Lynn Radeka masking kit

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by jason l., Jan 8, 2001.

  1. Has anyone out there bought the masking kit from Lynn Radeka?
    His site is at www.radekaphotography.com

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    I'm thinking about ordering one but I want to see if anyone has had a negative [no pun intended] experience with it first.

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    Thanks for any information.

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    Jason
     
  2. Lynn uses very time tested methods to bring vitality to his images.
    Simple exposure and development controls can acheive nearly the same
    thing. But having had some fairly extensive masking training, I think
    his kit is a good deal. Masking changes the internal contrast of the
    image that can't be changed or manipulted any other way. It brings
    life to scenes that can't be accomplished any other way. Masking is
    fairly simple once you have figured out what it's used for and have a
    reason to use it. It isn't a panacea for every problem neg you have.
    I'd buy the kit for no other reason than the comprehensive instruction
    manual he sends you. A Howard Bond workshop will cost you $300 for a
    weekend and it's well worth it but Lynn's kit is worth every penny.
    Learn contrast masking and dye dodging and take your images to the
    next level. James
     
  3. <a href="http://www.radekaphotography.com>Radeka Photography
     
  4. I have not seen the kit itself, but many parts of it are available
    elsewhere-registration pins can be had for a couple bucks, the Dennis
    McNutt article is online at Dennis's website

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    http://www.vanguard.edu/DMcNutt/Photo/Art1.html

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    along with the plans for making a registration carrier.

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    I recommend searching for an electronics supplier, and you might find
    pins at a much cheaper price than the Milton Bregman CO, which McNutt
    recommends. American Circuit Technology has 1/16 x1/4 inch pins for a
    very reasonable price (they have a web page) but they dont carry 1/4 x
    1/4 inch pins. Bregman requires you to buy a set of 8, which is
    basically a 4-lifetime supply.

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    Ansco 120 formula is available many places. I dont know what his
    highlight bleach formula is, but I doubt its proprietary.

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    You dont need Duratrans, you can buy a piece of white plexiglass for
    several dollars. Plexiglass is much easier to work with, but you can
    also pick up frosted films like Herculene at some printing or
    blueprint shops for a few pennies. My shop gave me a sheet for free,
    but I prefer the plexi.

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    Still, despite all that, the price doesnt seem TOO unreasonable for
    putting everything together in one package including instruction.
     

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