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    Re: Wet Plate in Winter

    The silver bath works best at room temperature. There can be numerous and variable faults if it gets too cold, or too hot. It never gets that cold here, but I suppose I'd arrange some insulation on...
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    Re: Review of new Ansel Adams book!

    Mark, I don't know if I told you, but I went to the estate sale of the UofA president that set up the CCP. I got a Leica camera of his (no doubt recommended by Ansel Adams), and several Adams books,...
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    Re: How Early Could It Have Happened?

    True. Until fixing was discovered, many processes had to be observed in dim candle light, or they would get obliterated. I think each discovery begat another problem, until another discovery. Like...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    That's why I commented when you wrote "...low traffic at the best of times..." which is untrue. Yes, in the past 3-4 years it died off. But the best of times from 2005-2013 it was extremely active. ...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    That's not true Paul, when I started wetplate in about 2006, there were just two online places to learn how. the Civil War Collodion group run by Bob Szabo, and Quinn's collodion dot com. There...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Wow, something sure has changed in the wetplate world, or maybe the forum world in general. I just checked in to the resurrected Collodion.com website. There has not been any post since Sept 22nd,...
  7. Thread: Fixer

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    Re: Fixer

    The wash time of Hypo isn't long, I'm sure as long as as the Ammonia one. I have a friend who did chemical studies of Hypo, it's all out of the emulsion within about 10 min of soaking.
  8. Thread: Fixer

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    Re: Fixer

    You can buy sodium thiosulfate economically at any chemical store, and mix it with tap water any time you want Hypo. Why mess with "made for photography" vendor wares and expensive shipping? I...
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    Re: Where to find a [scarce view camera]?

    You can easily find a [ ] at [ ], and cheaply.
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Amazing! Now all that information is searchable, and the same questions don't have to be started all over with.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Canon FD 50/1.4 on Ilford FP4 yesterday

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50339556672_acd6cef2dc_h.jpg
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    No, it was Quinns, but he's moving on. I captured it because I hated all those years of good wetplate discussions to be lost. But didn't know if I would start a site, make a book out of it, what. ...
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    Re: Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    You're still wet behind the ears! I was using the internet in college (worked as a technician) in 1990! No browsers, pre Mozilla days, you had to FTP or Ping or go to listserves with arcane...
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    Old Collodion Com wetplate site return

    Hi all,
    As I reported here, the best wetplate forum ever, was closed last winter. I had moderated it for years, Quinn was tired of paying for it, and let it close. Many people learned wetplating...
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    Re: Subtle blue tint

    This is one of the most asked questions, on the old Collodion forum. Extremely common problem for beginners, the "prussian blue". That's why I still bemoan the loss of Collodion.com, with it's...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Sounds good, I may try it. I know my main problems with Sandarac: not filtering the dust enough. I use a pour off bottle, but it seems you have to filter it even if it sits in a bottle for 6 months...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Practice makes perfect. Most, but not all, will eventually be making very good plates. Perfection it hard to attain, There are about 37 steps to do that can all mess up a plate. I don't think I...
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    Re: Troubleshooting, or What the Hell Is That?

    Do you remember that old Kung Fu TV series? "When you can walk across the rice paper without tearing it, you are ready to go."

    Same with wetplate. You shouldn't mess with 8x10s until you can...
  19. Re: Vogtlander Petzval rear optical element dimensions

    "He has someone who is willing to try and make him a new element, but he needs the specifications for it."

    The specifications for a petzval should be in lots of optical writings, it was a...
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    Re: Ideal Wet Plate Glasss

    For small plates, black or dark purple glass looks great.
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    Re: Teach me about Lens Design

    I didn't see this the past few days, but to me, if you want a fairly assertive "old" look, you have to use a fairly old or uncorrected type. Your example shots are looking nice, but very sharp and...
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    Re: Tiny Format Portraits

    My Hurrell style posed dog, shot with a Cooke movie camera lens.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50234823006_b6a3c80fe0_b.jpg
  23. Re: Lens mounting flanges - measurements and other info

    There is a guy on a facebook brass lenses group that is making flanges. They seem to be working for those that bought them. I talked to him about making a flange for a rare lens of mine, but...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Lost roll from 2010 Europe trip. Just developed it yesterday, after sitting for 10 years. Tri-X, Canon 35/1.8 LTM.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50229294292_6f202e2884_c.jpg
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    Live training from Quinn

    Quinn is doing some live wetplate training today. Those struggling may want to get an expert to help.
    Stream Yard: https://streamyard.com/c6t727mu6x

    YouTube:...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Leica M3, Summicron collapsible, on Tmax 100.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50208172443_335fde68e3_b.jpg
  27. Re: "Collodion" documentary about Eric Overton

    Compared to a wetplate by Carton Watkins, 1866, I'd say he's "preserving" the memory a tad better:

    https://notquiteinfocus.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/from-mariposa-trail.jpg
  28. Re: "Collodion" documentary about Eric Overton

    I watched it. Skimmed, actually. Over 1 hour long, and only a few seconds at the end show his collodion results, which are very poor. I just wish people with a lot of vision would master their...
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    Re: Longest Wet Plate Exposure Times

    "What is known about historical wet plate exposure time of day?"
    The proof is in the pudding. Look at some Brady or Gardner shots, compared to Mann. They were very good at exposure. And then...
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    You're on your way! The first time shooting, people either think of film, and expose too short, or think wetplate needs more than it does, and go too long. You're in the zone now, and most days at...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I suppose I should have said "check the MSDS sheets on all chemicals" and been done with it. Because there are lots of different formulas that can be used, I usually assume and use the least...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Yep, when I pour bleach in the laundry room, I'm careful with my eyes too. Or checking the specific gravity of car batteries. Or spraying Lysol or ant killer...or ....

    If people don't know not...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    What do you think is toxic in wetplates? Nothing is really. Collodion was used to bind wounds in hospitals. The salts can be simple potassium and ammonium iodides which are safe. Silver Nitrate...
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    Re: Filthy Flange - possibilities.

    Indeed, brass will eventually have a black patina that looks almost like anodized or lacquered finish. look at an old brass cartridge that has laid outside for a few decades. If it's dry, they turn...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    As soon as you think you learn a "rule" about wetplate, it can be proven wrong! The last time I shot plates I got pretty good results. My developer was close to 2 years old.
  36. Policy on pointers to items offered for sale

    I know where one is, PM me and I can give info.

    OREN: I'm not selling this. So deleting my previous post because it doesn't follow the "for sale" rules is not correct. I'm trying to help the...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    They're looking better exposed now to me. The bottom one seems the best. Veiling, spots, islands and all that are just technique generated, but getting the right exposure and development time is...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Apples to oranges. You took a photo of the plates when wet. White balance and exposure settings based on that camera.
    Then you scanned the plates when dry. You need to adjust the scan settings...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Quinn is probably referring to KCN fixer, which is usually done in about 25 seconds. If you are using Hypo, I've never had fixing wash out an image, and have left them in accidentally for 30 min or...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    They look like they were overexposed and/or overdeveloped. It's hard to tell which. When you get a plate like that you are close, but try cutting the exposure by about a stop or so. Make sure you...
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