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How is this still a thing?
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OK, so wet-mounting is the way to go. A glorious full-frame scan, and no flare around the edges like when dry-mounting. Easy process: apply Kami fluid to glass plate, stick down the negative, apply more Kami fluid, cover with optical mylar, use a dust-free cloth to remove the air bubbles from the negative area, blow off with air duster, scan. (You can see some air bubbles around the edges, outside the film area, not sure if that matters or not.) No tape needed, surface tension wins the battle against gravity when it's hanging upside down to be scanned. When you're done you peel off the mylar and the fluid evaporates almost instantly, and you can put your clean negative in a holder.

Only problem here is that there are power lines in the photo (that I didn't notice when taking the picture), and I didn't clean the scanner bed so there's still some dust. Finally, focus could be further tweaked to extract even more resolution.
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The thought also occurred to me to use LANDSCAPE orientation when taking a landscape picture :P

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Great teamwork guys.
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Wish I was a community board member so I could answer that guy's question in the affirmative. Why would you not want a CitiBike station in front of your house? It's convenient!

Last night's Brooklyn Community Board 6 meeting was one for the ages.
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Because people would end up spending time in front of my house, running into their people friends and making their people noises. I hate people.

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From my first roll of FP4+.

Will have to go photograph this thing at night. It glows!
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Large rocks.

Rocks are my middle name. Last name. First part of my last name. Aw forget it.
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Clinton: "Crime has continued to drop."
Trump: "Uh, you're wrong. You're wrong."
"No I'm not."
"Murders are up!"
":)"
"All right, you check."

I checked: guess what, Trump is wrong. What a fucking shock.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/us/politics/fact-check-debate.html

https://youtu.be/7BGYYaaLrTc?t=56m40s
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On the question of his tax returns, Trump quotes Joe Biden on how La Guardia is like a third-world country. What this has to do with his tax returns, I have no idea.

It's weird hearing a Republican imply that the government should spend its money on infrastructure, though. Shouldn't airline passengers be paying for this? Isn't LGA a shithole because the Port Authority is incompetent and it should be run by the private sector? Is there even a Republican candidate running this cycle? It's like listening to Democrat-lite and Democrat-ultra-lite debate. Meanwhile, I know exactly who's going to pay for any of Trump's infrastructure: me.
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That's one lonely tree up there.

This is pretty underexposed, and as a result it looks more black-and-white than usual. I've noticed that some black-and-white pictures have rich midtones, whereas others look like they just contain varying amounts of black and white. I think it all comes down to exposure; if you don't put the interesting parts right in the middle of the sensitivity range, they look dull, as in this photo.

Anyway, I mostly scanned this to test scanner focus now that I have a microadjustable film holder (betterscanning.com). Tomorrow I get my wet-mounting equipment and will finally scan the rest of my vacation photos, though dry mounting yields very good results. We'll have to see if there's any difference.

It is nice to be able to do full-frame image capture again (look at those notches!), though there are weird artifacts if you don't mask off the side of the frame, so it's all kind of pointless except for capturing the emulsion name. You can get the whole frame, but light leaks in around the sides and lightens up the image in bands.

The big advantage of the betterscanning holder is that you just tape your negative to the glass, so you can stretch it perfectly flat. The standard Epson film holders hold the sides of the film by the edge, and you never get the film flat, resulting in distortion and out-of-focus scans. Taping or wet-mounting might end up being more work, but is a lot less fiddly, so it seems easier.
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We must acquit.
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Boulder is pretty nice.
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Is there a version of Windows I can buy that doesn't go through that "Hi! We updated your computer!" thing randomly? It takes like 10 minutes to go through, and I don't fucking care. The first time it happened I thought I got hacked or something. (I must watch too much TV.)

Also, it would be nice if it didn't pin Edge and the Windows Store to my taskbar every time it updates. I don't use those apps. That's why there not on the taskbar.
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Yes. It's called gentoo.
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