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Forum: Photography in general Today, 12:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 58
Posted By John King
I doubt very much if anyone can see the...

I doubt very much if anyone can see the difference of 1/12th of a stop. Human eyes are not made that way. Possibly if you are using a hard grade, 4 and above you should be able to see the difference...
Forum: Photography in general Yesterday, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 55
Posted By John King
Timing

This sounds as if the purveyor of the advice has either very little experience in the darkroom or has been on the 'sauce' for too long. He could of course be pulling a leg - quite deliberately!
...
Forum: Sale or Wanted 4th December 2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 119
Posted By John King
Dishwarmer

I have one that you can have for nothing. I have 3 x smaller ones for my B&W and it is just in storage. (AKA getting in the way).
It is only 24"long and to be honest it looks shabby and stained....
Forum: Introductions 3rd December 2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 97
Posted By John King
Welcome

Welcome indeed.

We are fortunate that they have not classified photography as a prohibited class 1 substance, it can be very addictive, especially the film based version.
Forum: Print Finishing 30th November 2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By John King
Colour Printing

Have you been colour printing for long? I have always used Kodak Ektacolor chemicals coupled with Kodak RA4 paper. When it was available in sheet form it was a lot easier, but now I buy bulk rolls...
Forum: Monochrome Film 29th November 2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 216
Posted By John King
When you say 'refrigerated' do you mean actually...

When you say 'refrigerated' do you mean actually frozen, or just in the ordinary part of the fridge where you would store food before eating?
Forum: Photography in general 28th November 2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By John King
The prices of silver is on the up and this is the...

The prices of silver is on the up and this is the key element in film and paper to form the image. Some companies I think are taking advantage (my opinion based upon what is bleedin' obvious).
...
Forum: Monochrome Film 28th November 2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 216
Posted By John King
Out of date film

I can say from experience try this with XP2 and you may really struggle. A few years ago I was given a few rolls of 120 that were about 2 yrs out of date and the storage had been 'questionable'.
...
Forum: New products and offers 26th November 2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By John King
Do you know, I keep forgetting about them. I used...

Do you know, I keep forgetting about them. I used to buy regularly from Mathers, but they sort of slipped out of the mainstream. I will have to create a shortcut so I can check their prices before...
Forum: New products and offers 26th November 2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By John King
Since I posted the last I have also found that...

Since I posted the last I have also found that WEX (Warehouse Express) have very keen prices compared to my usual supplier. For example 36 exp FP4 is 35p cheaper than AG my usual supplier. But the...
Forum: New products and offers 25th November 2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By John King
Dohhhhhh!

Now they tell me! I have just stocked up with all the B&W I need for present. Spend a shed load on 5lt MG print dev, stop bath, fixer & 2 boxes of MG5 to say nowt about 5 cassettes of XP2. I could...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 25th November 2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,213
Posted By John King
Dust Particles

I don't actually have a serious problem with dust or hairs on negatives, but what I do before printing, the negative goes into the glassless carrier and two quick swipes of a 1" brush (unused) to...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 24th November 2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 896
Posted By John King
I don't think you are far off the mark. My eyes...

I don't think you are far off the mark. My eyes at one time had 20/20 vision, but no longer. However the range of tones in light and shade that can be detected by the human eye is apparently greater...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 24th November 2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 896
Posted By John King
Your quest sounds like a touch of misty eyes. My...

Your quest sounds like a touch of misty eyes. My recall of contact prints is a mixture of faded, lack of contrast or too much contrast with shadows so dark there was no detail or burnt out...
Forum: Monochrome printing techniques 23rd November 2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By John King
That picture has lovely tones I would not have...

That picture has lovely tones I would not have thought that a change of developer would make such a difference.

However I like the tones that MG Developer produces on the MG5 and I find that it's...
Forum: Monochrome Film 20th November 2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Posted By John King
From what you say dish soap and washing up liquid...

From what you say dish soap and washing up liquid are definitely not the same in UK. Dish soap to me means a tablet of hard soap that everyone used until a few years ago. If I am mixing it up forgive...
Forum: Monochrome Film 20th November 2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Posted By John King
Not a good idea! Soap contains microscopic...

Not a good idea! Soap contains microscopic undissolveable solids which can leave a scum on the film.

Ask anyone who has to clean a bathroom basin. I noticed this when I started to use shower gel...
Forum: Photography in general 19th November 2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By John King
Yellow Hi Vis

BTP, used to wear orange like all other staff working on the stations etc, however since I think about 2003/4, that was decreed unnecessary because on most occasions when they went on the lines it...
Forum: Photography in general 19th November 2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By John King
I have not seen the maps uploaded but attached is...

I have not seen the maps uploaded but attached is an extract from a 25" to a mile Ord Survey from 1898. In red I have highlighted parts that are relevant
A. The location of the present Tynemouth...
Forum: Photography in general 19th November 2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By John King
I have chucked the magazine that the article was...

I have chucked the magazine that the article was in but I seem to recall that the stations (there were three) was going north towards Gosforth, not far from the main rolling stock depo which may have...
Forum: Photography in general 19th November 2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By John King
It may have changed in the recent past but there...

It may have changed in the recent past but there is nothing in the the Byelaws that specifically covers photography on the lines run by TFL.

Similarly there was a Byelaw that prohibited busking,...
Forum: Monochrome Film 18th November 2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Posted By John King
Final Bath

It probably wouldn't hurt B+W film and I would think it would do the job but wetting agent is quite cheap anyway.
It won't do anything to help preserve a correctly fixed and washed silver image...
Forum: Photography in general 17th November 2021, 11:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By John King
They need to speak to British Transport Police...

They need to speak to British Transport Police because they usually have no problem with photographers in fact they have often used images in crime detection. Yes I think he must have been an under...
Forum: Darkroom 17th November 2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,111
Posted By John King
Mercury Thermometers

I am hanging onto my last mercury thermometer for grim life because I know it is 100% accurate and always will be. (or as the advertising blurb said before I bought it accurate to within +/- .25 of a...
Forum: Print Finishing 16th November 2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By John King
The strength of the bond came from the tissue...

The strength of the bond came from the tissue which was a sandwich between two layers of shellac. It needed longer in the press for it to work properly. In the days of fibre paper that was the only...
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