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    Wet Plate Collodion

    For xmas I got an old Brownie 3D Folder... along with a beginners kit for shooting Wet Plate.

    While nothing more than a snapshot.. my very first attempt at a tintype


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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    That is very cool!

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    that looks fantastic!

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    thanks.. it's a very poor example of wet plate. but even having the image appear was surprising enough. The process is a very interesting one though.. a good walk thru on it is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyf8fQOdvDs

    for excellent wet plate work, look at Kerik Kouklis' work

    http://www.kerik.com/new/

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    Quote Originally Posted by usathyan View Post
    that looks fantastic!
    I just browsed your site and found some fantastic work. It's always a pleasure finding such great work when following links. I've added your site to my Favorites!

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    Thanks Jim. Its a pleasure to be recognized. If you are in the New Jersey area - please stop by and check out my new exhibits at the Watchung Arts Center, in Watchung.

    BTW - I liked your website design (and the images of course)...Very minimalistic, yet effective.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    This is really cool. Is this something that must be done "in camera", or can you use images you already have?

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    all in camera.. you have a 10 min window from the time you float the plate to development. You end up putting a plate still dripping wet with silver nitrate solution into the camera/holder

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    which means your darkroom needs to be within a few minutes distance from your subject

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    Sounds messy.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion

    yup.. you can tell a wet plate photographer by their black finger tips (staining from the silver nitrate)

    you also have to be careful cuz the collodion is mixed with ether (so you have to pour the plate in a *well* ventilated environment (has a very low flash point, as well as the danger of passing out). the sensitizer is a silver nitrate solution (which will instantly blind you if you get any in your eye), and the fix is potassium cyanide.

    so .. messy & a little dangerous

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    Black finger tips. Hmmmmm. Ever see that movie The Name of the Rose? All the dead guys had a black finger tip.

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