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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    Rob,
    I'm not sure which lens you are speaking of, but I have a couple brass lenses that do not have a flange, and I make my own 3D printed lens boards for them and simply make the hole small enough...
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    Re: Still Life 2020

    Thank you. It does have some similar traits to my wet plate negatives, yes!
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    Re: How do sellers handle paper age?

    I was given a few packages of Agfa Portriga Rapid 2 years ago, and I have made 4x5 and 5x7 contact prints on it, and it performs almost as it did when new, just a bit of contrast loss. That paper is...
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    Re: Still Life 2020

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50636563892_7cc9595444_h.jpg

    Quince

    Photographed on Ilford FP4 film, processed in PMK Pyro.
    Lens: 203mm Kodak Ektar at f11
    Camera: B&J Watson, leaky...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Photograph made on Astrum MZ-3 (3ASA) using a Kodak Retina IIa, Schneider Retina-Xenon lens at f2.8

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50630600076_97febe2808_h.jpg
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    Re: Bergger Pancro 400 in sheets

    I've been using Bergger Pancro 400 for several years now, mostly in 8x10 format, and I have never encountered the flaws that review describes. I have however, encountered an occasional sheet that...
  7. Re: Please help! Ambrotypes are turning blue ...

    If your development times and pre-fix wash times are as you've stated, then one of the only other variables is the fixer: change to something else. I suggest you try plain Sodium thiosulfate, or even...
  8. Re: What went wrong with the development of this sheet?

    This is why I tell people not to waste their time and money on so-called "Stand" development: its unpredictable and often unreliable.
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    Randy,
    I cannot cite suppliers at this point, because it seems they come and go, and availability changes all the time. I know that about a year and a half ago, I found one supplier, but the product...
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    I didn't mean to be critical of your pricing, Jason. I simply meant that right now, under current circumstances, I cannot afford this product. I have no doubt you are selling it for as low a price as...
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    Re: Pictoriographica black glass!

    I was eager to buy some of this glass, but decided the advantages weren’t worth the price. A shame, really, as I was looking forward to making ambrotypes with it.
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    Re: November Portraits

    I think this could have been a remarkable portrait, but for me, the white square of fabric on a rope ruins it. Its extremely distracting. Sorry.
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    Re: Some critique please

    Perfectly good results. I'm surprised you got away with 25 seconds development time. With Coffer's developer, you are risking fogging the shadows at 25 seconds or more. But that plate looks good,...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    This is the Kodak HIE version of the Orleans Church photo I posted earlier.
    Kodak Retina IIIC with the 35mm f5.6 lens fitted, and an original glass IR filter. I wish Kodak was still making HIE :-(
    ...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you Peter. Just goes to show, you can get nice images out of just about any film camera if you know how to work with it.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    I just restored a 1936 Kodak Retina No. 119 and took it out for a test. The 80 year old Schneider Xenar lens is no slouch!
    This photograph is made using Kodak Panatomic-X processed in PMK Pyro for 8...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50545462243_820f4dceb1_h.jpg

    Photographed on Astrum (Svema?) MZ-3 film, using a 1934 Retina No. 117, Schneider Xenar f3.5 lens. Film processed in Xtol stock, 5...
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    Re: Brown glare on negatives

    This has to be a processing artifact: there is a band of lesser density on the upper edge of the negative.
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Success!
    Working out the technical aspects of the wet plate process is serious business: it takes time and you have to be meticulous about things. But when you get it all working well, it becomes...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Would you care to show us a sample of more recent plates?
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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    The scratches are permanent: nothing to do to fix those. The fungus is probably removable, if you know how to disassemble the lens. Would I pay someone to service the lens? No. I'd find out how to...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Don't be too sure about the red LED. When I started wet plate work three+ years ago, I bought a couple of red LED bulbs for the darkroom and they were great - for a while. Turns out these were white...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    If you are getting silver developing out on an unexposed plate at 7+ seconds, then there's something else wrong. Are you using exactly the correct ingredients for the developer recipe? (IE; not...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    To troubleshoot this process, it is very important to change only one variable at a time. I suggest changing out the lens first, and go from there.
    But I strongly recommend doing the developer...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    If you’re using John Coffer’s developer recipe for positives, 15 seconds may be too long by 3 seconds or more. I’ve had trouble getting good performance using Coffer’s recipe on UVPX collodion. And...
  26. Re: What small lightweight lens for 4x5 backpacking?

    I second the suggestion for the 203mm Ektar lens. It’s an outstanding performer and it’s tiny and lightweight.
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Not a light leak.
    Without knowing your skill level, and the exact details of how you exposed and developed this plate, it’s difficult to offer specific advice. What developer did you use, and at...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Many of the same wet plate people are here as well. You have access to plenty of knowledge in the wet plate section of this forum, so feel free to ask your questions.
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    Re: Is this Bromide Drag? Help!

    Nobody is suggesting you not try "creative" variations of process. But the fact is that 90% of those who try the technique eventually find it only introduces undesirable effects, and you often end up...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Garrett,
    I can only speak to my own experience, having joined the forum in the Fall of 2018. In my short time with Quinn's forum, I never saw activity on that level, and weeks often passed between...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    If this is how these are being interpreted, then I've hit the bullseye! It is my goal to craft these images (Its been a summer-long set in the making) to convey a dark fascination: beautiful yet...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Thank you Peter. High praise coming from you!
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    No, I haven't, Randy. Are you talking ab out an episode of "Stranger Things", or something else?
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    A few photos from a recent wade into the Marys River, ten minutes from my home.
    Made with the Hasselblad and standard Planar lens, using Ilford Delta 100 processed in PMK Pyro. Exposure data not...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Quinn's forum was a low traffic space at the best of times. It wasn't unusual for weeks to go by without a single post. Clearly much of the traffic went to Facebook, and I expect that is one of the...
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    Re: Is this Bromide Drag? Help!

    I strongly suggest you disavow "stand" development. Its 99% horsepucky and will only introduce problems that are easily resolved by embracing proper development agitation technique. The mythology...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    You can definitely blame Facebook for the depletion of almost all online discussion forums. The "get everything in one place" format of Facebook appeals to a majority of consumers, but the Walled...
  38. Re: Any thoughts as to source of light leak based on this picture?

    We'd need to know how the photograph was made, what film format/camera, etc., before we can answer this question.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Testing a new (to me) Retina-Curtar 35mm lens on a Retina IIIC I finished the restoration of yesterday.
    12 seconds exposure at f8.5 on Astrum MZ-3 film, processed in Xtol 1:1
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    Re: Preparing for a book

    Hi Neil.

    Are you planning to self-publish, or do you have a publisher lined up for this book?
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