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    Re: Wet Plate Gear for Beginners

    More from this morning; exposure times were tough on me today.
    The plates are much darker than they appear here.

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    Re: Wet Plate Gear for Beginners

    Just got a delivery today, a modified wet plate holder and some aluminum plates.
    I bought a used 8x10 holder from a forum member, and had the modification done at Lund Photographic; I asked them to make the holder for whole plate size (6.5" x 8.5")
    While that was being done, I also ordered some more plates: 4x5 and whole plate size.





    The holder modification looks like a first-rate job, and I'm excited to try a slightly larger format. I'll go through a few more 4x5s before attempting the whole plate size.

    David at Lund Photographic was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful; they also packed up the stuff amazingly well, and prices and shipping costs were very good.
    I haven't tried out the holder yet, but my experience with Lund so far has been nothing but positive.

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    Re: Wet Plate Gear for Beginners

    This exposure thing is what's going to be a problem.
    I shot two plates today, first was almost black, the second was what you see, but darker than how it looks here (tweaked levels in PS).



    I took a reading of 6s at f5 at ISO 1. I shot it at 10s, and it was quite dark.

    Btw, this is a whole plate wet plate, my first in this format; much easier to work with than 4x5, I find.
    I poured the collodion perfectly, didn't spill a drop.
    I think I left it too long to develop as there some veiling, which I have since cleaned off (mostly) with water.

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    Re: Wet Plate Gear for Beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottPhotoCo View Post
    Ari,

    You can make your own silver bath with plexi and a dark box.

    The kit from B&S is great but their fixer is not the best. You should wash the plates for at least an hour or more if you use their fixer. Look up KCN. It fixes quickly, the tones are great and you don't have to wash nearly as long.

    Feel free to email or PM me if I can be of assistance.

    Tim
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    Dear Tim,
    I came across your post here and was hoping you could direct me to where I might find some KCn. The big chemical companies will not send it to me, as I am not a mining concern. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.
    My email: jkober@mac.com
    Peace

    Jeff Kober

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