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Closing the Circle

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Closing the Circle

Some wise soul once said something along the lines of satisfaction comes to those who wait. Regardless of such lore, this past Friday was a most satisfying and enjoyable culmination of more than five years in the making. Brutus, aka Century 7 studio camera, made his appearance at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in October 2016. Following some refurbishment, including new bellows, he stood as Lord of the Manor representing little more than a piece of furniture for a variety of reasons. Brutus needed a home so people could start making images with him.   Figure 1: October 2016 and Brutus is...

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Cleaning Trophy Aluminum

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If it is good enough for $500 eye glasses, the tissue should surely clean aluminum plates without scratching.

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SHINY EQUAL BETTER?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SHINY EQUAL BETTER?

The lens is the most important piece of equipment one needs to purchase, even more so than the camera. Typically the better quality the lens, the better quality the final image. Without doubt the beginning photographer has browsed every online forum that could be found, and kicked-tires on EBay looking for the coveted Dallmeyer, Darlot or Voigtlander, and observed prices that  are worthy of a holiday in the tropics. It would seem the shinier the brass, the higher the cost. a Darlot petzval lens from 1862  You have also seen words attached to those lenses that seem a foreign language:...

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SIZE MATTER?

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MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER: DOES SIZE MATTER?

In our continuing search of discovering all things collodion, we have been bombarded with the self-induced question: Does size matter?

The long-and-short of it is yes, and no.

 

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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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