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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Sure, I can make anything. Except a space shuttle, those are really tricky.
    Seriously, though, I will modify the box some more, I really like its weight and portability.
    And I should get a grow tent for working around the house, that way I can pour developer without a tray and see the development better.

    But Kent, if I had a light from outside shining in there, the reflections would block out everything.

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

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    But Kent, if I had a light from outside shining in there, the reflections would block out everything.

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


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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ohhh, ok got it. Thanks
    Do you have a clear plastic on top of your rubylith?

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Ari,
    I use a $20 children's 4'x5' tent in the back of my truck. The shroud is made of a light proof fabric from Freestyle.
    I can make up to 11x14 plates with it. What is nice is the bottom is waterproof so no risk of staining the truck if there is an accident. For a light I just use a red led head lamp.

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

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    Ohhh, ok got it. Thanks
    Do you have a clear plastic on top of your rubylith?

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


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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks Kent.
    Joseph, thanks for the tip. I will eventually modify my set up for larger plates, when I get better at 4x5. Any photos of your truck set-up that you can share?
    And in the meantime, I'll look at ways to improve what I can see inside my existing box. Adding more LEDs or changing to a plexiglass filter.

    Here's a plate I did today, late afternoon, and I had to stop because of the rain.
    I re-used a plate, shot this with a Schneider 90mm f/5.6 lens on 4x5.


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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I'm thinking of shooting some this weekend. I'll take a few photos of my set up then.

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    I really like this Ari!

    Cutting edge Art, if I may

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Thanks Kent.
    Joseph, thanks for the tip. I will eventually modify my set up for larger plates, when I get better at 4x5. Any photos of your truck set-up that you can share?
    And in the meantime, I'll look at ways to improve what I can see inside my existing box. Adding more LEDs or changing to a plexiglass filter.

    Here's a plate I did today, late afternoon, and I had to stop because of the rain.
    I re-used a plate, shot this with a Schneider 90mm f/5.6 lens on 4x5.

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Thanks, Joseph.
    Thank you, Randy.

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    Re: Wet Plate - A Beginner's Experience

    Doing some cleaning and silver bath maintenance today.
    Poured everything into a big (clean) pickle jar with a J-cloth covering the opening, and will leave it to sun for the rest of the day.
    Cleaned the silver tank and dipper, and I'll take a hydrometer reading later.
    But I don't have any silver nitrate crystals if the reading is too low. Too bad. Hopefully the sunning will be enough for now.

    On the plus side, I was figuring out what to do about the dark box, and discovered that the sheet of rubylith I'd been using was sandwiched between two thin sheets of clear plastic.
    I'd never seen it sold this way before and failed to notice it earlier. But this is probably why looking through the filter into the box proved almost useless.
    Now I can't wait to try it all tomorrow!

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