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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Leica M3, Summicron collapsible, on Tmax 100.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50208172443_335fde68e3_b.jpg
  2. Re: "Collodion" documentary about Eric Overton

    Compared to a wetplate by Carton Watkins, 1866, I'd say he's "preserving" the memory a tad better:

    https://notquiteinfocus.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/from-mariposa-trail.jpg
  3. Re: "Collodion" documentary about Eric Overton

    I watched it. Skimmed, actually. Over 1 hour long, and only a few seconds at the end show his collodion results, which are very poor. I just wish people with a lot of vision would master their...
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    Re: Longest Wet Plate Exposure Times

    "What is known about historical wet plate exposure time of day?"
    The proof is in the pudding. Look at some Brady or Gardner shots, compared to Mann. They were very good at exposure. And then...
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    You're on your way! The first time shooting, people either think of film, and expose too short, or think wetplate needs more than it does, and go too long. You're in the zone now, and most days at...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I suppose I should have said "check the MSDS sheets on all chemicals" and been done with it. Because there are lots of different formulas that can be used, I usually assume and use the least...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Yep, when I pour bleach in the laundry room, I'm careful with my eyes too. Or checking the specific gravity of car batteries. Or spraying Lysol or ant killer...or ....

    If people don't know not...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    What do you think is toxic in wetplates? Nothing is really. Collodion was used to bind wounds in hospitals. The salts can be simple potassium and ammonium iodides which are safe. Silver Nitrate...
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    Re: Filthy Flange - possibilities.

    Indeed, brass will eventually have a black patina that looks almost like anodized or lacquered finish. look at an old brass cartridge that has laid outside for a few decades. If it's dry, they turn...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    As soon as you think you learn a "rule" about wetplate, it can be proven wrong! The last time I shot plates I got pretty good results. My developer was close to 2 years old.
  11. Policy on pointers to items offered for sale

    I know where one is, PM me and I can give info.

    OREN: I'm not selling this. So deleting my previous post because it doesn't follow the "for sale" rules is not correct. I'm trying to help the...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    They're looking better exposed now to me. The bottom one seems the best. Veiling, spots, islands and all that are just technique generated, but getting the right exposure and development time is...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Apples to oranges. You took a photo of the plates when wet. White balance and exposure settings based on that camera.
    Then you scanned the plates when dry. You need to adjust the scan settings...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Quinn is probably referring to KCN fixer, which is usually done in about 25 seconds. If you are using Hypo, I've never had fixing wash out an image, and have left them in accidentally for 30 min or...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    They look like they were overexposed and/or overdeveloped. It's hard to tell which. When you get a plate like that you are close, but try cutting the exposure by about a stop or so. Make sure you...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Tombstone nieces, Retina camera, Tmax.
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50120548433_decdc298da_b.jpg
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    Re: Cloudy silver bath, is it usable?

    If the silver bath stays clear, and plates seem good, the distilled is good enough.
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    Re: Cloudy silver bath, is it usable?

    When you add distilled water to a silver bath, it will often cloud up. Reverse osmosis is not the type of distilled you want, you want distillation type. I mentioned that a few weeks ago about...
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    Re: 8x10 Camera Musing

    I never looked at any of the modern cameras. Holy crap, $7000 for an Arca-Swiss that is mostly bellows and a few CNC pieces of metal?! That's more than I've paid for every camera I own, and two...
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    Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    With organics it will blow your mind trying to figure out what colors will show up as on the grey scale. Some yellow comes out light, some very dark, and it depends on the formula somewhat.
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    Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    One color chart here http://www.paulalsop.com/wet-plate

    https://www.bordinphotographic.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/15222628822_bad054cea6_k.jpg
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    Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    There used to be several good color chart wetplate studies, out on the net. Not sure if they still are, many of them were posted on the two wetplate forums that are now closed, CWreenactors and...
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    Re: New HC110 Liquid Same as Old HC110 Syrup?

    Well I didn't know this. I use HC110 in tiny amounts from my last bottle, for LF and 35mm. My dilution is H, so it takes a long time to use an opened bottle, shooting as little as I do now.
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    Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    I can tell you what you'd get if you use a yellow or amber filter on your lens! Nothing!
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    Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4412857

    I suppose the patent on the Leica Summicron is expired, so China is just doing what they do. But they also do it with patented items. I could care...
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    Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    There is a Chinese company making "Summicron" copy lenses too, and everyone on the Rangefinder forum is enabling the fraud, discussing them, buying them, letting the guy have free advertisement. ...
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    Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch....I ordered a $2000 item from a smalltime web seller last Sunday. His site was easy to navigate, you click "buy" and are shunted to the "pay" page. Which I did right...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50073736812_53a07f44e6_b.jpg
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    Re: E-Bay: What can I do If the buyer won't Pay?

    You can do nothing to make the guy pay. You can't give him bad feedback, buyers do no wrong.

    I think eBay has a rule that you can cancel the transaction, after a time. But the usual way is very...
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    Re: Wet plate focus confusion.

    Talk to John Brewer in Manchester. He's a pro. Tell him Garrett sent you!
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    Re: Wet plate collodion spectral sensitivity?

    Have you looked for real research on it? Google it.

    I'm sorry, but such a technical question is like standing on the steps of a major electronics research library, and asking people going inside...
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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...
  38. 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.
  39. 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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