New wet plate portrait with a flash system Balcar Source 6400Ws
Blaž Porenta is a terrific illustrator, working for different clients around the globe. Currently he’s illustrating characters of all sorts from cartoon like creatures for children to demonic characters for app games. For Mladina weekly I portrayed him as a Hamlet. Why? Why not!This is my first Wet Plate Collodion portrait with my newly purchased flash system Balcar Source 6400Ws. I’m great fan of Balcar and I have a set of Jazz flashes from 1999 and they still work just as good as day one. Not to mention I’ve been using them solely outdoors, even in the rain. If you don’t believe it, see this. Once one flash fall down the stairs so I could see the electronic guts, but it was and still is working. I’ve emailed Profot shop in Ljubljana asking them for some flashes, but something extra strong! Damijan offered me this studio system that can burst 6400Ws of light for a really good price! I bought them and I know this will serve me for another decade or two and after I can sell them for the same price I’ve bought them. Beside this I have also Balcar Jazz 750Ws, Jazz 1500Ws and I’ve borrowed Bowens 1500Ws, so my flashes are bursting with 10.150Ws! For a comparison a normal Nikon or Canon dedicated flash, have a power of about 70Ws! Why do I need all this power? Wet Plate Collodion has an ISO of approximately 1/3, so I need huge power if I want to portray people with flashes and in wet plate technique.
Yesterday I purchased an enlarger DURST 138 with color head, five Rodenstock lenses and many other stuff. I said I purchased it, although the truth is I got it for something more then nothing. This stuff is big, huge and so the seller wanted that I channel my passion through this enlarger so she sold me for a symbolic price. This baby can enlarge 5×7″ negatives, that’s 13x18cm! Of course it can enlarge also smaller negatives, but I can imagine this will be a blast to make prints from 5×7 glass plates!