches On...
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,042
You mean a monopod with T- handle? One thing to possibly ponder when looking is where you want it if you fall.
Forum: General Photography 12-09-2021, 04:43 PM  
My Personal Adorama Shopper
Posted By JohnMc
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Did you call them and ask?
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