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Topshit Photography Workshops in Slovenia

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In this vlog I’ve been hanging around with kids, exploring cave with family, conducting a workshop and announcing a WORKSHOP SCHEDULE FOR 2017: Please check the link: http://www.topshitphotography.com/

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Wet Plate Collodion photography at -17C

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A cityscape of Novo mesto with frozen river Krka.

Last week it was really cold in whole Eastern Europe and although in Slovenia was not as bad as in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia,… it was still really cold. River Krka has frozen! Last time that this happened it was in 1929 and 1846 before that. When I saw that river Krka was freezing I decided to make a photograph in Wet plate Collodion. Famous deceased painter Božidar Jakac painted a painting of a frozen river Krka in 1929 and that image impressed me deeply when I was still a child. So this is the result. I had a refrigerator bag with hot bottles of water, to keep chemicals and plates warm. After 2 hours working at temperature of -17C, I’ve made three successful images. On the end I was cleaning my stuff and have left a plate in destiled water and it was covered in ice in just a few minutes. I’ve sold one plate just few days after. This wet plate collodion adventure drained all my finances so I needed money and I’ve sold it pretty cheaply.

I’m planning to make an art-zine with this kind of photographs in edition of 99 and 36 of them will have an original tintype plate. I was thinking to sell an art-zine for 10 EUR and one art-zine with one original, unique tintype plate as a pre-order for 99EUR + VAT + shipping. That’s all together 130 EUR for an art-zine and one tintype plate. Size of the plate is 10×15 cm (about 6″x9″) If you’re interested, send me an email that you’re interested and I’ll send you a reproductions of my plates as I make them. My email is borutpeterlin@hotmail.com This image of frozen river Krka is not for sale, but new work will be.

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Transportable darkroom for Wet Plate Collodion Process

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I’m a beginner in Wet Plate Collodion process and I was blogging about a workshop that I took in Serbia (link). When I came home I was trying to make a good picture, but without success. I mean I’ve made this portrait, but you see the picture only because I scanned it and corrected the contrast and curves. Mišo Keskenović was telling me that my collodion is young and therefore lacking contrast. I knew it’s not only young collodion, but I didn’t had a constant working conditions, results were everywhere from bad ones to un-recognizible ones. But now I made myself a darkroom I can use on the field. I bought second hand Fujifilm darkroom and cut two holes in it and made a hood for it. It’s tight, but it works perfectly. Well I’ll try it out tomorrow outside, but it will work for sure.

Today I’ve made a tests trying to establish a correct exposure. I reckoned that I was overexposing my shots and then cutting the developing time and I had correct density of silver, but it was so uncontrasty the motif was barely recognizable. Now I decided to establish the correct exposure with studio flash, so I will have constant light during the test. First I tried on an old and dirty tinplate and I cut down exposure. Immediately I noticed it’s underexposed but with nice contrast. On the next tintype plate I spread collodion perfectly and illuminated it with four flash bursts of 1500Ws each. The result above is as you see it. No postproduction with curves and stuff. Actually if you see it live, it’s amazing, because you’re looking at pure silver and the image is incredibly sharp. Really! You can not get the sharpness like that with any Hasselblad, because the lens is projecting directly on the tintype without any interference of film negative. Of course just dead center is razor sharp.

My estimation is that if I set f/11 on my Kodak Folding Brownie the exposure time should be somewhere like a light meter would be set at aperture f/32, ISO 25. I will try my theory tomorrow and I’ll post the result. My collodion is now three weeks old. If it’s 1-3 months old it gives best results, but the exposure time is prolonged with aging of collodion. And apparently wet plate collodion is most sensitive on UV light, so reading with conventional lightmeter is only an estimate. FUN!

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13 December, 2011 at 00:15

Wet Plate Collodion – workshop results

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This week I was at Academy of Fine Arts Novi Sad in Serbia, where they had Startfest festival, a workshop of pioneer photography techniques. Mentors Miša Keksenović and Uglješa Dapčević were teaching us Wet Plate Collodion technique and also demonstrated other techniques like Salt print, Albumen printing, ambrotype, cyanotype and digital negative. This Wet Plate Collodion is really complex process. Not only that chemicals are flammable, poisonous, cancerogenous, acid,… also characteristics of solutions are constantly changing. For example, young prepared collodion that is up to a week old demands much less exposure, but it’s much less contrasty and a collodion that is old about a month produce bests results, but it demands longer exposures. Of course you can add a chemical that I don’t know what’s an English word for it and you speed up the process of aging, but again loosing quality. We learn so much, but as I’ve warned Mišo and Uglješa, it is very possible that in a week or so I’ll ring to their doors, asking for help 🙂

Above I’m publishing my Wet Collodion Process – Tintype photographs taken with 100y old Kodak Folding Brownie. HERE is a post where I got it. Below are images of students that were exhibited on a final show at the Academy. Mišo even created a lens from a single lens just to demonstrate how simple photography can be. Check an image on the slideshow bellow that have a lens taped on a wall. Fascinating indeed! Thank you Mišo, Uglješa, Ivana Tomanović & the Academy staff and students. It was epic as Lucija would say!

PS: Hoover over an image to read a caption. If you want to see larger image, right click and “open image in new tab”. I’ll organize their workshop also in Slovenia but don’t know when, probably in the beginning of next year. If you want to organize their workshop in your country, I’ll pass them your contact. You have mine on my site www.borutpeterlin.com

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Back to the future with wet collodion process

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When I saw exhibition of Sally Man in Photographers Gallery in London I was overwhelmed by the aesthetic of this technique, so I said I’ll give it a try. Under there is a video of Sally Man while working.

I bought this Folding Brownie 1/4 Plate Tintype Studio Kit from Bostick-Sullivan, New Mexico, USA for 641 EUR. This sum contains shipping and customs to Slovenia, EU. I’ll try first tintype, then I’ll move on to wet collodion glass plate medium. But first I’ll ask an expert to help me out with mixing of this chemicals, since I don’t want to poison myself. Stay tunned. Perhaps in a week I’ll have first results. Until then, here are some pictures from Uncle Google.

Ko sem videl razstavo Sally Man v Photographers Gallery v Londonu, me je prevzela estetika te tehnike in sem se odločil, da poizkusim. Spodaj je pripet video Sally Man med delom.

Kupil sem kit za mokri kolodij fotografijo pri Bostick-Sullivan. Vse skupaj s poštnino in carino je stalo 641 EUR. Najprej bom poizkusil tehniko na pločevini, ki je priložena (levo od kamere), potem pa se bom spravil nanašati kolodij na steklo. Preden se bom lotil zadeve, bom prosil za pomoč strokovnjaka, kemika po poklicu, saj se nočem zagiftati. Mogoče bo že čez kakšen teden pokazati kak rezultat, do takrat pa POVEZAVA do fotografij strica Googla v tej isti tehniki.

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9 March, 2011 at 23:06