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    Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Sodium or ammonium thiosulfate are toxic to plants. I have a two-year-old bare spot in my back yard where a student dumped a pint or less of fixer.

    You don't dump the fixer from wet plate. It's poured back into the bottle and reused many times.


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    Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Sodium or ammonium thiosulfate are toxic to plants. I have a two-year-old bare spot in my back yard where a student dumped a pint or less of fixer.
    No fixer should be dumped on the ground. When exhausted, fixers should be submitted for silver reclamation, either through your local waste management company (our waste company has a "toxic waste collection day" at least once a year when they accept things like exhausted photo fixer) or by taking to the nearest photo processor. Luckily, I am only 90 miles from Blue Moon Camera and they accept fixer for silver reclamation, so I often drop off a jug or two of fix when I'm in the city.

    Any wet plate practitioner who doesn't collect their waste water and take it home with them for disposal (opting instead to dump waste water/used fixer on the ground) is being irresponsible, IMO. If John Coffer wants to dump his exhausted Potassium cyanide fix into the soil on his own property, that's his business, but that doesn't mean we should all do the same, wherever we are working.

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    Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    You don't dump the fixer from wet plate. It's poured back into the bottle and reused many times.


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    Agreed, but I've seen it done.
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    Re: Greta Thunberg wet plate photos by Shane Balkowitsch

    tons of co2. the whole process with the material overhead. imho, fkd 18x24 with a selfmade emulsion and caffenol is certainly better for environment. it is not enough to develop a photo in green grass.
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