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 on: Today at 09:15:22 AM 
Started by Edward Starkie - Last post by Slobodan Blagojevic
BH Photo in New York City is owned and run by orthodox Jews whose religion does not allow them to eat pork, shrimp, etc. Would it be OK for them to turn away any customer who does?...

But it does allow them to turn away any customer on days their religion tells them not to work, even when their customers do.

 on: Today at 09:15:10 AM 
Started by BenNorton - Last post by BenNorton
So it's been quite a while since i've a) Posted here and b) Shot ANYTHING with a DSLR.

I've been spoiled with years of Leaf backs and Cambo WDS but before christmas was tempted into a new Nikon. I was amazed at the quality increase since the days of D2X or whatever they were making back when i worked for them.

Ramble over, i'm digging the fact i can just go and shoot without the need for LCC's and what not but i'm missing a decent PC/TS lens for the architecture. I'm not a huge fan of the cost to build quality of the Nikon 24mm PCE and i've been informed that the Hartblei only shifts on one axis.

I've also tried the Cambo Actus and although i can use my old RZ lenses, the quality is pretty poor from this old bits of glass when shifted.

Does anyone have recommendation for a good lens that i can get rise/fall from and also a reasonable stitch or am i asking too much? Is it a case of stick with the Cambo WDS / Aptus?

 on: Today at 09:14:53 AM 
Started by Erland - Last post by Erland
I have a plustek 7300. It is a basic model, without ICE. Also from what I've read it has a pretty lousy dmax and Dmin.
Vuescan is set to produce a raw file, in tiff format instead of dng. It is an untagged tiff, 16bit per channel, but it does clip either the blacks or the whites depending on the exposure used in Vuescan (possibly because the low dmin?). I then invert it in photoshop using a simple invert command, and then desaturate it with an HSL layer.

I have read that even though it produces a 16bit file, the scanner might be an actual 8bit, interpolating to 16bit and I actually think it might be so. Hence my question about scanning multiple times, using different exposure perhaps, and combining them in photoshop to get better gradations.

Why I really ask is because when I do an actual darkroom print of the negative, I get more tones on Ilford MG paper, that I can't reproduce when scanning.

I have attached a file from yesterdays session. It is a jpeg made from the final tiff.

 on: Today at 09:11:27 AM 
Started by MasonJarr - Last post by MasonJarr
Thank you all for the replies.  I'm glad you enjoyed them.

David, unfortunately this is a snow melt stream.  It's running full right now, but by June it'll be down to a trickle and later in the summer will just have no trout.

 on: Today at 09:09:44 AM 
Started by Edward Starkie - Last post by Diego Pigozzo
Instead of whining about how bad and bigot is this law, why don't make bigotry a disease that's lethal by starvation?
In the internet era how difficult is setting up a site (maybe that lists of the business run by bigots who refused to serve gay/atheists/jews/black an so on?
How difficult is writing a mobile application that let someone knows if the store he's entering is run by a bigot so that you can choose not to buy stuff from him?

PS: I can't wait the day some christian will refuse to serve a jew because "jews killed jesus".

 on: Today at 09:06:16 AM 
Started by Erland - Last post by BartvanderWolf

I have started to scan my film, black and white, most often Tri-x. I want to increase the information in my files, using several exposures in Vuescan. Mostly to get better gradients, like increased apparent bit depth? More so than increase the dynamic range. Is this possible?

Hi Marcus,

First of all, negatives like TRI-X usually do not have a high enough optical density to create Dynamic range issues for most scanners. So you do not need to resort to multiple exposures per scan line, or multiple image scans, for increasing the dynamic range of the scan. In fact, you run a risk of mis-alignment due to film expansion during the scan, caused by an increase in temperature. That would create a risk of mis-registration of the subexposures.

I scan in 48bit raw tiffs, using a Plustek with vuescan. My histogram has a lot of information, but the tiff lacks any ability to adjust exposure and just using a simple levels adjustment's middle pointer, the image gets crushed rather quickly.

VueScan will produce either 16-bit per channel grayscale or 48-bit RGB image files, and they are already inverted for normal output viewing. It can even produce 64bit RGBI data files from scanners that have an IR-light dust detection feature, but that won't work with silver based film, because silver is opaque to IR light. Only Chromogenic B/W film could benefit from that. The benefit of scanning B/W film as RGB is that you can later average the three channels which will reduce noise. VueScan has some controls (Black/White-point, s-curve, and a brightness control) for postprocessing of that data, but it's obviously only a small sub-set of what e.g. Photoshop can do with the output file.


 on: Today at 09:05:10 AM 
Started by Ernst - Last post by Ernst
Body is in mint condition and has less than 650 actuations. It comes with the original accessories, box and second battery. The lens has about 1080 actuations and shows very minor signs of use. Camera and lens are in perfect working order.

EUR 5750 obo

I am based in Germany.

Thanks for looking.


 on: Today at 09:04:51 AM 
Started by eronald - Last post by ihv
It is called a motorized 3 axis gimbal not a tripod Smiley Such shoots on a drone might need two operators (most certainly need two operators).

For stills two operators? I suppose at the time of taking stills the drone is supposed to stand still.

 on: Today at 09:01:13 AM 
Started by Edward Starkie - Last post by jfirneno
Yeah and let's teach those muslin butcher shops that they can't get away with not serving me that ham on rye that I like so much.  When they told me it was against their beliefs I felt so violated that I called up Eric Holder and he said he'd get right on it.  But when he told me that he could only hold kosher butchers accountable but not muslim (you know they've really suffered too much lately) I relived the horror of my micro-assault all over again.  Yeah, there's way too much freedom going on around us today.  Maybe we can cancel the bill of rights!

 on: Today at 09:00:35 AM 
Started by dwswager - Last post by AreBee

I think that to show or not to show photographs on the web tells more of the personality of the photographer than of the quality of the photographs.

In each case, what do you consider it tells about the personality of the photographer?

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