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    Re: Some critique please

    Thanks Philip
    Your critique of the composition is something I have been hoping to get for awhile. Wetplate work is so often a mixture of casual and formal and very few of our colleagues have...
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    Some critique please

    Here is a plate I did today. I have been working on my timing. Boy that is hard. I got a decent image, group portraits as you can see are hard.
    F6.3 300mm, coffer’s FeS04 about 25 secs, kcn,...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Here is today’s test plate. 4 Mississippi, 30cm f 6.3 Quinn’s FeSO4 30 sec dev time. Not much of a composition but the subject held still208939
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Went back into the box today and worked through the development time of the Quinn Jacobson solution and came up with between 30-45 seconds. Then did a few plates. I am certain I was overexposing...
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    Re: Hello from Detroit

    Welcome
    I agree with the group, you have a bit of a learning curve ahead of you. I know I still do and I am a couple of years ahead of you. Wetplate is not a walk in the park. You really can’t...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    I’ll do some more work. The formula is correct. The safe light is a red led so good there.
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Well I did 1/2 of what you said. I did a test and actually came up with 5-7 secs. But I did switch to Quinn’s formula. I would love to lengthen the time, if just to better appreciate the detail...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Thanks
    Do you have a different developer? I agree I struggle with the timing. As I have slowly improved my technique this year I have tried to be as consistent as possible changing only one factor...
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    Re: Please help with this image

    Thanks for the response. The subject was sitting to the north, so the sun was behind the camera, though both are in shade. I’d say I am experienced but really only the last three months have I been...
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    Please help with this image

    I just rehabbed a Century 1, and using the 7inch sliding back have been working on some test images. The image below was one of the better attempts. I have a few typical problems, with the pour...
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    Re: Subtle blue tint

    Improved wash before fixing has solved the issue. Thanks all.
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    Re: Subtle blue tint

    Thanks for the responses. I’ll double my wash time and vigor and see how that works.
  13. Re: Multivolume Catalog of 19th century photographs

    Thanks everyone but I’d was a bound set of volumes. These suggestions are great resources.
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    Subtle blue tint

    I am getting a subtle blue tint on some of my ambrotypes. Cyanide fixer. I suspect it is from that. Is it too little wash, too much wash, my developer? Not enough stop, anyone have any idea? It is...
  15. Multivolume Catalog of 19th century photographs

    I once came across a multivolume catalog of 19th century photography. I have forgotten the name of it. Can anyone help me?
    Thanks in advance
    Brent
  16. Re: Advice for mounting a Copal 3 on Kodak 2D board

    Thanks I have made an inquiry
    Brent
  17. Advice for mounting a Copal 3 on Kodak 2D board

    I am about to mount a “modern” lens on a 2D board. The used lens I have is currently in a metal 90mm board. Ideally I would drill a 2 1/2 inch hole in the 2D board and enlarge it with a file and...
  18. Advice regarding lens choice. Fuji vs Rodenstock

    I’m interested in buying a 300mm 5.6 modern style lens. My lurking on eBay has confused me a bit. It seems to me that the general trend is that the Fuji lenses are the most economical. But if look...
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    Re: Anyone use rainwater in the darkroom?

    Those of you familiar with John Coffer (“modern” father of wet plate), should know that he uses exclusively rainwater. Having visited him and taken a course. He certainly has no problem, and like...
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    Thanks everyone for the insights
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    I’m not sure I do. I will ask Mr Ritter if he makes a bail type back or has instructions to do so. Ultimately that may be a better solution.
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    Some plate holders are simply modified film holders. Some are built to work with specific GG backs and I suspect only register with that back. This is the type used on those specially built wetplate...
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    I see the confusion. Backdrop was a typo for Backdoor. That is what I mean by a swinging ground glass door.
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    196215

    Here is a picture I’d the back. I believe the arrow is pointing to a strap spring. With regard to the wet plate holder. The one I currently use is a self made one from an old wooden film...
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    Re: Help with Kodak 2D back

    Too stiff
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    Help with Kodak 2D back

    I have recently restored a 2D. I hope to use it for wetplate. I am struggling with the tension or stiffness of the spring back. Is there a way to adjust the tension from the springs? Ultimately I...
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    Ground glass question

    I recently acquired a Kodak 2D. As I rehab this dirty but otherwise workable camera I am considering replacing the original GG. Should the frosted side be facing the lens or the photographer? I feel...
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