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Workshop on Wet Plate Collodion Negative with Miša Keskenović

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Misa Keskenovic, a portrait on a wet plate collodion negative. Photo: Misa & Borut

Misa Keskenovic, a portrait on a wet plate collodion negative. Photo: Misa & Borut

A self-portrait. Misa Keskenovic came up with his own formula for wet plate collodion negative and I've made a set up with my about 7000Ws studio flashes, Plaubel 5x7" camera and voigtlander Helliar 300mm f/4,5.

A self-portrait. Misa Keskenovic came up with his own formula for wet plate collodion negative and I’ve made a set up with my about 7000Ws studio flashes, Plaubel 5×7″ camera and voigtlander Helliar 300mm f/4,5.

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This_weekend_Miša Keskenović was here in Slovenia and we had a workshop in Ljubljana. On Sunday and Monday he had one on one workshop with me on wet plate collodion negative, on salt print, albumen print and cyanotype. Miša is not extraverted person (like myself), so not many people know his work, but his knowledge of 19th Century photography is astonishing! He has a huge collection of books and e-books on the topic and have been doing it for couple of decades. He have read probably all German books on the topic. It took him couple of years to test many receipts and he came to a conclusion which receipts are working and which aren’t. For instance, receipts for wet plate collodion negative that are practicing currently in USA are very different from receipts that prof. Josef Maria Eder was recommending. The difference was a relations between iodides and bromides, so he test them and realized that Eder’s receipts were giving negatives with much greater density then receipts that are currently in praxis. Even with only one developing, without intensification, negatives were dense and blacks were clear, without fog! The receipt is not finished yet, we need to find Cadmium-Bromide and Cadmium-Iodide. If you can help, we would appreciate.

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  1. Amazing portraits! So nice to be able to tap into a great mind like Misa’s. What a great medium to work with.

    BoJo Photo

    16 January, 2013 at 03:20

  2. Very interesting. And the results are great!

    LightHouseBlues

    16 January, 2013 at 11:00

  3. […] Workshop on Wet Plate Collodion Negative with Miša Keskenović (borutpeterlin.wordpress.com) […]

  4. Hi -I Iike your blog and I love your thirst for life – felicitations – I have some cadmium bromide in stock and hope to get some cadmium iodide very soon – happy to share this with you.

    Why not come to our place in the South of France, as our guest, and give some courses. I have got facilites and equipment for many photographic processes – there are no charges for anything except the B&B accommodation and you keep any fees charged for teaching etc. I gain by meeting and learning from new people.


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