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Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Large Format Photography Group!

This group is for the large format (LF) photographers, the LFers, from the San Francisco Bay Area who are interested in the large format photography using view or field cameras - a relatively small group of people among a very large number of digital shooters. The group is created to make it easy for the members to meet with the like-minded LFers and get involved in the activities such as the following:
* Location photography at nearby places with the LF gear (we all know it takes a lot more deliberate effort and time to capture a great LF photograph compared to a digital camera)
* Meet and network with the fellow LFers
* Share techniques, exchange ideas
* Show your photography work
* Exchange prints
* Show/look at the photography equipment
* Just have a cup of coffee or lunch with people with the similar wavelength
* In short, any interesting and fun activities related to LF photography that the members would like to do

This group is not just for the experienced LF photographers - if you are just starting out in the LF photography and/or would like to learn LF photography and/or have not bought the LF gear yet, this group is a great way to get into this field - the group members will be more than happy to show you the LF techniques they have learned over the years. On the other hand, if you have no intention of doing LF photography (e.g. would like to shoot using digital cameras/DSLRs), this group will be a misfit for your photography needs and you will be better served by joining other photography groups.

Although majority of the members of this group use film to capture the images on their LF cameras (a digital back on an LF camera is the other possibility), they use both analog techniques (traditional darkroom, enlarger, contact printing, alternative techniques, etc.) and digital techniques (scanning, Photoshop, calibrated monitor, digital printer, etc.) to make the prints.

If you are not sure if this group is for you…
The members of this group use highly versatile but fully mechanical "large format" (LF) film cameras such as the ones shown below. These are not digital SLRs or point and shoot cameras. Here are some photos of the LF cameras:
LF Camera Images

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    Drew S.

    "I have a Microtek M1 scanner with all the holders, including the glass holder, but no cables or software or box. Microtek no longer supports this, so the included software hasn't been usable for years...."

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    Drew S. Drew S. commented on a photo
    January 30

    "Thanks! I only used the Ebony that day, and left the Travelwides in the car. I've added captions, but this was taken with a 300mm. I found it too crowded to get much use out of wide angle lenses that day."

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    Vijay R. Vijay R. commented on a photo
    January 30

    "This is Ilford Delta 100 in XTOL with a 210mm lens on 4x5."

  • New Photo
    Vijay R. added a new photo to Uvas Canyon County Park
    January 30
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    Vijay R. Vijay R. commented on a photo
    January 30

    "Really nice sense of depth with the perspective and the branches. Great photograph. Was this the Travelwide? Feels like a longer lens..."

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    Drew S. added 8 new photos to Uvas Canyon County Park
    January 28
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    steve S. steve S. started View Camera Workshop
    January 26
    steve S.

    "View Camera magazine (www.viewcamera­.com) is doing a large format workshop March 9-13, 2016 in the Monterey/Carmel­ and King City area...."

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  • New Member
    steve S. steve S. joined
    January 25
    steve S.
    "Steve Simmons Publisher, View Camera magazine"
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    Liz H. Liz H. commented on Uvas Canyon County Park
    January 25
    Liz H.

    "Perfect day, with waterfalls gushing"

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