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1 year ago
profkleindorf
Seems to me that the big intrest in wetplate has run it's course and gone away. Anyone interested in learning this stuff in the future might be able to get some equipment at an afforable price. From what Ive seen on the other forum, alot of what is showing up there is nothing but crap, and the practitioners will lose interest after a while. It does'nt have the big fad appeal that it did
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
I was asked if I knew anyone who is in the Wyoming area to do a reenactment in a couple of years. Any thaughts?
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
What happened? This once was a thriving place. HELLO...hello hello Any body HERE...here here....(echo effect)
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
It makes them feel better about themselves.
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
Omer This is the first time I have heard of anyone mixing thier own collodion from raw materials. I wish I Knew why it did not work. If you are able to get nitrocelluose you should be able to get regular plain collodion and work with that I would think. The collodion will need to be thined down for use but all the modern day formulas written for that.
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
I have scavanged metal from large gallon cans like the ones used for paint thinner, olive oil etc. Use the shiny side for the working side.
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
The zink will defanatly cause problems even with a japaned plate, the exposed cut edge will create problems and contaminate the bath, been there, done that. I would be careful of even trying to coat the edges with japan, that might not work eather.
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
The acetic acid concentration in developer for positives is around 5%, thats why I use vinegar, it works. The only problem is that it generates a cloudy pricipitate that I never got with the galcial acetic acid. The developer can be used right away or it can be filtered but will not remove all the precipitate. Or it can just stand for a few days to let it settle out but you probably do'nt want t
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
I made mine from 1/4" plywood,with 2x2 lumber for the frame. 4'x 5' x 4 feet high with a peak roof, total 5 feet high to peak. Put a light bench work of 1/4" plywood along in side and end. Caulked all seams.Has a door with latch and a small 10" window covered with red or orange clear plastic that usualy needs to be covered over with a piece of white paper to cut down the light a bit. Added a
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
I used zink channel for stained glass.
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1 year ago
profkleindorf
I have tried it and it does work. But the tins came out foggy, did'nt try it for negatives though whitch I think it is meant for.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I would be concerned about leaving fibers on the surface.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I sensitize my albumen paper and salt paper with a very non historical FOAM BRUSH, it works great and easy to clean if you want to keep it.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
There was word sometime ago that someone was buying up all the lenses and reselling them at a great profit due to the resurgence in wetplate.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I think the days of $40 lenses on ebay are long over, thats about what I payed for my 6"FL petzval lens nine years ago. Much too sad.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I could use a 5 or 6 inch FL petzval for an original camera I have. How much did they let it go for??
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Nice boox, too bad it is unstable. Like bob said , get a wide base or tripod, or like I do, just set up a couple of saw horses and put it on that.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I started out using 100% cotton bond paperfor albumen printing, the same kind of stuf you get at a stationary or office supply store. The only problem is that the water mark can show up in the white areas of the ptint but otherwise it has worked very well for me. I went to the strathmore 500 only because it is thicker. But try the bond paper and see how you like it,it's cheap. Just handel it a
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Thats a good one. Almost Cameron-esque.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
I do not use ether any more. I found out that if it sits around too long, like plain collodion, it breaks down and over ripens too quickly due to the acid build up in the ether. Now it's just plain old denatured alcohol, no problems. I do still use the everclear for the part "A" to disolve the iodide and bromide due to its water content. The collodion seems to be keeping it's color and lastin
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
The gelatin dryplate I use has a speed of around ISO 3. Wetplate positives are around .75 or so, depending on the age and salting of the collodion.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Petzval Paul Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Kevin, what kind of exposures do you get with dry > plate? I mean, in relation to wet plate... like > twice as fast, three times, etc. as a collodion > positive? The exposures for a collodion dryplate are about 3 or 4 times that of a wetplate, some are a lot more. It depends on what dry process
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Ray Morgenweck Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > dont even think about messing with making dry > plates until youve had years of work in wetplate > and understand the chemistry and how it works. > almost no one today is capable of making good dry > plates 'at home'. Yes Ray, you are right. It is best to have good working experiance in the
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
If you go to thelightfarm.com you will find a lot of information on gelatin dryplate making. You can see what I came up with by clicking on Galleries, then click, Dry Plate and Artisan Film Gallery. Mine are the ones by Kevin Klein. Clicking on one of the pictures gives a description with a link to the emulsion making instructions. Or are you looking for Collodion dryplate. Hope this hel
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
If you can find one, an old copyer lens works great. I was given one that has about an f;4 aperature, 3' dia. and a built in iris to stop it down further. It is also a flat field focus and is excelent for copying prints or plates.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
It,s cheaper to make your own.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Way to go Ray, nice looking camera plus rubbing shoulders with the upper crust, good job. The camera looks familiar, only a lot bigger.
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2 years ago
profkleindorf
Just heard from him a couple of days ago, he's waiting for the muzzle loading deer season to start.
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3 years ago
profkleindorf
rob_gervais Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Wow, this is fabulous. And coincidental as I was > thinking of doing something in the same vein. I > had even made a prototype, but couldn't fathom > making a plate holder that small. How did you make > the slot for the dark slide, homemade tool? The way I usualy make them is to put a narrow strip
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