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  1. Hi Rob,

    No problem,…concerning your reply on the ‘low key photography’ I will post my comment here if you don’t matter.
    Since I have a incident meter and no spot meter does this not make it impossible to make decent low or high images?
    When I meter a scene and want to make a normal picture (no low or high key) I hold the dome of the light meter towards the camera measure the EV value and then cover it with my hand to measure the shadow parts. Since the meter shows me a reading for neutral grey I stop down 2 or 1 stop to set my shadows in zone III or IV. Depending of the overall light in the scene I rate the Fuji Acros 100 film half box speed in case of normal light and increase developing with 20%.
    In a second case if I do want a low key image by measuring the sky, should I hold the dome towards the sky to measure the EV value and stop down for 2 stops, to bring the highlights from VII to V? And opposite for a high key image,…I give 2 stops more light?

    PS : my film images can be seen on flickr like this one

    Your comment is much appreciated.

    Best Regards

    Alex

    1. I’m not trying to discourage you, but even though I have spamblockers, I still get plenty of bogus mail, so if you want me to contact you then you’ll have to spend a moment or two telling me why so I don’t think you’re a bot.

  2. Rod, I have an off-topic question for you, but sort-of related to a comment that you made on Quora several years ago:

    What do you think that the odds of sterilization failure are going to be if a man gets a bilateral epididymectomy PLUS a bilateral removal of the ENTIRE scrotal part of his vas deferens (not the whole tube, just the ENTIRE scrotal part) AND if a man gets two successful/negative semen analyses done?

    1. OK I got you now. Sorry I see a lot of comments. Well, I think sterilisation failure is unlikely as I said. I was talking about zero risk of failure, not zero risk from the surgery. But since it would probably be performed under a local, that’s pretty low. The issue is I don’t see how this would permit you to avoid HRT. These surgeries only affect the conduct of sperm from the testes. The production of testosterone and its effects are unchanged. I mean I had a vasectomy over 20 years ago and I still have all the T I need lol. I think you’re barking up the wrong tree. If you want to surgically stop T, you need at least a bilateral orchiectomy.

      1. You said “close to zero” risk of sterilization failure and then said “zero risk of [sterilization] failure”. Well, which one is it? And just how close to zero are we talking about here? Because a sterilization that has a 1 in 1,000 failure rate is ASTRONOMICALLY worse than a sterilization that has a 1 in 1 million failure rate!

        “If you want to surgically stop T, you need at least a bilateral orchiectomy.”

        That’s the thing, though. I don’t want to surgically stop T–just feminize myself in ways that do not alter my body’s natural testosterone production. Full-body and facial laser hair removal, for instance.

        1. I covered a case in the 90s where a conventional vasectomy was performed and failed. So it’s not foolproof, but the case was highly unusual. I’d have thought the complete removal of the vasectomy deferens within the scrotal sac would be significantly more certain but I have no stats. That’s all I can tell you.

  3. Just how close to zero are we talking about here? Because there’s a HUGE difference between a 1 in 1,000 risk and a 1 in 1 million risk.

    “Why? I’m curious.”

    I’m personally interested in getting such surgery for sterilization purposes. I figured that it’s a superior alternative to a bilateral orchiectomy (aka surgical castration) since it would allow me to subsequently avoid going on hormone replacement therapy afterwards. And Yes, I very much do want to make my body and face MUCH more feminine but I still want to remain a male and to remain capable of getting erections and thus I don’t think that estrogen is actually going to be right for me; so, I’d rather keep my body’s natural testosterone production while eliminating its other effects, such as excessive body hair and facial hair, through laser hair removal and whatnot.

      1. a bilateral epididymectomy PLUS a bilateral removal of the ENTIRE scrotal part of his vas deferens (not the whole tube, just the ENTIRE scrotal part)

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