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    This is vintage. Like it!

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    Shot my first 8x10s outdoors over the weekend. Due to coastal fog there weren't as many vista shots to get as I was hoping for. Found a nice tree and bench nearby but alone it was kind of boring. Then I saw a couple and asked them to pose for me in exchange for a free scan of the plate.



    Seneca Improved View 8x10
    Kodak 8.5" Commercial Ektar f/6.3
    New Guy collodion (60/40 2-month-old/fresh)
    Iron/copper/potassium developer
    Tintype on black aluminum
    f/6.3, 6 seconds

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    Very enjoyable, makes me smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punker View Post
    Shot my first 8x10s outdoors over the weekend. Due to coastal fog there weren't as many vista shots to get as I was hoping for. Found a nice tree and bench nearby but alone it was kind of boring. Then I saw a couple and asked them to pose for me in exchange for a free scan of the plate.
    It is very lovely picture. How do you get so even pour? It looks very close to perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolbreeze1983 View Post
    Very enjoyable, makes me smile.
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by erian View Post
    It is very lovely picture. How do you get so even pour? It looks very close to perfect.
    Thanks! I think right now my chemistry is just dialed in. The collodion pour definitely had some waves in it from a lack of solvents and the breeze also helping to dry it too fast.
    For the developer, just the right amount of alcohol, maybe. I use a 50mL beaker that has some headroom and probably put 60mL in it per plate. On this particular one when I saw the developer wave cover the plate I thought, wow that went way better than expected.

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    60mL is a lot of developer for a 8x10 plate. i use about 50mL for 11x14

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexGard View Post
    60mL is a lot of developer for a 8x10 plate. i use about 50mL for 11x14
    Ah yeah. I have been told the same before. There is usually some developer left in the cup after the pour. My buddy says he gets away with 30mL per 8x10 but I've yet to try it. Guess I'll have to. Thanks!

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    watch this video from 4:21

    the minimal amount of developer used, and when i use this development technique with very aggressive agitation my plates are super bright. the more developer u use the duller your silver will be

    u dont need to worry about covering the whole plate with the initial pour cuz youll get it with the agitation

    https://youtu.be/IsTH7XbwHbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexGard View Post
    the minimal amount of developer used, and when i use this development technique with very aggressive agitation my plates are super bright.
    I'll have to give that a try!

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    8x10 tintype on aluminum
    Chamonix 8x10
    Eckhardt Optics 3B (CB3B)
    f/4.4 with strobes

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