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Great day to portray in Wet Plate Collodion technique!

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Happy new year everybody! Today it was really nice sunny winter weather (without snow though) and our family had a lunch together and I decided to make a group picture. I’ve made really nice group picture in about the same time six years ago, when my younger daughter and nephew Tilen wasn’t born yet (not to mention my short hair!). I tried to make a group picture with Wet Plate Collodion, but it didn’t work. It’s just too precise procedure to be in front and behind the lens. I knew I was pushing my luck with Wet Plate Collodion technique and it’s very likely not to succeed, so I took another picture on a normal sheet film of a format 9x12cm with Linhof Technika.

Beside the group picture I also took portraits of nephew Tilen, niece Enja and daughter Brina (hoover above an image for a name). I’m becoming really comfortable working with this Wet Plate Collodion technique. Can’t wait to get new chemicals, because I have so little silvernitrate that the level of the fluid is not covering the glass plate, so I need to constantly rock a tray, to get fluid evenly on a plate. I know… annoying and I feel stupid standing there rocking a tray for five minutes for every picture, but then again, I rather do that then sit and wait for a postman to come 🙂

Now I’ve decided that I’ll keep on doing Wet Plate Collodion and since I’ve done such a beautiful portraits of our children, also my wife recognize benefits of this kind of photography, so I need a new camera. A big camera! This Linhof Technika and the large format camera for Wet Plate Collodion process are borrowed. I need to make some money to buy this monster, so my plan is to hire a studio for a day and do portraits for people. Are you interested to have that kind of portrait? Send me an email and I’ll send you back all the info. Email: borutpeterlin@hotmail.com

PS: I’m publishing also an older picture of my neighbor with her newborn.

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Srečno novo leto vsem! Danes je bil čudovit sončen zimski dan (samo še sneg je manjkal) in imeli smo družinsko kosilo, tako sem odločil, da je čas za novo skupinsko družinsko sliko. Pred kakimi šestimi leti sem prav tako v prvih dnevih leta naredil eno čudovito fotko, a takrat se še ni rodila hčerka Brina in nečak Tilen (da ne omenjam mojih kratkih las!). Poizkusil sem narediti skupinsko fotko v tehniki mokri kolodij, a proces je prezahteven in prenatančen, da bi lahko bil pred in za objektivom. Ker sem vedel, da izzivam srečo, sem pred tem naredil še posnetek s klasičnim filmom, to je črnobelim plan filmom formata 9×12 cm in sicer z lepotico od kamere Linhof Techniko.

Poleg skupinskega portreta sem naredil še individualne portrete nečaka Tilna, nečakinje Enje in mlajše hčerke Brine. Res fajn mi je delat s tem mokrim kolodijem na steklenih ploščah in komaj čakam nove, sveže kemikalije. Srebrovega nitrata mi že tako zmanjkuje, da moram banjico konstantno zibat, da je tekočina enakomerno prekrije ploščo. Vem… zelo zoprno in se počutim neumneo, ko za vsako fotko pet minut ujčkam banjico s srebrovim nitratom, a jebiga, raje to kot, da sedim in čakam na poštarja.

Sedaj sem se odločil, da je mokri kolodij prava stvar zame in bom vztrajal v tej tehniki. Glede na to, da sem naredil čudovite portrete otrok, tudi moja žena spoznava prednosti te tehnike in sprejema odločitev, da potrebujem (še eno) novo kamero. In to veliko kamero! Prej omenjena Linhofca ni moja in prav tako je veliko formatna kamera izposojena, tako potrebujem nov prihodek, da plačam za to zver. Moj plan je, da za kak dan najamem studio in naredim en kup portretov v tej tehniki. Bi morda želeli svoj portret ali portret svojega otroka v tej tehniki? Pošljite mi email na borutpeterlin@hotmail.com in vam odgovorim s podrobnosti.

PS: Objavljam še eno starejšo fotografijo sosede z novorojencem.

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Wet Plate Collodion portraits with studio flashes

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Today I’ve made four more portraits of my family. I started with my grandmother and after I developed the glass plate, I grabbed a bottle for which I thought is a fixer, but I realized that it’s not and I’ve learned that it’s not good to keep fixer in the same kind of bottle as distilled water. I washed developer away sit in a car and drove home that was 15 min away. I was driving like it’s an emergency, I was saving an image after all!!! Next portrait was from my wife. She blinked and she didn’t had time or patience to repeat the shot. When I was drying plate above the fire, the glass broke. But it cracked really nicely and this coincidence on the end made the picture! Last two are portraits of my parents.

I’m quite happy with my progress in Wet Plate photography process, I just need to work a bit more with flashes. I have few options in mind that might work better. I used:
Wet Plate Collodion, glass plate format 5×7″ glass plate, lens: Carl Zeis Tessar 250mm f/4,5. Illuminated by two studio flashes of joined power of 2250 Ws.

How do you like this portraits?
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Danes sem naredil še par portretov moje družine. Začel sem z babico in po razvijanju steklene plošče, sem jo hotel fiksirati, a ugotovil, da ni dobro imeti fiksirja v enaki steklenici kot destilirano vodo, se pravi, nisem imel fiksirja pri sebi. Vsedel sem se v avto in dirjal domov, kot bi bil rešilec. Pa saj sem reševal fotko, kaj ni to dober vzrok za nujno vožnjo?!? Naslednji potretiranka je bila moja žen, ki pa je med ekspozicijo tako na muč zamižala. Bil sem kar nejevoljen, še posebej, ker ni imela ne časa ne volje, da bi portret ponovili. No, ko sem lakiral portret, je steklo počilo in to na tak način, da je dejansko super izpadlo. Ne bi mogel bolje te črte potegniti!

Ob koncu dneva sem kar zadovoljen z napredkom v tej tehniki fotografije 19. stoletja. Morda vidim še kar nekaj potenciala z lučmi, oziroma bliskavicama, moram preizkusiti še par opcij.
Na koncu statistika:
Tehnika mokri kolodij na steklo, format 12 x 16,5 cm, objektiv Zeis Tessar, 250mm f/4,5, osvetljeno z dvema studijskima bliskavicama v skupni moči 2250 Ws. Ne pozabite ozvezdit ta zapis in kakopak komentirat!
Rok in rol,
B5

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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Written by Borut Peterlin

13 December, 2011 at 00:15