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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Today I made some test prints using a 5x7 wet plate collodion negative I made specifically for this process, to see how much density/contrast is needed.
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  2. Re: Exposure 40 min, f/5,6 in wet plate collodion process?

    Its not. That's not the point. The idea is to return the plate to the wet/active state in order to prepare it for introduction of developer. If a plate has dried before developer has been applied,...
  3. Re: Exposure 40 min, f/5,6 in wet plate collodion process?

    RE re-dipping in the silver bath: I'm not talking about putting the plate in the silver bath and then back in the camera to make more exposure (surely that wouldn't work well, for the reason you...
  4. Re: Exposure 40 min, f/5,6 in wet plate collodion process?

    I wondered how long it would take before someone questioned Borut's recent vlog.

    It was probably about 45F in that room during the exposure, which would have considerably slowed the drying of the...
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Thank you Vaughn. I had considered doing some tests with Dektol to make an appropriate negative, so I will add that to the list of things to try. And I will look up Terry King's writings on the...
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Hi John.
    No, I have not produced negatives for Azo type prints before. That's unfamiliar territory, but I appreciate the reference point!



    Thank you Gary, I'll study that document. I am sure...
  7. Making collodion negatives for Salt Printing.

    In the past two weeks, I have been exploring options for making Salt Prints as an alternative to Albumen Prints, which I found very difficult to do well (it seems I was unable to find good quality...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    A truly remarkable portrait. Magnificent.
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Thanks for the suggestions, Rob, much appreciated. It appears that what you're describing is close to what I am doing now, with the exception of the choice of developers ( I will try D-76 as well,...
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Thanks for that Jim. I'm currently using the recipes/process as outlined in Quinn Jacobson's 2019 edition of Chemical Pictures, and it seems to work quite well. Where can I see Fox-Talbot's original...
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Thanks for that - I do plan on making some Delta 100 negatives coupled with Pyrocat HD and see how well those fare in Salt Printing. I printed that first negative again, aiming to get closer to D-max...
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    Re: Twitter bans!

    What a dismal time we live in.
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Thank you all for your suggestions. Greg, this was especially insightful and I will save your comments for future reference. Thank you. I always have FP4 on hand so this is what I will work with...
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    in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    I am trying to work out the technical issues regarding Salt Printing (Using the gelatin sizing approach), and I would ideally like to produce negatives of the correct contrast rather than making...
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    Re: Hello from Tacoma, Washington

    Welcome, Brad.
    Don't kid yourself (about the quality of your work) - the B&W work in your portfolio is as good as anything found here. Kudos.

    Paul
  16. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    Perfect!
  17. Re: What is the best type of Silver Nitrate to buy

    Hi Carey.
    I suggest you skip buying AgNO3 solutions premixed, as its an arbitrary convenience at best. There's no practical reason to avoid using dry Silver nitrate crystals, and if you plan to...
  18. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    I can only tell you what it means to me, in relation to my aesthetic choices when making a photograph; "Clinical" = "a cold, detached flawlessness, devoid of interpretive affect".

    For me, lenses...
  19. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    Hear, hear!
  20. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    I wonít speak for anyone else, but I certainly have little interest in the sterile perfection of such things. Iíd be bored senseless if thatís all I pursued.



    Not all of us want to illustrate...
  21. Re: The Problem with Modern Lenses.. transfered to those new to view camera image mak

    There is such a thing as harsh, contrasty sharpness that certain lenses exhibit, and it can be unsuitable for certain applications. Iíve discovered that my Symmar-S 240 is brutally sharp when used...
  22. Re: What is the best type of Silver Nitrate to buy

    Hi Carey.

    It appears the price of AgNO3 at that shop in the UK is similar to what we are paying here in the US: approximately $132 for 100 grams, converted to USD. The lowest price I see here is...
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    Re: 3d printing lens boards

    I have about 15 home made printed lens boards. They work fine. All printed in black PLA at 100% infill. Aim for at least 3mm thickness, for opacity.
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    Re: two solution D-23 question

    As was pointed out in the referenced article, the truth about DD-23 is that the Bath A is a competent, soft developer used on its own (I've used it as a standalone developer many times, and it works...
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    Re: two solution D-23 question

    Yes, not a bad idea if you want the exact same results with every sheet of film you process. DD-23 is very cheap to make, so its very affordable as a one shot developer. Still, I process at least 2...
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    Re: two solution D-23 question

    Hi Gregg.
    There is definitely a capacity of these solutions. B exhausts before A, but I usually replace both at the same time. I understand that 1 liter of each solution has a capacity of 600-800...
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    Re: Ansel Adams Examples - new edition

    Where did you learn about this? I can't find any info.
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    Thank you very much for that, I'm honored! I'm glad you get the "blooming that never ends" feeling from it. That's how I interpret it also.
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    Thank you. I was pleasantly surprised too. I don't remember much about making that photograph, honestly!
  30. Re: Film Developing Rant and CineStill DF96 Monobath - Am I Lazy?

    That's pretty much my experience too. I enjoy my time in the darkroom, processing sheets of 5x7 and 8x10. It can be a very pleasant way to spend a couple hours, IMO.
  31. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I've been told by someone "in the know" that the issue is that Kodak cannot currently ship this product overseas - supposedly due to disruptions in shipping. (I have a friend in New Zealand who...
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    Send me a film holder - I can make that happen for you! LOL
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    Its actually very rare for me to set aside a film holder and leave its contents unprocessed for more than a couple of days. But this time it was a pleasant surprise, finding this!

    And yes, these...
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    Doing film/darkroom work is like any other relationship in your life: you have to like/love the entity you're spending that time with. If you can find a way to change your mind about that...
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    Re: Still Life, 2021

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51686445692_158ddaebf8_h.jpg

    Found an 8x10 film holder dated August 26, 2021, and this is what was waiting for me.
    Photograph made on @ilfordphoto Delta 100...
  36. Re: Film Developing Rant and CineStill DF96 Monobath - Am I Lazy?

    Then farm it out to someone else.
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    Ari, I learned a long time ago that when it comes to producing my own work, exposing/developing huge volumes of film is going to poison my enjoyment of the work. So these days I stick to crafting ONE...
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    Re: Lightleak: from where + what to do?

    That's exactly what I do as well. Gone is the need to replace the traps every 12-18 months.
  39. Re: Gundlach Anastigmat 12" convertible hood size?

    Thank you Jason. This is the option I will pursue! Much appreciated.

    Paul
  40. Re: Gundlach Anastigmat 12" convertible hood size?

    Thanks, one other person suggested the same thing.
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