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  1. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    Its very unlikely that excessive water in the collodion is THE problem here, its just one of them. How much more water DID you add? Certainly if your plate is coming out of the silver bath with "wavy...
  2. Re: Wet Plate Collodion questions answered here.

    1) If you are seeing problems ONLY with one recipe of collodion (your home made, Quinn's formula) then there are very few possible reasons you are getting a bad result: something is incorrect in your...
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    Re: in-camera negatives for Salt Printing?

    Gary, I have to say - this paper has provided heaps of excellent information, and I am grateful to you for posting the link. Thank you!

    I see that Ellie subsequently published a book on Salt...
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    Re: Rodinal spots on Fuji HR-U

    This is why I will no longer use the modern Rodinal - so many opportunities to introduce problems with it. I've grown to really dislike it. At dilutions greater than 1:50 you are potentially...
  5. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    Emphasis on "nearly".
  6. Re: XTOL not mixing well and not working any more!

    As John points out, Xtol will never give you hard density areas in your negatives. If you want hard, graphic negatives with "traditional" density in the highlights, then Xtol is not the best option....
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    Re: Wet Plate Print Washing Conundrum

    You have to provide fresh water to properly wash plates. You'd have to dump it and refill it several times during the wash to get the thiosulfates out. Alternatively, you could use Potassium cyanide...
  8. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    Mine is not converted to 120 - I re-spool 120 to 620 reels and it’s no problem. I will not change the camera just to enable 120 film usage.
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    Re: Xenotar condition opinions?

    No, but I won't hesitate to tell someone if I believe they've paid far too much for a damaged lens.
  10. Re: Going to Yosemite but can't take my 4x5 or 8x10. What to do?

    In 6x9cm format, you could get a Medalist II for 1/4 the price of the GSW690 and the results would be just as spectacular. The Ektar lens in the Medalist is a Heliar design, and sharp as you could...
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    Re: Xenotar condition opinions?

    Yikes! That is outrageous. IMO you paid far too much for it, given its condition.
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    Re: Xenotar condition opinions?

    That's a pretty badly scarred lens. The damage won't affect sharpness of the images it makes, but it will affect contrast and perhaps introduce a degree of "soft focus" fuzziness. I have a 105mm...
  13. Re: Question for chemistry--especially D-23--experts

    D-23 diluted 1:1 shouldn't be reused, period. If you want to use D-23 stock solution, then follow Michael's recommendation.
  14. Re: Moving to Ilford from Kodak, begrudgingly…

    Hi Daniel.
    Here is a very basic Salt Printing primer: https://www.alternativephotography.com/a-dash-of-salt/

    A salt print is Henry Fox Talbot's "photogenic drawing" process, by which you create...
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Is this with X-ray films, or conventional (pictorial) films?
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Which brand of X-ray film? Same as the OP?
  17. Re: Wollensak Velostigmat Series II lens question

    Not all examples of the Series II lenses came with the diffusion control ring. You've got the version without the feature.
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    Re: 8x10 Vertical Tank Development Issues

    Abandon those horrible film hangers - they are the source of all your problems. Develop your film in trays and these artifacts will go away.

    Pairing "exotic" developers with "exotic" films is...
  19. Re: Moving to Ilford from Kodak, begrudgingly…

    If it’s a contact chloride paper you want, Delta 100 is a near perfect match for Salt (ammonium chloride) printing.
  20. Re: How to do tray processing - both regular and stand?

    I believe this problem is because you are using too little developer which leads to unevenness when combined with rotating a stack of sheets. I suspect the developer is so dilute that it is...
  21. Re: Moving to Ilford from Kodak, begrudgingly…

    Dan, I use both Delta 100 and FP4 in 8x10 format and I really like them both. I see no reason to pay $$$$ for TMY when Delta 100 is a VERY reasonable alternative (and almost HALF the price!). I've...
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    Re: 210 Xenar f/6.1 sharpness?

    Before discarding it, you may want to take a look and see if its assembled correctly.
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    Re: question for you wet platers

    Bear in mind that Watkins was making collodion negatives, which require 2 to 3 times as much exposure compared to a positive on metal or glass.
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    Re: question for you wet platers

    In very bright sunlight, with a large=aperture lens used wide open - say maybe f3.5 - you can get away with exposures as short as 1 second. Maybe a skilled wet plater, using less well known...
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    Thank you Joe. It was the "long barrel" version of the 9" Verito, stopped down to f6.
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    Re: What did you compose at Waters Edge?

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51764363325_03536eb136_h.jpg
  27. Re: the thread for Kodak XTOL quality control issues

    I've been using the current batches of Xtol and it appears that the problems are under control. While I applaud Adox for bringing an alternative ascorbic acid developer to market, its too expensive...
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    Re: Watch "How was it made? Wet Collodion

    Absolutely, yes. But the video delivers a serious bit of misinformation at the end, so regardless of how well done it is, it still provides misinformation. That could so easily have been avoided,...
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    Re: Watch "How was it made? Wet Collodion

    That last 30 seconds delivers only partial information and some very misleading information too: at no point is Fixing the negative mentioned. More importantly, exposing the negative to strong light...
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    Re: 510 Pyro 1 Hour Stand

    Yes, its a known thing.
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    Re: 510 Pyro 1 Hour Stand

    I've yet to discover a "stand" development option that did not result in blotchy, uneven densities and/or bromide drag and hotspots at the bottom of the tank. Although the negative Martin got from...
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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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  33. 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,...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  38. 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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