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Large & Ultra Format Film Negative Size Comparison & Why I Choose 14x17

July 25, 2021 - I was working on a new project for my new Chamonix 14x17 ultra large format camera and I was trying to explain how much...
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Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Storage Tips For Long-Term Preservation

June 02, 2021 - In this article, I share some tips and ideas of how to store silver gelatin dry plates for long-term preservation. If y...
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New Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community

May 25, 2021 - One of the things that I am most excited about in terms of the new darkroom is having a large area dedicated to making h...
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Everything Has Changed

April 29, 2021 - In case you didn't already know, I lost my youngest daughter Abigail in a car accident recently. Her sudden and crushing...
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Cooke Series II Variable Soft Focus Lens First Landscape Print

January 03, 2021 - In this article today, I continue my exploration of the Cooke Series II variable soft focus lens by heading out in the f...
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I Not Only Think Big - I Do Big, My New Journey Starting in 2021

December 18, 2020 - As a large and ultra large format photographer, I think big and I do big. What do I really mean by that? I started in...
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"Heavy Burden" - New Silver Gelatin Wild Horses of Missouri Ltd. Ed. Collectors Print by Tim Layton

May 01, 2020 - "Heavy Burden" is my newest limited edition handmade silver gelatin darkroom fine art print from my Wild Horses of Misso...
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How To Make a Simple B&W Contact Printing Setup For Darkroom Printing

February 05, 2020 - In this article today, I am going to show you how simple it is to make a black and white contact printing setup that you...
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Perfectly Imperfect - Silver Gelatin Dry Plates

October 08, 2018 - In our modern and seemingly perfect world, I think it is refreshing to craft images from raw materials. I am talking abo...
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Darkroom Digest: Water vs. Acid Stop Bath

August 08, 2017 - In this article, I thought it might be helpful to compare water versus acid-based stop baths and open up the conversatio...
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Exploring Divided Bath DD-23 For Large Format B&W Film Development

June 20, 2017 - What is D-23 black and white film developer and why do photographers use it? I will help answer those two questions in...
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How I Calculate Bellows Factors & Magnification Ratios For Large Format

October 02, 2016 - One of the reasons, among many, that I love large format view cameras is the ability to use a single lens for regular an...
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Darkroom Digest: My Eco-Friendly B&W Film Developer Formulas

October 01, 2016 - I have written about two different black and white developers that I use in previous articles (D76-Eco, D-23-Eco). In th...
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Exploring Metol Developing Agent and The Historic D-23 Developer Formula

September 30, 2016 - Before I discuss M etol specifically, I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview on the role of black and...
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Starting the Design Process For My Dry Plate Drying Box

September 27, 2016 - Now that my new darkroom is completed, I am starting back on my mission to make silver gelatin emulsion from raw materia...
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How To Test Your Fixer In The Darkroom

September 26, 2016 - I get a lot of questions from photographers on how to know if the stop and/or fixing bath has been exhausted. I don't u...
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The Importance of Aspect Ratio & Why You Should Care

September 25, 2016 - I believe that selecting the proper aspect ratio for your scene or subject, especially in nature and landscape photograp...
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The High-Level Steps For Making Silver Gelatin Emulsions

September 24, 2016 - There are five major steps for creating silver gelatin emulsion and I provide a good summary of each of the steps for yo...
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How to Calculate Dilution Ratio in the Darkroom

September 12, 2015 - In this article, I discuss how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used fo...
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Wet Mount Scanning vs. Dry Mount with Epson V700/800 Scanner

May 31, 2015 - In this article, I share my personal test results from dry scanning and wet mount scanning my films with you so you can...
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How to Expose for Shadows and Develop for Highlights Using B&W Film

April 02, 2015 - If you have been around film photography for very long a couple of quick observations come to mind. First, things just s...
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