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Subject: Re: [Leica] PAW...for last week
From: "Jim McIntyre" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 07:46:35 -0400
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Your comment is just what I wanted to hear. There is a tendency I think for
photographers to relive their own memories around a particilar image,
without being able to "step back" and judge the image "cold", as you put it.
The danger is to read in more than what is actually captured in the image.

As for searching for the perfect film, yes, that is what I am doing. When I
was an art student so many years ago I used Tri-X almost exclusively,
developed in D76. But after about 15 years of not shooting any B&W to speak
of, I've started up again. Mainly due to subscribing to the LUG and being
inspired by other's wonderful work ;-). As for developers, I have to come
clean and let you know I use my local pro dealer. I don't have access to
good darkroom facilities, and with a full time job and three kids etc I'd
rather wait 4 days for my negs and not spend hours banging metal tanks on
hard surfaces! But I think I am going to shoot more TCN. I can get that done
at my local grocery store for 1/3 the cost of standard B&W, and I like the
results. And FP4 for when I want finer grain.

Thanks for your comments.


- ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jack McLain" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 12:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] PAW...for last week

> I tried to look at this photo as if I had not been told that it was taken
> a concert (from a box seat); as if I was just seeing the image cold.  With
> that caveat I think it is imperative that you burn in the players to give
> the picture context.  The tilt of her body is nice, she seems very much
> what is happening below making it all the more important for the viewer to
> know she is reacting to music.
> I looked at your other PAWs and liked them very much.  Very calming and
> studied. Nice indeed.
> You seem to use several B&W films.  Do you select films for particular
> preconceived images, or are you (like me) searching for that perfect film?
> ;-)   I'd be interested in the developers you use.
> cheers
> Jack McLain
> Tucson, AZ
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 8:43 PM
> Subject: [Leica] PAW...for last week
> > I seem to be falling behind on my PAWs...only 3 months in! I'm just
> getting
> > last week's posted, and now this week's looms....
> >
> > But here's an image that I've been thinking of posting, but was not sure
> if
> > it would work. It was taken under rather difficult lighting
> in
> > the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. We were attending a free concert
> > presented by the NAC orchestra and we ended up, as luck had it, sitting
> > one of the boxes at the very front, about 30 feet above the stage. My 11
> > year old neice was fascinated watching from this vantage point.
> >
> > This was from a straight neg scan. I suspect that I could create a
> > wet print by burning in the top right to show more of the orchestra
> players.
> > Comments, as always, welcomed and appreciated.
> >
> > jm
> >
> >
> >
> >
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