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Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 28th November 2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 826
Posted By Alan Clark
Jonathan, there don't seem to be any simple...

Jonathan, there don't seem to be any simple answers here. My understanding of Ravilious is that he was really concerned about the final print, not the negative. He wanted his prints to have the...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 28th November 2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 826
Posted By Alan Clark
Jonathan, to go back to your original problem -...

Jonathan, to go back to your original problem - how to make an enlargement that has the same "look" as a contact print, I wonder if you are familiar with the work of James Ravilious? He documented...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 26th November 2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 826
Posted By Alan Clark
Jonathan, I have been looking at the photographs...

Jonathan, I have been looking at the photographs on your website and have to say I am really impressed. What a superb collection!
I like the name of your website too. You obviously don't take...
Forum: Monochrome Film 18th November 2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By Alan Clark
Mike, there is probably a difference. But I...

Mike, there is probably a difference. But I couldn't say what it would be. But I strongly believe you should stick to the same inversion plan once you have worked out what works for you.

Alan
Forum: Monochrome Film 18th November 2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By Alan Clark
Svend, my times were worked out by testing and...

Svend, my times were worked out by testing and tweaking ID11 1+2.
12.5 minutes for FP4 rated 64. 14 minutes for HP5 rated 200. These are target times for 35mm frames exposed in hazy sun, and...
Forum: Photography in general 18th November 2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,949
Posted By Alan Clark
I did one session. I made a neutral background...

I did one session. I made a neutral background to hang behind the sitter (another volunteer). The wall opposite the window is light coloured so it reflected some light back into the shadows. I...
Forum: Monochrome Film 17th November 2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By Alan Clark
Hi Terry, About your highlights blocking up, as...

Hi Terry,
About your highlights blocking up, as the man said in the video, when you dilute D76 (or ID11) you get a compensating effect. Highlights are kept in check and don't get too dense, but the...
Forum: Monochrome Film 17th November 2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 401
Posted By Alan Clark
About twelve years ago I did a simple test to...

About twelve years ago I did a simple test to compare Hp5+ in ID11 at 1+1, and ID11 at 1+3. The 1+3 dilution won hand down. Noticably sharper. Very slight increase in grain that was hardly...
Forum: Photography in general 3rd November 2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By Alan Clark
David Lingham photographs

This morning I had half an hour to kill between coming out of the dentists and getting my eyes tested at Specsavers. So I wandered into Smiths and found myself idly browsing through this month's...
Forum: Darkroom 26th October 2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 479
Posted By Alan Clark
My experience is different to Maris's. He says...

My experience is different to Maris's. He says the highlights stay the same when the same exposure is given at different grades ( with Ilfords latest filters and Mgd Classic.) When I tried this a...
Forum: Books 16th July 2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210
Posted By Alan Clark
Alex, I must admit I missed the article about...

Alex, I must admit I missed the article about photographing people with a 10 x 8 camera. But I was wearing a face mask; and my glasses were steaming up somewhat.

Alan
Forum: Books 16th July 2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210
Posted By Alan Clark
Well, I haven't bought the magazine but I did...

Well, I haven't bought the magazine but I did take a look at it in Smiths in Scarborough today. If you have ever wondered how to load film into a camera, or don't know what a waist level finder is...
Forum: Cameras - medium format 5th July 2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,713
Posted By Alan Clark
It seems from the above posts that there are...

It seems from the above posts that there are several ways to calculate the equivalence of 35mm and 120 lenses. Here's another.
Measure the diagonals of each negative. Multiply these by the...
Forum: Darkroom 24th June 2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 809
Posted By Alan Clark
I think the best way to tell check out the...

I think the best way to tell check out the brightness of your LED bulb is to make comparison prints.
I had a 75 watt tungsten pearl bulb in my Leitz Valoy 11 enlarger, and bought an 11watt LED...
Forum: Darkroom 5th June 2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By Alan Clark
I forgot to say that I stained the wooden frame...

I forgot to say that I stained the wooden frame black to cut down on reflections.

Alan
Forum: Darkroom 5th June 2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By Alan Clark
Once when I wanted to make some 20 x16 inch...

Once when I wanted to make some 20 x16 inch prints but didn't have a large masking frame , I did the following.

1. Drew a 16 x20 rectangle on a large flat board.
2. Made a wooden frame out...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 24th May 2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,198
Posted By Alan Clark
If you tighten a micrometer by turning the...

If you tighten a micrometer by turning the ratchet stop - as you should - then, as John says, you get no compression.

Alan
Forum: Introductions 8th May 2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,637
Posted By Alan Clark
And another one from North Yorkshire. Welcome...

And another one from North Yorkshire. Welcome from the Vale of Pickering.

Alan
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 6th April 2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,476
Posted By Alan Clark
I agree with Mitch. It's your prints that should...

I agree with Mitch. It's your prints that should have punch, not your negatives. Ideally they should look a bit flat, then you will have different options for printing them, and they will be easier...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 5th April 2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,476
Posted By Alan Clark
When I tried split-grade printing using grade 0...

When I tried split-grade printing using grade 0 and grade 5 filters I found that I got exactly the same results - with less effort - by printing on the correct, single, grade. Split--grade printing...
Forum: Cameras - small format 12th March 2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,234
Posted By Alan Clark
Thanks Michael. It's good to hear that HiTech...

Thanks Michael. It's good to hear that HiTech did a good job for you. It was actually Tony Miller who recommended them to me, and as I said earlier I was pleased with the repair they did for me, and...
Forum: Photography in general 11th March 2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,017
Posted By Alan Clark
I read what he said about making prints. His...

I read what he said about making prints. His premise is that you should expose for the highlights and adjust contrast grade for the shadows. This won't work! It would work if the highlight density...
Forum: Photography in general 7th March 2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,270
Posted By Alan Clark
Shane, i'm not sure whose prices you were looking...

Shane, i'm not sure whose prices you were looking at, but Process Supplies sell 100 sheets of 10 x 8 Mgd.V for about 56 and 100 sheets of A4 for about 70. This is just a bit more than 20%...
Forum: Cameras - small format 23rd February 2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,234
Posted By Alan Clark
Michael, give them a ring. I think you will find...

Michael, give them a ring. I think you will find them very helpful. And not expensive...

Alan
Forum: Cameras - small format 23rd February 2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,234
Posted By Alan Clark
You could try Hi Tech Camera Repairs, in...

You could try Hi Tech Camera Repairs, in Newcastle, Staffs. Tel. 01782 713544
They did a good job for me not too long ago.

Alan
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