Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Preserving History – Renovating a 100 Year Old Camera – Bellow Edition

My good old Century No.2 camera has about 100 years behind her. She still works great, but her bellow is leaking light. Thats why I needed to repair it. I thought it is easiest to explain everything in a video, so it is easier to understand for you guys and hopefully also helpful. It took me a long time to put everything together. Why? Because it was important for me to reuse as many original parts as possible to preserve the history of this camera. I think this is a very important part when you consider to renovate a piece of history! Underneath the video are all links for the parts I needed.

Bellowmaker: ecbuyonline@hotmail.com – email is the best way to communicate https://www.ebay.com/str/ecbuyonline2008
Large Caliper International: https://amzn.to/3W7OvHt Germany: https://amzn.to/3VBaHJZ
Liquid Rubber: International (similar) :https://amzn.to/3H4tfOq Germany: https://amzn.to/3Pf4b9D
Glue for mounting the Bellow: International: https://amzn.to/3ixkdPI Germany: https://amzn.to/3F8YiWS
Ifixit essential tools – they were very helpful: https://amzn.to/3UpEqnO
machinist square International: https://amzn.to/3Vvly8j Germany https://amzn.to/3B8Kt9n
Cutter https://amzn.to/3P1JsWl
Screenprinting paint and cold fix: https://www.siebdruckladen.de
Video for building a mobile darkroom: https://youtu.be/hnrtywCfQRk
Video for sandarac varnish: https://youtu.be/wj2nPTYyFQ4

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    Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

    David Kriesel – Inspired Series

    David Kriesel is a data scientist from Bonn – Germany. He was born in 1984 and is self-employed from 1998 on (at the time he was 14). Find more details here: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kriesel
    You might know him in connection with the Xerox bug he discovered in 2013. (German version here)
    David also does a lot of talks. The combination of data science and talks may sound boring to some of you. But this is only because you never watched one of David’s extremely entertaining and very interesting talks. He will explain a specific topic to you, that you probably never thought will be of any interest for you. After he finished his talk, he for sure has convinced you otherwise.
    There is a quote that I like to mention from one of his talks, that made me think and smile: “Mathematics know no mercy” and that reflects for me what his talks are about. There are no shortcuts, behind every of his projects is a lot of hard work. But with that comes a lot of fun stories.

    I am very grateful that David took the time to fly over from Germany with his Dad to be my sitter in front of my wet plate camera for the inspired series. I also enjoyed talking to his dad a lot, he is a wonderful person and I can see now where David got his humour from. It was great meeting both of you and so much fun. Thanks again for your time!

    David Kriesel – inspired series – collodion wet plate portrait
    We chose this pose to express a sceptical moment of his projects
    David Kriesel – inspired series – collodion wet plate portrait
    This is an interesting one. I underexposed the portrait on purpose to overdevelop it.
    Normally this brings out more grain, but in that case it brought out some interesting silver waves.
    Collodion has sometimes its own ways to express things,
    maybe this is the process showing all the things that go through the mind of David.
    Friedrich-Wilhelm Kriesel with his son David Kriesel – collodion wet plate portrait.
    I like this one a lot. I think it reflects perfectly the great energy these guys have.

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  • Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

    Eyes like you’ve never seen them before! (Iris Ultra Macro Version)

    They say they eyes are the door to your soul – iris photography
    eye surface – iris photography

    As you all know, I am very passionate about portrait photography. And when I shoot portraits, my main focus is always on the eyes. Eyes just attract and fascinate me. Back then when I still was shooting pool billiard tournaments, I started already a series about eyes on the pool table. Its called “the eye of pool”:

    Thats the article from back then (11 years ago) https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2011/08/eye-of-pool-update/

    But now I wanted to go closer and create a more abstract artwork. I started with buying the Laowa 25mm Ultra Macro lens. As explained in the video, I build a whole rig with macro focusing rails and a a linear transition stage.

    That was the first version of my setup. You can see the display in the background that I used for focusing
    This is my Frankenstein focusing rail setup. Its about 2kg by its own.

    Eye movement, ripod movment and head movement was a big issue. For that I build a special kind of headrest.

    the headrest 🙂

    I tried different camera/lens setups during my shootings. That is one of them

    thats one version of my lens camera setup – I used many different ones during the shootings.

    At the end I am very happy with the outcome. It was a lot of work, but for me it was totally worth it. I love how these abstract eye photographs turned out on fine art prints. If you want to get a signed fine art print, contact me here: http://contact.mhaustria.com for prints from my shop visit http://prints.mhaustria.com. If you are an ophthalmologist and want to work with me on some of the images, please let me know and contact me.

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    Friday, November 18th, 2022

    Wet Plate Strobe Calculator with Light Modifier Comparison

    How much power do I need for my wet plate setup? I get this and similar questions asked a lot. Thats the reason I build a calculator for that. With the calculator, there comes also a knowledge base. Because there is much more to know about strobes and the wet collodion process. This is exclusive for Patreon supporters (Tier 2). With tier 2 support you get, also wet plate troubleshooting, access to recorded Patreon videos, early access to videos and much more. Link to this Patreon posting: https://www.patreon.com/posts/wet-plate-strobe-74548519
    More about the calculator in this video:

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  • Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

    Inspired Series – Jonathan Hetzendorfer

    I eat mushrooms as a meat substitute more often these days and once I started to buy specialities like oyster mushrooms from Jonathan, it was like a game changer. I knew his shop long before his first TV appearance, but never met him in person before. When I talked with him for the first time it was inspiring to see how much passion Jonathan puts in his work. I also remember when I ordered a mushroom dish in a restaurant and saw the menu that said “Fresh oyster mushroom from Jonathan”.
    You can tell he does something right, when gourmet chefs buy exclusively from him. Enjoy the video and if you are interested in a beautiful fine art print of that mushroom, just contact me here: https://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

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  • Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

    A free wet plate/tintype?

    Sounds crazy but it is possible, if you support me on Patreon (from the second tier), you will get early access to add free videos, live streams (shooting and discussing wet plates), support and troubleshooting and after a year a free one of a kind wet plate sent to you. Check my Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/mhaustria

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    Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

    Freilichtmuseum Salzburg Wet Plate Experience (rainy days)

    Wet plate in the rain? Sure thats why its called wet plate 🙂 We had a great time in Salzburg and it was a pleasure to be there again. It’s great to do portraiture in these wonderful old houses. You have to visit this museum when you are nearby. It is totally worth it. The best time would be when I shoot portraits there 😉

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  • Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

    Wet Plate Expedition Part II – more portraits

    In the first part of the expedition video I gave you the relaxing vibe I experienced there. In the second part want to give you some different views. I may have only shot one wet plate portrait for my inspired series of Lara Ješe. But I also shot two rolls of Kodak Vision 500 35mm film with my Canon EOS 50E camera. This film is hand cut in Vienna at lab of Mr. Wolczak. The lab also mixes the chemicals by them self to match the Kodak recipe. The results are the original Kodak Vision look. I love how this film renders colors. At the end of the workshop I set up a tiny photo studio with a strobe. I shot there portraits in digital and also with my Mamiya 645 afd II with two rolls of Ilford Pan F Plus 50. I pushed the film with one stop. And now comes the funny part. As you can imagine, I used the same setting on both rolls. And both rolls were develop together with the same chemicals. But somehow one roll has a totally different look (what I love). More about in the video. Thanks again for everybody for being such a great community and see you next you again at Borut’s event

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  • Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

    A Wet Plate Collodion Experience in Slovenia

    I went to Slovenia to join Borut Peterlin’s Wet Plate Experience. It was great and I had finally some time to slow down and find myself again. There were so many nice people there. I am glad I met everyone of you. I hope to see you guys again next year. This video reflects how I felt there and how it slowed me down. In a second part I will show an analog portrait series and talk a bit more about my experience there. You will also find another Artist in the video who joined my inspired series – Let me introduce you to Lara Ješe – Lara Ješe is an artist who loves to express her inner worlds through animal shapes. Step into her menagerie anytime and bring some snacks for the horses..

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  • Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

    Darkroom Home Automations

    Even I am an analog guy, I am not shy to bring new technologies to my darkroom. With the wet collodion process I always try to avoid touching anything unnecessarily. So I build some home automations to assist me with that. Every analog photographer knows the struggle. You work in your darkroom and in this very moment you don’t want to be disturbed. Just imagine, somebody opening the door and your film/paper/plate is exposed to light. For sure, you just can mount a red light on the entrance door and you are safe. But in my case (and I am pretty sure I am not the only one), I have a main entrance to the darkroom and two other doors. One door leads to my studio and the other door to my pouring room. That means if any of these doors are open, it is safe to enter the darkroom. If I just would have a red light on the main entrance door, it would be hard to understand for my workshop participants or sitters if it is safe to enter. Thats the reason I build a solution for that with Apple Homekit (you for sure can build it also with Google/Alex or anything else). But there is more. We all have running water in our Darkrooms. And I think some people will have a water detector. But what if you have to wash something with running water and are not in your darkroom all the time? I used Homekit for that as well. I show you also a solution for measuring time without touching anything. This may be very specific to the wet collodion process, but maybe it may be helpful for others as well. The last topic is about how I feel more safe with my 3D printer.

    I looked also for Google/Alexa devices, but most of them are working with wifi instead of low power bluetooth or thread. So I am not sure if I want to recommend any of these, please let me know which ones work great and I post them here.

    Works with Homekit: Eve Energy power switch
    International https://amzn.to/3BfCqIH Germany: https://amzn.to/3cEAH5s
    Eve Door sensor
    International https://amzn.to/3J3MV3S Germany: https://amzn.to/3b4PiXu
    Eve Waterguard
    Inernational: https://amzn.to/3Pxnn1n Germany: https://amzn.to/3POEJHv
    Eve smoke is not available right now, I found only this alternative from Netatmo
    https://amzn.to/3Ou6T8Z

    Works with Homekit and Google/Alexa
    Philips Hue lightstrip
    International: https://amzn.to/3J7jnlR Germany https://amzn.to/3cGmZzd
    Philips Hue Bridge
    International: https://amzn.to/3z6bYP9 Germany: https://amzn.to/3cxRdEl
    Philips hue switch
    International https://amzn.to/3b1NGxY Germany: https://amzn.to/3Ox1kGX

    Apple Watch app https://apps.apple.com/de/app/click-metronome/id705075264

    Water resistant JBL BT Speaker (new version
    International: https://amzn.to/3Be74Cj Germany: https://amzn.to/3J4DKjA

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