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    A thread for images made with dry plates

    Hi folks,

    There was some discussion in my dry plates thread about a dedicated thread for sharing pictures off of newly available dry plates, so I started one here. Hopefully we can post results from all plate sizes (since 9x12, 1/4 plates, and even sixth plates are technically smaller than 4x5 but are larger than medium format). If there's looting and burning in the streets in protest to this approach, then I can start a separate thread for smaller plate sizes.. but hopefully we can capture everything here since there's just not a lot of plate users out there.

    MODERATOR'S NOTE (added Jan 28): We're going to stick with our standard definitions, so pictures made with LF (9x12/4x5 and larger) plates can go here, but anyone is also welcome to open a dry-plate thread in the "Everything Else" image-sharing subforum for pictures made with smaller plates. Thanks, and carry on!

    Please post plate size, source of your plate, etc., if you could along with any other technical info you'd like to add.

    Thanks!

    I will start.

    Potanipo Lighthouse,

    4"x5"
    J. Lane Dry Plates, Batch #3

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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    Jason,

    A question. Is the curl in the lower left from your fingers handling the plate?

    Not a concern, just want to know if I expect too much from my own fingers.

    I regularly shoot 2-1/4 X 3-1/4 and 3-1/4 X 4-1/4 sheet film. Those formats are excluded from the current LFPF definition of Large Format.

    Just sayin...

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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    No it was from the emulsion lifting during the development process. I don't touch the emulsion when it's wet.
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    First 4x5 glass plate negative.

    Wanderlust Travelwide, SK Angulon 90/6.8, 1 second at f16.
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    Nice one AuditorOne!

    So the silly thing is my favorite "photo" thus far, playing with these new plates, is this abstract that was more of a happy accident:

    "Two Tree"



    Mounting it with a bit of space between the plate and a white backing gives a cool 3D effect between the plate and shadow from the lighting.
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    AuditorOne

    Nice!

    Bryan, I think we need a lot more images beyond form.

    The only way I could spit that out. I mean less identifiable shapes, like trees, people and light bulbs.

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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    That's wild, Bryan!
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    Randy, my brain "saw" this image as two trees...but upside down, it looks kind of like a waterfall, which is symptomatic of how it was "created." I'm not quite sure I follow you - do you think it would be more interesting with no "connotations" and left to the viewer's imagination instead of mine? I could see that, and agree to some extent. I am wondering if I can make more of these types of "images." I messed up this plate, which was a photo of a leaf, and then started rubbing the plate with my thumb under warm water, which caused this eventually.
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    The potential for abstract imagery is something I would have never guessed at in a thousand years. I think that's awesome and opens up a whole new world. I would love to see that in a print.
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    Re: Newly Made Dry Plates and NOS as well - all sizes

    Quote Originally Posted by Nodda Duma View Post
    The potential for abstract imagery is something I would have never guessed at in a thousand years. I think that's awesome and opens up a whole new world. I would love to see that in a print.
    Well, Leo Fender never dreamed that his new guitar amps would be pushed into distortion, and loved for it... ;-)

    Look at those Polaroid manipulators...

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