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PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: deltafour ()
Date: October 03, 2012 07:12PM

Would this idea work with wetplate?

[www.costaricacoffeeart.com]

Take a piece of glass the size of 35mm pour collodion on it.

Put it in one of those cheap plastic 35mm cameras that you see in all the re-sale shops take your shot.

Then develop it. Put it in an enlarger then blow it up and make it what size print you want?

I kept thinking, less glass, collodion, developer an fixer. Lot less heavy equipment you have to lug around.

Just wondering if anyone has tried this and what were your results or if it would work period?

Delta

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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Date: October 03, 2012 09:22PM

Yep, this couple is using a slr for wet plate
[www.tintypestudio.nl]

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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: Petzval Paul ()
Date: October 04, 2012 07:35PM

I think that medium format would be better. 35 mm is a bit small, but then again, I have never tried it. Anyway, certainly you can enlarger with a regular enlarger, or by scanning into the computer.

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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: J0B00 ()
Date: October 05, 2012 09:10PM

I've never heard of that coffee paper before... what's the process called??

As for shooting with a 35mm, I've done it and it works really well. I haven't shot glass, but tintypes are extremely sharp and scan well for enlargements. Here's one of a toy robot I shot with an old Canon 35mm Rebel and a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens:


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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: minieball ()
Date: October 09, 2012 10:07AM

I'm set up to shoot 1/2 or 1/4 plate wet-plate negatives in the field and enlarge them back at home to what ever size I need/want. What I do is to make a 5" x 7" interpositive from the foundation negative to put in the enlarger and I can make very large wet-plate negatives for contact printing (I'm doing both albumen and salt prints) in the comfort of my home darkroom. Much easier at home to re-develop, etc

Saves on lugging a huge view camera and peripherals around in the field.

Todd Harrington
Winchester, VA

www.collodianartistry.com

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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: deltafour ()
Date: October 11, 2012 02:28PM

WoW! Very impressive JOBOO!

Love how clear the picture is.

What did you do? Cut the size of tin to fit in the back of your 35mm camera?

How far are you able blow that 35mm plate up and still keep it sharp and clear?

Here's the link to that coffe art

[www.costaricacoffeeart.com

Carl



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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: deltafour ()
Date: October 11, 2012 02:44PM

Thanks Todd.

I always wondered why you couldn't use an enlarger for wetplate.

I have been told that you cannot get the "look" of wetplate using an enlarger and you lose the contrast and look.

I will have to google some terms. I don't know what interpositive means.

You take the original glass negative make a 5x7 negaitve copy using the enlarger blowing it up to whatever size you want. Then make a contact print from that?

I took a peak at your website. Love the photos

Did you develop them as you described in your reply?

If you did, I may have to rethink things now

Like you said the idea of lugging a huge view camera and peripherals around in the field.

Doesn't excite me also.



Carl

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> I'm set up to shoot 1/2 or 1/4 plate wet-plate
> negatives in the field and enlarge them back at
> home to what ever size I need/want. What I do is
> to make a 5" x 7" interpositive from the
> foundation negative to put in the enlarger and I
> can make very large wet-plate negatives for
> contact printing (I'm doing both albumen and salt
> prints) in the comfort of my home darkroom. Much
> easier at home to re-develop, etc
>
> Saves on lugging a huge view camera and
> peripherals around in the field.



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Re: PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER WITH WETPLATE?!
Posted by: RobertSzabo ()
Date: October 30, 2012 06:47PM

Ive used an enlarger to make wetplate negs and positives.

Ive projected 35mm slides on to plates. Works best with a cold light head.Tungsten takes a long time. Been maybe 12 years since I tried it though so I cant really answer to many questions about it.

"As far as getting the "look" I think quite a few things contribute to that. The enlarger wont give the look of a 19th century lens.

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