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    Re: Wet Plate Videos

    How about a Brownie 3B? You saw the collodion negatives I made with a 3B two days ago, yes? Not a bad camera for general purpose applications.
  2. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Yeah, I try to limit how much Collodion/Ether I have on hand at any given time, too.

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    Seriously, I never store large amounts of Ether for long without either using it in a Collodion mix,...
  3. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Lea Formula 7 is good for negatives, but it ages quite quickly: plan to use it up within two months.
    UVP 4 is good for negatives also, and being a two cadmium recipe, it’s very slow to age and with...
  4. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Hi Drew, good to hear from you!
    Old Workhorse, no matter who makes it, is the same recipe and it behaves the same way whether you make it yourself (I do this) IR buy it from any one of several...
  5. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    I doubt Quinn's 2020 edition Amazon is offering is "print on demand" since the item sis stated as being "in stock" for immediate shipping.
  6. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I have a 15" f5 Lerebours et Secretan Petzval, and it does swirl and vignette on 8x10. See example here. These characteristics vary by manufacturer, so YMMV.
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    I rarely use aluminum trophy plate anymore, preferring to make Ambrotypes or negatives. However, the last time I bought trophy plate, I got it direct from Main Trophy Supply - they were the least...
  8. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Happy to be of service. I’m available to answer questions as they arise!
  9. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Not at all! The B&S kit is ideal for a new practitioner. It’s what I bought when I started wet plate three years ago (in fact, almost exactly three years, to the day) Why is it ideal, when it seems...
  10. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Hi Drew, sorry I missed your questions yesterday!

    1. recommended developing time for negatives: I see you are using the Bostick & Sullivan kit, and I recall that it includes its house brand of...
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Thank you Jon, much appreciated.
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Thanks, Garrett!
    Of course, the Box Brownie has some serious limitations (namely fixed focus), but if you know what is possible, it has a lot to offer! I feel compelled to make more negatives with...
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Thoughtful photo, sensitive lighting. Far better than the average tintype portrait!
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Very nice, Kent. Is this a positive image? Maybe it would be useful to state in photo posts whether we are displaying positives, or scans of negatives.
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    I've edited the post to remake the links. Let me know if it works now, please.
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    Re: Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Are you sure? It displays correctly for me. Ari can see it too.
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    Wet Plate Image Sharing, June 2020

    Lets start a thread for sharing wet plate collodion photographs.

    This is from a wet plate negative made with a Kodak Box Brownie #3B. I cut 1.3mm thin glass to fit the Brownie, and when using the...
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    Re: Highlanda Lutheran Church

    The blanks spots at the bottom are areas that didn't get developer on them (or not enough). Fixer won't make marks like that. Working out in the field is difficult at the best of times, so kudos for...
  19. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Kent, I am referring to FeSO4 in a REdeveloper formula, not a developer. A redeveloper is something done to a glass negative after processing, fixing and washing to build additional density on the...
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    Drew, bear in mind that FeSO4 and Pyrogallic acid behave differently in a redeveloper formula, the latter being a staining agent more than a reducing agent. I have personally only used FeSO4 in the...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    I thought it would be a good idea to at least define what "wet plate" photography actually is! Glad you found it useful. Thanks.
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    Re: The Fisherman

    Kent brings up an excellent point: development times. This is especially important for new practitioners learning the ropes - positive plates made using standard materials for positives should stick...
  23. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I was recently given an Industar-37, f4.5 lens, which is basically a 300mm Tessar. Apparently these can be had for under $100. and they are every bit as good as most any other Tessar, but far less...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    To elaborate on what Kent (correctly) stated,

    "wet plate" photography is defined as: the process in which an emulsion called Collodion (made of Ether, Ethanol, Nitrocellulose and at least one...
  25. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    This is a perfectly good approach to albumenizing a glass plate, yes.

    One note: if you plan to redevelop the plate using the iodine rehalogenation method Quinn advocates, you can do it without...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    Happy to have you here and participating, Drew!
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    Funny to make an 8 minute video demonstrating something that can be illustrated in 2 minutes or less.

    The person who made that video omitted something from the demo that could lead to...
  28. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    There’s a couple of things going on here: if you mix a previously used silver bath with a new bath then you’ve got a silver bath that’s 2/3 virgin silver in there. The contrast isn’t going to be the...
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    Grass can wait.

    Quinn has been doing these live Q&A broadcasts for a few months now, in part to remain “social” in a time that in-person interactions aren’t possible in the normal way, and in part...
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    Re: The Fisherman

    Excellent!
  31. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    When I bought my B&S kit three years ago, I followed the instructions for using Amino silane to get better adhesion on glass, and all it did was make a mess of plates and ruin a batch of collodion. I...
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    Sticky: Re: New Forum--populate it!

    Awesome, thank you!
  33. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Wet Plate clean isn't the same as "clean from the supplier", I expect. The issue here is that to clean glass for collodion, the surface has to be lightly etched by an abrasive, which is what the...
  34. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Yes, sometimes the rough edges can be enough to hold the collodion to the glass, but I have had an occasional plate shuck the collodion, so I like to edge with albumen, that way it always sticks....
  35. Thread: I tried

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    Re: I tried

    Which thread was this?
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    Ahh yes, “edging the plate”. What is this and what is it’s purpose?

    It’s the application, by Q-tip, of a dilute solution of egg albumen and water to the outer 1/8” of the cleaned surface of a...
  37. Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    New to the Wet Plate Collodion process? It can be intimidating, and there is a steep learning curve. If you have questions (and you will!), the more experienced members here can hopefully answer them...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Better to spend the $15 than wait for months and still no hydrometer.
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    All of what you say is true, Bryan. But what is also true is this: 95% of all published information (blogs, web sites, eBooks, etc) that I used to refer to 20 years ago is gone from the web. As you...
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    Re: Should there be a Wet Plate subforum?

    Bostick & Sullivan ships their wet plate kits with the silver bath already prepared, in bottles. He won't be mixing his own silver bath, at least this time. But what Kent said is almost guaranteed to...
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