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    Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    I was finally inspired by Nodda Duma to shoot a Kodak 5X7 glass plate today. Undated sealed box NOS. at least 75, maybe 100 years old.

    I tried before with 1/4 plate NOS but way underexposed and gave up. Today I decided to overexpose if anything. I figure I am 5 stops over. The glass plate is very dark and dense. A flashlight shows what is there. Developed in 1/10 Rodinal 5 minutes in dark. Water stop. TF5 stop in dark 5 minutes. Short wash, I couldn't wait. Copied on a Light table with iPhone. Light bleed obvious from lamp lower left. It's a hot corner. 4 studio flash used and I succeded in hiding a black C-Stand holding up the hat with white Gaff tape. Another first for me.

    So pics. We have #1 raw including Light table light bleed. #2 Invert with pinholes. #3 Kodak box.

    I was given these boxes of NOS sealed boxes a few year ago, by an LFPF member. Thank you, Dr Whole Plate! I still have that special flashbulb.

    Subject my favorite Stetson made in USA. More soon.

    Kodak 5x7 Plate 1 raw on light table iPhone by moe.randy, on Flickr

    Hat Kodak Plate 5X7 #1pos invert by moe.randy, on Flickr

    5 by moe.randy, on Flickr

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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Now that is cool!


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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Box graphics look more like 100 years old than 75.
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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Well done Randy!

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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    I love how the box says, "Open in a dark room" in one place, and "See instructions inside!" in another.


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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Thanks guys!

    You must pay for the secret. LOL

    Below the instructions.

    1 by moe.randy, on Flickr

    2 by moe.randy, on Flickr

    3 by moe.randy, on Flickr

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    I love how the box says, "Open in a dark room" in one place, and "See instructions inside!" in another.


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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    I think old glass plates can also look good as reversal and presented on a little light box. That way the viewer gets to see the plate. Or at least that is what I'd want to see.

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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Gotta love the "extremely rapid" desgination of the dry plates ... smells of "this volume knob goes to 11".

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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

    Fun fact: Plates were typically overexposed just like you did. The reason was that the paper used for contact printing (Velox) gave better results with an overexposed plate.

    All the whole plates that I recently contact printed for my town's historical society were overexposed.

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    Re: Kodak 5x7 NOS plate age 75? Shot today

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this Randy!

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