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« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2009, 05:23:35 PM »
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They still make Photo-Flo?  Really?  Do you still wipe the negative strips with two pincered-together fingers, slightly offset?  The biggest question in analog photography was always...how deep should you allow the scum at the bottom of the Photo-Flo tank to become before mixing fresh solution.
I always mixed just enough fresh solution for each use and discarded it afterwards. Even with such extravagant usage I still have 2/3 of my original gallon jug of 600 solution. No scum at all!

With enough practice I found that I could get cleaner results with a double squeejee. The two-fingers method worked fine, with care, for 35 but was a little trickier for 120 film.
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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2009, 05:49:17 PM »
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I always mixed just enough fresh solution for each use and discarded it afterwards. Even with such extravagant usage I still have 2/3 of my original gallon jug of 600 solution. No scum at all!
Fine and good, but there was something about a six week old tank of Photo-Flo solution that was hard to reproduce with a fresh mix.  It just worked better, must have been the microbial action.
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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2009, 08:44:06 PM »
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Fine and good, but there was something about a six week old tank of Photo-Flo solution that was hard to reproduce with a fresh mix.  It just worked better, must have been the microbial action.

I can see it now: vintage bottles of photoflo mix -- "Ah, 1959 was a good year, but it can't really match the 1963!"
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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2009, 03:04:50 AM »
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For head messing we have moved on to Tecate & Dos-XX (that's doze ekees, an amber ale-like beverage although strictly speaking a lager).  Nothin' much else to do except count the tumbleweeds as they roll on by.




But Bill, thereīs an entire adobe building industry you could help revive and then, when itīs built, help another by painting it all white and then whoīd need another drop of double exes - never had one, but I suppose even one ex would be more than enough for most guys.

How many tumbleweeds can you put on the head of a pin?

ĄHasta la vista!

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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2009, 02:15:08 PM »
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But Bill, thereīs an entire adobe building industry you could help revive and then...
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I'm too late!  The guys who build new old adobe houses are cleaning up, it's a growth industry.  No kiddding, especially along that Ol' Santa Fe Trail.  The ones who are really good at it know how to build floors canted at a 3 degree towards the outside, to simulate the normal tendencies of old adobe houses to slump back towards Mother Earth.  You always know where to find that dropped pencil or Xacto knife in those houses.  And Rob, you just DON'T paint adobe white or anything, it's just simply not done.  White adobe, sheesh!

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« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2009, 03:37:55 PM »
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I'm too late!  The guys who build new old adobe houses are cleaning up, it's a growth industry.  No kiddding, especially along that Ol' Santa Fe Trail.  The ones who are really good at it know how to build floors canted at a 3 degree towards the outside, to simulate the normal tendencies of old adobe houses to slump back towards Mother Earth.  You always know where to find that dropped pencil or Xacto knife in those houses.  And Rob, you just DON'T paint adobe white or anything, it's just simply not done.  White adobe, sheesh!



But Bill, white keeps the heat out! Itīs eco-friendly too, and ties in beautifully with churches.

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« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2009, 06:05:38 PM »
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But Bill, white keeps the heat out! Itīs eco-friendly too, and ties in beautifully with churches.
Careful Rob, you're making Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and countless others REALLY MAD with all that painted adobe talk!  It may be OK to put in a gas meter, but no paint please.  What do think this is, Greece or something?

And you don't WANT to keep the heat out, the civilized parts of New Mexico start at 5000 feet (1500 meters) high and go on up from there, those high altitude nights are a little too cool to be keeping the heat out on purpose.  You're probably thinking of Phoenix, Arizona with its two seasons, Summer and Hell.
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« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2009, 03:33:19 AM »
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Careful Rob, you're making Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and countless others REALLY MAD with all that painted adobe talk!  It may be OK to put in a gas meter, but no paint please.  What do think this is, Greece or something?

And you don't WANT to keep the heat out, the civilized parts of New Mexico start at 5000 feet (1500 meters) high and go on up from there, those high altitude nights are a little too cool to be keeping the heat out on purpose.  You're probably thinking of Phoenix, Arizona with its two seasons, Summer and Hell.


Here in Mallorca we have everything built of breeze block - that cast cement sort of hollow brick. It is hot in summer and freezing in winter, but as you know, winter doesnīt exist in holiday resorts that donīt sell skiing. No insulation, then, but the ants love it: they take detours out of the electricity sockets and are safe and dry all year...

They also do a very expensive stonework (no, not the ants), but thatīs often just an outer cladding applied to the side of the brick structure. Some of the really old buildings are stone, but many were plastered over many years ago in a bid to be modern, though some are now being stripped of the plaster (particularly in the old centres of some tourist towns) and restored to their former glory. Also at great cost and benefit to the building trade. But stone houses are very cold - tomb-like.

Arizona. Other than the Highways magazine, I know as little of that as I do of your own state; well, I did once research doing a 'western' calendar in Old Tucson, but it came to nothing; I also spent time researching for doing it on a yacht, but that too died on the drawing board. And then people wonder why the final, accepted plan becomes so expensive...

Ciao - Rob C

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