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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I'll follow up with examples later, but the ridges were due to my developer technique.
    Today, I put the plate in the tray, pushed into a corner, then swept the developer over one edge of the plate...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    I know what you mean, John.
    I suppose I'd just like to be able to control the process a little more, and get clean plates when I want them.
    If I don't want them, I can be sloppy and let the magic...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    By the way, just wanted add another photo with brief comment.
    The ridges are still there, so I cleaned my holder very thoroughly, and will start practicing developer pouring/sweeping.
    I'll forego...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Nice rundown of your problems and solutions, Kent.
    After a while, this should become routine and part of a regular cycle of cleaning and maintenance.

    After about 25-30 4x5 plates, I too "sunned"...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    These are very good, Kent. I especially like the second image.
    The flaws aren't distracting, and I'm starting to know that more extreme temperatures lead to increased problems.
    Well done!
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    Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Ahoy! I thought I'd add a specific place where we can troubleshoot.
    As a first example, I've been getting ridges on some plates (not all of them).
    ...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent. I heard the color casts come from residual developer left on the plate after the water rinse.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ok, back at it.
    Trying out some lenses today, best one was an unknown RR.
    Been careful about pouring but I got these ridges all day today.
    And I've been careful about water bath, fixing and...
  9. Re: Tripod recommendation for a Wista 4x5 field with 300mm lens

    Not tripod heads, but a quick-release plate long enough to cover the space between the holes, with two screws attached to the plate, will work.
    You mount this plate to a clamp which is in turn...
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    Nice going! I've been trying to shoot without a meter and getting a feel for the exposure.
    I'm still off all the time, but I'm not too far off most of the time, maybe by 30% or so.
    Once I got...
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    That's all technique, practice, keeping things clean, etc etc which is a refinement I'm also working on.
    Those 6x6cm plates look very nice!
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    Did you peel off the plastic from the aluminum plate? Sorry, the most obvious question.
    Check your safelight. If it's ok, then look at exposure. What time of day are you shooting at?
    Run a test...
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Good to know, thanks Paul.
    The work I've seen being done by good practitioners like yourself suggests much the same work flow, whether they make positives or negatives.
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Looks plenty bright and well-exposed from here, well done!
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks for the dose of perspective, Kent.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent, but I seem to have taken a big step back, and I feel kinda stuck.
    I've done my troubleshooting and got the same results from it.
    I realize part of the difficulty - and joy - of this...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Wish I could contribute to Paul's new thread, but I'm still stuck in the basement, and don't want to besmirch his fine work with my hack jobs.
    Had a bad day yesterday, don't even want to show those,...
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Lovely, Paul. I dream about making plates like this.
    Got a question for the pros:
    Since everyone scans their plates for the web, how much adjustment is done to your images in...
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

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

    Doing some cleaning and silver bath maintenance today.
    Poured everything into a big (clean) pickle jar with a J-cloth covering the opening, and will leave it to sun for the rest of the day.
    Cleaned...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Joseph.
    Thank you, Randy.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks Kent.
    Joseph, thanks for the tip. I will eventually modify my set up for larger plates, when I get better at 4x5. Any photos of your truck set-up that you can share?
    And in the meantime,...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ohhh, ok got it. Thanks
    Do you have a clear plastic on top of your rubylith?
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Sure, I can make anything. Except a space shuttle, those are really tricky.
    Seriously, though, I will modify the box some more, I really like its weight and portability.
    And I should get a grow...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    My dark box is covered with a red filter, but the reflections prevent me from seeing clearly inside.
    I can make out a little, but watching for shadows on a plate during development is not possible.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I'm open to experimenting. How much time do you suggest?
    Keep in mind, I cannot see the plate developing, so inspection is a no-go.
    That's why I've stuck to 15s, to weed out one variable that I...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, much appreciated.
    I develop in a tray: place the plate in the tray at the far end of the tray. Pour developer in the bottom of the tray. Tilt the tray so the developer hits the plate quickly...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    A friend called it "developer sweep", but I tray develop. Or I'm unsure of what he meant.
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I'd have just gone with "ignore and move on" and not some gratuitous attack on someone's nationality.
    Casting the first stone and such.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Kent. I feel like it's always moving forward, and it's exciting.
    I'll likely do as you recommend and top up with water.

    Also, in trying to get a cleaner image, I'm now going to focus on...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Only got two plates done, but the goal today was to try and eliminate the many scratches I've typically been getting on my plates.
    This is mostly due to my poor handling, the small dark box and the...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Maybe not toxic, but silver nitrate can blind you if it gets into your eyes. Nobody wants that.
    I've rubbed my eyes by accident with dried silver nitrate on them, so far no problems.
    I also try to...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Good to know, thank you, it does help a lot. Some real-world experience.
    I'd be cutting 12" x 24" or 24" x 48" sheets down to 8x10 and 4x5 pieces.

    I do have a Rotatrim coming in September, which...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Drew, by rail saw do you mean a track saw, with the rail?
    Like this: https://www.busybeetools.com/products/kreg-acs-saw-guide-kit.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzYnh35Xx6gIVh5WzCh29Hw88EAYYBCABEgIxkPD_BwE
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Drew, I plan on cutting plates for a long time, so some investment is needed to make it repeatable, accurate and relatively straightforward.
    If I have to curse and dread each time I need to cut some...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks reddesert, Randy, Havoc and Drew. Some conflicting opinions, and I'm inclined to think it won't be ideal for cutting thin aluminum.
    I found a second-hand Rotatrim Pro 24, it'll ship at the...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the suggestions.
    But I really wanted to know if the Rotatrim cutter, linked above, will handle aluminum of this thickness? Does anyone know? Has anyone...
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Good to know, thank you.
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    Re: Cutting Aluminum Sheets

    Thanks for those links.
    What do you use?
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks for showing us, Kent.
    I use an 8x10 and a 5x7 tray in the box. The 8x10 is a catch try when the silver tank is out, and for when I pour water on a plate to stop development.
    The 5x7 tray is...
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