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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Good to know, thanks Paul.
    The work I've seen being done by good practitioners like yourself suggests much the same work flow, whether they make positives or negatives.
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Looks plenty bright and well-exposed from here, well done!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks for the dose of perspective, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent, but I seem to have taken a big step back, and I feel kinda stuck.
    I've done my troubleshooting and got the same results from it.
    I realize part of the difficulty - and joy - of this...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Wish I could contribute to Paul's new thread, but I'm still stuck in the basement, and don't want to besmirch his fine work with my hack jobs.
    Had a bad day yesterday, don't even want to show those,...
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Lovely, Paul. I dream about making plates like this.
    Got a question for the pros:
    Since everyone scans their plates for the web, how much adjustment is done to your images in...
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    Nicely done, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Doing some cleaning and silver bath maintenance today.
    Poured everything into a big (clean) pickle jar with a J-cloth covering the opening, and will leave it to sun for the rest of the day.
    Cleaned...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Joseph.
    Thank you, Randy.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks Kent.
    Joseph, thanks for the tip. I will eventually modify my set up for larger plates, when I get better at 4x5. Any photos of your truck set-up that you can share?
    And in the meantime,...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ohhh, ok got it. Thanks
    Do you have a clear plastic on top of your rubylith?
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Sure, I can make anything. Except a space shuttle, those are really tricky.
    Seriously, though, I will modify the box some more, I really like its weight and portability.
    And I should get a grow...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    My dark box is covered with a red filter, but the reflections prevent me from seeing clearly inside.
    I can make out a little, but watching for shadows on a plate during development is not possible.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I'm open to experimenting. How much time do you suggest?
    Keep in mind, I cannot see the plate developing, so inspection is a no-go.
    That's why I've stuck to 15s, to weed out one variable that I...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, much appreciated.
    I develop in a tray: place the plate in the tray at the far end of the tray. Pour developer in the bottom of the tray. Tilt the tray so the developer hits the plate quickly...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    A friend called it "developer sweep", but I tray develop. Or I'm unsure of what he meant.
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I'd have just gone with "ignore and move on" and not some gratuitous attack on someone's nationality.
    Casting the first stone and such.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent. I feel like it's always moving forward, and it's exciting.
    I'll likely do as you recommend and top up with water.

    Also, in trying to get a cleaner image, I'm now going to focus on...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Only got two plates done, but the goal today was to try and eliminate the many scratches I've typically been getting on my plates.
    This is mostly due to my poor handling, the small dark box and the...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Maybe not toxic, but silver nitrate can blind you if it gets into your eyes. Nobody wants that.
    I've rubbed my eyes by accident with dried silver nitrate on them, so far no problems.
    I also try to...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Good to know, thank you, it does help a lot. Some real-world experience.
    I'd be cutting 12" x 24" or 24" x 48" sheets down to 8x10 and 4x5 pieces.

    I do have a Rotatrim coming in September, which...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Drew, by rail saw do you mean a track saw, with the rail?
    Like this: https://www.busybeetools.com/products/kreg-acs-saw-guide-kit.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzYnh35Xx6gIVh5WzCh29Hw88EAYYBCABEgIxkPD_BwE
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Drew, I plan on cutting plates for a long time, so some investment is needed to make it repeatable, accurate and relatively straightforward.
    If I have to curse and dread each time I need to cut some...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks reddesert, Randy, Havoc and Drew. Some conflicting opinions, and I'm inclined to think it won't be ideal for cutting thin aluminum.
    I found a second-hand Rotatrim Pro 24, it'll ship at the...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the suggestions.
    But I really wanted to know if the Rotatrim cutter, linked above, will handle aluminum of this thickness? Does anyone know? Has anyone...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Good to know, thank you.
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks for those links.
    What do you use?
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks for showing us, Kent.
    I use an 8x10 and a 5x7 tray in the box. The 8x10 is a catch try when the silver tank is out, and for when I pour water on a plate to stop development.
    The 5x7 tray is...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks, Bob.
    Got it, so aluminum won't score and snap like glass.
    I can cut it with the guillotine cutter I have now, so no need to outsource this.
    But I'd like to know if the Rotatrim is...
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    Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Hey!

    I have an old guillotine paper cutter I was planning to use for cutting 0.024" aluminum (24" x 48" sheets, down to 4'x5', 6"x8" and 8"x10").
    However, while cutting some prints to size, the...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I do, but it needs to transport a large wolf/Malamute every day.
    The dark box has been great, but I don't know how you'd do 8x10 in it. I can't even fit two 8x10 trays in there.
    FYI: Kent and I use...
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    Sweet, thanks!
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    Gonna answer my own question.

    I had some leftover scraps of cheap acrylic (not quality stuff), just enough to make a quick 4x5 tank.
    Complicating the build is that my mitre saw is on loan to a...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent. It is indeed satisfying to shoot the same thing over and over and work out problems from that.
    There are so many ways to mar a plate, it's something that I'll have to be extremely...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thank you, Randy.
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    Beautiful plate, Alex!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Three plates today, all taken around 1130pm-1230pm. All were shot at f/4.5, wide open.

    The first one is with an Ilex Paragon Anastigmat, which is quickly becoming a favourite of mine:
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Read up some more on developer, and while Quinn recommends mixing fresh each time, he acknowledges that it isn't always practical to do so.
    He goes on to say pretty much what Mark said, that it can...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Made one plate today before I was cut short by a family visit.
    I deliberately underexposed to compensate for dry-down, but it didn't dry down (or up) as much as a slightly over-exposed plate did...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Only if they destroy civilization.



    Hi Duane,
    Yes, I'm in Ottawa. Last time I bought the kit in May, it was 15% off, so with shipping and taxes (Import taxes) it was $370.00 USD.
    Worth...
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