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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Randy. Don’t think too much!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Indeed. Thanks, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Here are scans in the order I shot them, CZJ Tessar 250mm on 4x5 plates.
    I've heard many times that beginners usually over-expose, but I underexposed.
    Collodion pours were pretty good, I think, my...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I worked out of the back of my hatchback, which is probably too bright, but that's what I have to do.
    The bike lamp is inside the box, but I should probably get a couple more.
    Thanks, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Finally got outside and shot some plates today. The heat outside is intense, feels hotter than the advertised 97F.
    I kept my chemicals in a cooler with an ice pack, this caused the collodion to form...
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    There are also some thin-profile soft box options. I used to use only Wafer soft boxes. They were - and still are - very expensive, but also top-quality. They're also half as deep as other pro soft...
  7. Re: How to keep stand mount and head from spinning

    You wasted a Frank Zappa coaster on that? Hope you have more!
  8. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    I've had bad experiences buying camera gear from Italy (see: Gibellini), so thanks, Paul. You helped me dodge a possible bullet.
    Thanks for your own list, Kent.
    Seems like Jody Ake is no longer...
  9. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Rats! These looked promising.
    In any case, there's no rush, I have yet to shoot a 4x5 plate. Plenty of time to contact Lund and anyone else.
    Thanks, Paul.
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    Thanks for that. I believe Lund still uses the wheel lock, yes.
    I was also looking at the Stenopeika holder for occasional full 8x10 plates, with a 6x8 insert for more regular use.
    I'll have a look...
  11. Re: Equipment needs, cameras and lenses. Making, buying, adapting

    Paul, is there a holder you’ recommend instead?
    For later on, I was considering a Lund holder with a 6x8 insert.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Of course!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Hey! Thought I'd post a brief update, and I hope that others starting out are getting close to producing some plates as well.
    The last few items I needed finally arrived: 4x5 aluminum plates and the...
  14. Re: New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Gets Even Better

    Yeah, "The Simpsons" is no longer a parody, it's just a mirror.
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    Re: Compare Wet Plate to Best LF Film

    I watched a Topshit Photography video where he said that the collodion and silver make for a nearly grainless image.
    Something about using molecules instead of film grain, or something to that...
  16. Thread: June Portraits

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    Re: June Portraits

    What a great photo. Depth, composition and a standout lens all work together very well here.
  17. Re: New Photoshop ‘Select Subject’ Feature Gets Even Better

    Have you tried Lightroom?
  18. Re: Exploring offering of black glass for ambrotypes, silver gelatin ambrotype kits.

    I'd be interested in black glass for collodion use as well, depending on price of course.
    Keep us posted, and thanks for this, Jason.
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    Re: Light weight 810 system

    I've found that I rarely need a head with 4x5 or 8x10. Instead I use the tripod with a levelling half-ball, which gives me 15˚ of movement, more than enough for 99% of my shooting.
    I simply attached...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

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

    Of course, understood.

    By the way, it's been proven that a newbie can't land a plane, but a newbie (like Quinn and others) has figured out wet plate alone.

    I had a local instructor lined up for...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Garrett,
    Not everything is spelled out in Quinn's book. I like to be sure about what I'm doing so as to develop good habits going forward.
    Yes, I set up this thread to ask questions, for others to...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Noted, thanks fellas.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I assume it's ok, but thought to ask anyway: if I don't have glass handy, but I do have acrylic, can I use that instead to excite the silver bath?
    Any drawbacks?
    Thanks
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    Re: June Portraits

    Thank you, Eric!
  26. Thread: Focusing A Petzval

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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    Thanks, Drew and Mark.
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    Re: June Portraits

    Thank you, Mr Vogel.
    I don't adjust film development, nor am I printing on paper. These are scanned on an Eversmart scanner then adjusted in Lightroom.
    They were troublesome to scan and process...
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    Re: June Portraits

    Couple more, same day, f/11:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50038307218_3d7876f08b_c.jpg

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50038307228_d6714e6f23_c.jpg
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    Re: June Portraits

    Thanks, Mark.
    And I think you must have a spare :)
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    Re: June Portraits

    Getting more comfortable with the Petzval, but progress is slow. All work lately.
    And overexposure is common. I really don't know what to do with 1/60s.
    Still, I like these.
    For Mark S.: these...
  31. Thread: Focusing A Petzval

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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    Thanks Drew.
    I already love the lens, I just need to master it now.
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    Re: Howtek 8000 Drum vs. Epson V850 flatbed scanners

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    Re: Focusing A Petzval

    Yeah, sucks. :)
    I'm having a lot of fun getting acquainted with this lens. It's not what I'm used to but the benefits of getting it right are immensely rewarding.
    The images it can make when...
  34. Thread: June Portraits

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    Re: June Portraits

    It should, but I don't have rear fall to test this out.



    You're welcome!
  35. Thread: Focusing A Petzval

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    Focusing A Petzval

    Not obvious to me, I can't seem to get my lens to focus where I want it - sometimes. Mostly with full-length portraits (head to feet).

    As I've written in another thread, I find that much depends...
  36. Thread: June Portraits

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    Re: June Portraits

    Thank you, Bill and pau3.
    I've been trying to get the Vesta to do that, it does have some room for movements, but I only have front rise/fall.
    I've found that much depends on the distance of the...
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    Re: Howtek 8000 Drum vs. Epson V850 flatbed scanners

    You can pixel-peep all you want, Pere, but my first Creo scan, after years of using Epsons, just blew me away with its sharpness and clarity. And I had no idea how to use the Creo software yet!
    It...
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    Re: Howtek 8000 Drum vs. Epson V850 flatbed scanners

    My current scanner, a Creo flatbed, makes the process easy and fuss-free. The quality of the scans is sublime, on par with a drum scanner:...
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    Re: June Portraits

    Agree and agree. There's a real learning curve with this lens. It sounds more complicated than it really is, but it only means that I can't just point the lens, frame as I would, and expose a sheet....
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Gold again, Mark! Thank you

    EDIT: I ordered this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074XDVNLY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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