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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: IS COLLODION RIGHT FOR ME?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER:   IS COLLODION RIGHT FOR ME?

wet plate photography is little different than digital captures, or E6 and C41 processes. Collodion at its very core is little more than another tool within the photographer’s tool chest from which to communicate a predetermined message.

 

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER

Canadians have every reason to be proud of our photographic heritage.  As grad-student Jim Burant wrote in his 1977 Carelton University dissertation Pre-confederation Photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia…they had proved themselves to be abreast of the rest of the world in terms of technique, ability, and achievements.

 

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Know your Canadian HS Tariff Codes

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Know your Canadian HS Tariff Codes

Should you be like many wet plate photographers we often buy and sell lenses and cameras for a variety of reasons.  Most often the devices being purchased are considered “antique” and when the delivery dude shows up at the door he is standing there with his hand out demanding far more money than budgeted. You feel like you are being railroaded. There will be taxes and tariffs, brokerage fees and admin fees, and what seems like a litany of other fees that can add significantly to the cost of the good being imported. This is unfortunate as the import tariff...

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Standing Tall with the Head Brace

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Living quite a distance removed from the North American major population centres is a mixed blessing.  It also comes with challenges, such as accessing goods and services required for making wet plates. With that in mind I set out to design a head brace that was not only functional, but would also be light enough to not require a second mortgage in shipping costs.     Our head brace went through several versions before I was finally happy with the product. It is a head brace I have tested and use in my studio. The first realization was that if...

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Does the Modern Studio Have a Place in Wet Plate Collodion?

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Does the Modern Studio Have a Place in Wet Plate Collodion?

The Christmas Holiday season is a fabulous time of year to reflect on what is in the past, and ponder what the future might bring. For wet plate collodion photographers in the far northern hemisphere it is most likely also a time when one wishes for June and sufficient UV to be out making plates once again.  But is June really necessary?   Two days earlier it was 26°C with a UV Index of zero. Should the collodion photographer move inside the studio with modern equipment, or remain true to tradition and wait for June and workable ultra violet light?...

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