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Going to Start Shooting Wet Plate

 
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Dec 30, 2017 15:33 |  #1

I'm in the process of obtaining everything I need to start shooting wet plate.

This is a very old photographic process, actually one of the first, where a plate of metal or glass is coated in a collodion, then sensitized in silver nitrate. The plate then has to be exposed and developed before the plate dries. If the plate dries, the image will be ruined.

Because of this, wet plate is almost instant photography, taking only a few minutes.

If you shoot on glass, the image is a negative. If you shoot on black painted metal (aluminum is used nowadays) the image is both a positive and a negative.

I want to start shooting wet plate because the images usually have a very haunting quality. Only blue and ultraviolet light is captured, so there is a grittyness to the image and peoples eyes really stand out. Landscapes also look much differnt than normal black and white photography.

I'm getting excited and can't wait for the chemicals to arrive!

Here are a few examples of wet plate. These aren't my images, just a few I like.

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And here is a video that Tested has done showing how it works.

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Dec 30, 2017 15:34 |  #2

I have the plates ordered as well as the silver bath tank and I'm in the process of ordering all the chemicals.

That left one last thing to do, to get a wet plate holder. I was thinking on just modifying one of my film holders, but then I remembered I had a few Graflex film pack holders lying around.

After a few minutes of design work, I now have an adapter that will just fit inside the graflex 1234 pack film holder. It is printing right now and I should be able to test fit and function in about an hour.

Here's a couple renders of the simple adapter. I am printing it in PETG so I should have no problems with reactions to the emulsion.

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4644/38686907594_9a9334d480_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/21WC​vNb  (external link) Graflex 1234 Wet Plate Adapter_2017-Dec-30_09-14-13PM-000_HOME_jpeg (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4641/27617856949_69cdd26b73_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/J5uJ​Fp  (external link) Graflex 1234 Wet Plate Adapter_2017-Dec-30_09-15-33PM-000_TOP_jpeg (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

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Dec 30, 2017 15:47 |  #3

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Dec 30, 2017 16:37 |  #4

Really interesting. I can't wait to see some of your work!


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Dec 30, 2017 18:59 |  #5

Here it is printed. Should work perfect!

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4636/39367568102_09c4e118da_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/22YM​5sb  (external link) 3D Printed Graflex Plate Adapter (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr


I'm just using sheet film for a mockup since I don't have my 4x5 plates yet.

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Dec 30, 2017 19:05 |  #6

Super cool, look forward to the output!

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Dec 30, 2017 19:31 |  #7

I like examples of landscapes. Looks OK.

But personally, I get quickly bored about portraits on collodion plates. They all looks the same...
And here is zero novelty in it, if you are still exAPUG member. But I guess, it is cool here...


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Dec 30, 2017 19:45 |  #8

kf095 wrote in post #18529718 (external link)
I like examples of landscapes. Looks OK.

But personally, I get quickly bored about portraits on collodion plates. They all looks the same...
And here is zero novelty in it, if you are still exAPUG member. But I guess, it is cool here...

I’m still an APUG member, and it’s cool to me. No need to drop a turd in someone else’s punch bowl.




  
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Dec 31, 2017 17:14 |  #9

Well, the chemicals are all ordered.

Now I just have to wait for everything to arrive. I might have something to show you guys by the end of the week!


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Jan 03, 2018 00:45 |  #10

Did you make the insert to fit modern 4x5 film (which is actually 100x125mm or 3.937x4.921 inches) or a true 4.000x5.000" plate?




  
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Jan 03, 2018 02:42 |  #11

Very cool project - signing up for the thread to see results.


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Jan 04, 2018 09:03 |  #12

Very cool!!




  
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Jan 04, 2018 09:27 |  #13

sweet! seems most interesting for head shots!


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Jan 04, 2018 12:11 |  #14

williaty wrote in post #18532244 (external link)
Did you make the insert to fit modern 4x5 film (which is actually 100x125mm or 3.937x4.921 inches) or a true 4.000x5.000" plate?

The Graflex film pack adapter fits a full 4x5 plate, so it is a little larger than regular 4x5 film.


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Jan 09, 2018 10:42 |  #15

I thought a little bit about starting with wet plates, but don´t like much to play with chemistry, especially with kids at home. So I thought a bit further, and work with ultra-large-format and inter image projection to get my own look, if needed in color and even video.
But still in prototype phase. I do it simply for the small depth of field.

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I am keen to see your wetplate results!

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