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Wet Plate Collodion as a new year card

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I love ambrotypes and for this year’s new year cards I wanted to send out a proper ambrotypes on glass plates. But how can do you copy an ambrotype? I came to a conclusion that the best way would be to make a slide reproduction of a wetplate, insert the slide reproduction in an enlarger and expose a wetplate. Sort of what I was doing for a portrait of Milan Erič. Then I’ve read a post on Petapixel that my main man Tony Richards is photographing a computer screen with his wetplate camera! In wetplate community there was a WTF reaction, but I commented it, that there is a concept for every technique and for new year cards this is the perfect technique! IMacs’s screen is 30x50cm and I downsize the projected picture to the size of a plate that is about 4×5″, so no pixel can be viewed with bare eye.
Happy new year everybody!

I took a landscape image and transformed it into a cool wetplate

I took a landscape image and did the following:

projected it on a computer screen

projected it on a computer screen. On the right is a gelatin filter to cover the screen during developing. I have a darkroom with Internet access 😉

Set my view camera

Set my view camera

Did the wetplate ritual and here it is! From a gay landscape image into a cool wetplate in few easy steps!

Did the wetplate ritual and here it is! From a gay landscape image into a cool wetplate in few easy steps!

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The best thing is that exposure doesn’t vary much so you can do a wetplate for a specific friend!