Wet Plate Collodion images.

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    This is a new piece I did last night: a wet plate collodion image on aluminum, 7.5" X 9.25", using Old Workhorse. Camera: Deardorff with the Ektar 12" lens, 2 minutes exposure at f16.[​IMG]
     
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    Wonderful picture, great lighting ...Although I find the leaves on the bottom a little distracting.
     
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    8X10 tintype, Deardorff with the 15" Lerebours et Secretan lens at f5, 110 seconds exposure on Old Workhorse.
     
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    Another winner, Paul.
     
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    Both are beautiful! I hope to have my wet plate venture up and running by spring.
     
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    Another excellent picture. Well done.
     
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    I hope you do! Its a completely fascinating process and deeply rewarding. I've never had so much fun with a camera (or two).
     
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    I was testing a Brownie 3B box camera as tintype device this afternoon. The results indicate I need to hone the process for this small camera a bit, but this looks very promising.
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    Wet Plate Collodion on aluminum (tintype)
    8X10 plate shot with the Deardorff and 12" Kodak Ektar lens at f16. Exposure was 45 seconds, using Old Workhorse collodion and home-made developer.

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    Beautiful portrait and still life, keep them coming.
     
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    Thank you very much :smile:
     
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    2nd what awty said. Nice one.
     
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    Wet Plate Collodion image on glass (as negative).
    Old Workhorse collodion used, with B&S developer diluted for negative processing. I'm not thrilled with the overall density and contrast (and the uneven development marks), so I need to practice making negatives more. Next time, I made John Coffer's negative collodion and corresponding developer.
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    This afternoon I had a chance to test a new Collodion I made on the weekend: John Coffer's #7, which is formulated specifically for making glass negatives (which is what this image is from). It definitely has better contrast and greater density than the other Collodions I had used for negatives, so that's good. Not a perfect neg, but a nice first try!.
    Shot with my Lerebours et Secretan 15 in f5 lens. Exposure was 60 seconds.

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    Beautiful images Paul! I would love to do wet plate but it's not something I can easily do here in Japan.
     
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    Thank you!
    So, are the materials not available in Japan??
     
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    Actually, I thought the leaves at the bottom gave the image a sort of balance; great work!
     
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    Me too. Just lovely photography.
     
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    agreed,
     
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    +3 I agree now, much more natural, dont know what I was thinking.
    Excellent work Mr Bardon, dont stop.
     
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    exactly what i was thinking !
     
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    They are, there is an American photographer outside of Tokyo doing wetplate (Everett Kennedy Brown) that I have been in contact with about doing this process in Japan; unfortunately I need a business license in order to get chemicals directly from the chemical companies. That's not a huge problem, but something that is a little more difficult for me to deal with as I am not married to a Japanese (which most long-term foreigners in Japan are, which helps them with starting businesses and buying property here, not to mention dealing with all the kanji on Japanese forms). The other hurdle I have is that I don't have a dedicated wet darkroom which complicates things, but not overly so. In any event, I have been overworked the last 2 years so haven't been able to spend much time in the darkroom, never mind think about new processes. But hopefully this is something that I can get into more, as work has become more stable (I am now full-time tenured at my university) and I can start focusing on things that are important to me.
     
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    Yesterday I received my Intrepid 4X5 Camera - part of the prize package I won for one of my tintypes recently (See: https://moderncollodion.com/2018-competition-results/ Thank you very much Modern Collodion/Intrepid Camera Co/UV Photographics!)
    This is the first glass collodion negative I made with the Intrepid, fitted with a 1930s Kodak 5.5" Anastigmat lens (from Blue Moon Camera in PDX). While its not a great negative, it does show some nice texture and demonstrates just how sharp and capable the Anastigmat is!
    Coffer's #7 negative collodion used, in conjunction with John's developer for negatives - well seasoned with used developer. The negative was intensified using John Coffer's intensification method, which I must say works beautifully. Exposure was 6 minutes at f6.3
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