A scan of a dry collodion negative. Exposure 25 minutes at f/5.6.
(I could make it faster by 1.5 f stop)
Today it was Sunday. It still is, but concerning the the speed of my writing it will take me two hours and it will be past midnight. Again… So where to start. Basically I’m using this free time that I have during holidays for researching processes, equipment and aesthetic. Very soon I’m planning to go to Bosnia for a test shoot on a new project I’m preparing. In 2015 there will be 20th anniversary of the end of the war in Bosnia and I want to prepare an exhibition on the topic.
OK, let’s start with the new member of my family. Please read captions of my images, this post will be more in telegraphic style.
I bought a petzval lens! Gasc & Charconnet Paris Vintage lens is less known and less expensive than Dallmeyer or Hermagis but it’s in the same quality range. Made in years around 1860′s. So now I’m playing around, see what the baby have to offer. Please read the captions and you’ll see what images are done with the lens. Most of them.
I’m so much in love with carbon prints! it’s amazing! I love it.
Dry Preserved Collodion Negatives
As much as I love the idea of not carrying all the chemistry and a darkroom around, the dry collodion is not a shortcut. You spend ten times as much time to process one plate. Just developing of a single plate that I’ve shot today it took me literally an hour! That being said, it’s very useful tool to have in my assortiment of expression.
PS: That chopped down tree was cut by a beaver. It’s amazing, that this animals that are almost extinct are living literally in downtown of Dolenjske Toplice! Look carefully the last image, you’ll see that the beaver chewed whole trunk! So cool!
A portrait of my oldest daughter on wet plate collodion negative, illuminated by mighty flash burst. That’s why the expression.
A portrait of my youngest daughter on wet plate collodion negative, illuminated by mighty flash burst. She didn’t want to pose for portrait because of the flash burst, but then she change her mind under a threat that there will be no ipad for a week!
A selfportrait because the youngest daughter left the seat in protest and I had wet plate ready :-)
A carbon print transfer to glass. It’s too contrasty even for my taste. Tomorrow I’ll prepare more appropriate carbon tissues for this negatives.
A carbon print transfered to gelatin paper. Too contrasty…
A portrait of Brina with a french Charconnet petzval lens, made in year about 1860.
Secret winter garden. Digitally inverted wet plate collodion negative taken with Kodak Folding Brownie 3A.
Digitally inverted wet plate collodion negative taken with Kodak Folding Brownie 3A.
Rose in morning frost. An ambrotype on black glass, format 5×7″. Taken with Voigtlander Heliar 300mm lens.
Dry collodion plates ready. Later I wrap the box in black cloth :-)
Gasc & Charconnet petzval portrait lens from year about 1860′ish. It’s for format 5×7″
Almighty Balcar Source 6400 Ws. Those two flash lamps burst energy of 6400Ws. If I would shoot at ISO 100, I would need to close down aperture to f/90. For collodion negative I was having aperture f/5.6. But my collodion was on 2/3 of shelf life and silverbath had 3.3 pH. Which means that I could make it faster by two f stops if I would not have an almighty flashes.
An improvised studio in our living room. Flash burst was bounced from the reflector.
Gasc & Charconnet lens from year about 1860 is leaking light through waterstop slot
A behind the lens scene. Camera Vageeswari 10×12″ with an adapter for 5×7″