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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    I think at most you will have room for two that will be meaningful.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    I've found that light meters are useless for collodion. They aren't sensitive to UV light for starters, and the ISO of the collodion itself will change over time.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    Exposure f8 in bright sun using B&S collodion would probably be around 8s to start would be my guess.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate process not producing an image

    The pH strips could be old and no longer active. If they were shipped loose and not in a sealed container that's my guess. Most likely problem is your safe life isn't, or you have a light leak...
  5. Re: Beginner-friendly developer for 8x10 HP5 and Tri-X in 8x10"

    I've been using HC-110 on Ilford film for a year & half now with no issues at all. Consistently good results and it's easy.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    I drove up into Minnesota today to try taking a shot of an old engine in Currie. I used my new Darlot 9 inch wide angle Hemispherique. I had the aperture set to what I think was f32 and had trouble...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I've taken over 200 shots, maybe twice that, and still don't feel like I've mastered it by any means. I was looking for challenge and found it! You aren't going to be making perfect plates for...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I do see progress. I have good days immediately followed by bad days. Today I had to make three exposure test plates, then did an 8x10 that was still a bit too dark. Loaded up a second 8x10 and...
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Very nice. Maybe I should start preparing collodion and leaving it sit a few months.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: handling precautions?

    I've been finding that simply wiping out the plate holder goes a long way to preventing problems. I do have to touch the camera when inserting & removing the holder and can get some silver on it...
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    I went out to the middle of South Dakota yesterday to meet up with Shane Balkowitsch, from Bismarck, ND. He had a project going where he was photo'ing the "Dignity" statue outside of Chamberlain,...
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Growing antlers would only be a hazard for you during deer season.



    Kent in SD
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    Re: Help with brass lens

    I think you'll find the lens is likely f8 too.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Help with brass lens

    It looks like a rapid rectilinear lens. Set flat on a table with bright light above shining directly into it. Slowly raise the lens watching the spot of light focus below it. When the spot is...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    No, it's just a sheet of 3/16 red plexi.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    No. The light sits directly on the red window and points in. No reflections.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Can you make some sort of black viewing hood, or dark covering over you head and box top? When I use that box I have the light shing in fr9m the outside.
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    Re: handling precautions?

    Be very careful about not touching your face at all when doing wet plate, especially after handling a silvered plate. I do have to touch my camera wearing the gloves that have silver on them, and...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Possibly. I've heard of this on another forum. My Lund tanks have steel hangers and I don't see any swirls.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Huge improvement. I generally just add some distilled water to my tank to top it off. Every few months I'll check the specific gravity to see where it's at and add some silver if needed.


    Kent...
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    Re: Trail cart

    You might be able to carry a spare battery that's cheaper. One of the Paul Buff lithium batteries might be able to recharge the one on the bike and it's much cheaper.
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    These are 5x7 trays I use in the blue box.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ari--

    I was mostly doing 4x5 in the blue box, and also 5x7. My tank is a 5x7 Lund. The one I'm using in the Subaru easily collapses and folds into the big black tub it's based on. Very quick to...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Here's the second pair of photos I took last weekend. These are of Singsaas Church, west of Hendricks MN on the South Dakota side. I've been taking photos of this church for the past 20 years; it's...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    On Saturday I drove a few hours north and took a photo of a couple of classic churches. It was hot and not very pleasant to be outside, and I kept my developer & collodion in my cooler unless...
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    Nicely done.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    If you have a hatchback car, this has been working quite well for me doing 8x10.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Keeping developer (and collodion) cool is a big deal in the summer. It's been so hot here that I keep my developer in my cooler bag until I have an exposed plate and am ready to develop it. I find...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Evening light is reddish. Supposed to be 94 F here today. I have added a bit more water to my B&S developer. You could email or call them for suggestions. I also keep alll my chemicals in a ...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    i've not had a problem with B&S developer screwing up because of age myself. I've had some that was months old before I used it, and that was both before and after mixing. I have been adding a bit...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I started out with the tip-tray method and it did reduce a lot of frustration.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 5x7 Eastman View No.2 Back Curiosity

    My philosophy is to keep an old camera as original as possible. My 2D is about 100 years old and I don't want to be the one that screws it up.:D


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    Lakeport, SD

    I hauled my Kodak 2D 8x10 down to the former townsite of Lakeport last Sunday. I wanted to test my new lens--a c.1880s rapid rectilinear FL=22 inch. I used a 5x7 back to make 5x7 tin...
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    Mine is made of black walnut. I chose that because I like it.:) I don't think wood choice has any effect on the images, it's more of a personal preference.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    My 5x7 Gundlach Korona also has a 4x5 back. It's a beautiful camera.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: 8x10 Camera + Accessories: Advice

    Looks good except I'd go for the Gitzo 1570 head (I use the Ries J250-2 as it's easier), and I just use a black nylon jacket for a dark cloth. It doubles as a light jacket when needed. The 1325...
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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I typically leave the tins in fixer for about twice the time it takes for the blue to clear away. Leaving them in too long does seem to hurt the image. I would guess about 3-4 minutes tops for me....
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    Re: Wet plate image sharing July 2020

    This is really nice work. You're obviously very experienced.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Chamonix 4x5 advice, please

    I have the 045N and rarely seem to run out of movements. I usually run out of image circle first. I have the "universal" bellows and don't need a recessed board. The widest lens I have is a 75mm....
  40. Re: Small white streaks on plates, what's the cause?

    For 4x5, depending on the temperature, the time is usually half a minute. I mostly go by sight though. I tilt the plate to see if there are tiny wrinkles starting to skin over the surface, sort of...
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