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Sep 2, 2022 12:29:31   #
Real Nikon Lover Loc: Paradise, California
 
High Contrast Photography For Instruction in a 1956 instructional film.

I remember so much of this from my youth. It appears a teacher's job was never done. Sacrifices made! Watch the hands in chemicals. LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MeiRXDh1EA&list=PLqqqqZrD37h7gwRbAAXILeo3wK9JMXis2

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Sep 2, 2022 12:40:12   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Good one. I prefer Lightroom.

I saw a similar Graflex on eBay for $258.

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Sep 2, 2022 17:47:18   #
abc1234 Loc: Elk Grove Village, Illinois
 
Love it. Brings back a lot of memories.

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Sep 2, 2022 18:54:51   #
therwol Loc: USA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Good one. I prefer Lightroom.

I saw a similar Graflex on eBay for $258.


I have that camera but with a 135mm f/4.7 Schneider lens.

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Sep 3, 2022 02:51:39   #
Real Nikon Lover Loc: Paradise, California
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Good one. I prefer Lightroom.

I saw a similar Graflex on eBay for $258.


There are days when I am tempted to buy an old camera like that and learn to process and enlarge old school way. When I was a kid in the 60's and had a paper route I would go to the Newspaper office and watch the whole publishing process except in the dark room. That was a mysterious and curious place. I was more intrigued by the big cameras and flashes that were lugged around by the newspaper journalists who were skilled professionals. I yearned to be like them someday but instead, I ended up in front of the camera more often than I cared to think about.

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Sep 3, 2022 02:51:53   #
Real Nikon Lover Loc: Paradise, California
 
abc1234 wrote:
Love it. Brings back a lot of memories.


Amen!

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Sep 3, 2022 02:52:19   #
Real Nikon Lover Loc: Paradise, California
 
therwol wrote:
I have that camera but with a 135mm f/4.7 Schneider lens.


Sounds like an opportunity!

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Sep 3, 2022 08:58:51   #
Bayou
 
Fun video, but film developed under a safelight? Maybe that was a case of artistic license?

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Sep 3, 2022 10:19:04   #
Kishka Loc: Grafton, WI
 
Bayou wrote:
Fun video, but film developed under a safelight? Maybe that was a case of artistic license?


High contrast Ortho film was not sensitive to red, treating it the same as black so red safelights were the same as total darkness to the film's sensitivity. It was the standard film used in the offset printing industry until computers replaced the darkrooms, cameras, strippers and light tables, platemaking. Everything can now be done on from a computer direct to a press platemaker. Direct to Plate has obsoleted a large portion of the old offset printing industry. Great memories but I don't miss it.

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Sep 3, 2022 12:18:31   #
Bayou
 
Kishka wrote:
High contrast Ortho film was not sensitive to red, treating it the same as black so red safelights were the same as total darkness to the film's sensitivity. It was the standard film used in the offset printing industry until computers replaced the darkrooms, cameras, strippers and light tables, platemaking. Everything can now be done on from a computer direct to a press platemaker. Direct to Plate has obsoleted a large portion of the old offset printing industry. Great memories but I don't miss it.
High contrast Ortho film was not sensitive to red,... (show quote)


Thank you for sharing that knowledge.

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Sep 3, 2022 13:23:52   #
therwol Loc: USA
 
Bayou wrote:
Thank you for sharing that knowledge.


I was also going to say that they obviously used orthochromatic film, not sensitive to red. When used in general photography, reds come out dark or black. This is very unflattering, black lips, dark cheeks.

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