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    Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    This section needs more love...

    Does anyone know where to get pre mixed chemical kits for 4x5? Thanks-
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    Thanks Will, I tried their phone and email to no avail. Perhaps their really busy with wetheads!

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    Well, I hope it works out. Collodion is a neat process.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    Indeed! Thanks again for the link.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    You can try this (i don't know them but i'm getting interested in the process)
    www.antichetecnichefotografiche.it - Old photographic processes

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    Hi..I wonder if/how many people here do wetplates??
    I have checked it out last year..my success was limited but I am motivated to go for another try. So who else here?
    Cheers, Tom

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    You probably will have better luck in a forum like LFF...

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    It is a tricky process that just takes practice. My biggest problem was washing the image away. You need very clean glass! I think it's best to start with tin types as this is a dry process and the tin seems more forgiving.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    For sure its tricky. Do you still do it?
    I think it is a very interesting way of photography, and good wetplates really have a special look. And in todays digital world it can be a good experience.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    I am still trying to perfect my technique, but I have black tin type plates that are more forgiving than glass. My first few images actually had good exposure and contrast. One of the problems was that the camera I used was rather cheap and not rigid, so he plane of focus shifted when I inserted the glass. It still looked pretty cool though. Right now I'm using the tin type chemistry, it's much less toxic and the technique is a little easier, but the results can be just as amazing as it's sensitive to blue light. Any alternative process can be more rewarding than digital, IMO. PM me for more info and website info, where you can obtain a kit and give it a go! The tactile feel and character of a hand made print holds much appeal and appreciation. This s true for all alternative photography.

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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    I've been doing collodion for a couple of years now. It is tricky but it's worth the effort.

    All were done on black glass.
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    Re: Wet Plate Collodion 4x5

    Here's a few shots I did with 4x5 on tin....the last is a self portrait with me holding the cable release of the camera. Hard not to squint in bright sunlight....

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    Tintype 4x5. Home made chemistry. Still a long way to go
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