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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    That's exactly what the problem is, chemical focus. If you shot on film, it would be more in focus, but still have some "softness" from parts to the spectrum that it's not handling well. Even...
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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    This is a projector lens. Have you shot any film with this lens? There is no telling how corrected this projector lens is for photography at all. I'd say that is your main problem, not wetplate,...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    ...and entertaining, I like the one where he is talking about mixing chemistry, and a chicken walks by at his feet.
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    Do you want science or subjective impressions? For the latter, I'll say "wetplate is sharper than most film". For science,

    "The collodion layers have very low granularity and are comparable to...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Nothing wrong for you to ask. I just didn't know if you were following a book. It's like learning to fly an airplane really. You need to study first, from an expert instructor. Then you need to...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Again, you ARE referring to a guidebook or manual aren't you? You seem to be asking every question for every step of the process. You seem to be asking VERY basic questions that suggest you haven't...
  7. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    People are pretty nice here. Andrew is the tops! Me, not so much. But you cannot control what people post. You want deep, meaningful answers. You may or may not get them....anywhere.
  8. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    I'd say over analyzing, meta-cognition, and excessive introspection is obsessing and making an obstacle to making art.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I may have missed it or forgotten, but you've bought and you're referring to some guidebooks right?
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    ANY piece of glass will work. Even an old bottle if it will fit in the bath. Just pour some collodion on something that won't get eaten by the silver, glass is a known substance. You just do it...
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    Re: Silver Maintenance

    Have you noticed yet that when you top off your silver bath, with distilled water, it will still create a black, murky mess? You will.
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    Re: Magnesium Powder Flash

    A lot of people that have never done wetplate instantly start asking how to do it, indoors. The answer is with a skylight. The root answer is: Use the sun, lots of light in the sun. Worry about...
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    Re: e-Bay and my first sale

    It's so the buyer can decide if he likes what he bought from you, so eBay can more easily refund them if they don't!
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    Re: Jan Pietrzak’s passing.

    Sorry to hear this. Thoughts with the friends and family.
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    Re: Antique Lens research

    Will do Dan, always appreciate your expertise.
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    Re: Antique Lens research

    Wasn't all photography a wealthy pursuit until amateur cameras of the 1890s? Or a commercial endeavor. Kind of like fox hunting, or a commercial space launch company, it was done by the upper...
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    Re: Antique Lens research

    See the Vade Mecum on lenses too. (update, oops, didn't read the above). There is a page and a half of Jamin (sic) Darlot info. Nothing like serial number to date lists, those don't exist.

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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    It could possibly be light leaks. Hard to tell from your scan. Keeping the chemicals around room temp is best, but mine have gotten pretty hot. Try it again, if still there with all the same...
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Yes, I keep the collodion, raw or mixed, and the dev in the fridge. Silver in a cabinet. By the way, keep collodion in glass, never plastic.

    My session came out so well (and I'm pleased)...
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    Re: Collodion and Chemical Suppliers

    What I have found is your plate tones as well as the quality of exposure are contingent on exactly how long you expose and develop. If you develop a little longer than the previous plate (like 1...
  21. Re: Online Reference for overview of Darlot Lenses?

    Do you know what a wax will do to 130 year old varnish? Neither do I.
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    Re: June Portraits

    Wetplate selfie. Actually, wifey. If you look in the reflection of my (IR protection coated) glasses, you can see her working the lenscap. Wetplate collodion, 5x6 plate, CC Harrison 1865 lens with...
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Here is my fav for the self portrait session. Southern mountain flintlock rifle, the type that my North Carolina ancestors made in the Blue Ridge.
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    All this hoo-ha about wetplate made me have a hankering to shoot some. I haven't in probably close to a year, due to a variety of reasons in Tucson.

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    So I got out an ancient batch of Old...
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    Re: On Quinn's Wet Plate Forum

    I'm that guy. I have the old Collodion.com database that Quinn so kindly let me have as an archive. Just need the time to find a place to post it, at zero cost. Of course, if people had donated...
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    Re: Collodion and Chemical Suppliers

    You can make the fixer as strong as you want (until saturation) with the sodium Thiosulfate. Some people use other fixers, but that's all I've ever used other than when working with someone else. ...
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Probably some obscure ones like a Karl Struss Pictorial or a Pinkham and Smith.
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Both are going to be excellent portrait lenses. The F5 that Wollensak made (not yours, a B&L) would allow you to convert it to a soft focus/landscape lens. You should see if your B&L will do that...
  29. Re: Archival Properties of Varnishes used in Wetplate

    Correct, I used two different cameras, even different formats, between the 2009 and 2020 shots. Differences in white balance and all, and not very scientific, I should have scanned the image. But...
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Maybe a dash of paprika before going into the toaster?
  31. Re: Archival Properties of Varnishes used in Wetplate

    One risk of Sandarac is that it uses a lot of alcohol. If your base collodion was "old" it is weaker than fresh stuff. Also, mixed collodion get's weaker as it ages too, probably because of the...
  32. Archival Properties of Varnishes used in Wetplate

    One of the common concerns that wetplate collodion photographers have is how long will their plates last, with various varnishes. Most prefer a varnish that is very long lasting, or archival...
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    I've had an archival experiment going for about 8 years....I'll have to check the date. I made a plate on trophy plate, aluminum. I varnished it with traditional Sandarac. Then I put it on my...
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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    What I've found is working in a darkbox, or small tent in the back of a truck is pretty hot and not conducive to making clean plates. At least for me, but I live in Arizona. Even in cool weather,...
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    The issue of an image not appearing very much is not related to the formula. It's related to how old the formula is, as well as possibly how old it's component raw collodion. I've seen this many...
  36. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    The ones I've had are standard configuration. I just opened up a brass SEROCO (vesta store brand) and it's the thin lens at the rear. But you could reverse them, as with most petzvals that have...
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    A Vesta is definately a Petzval. Just F5 vs F3.8, so it doesn't have much swirl anyway.
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    I use old paper cutters. They have a long arm made of cast metal, and a wooden base. Look for them at thrift stores and used office supply stores.
  39. Re: Online Reference for overview of Darlot Lenses?

    Brass lenses originally had lacquer. There should be no maintenance required for the finish, just dust them. Over time, many start to lose their varnish. It thins or chips. Often people will have...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    I don't know about yall, but when I hike I often carry two cameras, one digital, one film. I took a Leica up into the Tetons, and my Fuji XE-1. Got lots of good shots from both, and they didn't...
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