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    Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Its a new month. And this is the first plate I've done in weeks. Exposure was correct on the first try, much to my surprise.

    5X7 inch collodion negative (on glass), made with my moth-eaten Burke & James Watson, and the Voigtlander Pertzval lens, wide open. Exposure was 45 seconds. Old Workhorse collodion used, about 5 months old. At this point, it has excellent contrast.


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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.


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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Paul, how was your aged collodion stored?

    Fridge, AC room, in hot shed?
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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Lovely, Paul. I dream about making plates like this.
    Got a question for the pros:
    Since everyone scans their plates for the web, how much adjustment is done to your images in Photoshop/Lightroom/other?
    I have low-contrast, overexposed, underexposed plates, you name it. But most of them can look pretty successful after a tweak in PS.
    So if you're more experienced, and make nice plates, do you still adjust some things digitally before posting online?
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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 zeroing in on exposure. I ended up with 2m 30s. I got a usuable photo but probably could have gone with 4 minutes. I'm having more trouble learning this lens than the others I have, but it is a cool lens.


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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Looks plenty bright and well-exposed from here, well done!

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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Paul, how was your aged collodion stored?

    Fridge, AC room, in hot shed?
    Randy,
    I have a repurposed Styrofoam cooler I keep all my collodion in, and its outside in the laundry room/back shed. It doesn't get exposed to a lot of light, but it gets quite warm out there. On days when it goes over 85F, I put a bag of ice cubes in the cooler to limit how warm it gets.

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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Lovely, Paul. I dream about making plates like this.
    Got a question for the pros:
    Since everyone scans their plates for the web, how much adjustment is done to your images in Photoshop/Lightroom/other?
    I have low-contrast, overexposed, underexposed plates, you name it. But most of them can look pretty successful after a tweak in PS.
    So if you're more experienced, and make nice plates, do you still adjust some things digitally before posting online?
    90% of the wet plate work I do these days is negatives, so I treat them much the same as I do with regular negatives: scan and make some adjustments in Lightroom to massage contrast, add some vignetting, and clean up the flotsam that landed on the plate. For the most part, though, my scans don't get a lot of treatment: the image is 90% "as found" in the negative.

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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Good to know, thanks Paul.
    The work I've seen being done by good practitioners like yourself suggests much the same work flow, whether they make positives or negatives.

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    Re: Wet Plate image sharing, August 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    Its a new month. And this is the first plate I've done in weeks. Exposure was correct on the first try, much to my surprise.

    5X7 inch collodion negative (on glass), made with my moth-eaten Burke & James Watson, and the Voigtlander Pertzval lens, wide open. Exposure was 45 seconds. Old Workhorse collodion used, about 5 months old. At this point, it has excellent contrast.

    love this shot. perfect balance of focus

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