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Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

Exhibitions 2023

I am grateful and proud to have my art exhibited again in Freiluftgalerie Freiraum-Foto Persenbeug and Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo. In Persenbeug you can see my wet plate portraits from my Inspired Series and other favourites from this year. In Baden one of my drone images of Castle Schönbühel in Wachau is shown. It’s always nice to see your own work exhibited. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Also thanks to my Patreon supporters! This video of my exhibitions is very different Thant my previous one. I wanted to integrate my creation process into it. What do you think?

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    Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

    I can’t believe I have to let them go

    This two tintypes are going to Peter and Nolan. Two fellow wet plate artists who support me on http://patreon.mhaustria.com – Thanks a lot for your support guys. Want yourself one, follow the link ans support me there 🙂

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    Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

    Tiny Lens Huge Problem

    Isn’t it nice when you get a present from a visitor. When Denis of http://wetplatedreams.com visited my studio for the inspired series , he brought a tiny present. A very small lens. This lens was made by Carl Reichert at about 1908 in Vienna ( more info here https://austria-forum.org/af/Biographien/Reichert%2C_Carl ). It’s a 30mm F4 lens with an image circle of 2x2cm. Initially it was made for microscopes, but I abused it for a portrait. You can find more details about that lens here: http://www.photohistory.at/polar1.jpg . Most people would have put this wonderful lens in some kind of display cabinet and enjoyed it. The result of this project is available here: Ebay.mhaustria.com

    such a beautiful piece

    I thought it would be cool to use it. And there all the problems started. More about underneath and in my current video:

    enlarged view – this plate is available here again http://ebay.mhaustria.com

    First I designed a lens board for my 8×10 camera with Tinkercad. Really easy to do and a quick and dirty solution (I thought).

    How cute it looks on the camera

    Because that lens is made for microscopes, I couldn’t focus with this big camera. I just couldn’t get my plate close enough to the lens to create a sharp picture.

    Small lens big problems.

    I thought I am smart an create another lens board, this time for my Frankenstein camera

    It looked so promising and I was so excited.
    but the result was the same – a blurry image on my ground glass.
    Third time’s the charm. So I went back to the drawing board and designed a lens board with two pieces that has a focus option.
    This time I was successful and could finally create a plate.
    Sometimes it only needs a small Eurobox from the Home improvement store to build a camera.
    enlarged view of the plate. I like the dreamy look of the plate. It fits to my idea of a small dreaming lens becoming big. – this plate is available here again http://ebay.mhaustria.com

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