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Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Building a Wet Plate Frankenstein Camera and Capture a Ghost

Corrine of www.corrinewestmedia.co.uk booked a wet plate workshop before the pandemic started. Two years later we were finally able to do it. The main subject was to get comfortable with the wet collodion process and to create images similar to the ones of spirit photographer William H. Mumler. Mr. Mumler created images (probably double exposures) where his clients could take a picture with their deceased relatives. The photograph of Mary Todd Lincoln with the “ghost” of her husband (Abraham Lincoln) was his most famous one. Corrine found my double exposure wet plates and that was the reason she contacted me in the first place. About two months before the workshop Corrine surprised me with a question: “Can we build a wet plate camera together?”. I talked with a friend and after a long visit at a DIY market I was sure that we can do it. A DIY Camera and capturing ghosts, that sounds like a fun workshop for me 🙂

I could not capture everything in the video, because I was focused to deliver a great workshop experience. So let me explain a bit here. I build a diy camera kit so to say. But I did not want to build everything. It was important for me that we put the major parts together in person, to really create a camera and an understanding how a camera works.

the camera kit

It took me a long time to figure everything out, I wanted to create a diy camera, that is adaptable and upgradeable without any special parts. It also should be able to shoot portraits and landscape and if something breaks, just go to your diy marked and get a replacement part. The only thing needed is my self designed camera back. I wanted to invent/adapt something that you can get in the market, but I was without luck finding such a part. The 3D printed design took many hours and a lot of filament to work as expected.

The first prototype of the camera back with an international film holder

For the lens I went for a 150mm Leitz Dimaron (F2.8), Elmaron (F2.8) or Hektor (F2.5). These lenses have three things in common. 150mm is kind of a “normal” lens for the 4×5 large format and they all have the same diameter and not too expensive if you buy them online. All of them are pretty sharp as well as you could see in the video (this was a Dimaron)

one lens mount, lots of options without breaking the bank

The camera and lens support is build like this one in that posting: Camera and Lens support

For the Film/Plate holder I decided to go for the std international 4×5 holders. I had them water jet cut for a clean look and we modified it with silver wires, because these are more resistant against acid and fit into the silver nitrate workflow

std 4×5 film holder modified for the wet collodion process

We were super happy with our first result. The portrait looked awesome and the resolution of the lens is great. When you look closely at the video you will see, that we used two boxes for portrait distance.

the ground worked also great – here is a explanation how we did it
https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2019/12/ho-to-make-a-ground-glass-for-a-large-format-camera/
For me it’s always exciting to see my idea come to life.

Here is a detail scan of Corrine’s eye – pretty impressive result of a 4×5 plate shot with a self made camera and a projection lens.

a scan of Corrine’s eye with my Screen Cezanne Scanner

For the spirit photographs that are inspired by Mr. Mumler we wend for wet plate double exposures.
To make our live easier, we marked all positions with sticky tape on the ground.

tape is always your friend for any photography project

We decided to use my Dallmeyer 3B Petzval lens for the first double exposure, because it fits better to the time when the original images were captured.

William H. Mumler. inspired wet plate double exposure

The second double exposure was a bit more modern, but also should get the ghost look. For that we used a Zeiss 300mm F4.5 Tessar lens. This lens is pretty new (about 2ß-30 years old) and is very crisp. I thought that makes more sense for this kind of image and also fits to the story (see caption of the image)

Profession – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow An image about photography has changed

What a great 3 Day workshop that was. We created so many different portraits. (more in the gallery) and time flew so fast. At this point I want to say thanks again to Corrine for visiting my workshop and trusting me with the camera design. I looking forward to see what she will do for her PHD with the wet collodion process.

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    Thursday, June 10th, 2021

    Congrats to Albin Ouschan World Pool Champion and World Number One

    The title says it all. Congrats Albin!

    I did this portrait series 8 years ago and it is still one of my favourite portraits of him.

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    Thursday, January 14th, 2021

    Touchable Bokeh – 3D Printed Wet Plates

    have you ever felt a photograph? I guess not, so maybe my latest project about 3D printed wet plates will change that.

    These beautiful prints (litophane) took a pretty long time to finish. My printer was working on them for 17 hours per print to make them as beautiful as possible. And that does not include all the fails, the search for the right filament and to find the right settings. But I am so happy that it worked out. If you want to have one of these beautiful artworks for yourself, check out my Ebay store http://ebay.mhaustria.com or contact me directly here.
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    Posted by Markus | Filed in 3d print, ambrotype, collodion, video, wetplate | 12 Comments »

     

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

    Martin Bailey podcast interview

    I was interviewed by Martin Bailey Photography to be part of his podcast about the United Art Gallery and my work. You can find the full episode here: https://mbp.ac/715
    Very honored to be on his show.

     

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

    Video Photo + Adventure 2019


    Finally the video from the photo and Adventure.
    Etwas verspätet das Video von der Photo + Adventure.
    Im Video findet ihr Lois Lammerhuber, Pavel Kaplun, Lisa Bednarik, Fabio Antenore, Nadja Hluchovsky und viele mehr.

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    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

    Traveling Tanks for Silvernitrate and Fixer review

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    Viele von euch wissen, dass ich ungern Tanks für meine Nassplattenfotografie verwende. Da ich mehr mit meinen Kameras unterwegs bin, mußte ich mich jetzt doch wieder mit dem Thema beschäftigen und habe die perfekte Lösung hier gefunden: https://www.lerouge-camera.fr/en/wet-plate/

    Ein komplettes Review von dem selbstgekauften Tanks findet ihr in meinem Video:

     

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    Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfach http://wetplate.art

     

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    English version

    A lot of you guys know that I don’t like to work with tanks. Because I had to shoot lots outside of my studio recently, I had to get back into this topic again and found tanks that are really great. Have a look at https://www.lerouge-camera.fr/en/wet-plate/ and find the ones I used. To get more information about the self bought tanks, watch my video.


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    Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

    For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
     

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    Thursday, September 26th, 2019

    Image Video Kulturvernetzung

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    Die Kulturvernetzung hat ein sehr cooles Imagevideo über meine Arbeit gedreht, welches ich euch nicht vorenthalten möchte. Diese wurde im Festspielhaus in St. Pölten uraufgeführt. Vielen Dank dafür, ist toll geworden!! Ihr könnt mich bei den Tagen der offenen Ateliers in meinem Studio besuchen!

     

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    Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfach http://wetplate.art

     

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    English version

    The Kulturvernetzung organisation has produced a very cool image video of my work. You can watch it on youtube. The initial screening was in the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten. Thanks a lot – I love it!

    Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

    Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

    For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
     

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    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

    Private Collodion Wet Plate Workshops

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    Ich habe euch schon öfters von meinen privaten Kollodium-Nassplatten-Workshops erzählt. Mit dem heutigen Video möchte ich euch zeigen, wie diese aussehen.

     

    Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/


    Nächste workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/


    Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfach http://wetplate.art

     

    Wollt ihr immer auf Letztstand sein, benutzt einfach meinen Newsletter ein Newsletter: https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/

    English version

    I often have talked about my private wet plate workshops, with this video I will show you how they are.

    Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

    Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

    For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
     

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    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

    Mathieu Stern – The weird lens guy in my studio

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    Mathieu ( https://www.mathieustern.com )und ich haben in der Vergangenheit schon an einem gemeinsames Projekt gearbeitet. Damals haben wir uns nur über Skype unterhalten. Deshalb habe ich mich sehr gefreut, dass wir uns diesmal persönlich gesehen haben. Hier der Link zu dem Artikel von Damals: https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2018/04/wet-plate-experiment-part-ii/


    Jetzt war ein Portraitshooting auf Kollodium-Nassplatte angesagt und zusätzlich gab es auch einen kleinen Nassplattenworkshop. Hier gleich die Videos von Mathieu und mir – darunter gibt es eine längere Beschreibung vom Shooting


    Das Portrait von Mariel

    Wir starteten um die Mittagszeit mit typischer Mittagssonne. Normalerweise bevorzuge ich bei diesen Lichtverhältnissen im Schatten zu fotografieren, da die alten Objektive nicht gut mit Gegenlicht zurechtkommen.
    Doch nachdem ich alles aufgebaut hatte, herrschten perfekte Lichtverhältnisse. Es war wolkig und somit entstand ein wunderschönes weiches Licht. Somit entschloss ich mich kurzerhand doch nicht in den Schatten zu wechseln.
    Ich hätte es besser wissen sollte, denn genau in dem Moment, als ich mit der Kassette zur Kamera kam, war wieder strahlender Sonnenschein. Das Ergebnis der ersten Platte war wie zu erwarten vernichtend. Statt einen schönen Lensflare Effket erzeugen die alten Objektive eine weiß-matte Nassplatte. Solche Rückschläge kosten viel Zeit und gerade bei Shootings mit limitierten Zeitraum kann das etwas Energie kosten.

    Die alten Objektive können nicht gut mit Gegenlicht umgehen

    Der nächste Versuch fand im Schatten statt und dann lief auch alles gut. Die Platte hat das typische Petzval swirly Bokeh wobei im Zentrum des Geschehens Mariel mit einen antiken Sessel steht. Beim Lackieren der Platte gab es eine explosive Überraschung – mehr dazu im Video.

    zweiter Versuch im Schatten
    18x24cm Kolloidem Nassplatte – Objektiv Dallmeyer 2B – mit dem richtigen Licht hat es dann auch geklappt

    Mathieu Stern the magic lens guy

    Als nächstes war Mathieu an der Reihe. Ich wollte ihm mit einem alten Objektiv ablichten, welches er selbst auf magischer Weise schweben lässt. Das Objektiv hing auf einen dünnen Nylonfaden und Mathieu tat so, also ob er es schweben lassen würde. “The weird Lens guy doing his magic”

    viel Geld an einem dünnen Faden
    Mathieu der Magier

    Mathieu hatte ein blaues Hemd mit, welches natürlich sehr hell auf Nassplatte dargestellt wird (Bei der Nassplattenfotografie wird nur blaues Licht aufgenommen, somit werden rötliche Farben dunkel und blaue Farben hell).
    Man kann bei der finalen Platte zwar noch den Nylonfaden erkennen, aber dadurch passt das Ergebnis noch besser zu Mathieus typischen DIY Arbeit mit alten Objektiven. Wobei sich die digitale Version auch sehen lassen kann.

    Shootingvorbereitungen
    Die digitale Version kann sich auch sehen lassen!
    der stolze Besitzer eine Nassplatte

    In Mathieu’a Video könnt Ihr sehen wie viel Zeit so ein Shooting benötigt. Aber das ist es auch, was die Nassplattenfotografie ausmacht. Es ist sehr wichtig, dass alles perfekt vorbereitet wird für eine einzige Belichtung. Man nimmt sich wieder Zeit um ein besonderes Bild entstehen zu lassen.

    The Workshop

    Am Ende gab es noch eine kurze Einführung in die Nassplattenfotografie, dabei benutzten wir die Polaroid Miniportraitkamera. Mehr dazu in den Videos.

    Sicherheit geht vor
    Polaroid Miniportrait Kamera – Blende 8 benötigt 6000 Watt hinter der Softbox
    🙂

    Den Tag beendeten wir mit einem typischen Wiener Essen.

    Zwiebelrostbraten

    @Mariel und Mathieu
    Das Shooting hat Riesenspaß mit euch gemacht, vielen Dank für euer Kommen und die schöne gemeinsame Zeit.

    Nächste workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/
     
    Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
     

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    English version

    Some time ago I did a project together with Mathieu ( https://www.mathieustern.com ). Back then we did communicate via Skype. Because of that I was supper happy to hear, that I will meet him in person. Here the link to the old project: https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2018/04/wet-plate-experiment-part-ii/


    This visit was for a portrait shooting on a collodion wet plate and we did also a short wet plate workshop.
    After the videos from Mathieu and myself you can see all the pictures and read more about the shootings


    The portrait of Mariel

    We started to shoot at noon with the typical harsh midday sun. Normally I prefer to shoot at a place with shadow at this lighting conditions, because the old lenses don’t like front lighting. Because it was super overcast after I set up everything, I decided to shoot immediately.

    I should have known it better, right after I came with the plate holder out of the darkroom, the harsh sunlight was back. So the first result was devastating. The typical lens flare turns into a super low contrast overexposed wet plate. This kind of setbacks costs lots of time and is a stress factor during shooting with a limited time frame.


    old lenses don’t take lens flares very well

    DI did the next exposure in a place with shadow. Now everything went very well and I could produce a collodion wet plate with the typical swirly bokeh and Mariel with the antique chair as the main attraction in the middle. During varnishing of the plate we got a hot surprise 🙂

    second try in the shades
    18x24cm colodium wet plate – Dallmeyer 2b lens- with the right lighting everything went fine

    Mathieu Stern the magic lens guy

    Mathieu was next to pose for my camera. I wanted to photograph him with an old lens that hangs on a nylon string. So it looks like he is magically hovering the lens.
    “The weird Lens guy doing his magic”

    a lot of money on a third string
    Mathieu Stern the magician

    Mathieu was wearing a blue shirt. The reason this blue shirt appears very bright on the wet plate is because of how this process captures light. It is only sensitive to blue light, that means red becomes dark and blue very bright.
    You can still see the nylon string on the wet plate,  but exactly this fits very well to Mathieu’s typical DIY work with his weird lens experiments

    Shooting preparations
    I like the digital version also a lot
    the proud owner of a collodion wet plate

    In Mathieu’s video you can see how time consuming a wet plate shooting can be. It’s very important, that everything is setup es perfect as possible for this one exposure. I like that a lot about this process. Taking time to create art.

    The Workshop

    At the end Mathieu got a short introduction into wet plate photography. He poured his first collodion wet plate. We used the polaroid Miniportrait Camera for our image – see everything about it in the video

    Safety first
    Polaroid Miniportrait Camera – Lenses with F8 needs 6000 Watt of power behind a soft box
    🙂

    Den Tag beendeten wir mit einem typischen Wiener Essen.

    Zwiebelrostbraten

    @Mariel und Mathieu
    Das Shooting hat Riesenspaß mit euch gemacht, vielen Dank für euer Kommen und die schöne gemeinsame Zeit.

    Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/
     
    For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

    If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
     

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    Thursday, May 16th, 2019

    Fernsehauftritt – VICTORIA – GEHEIMNISSE EINER JAHRHUNDERTQUEEN

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    Ich habe letztes Jahr wieder mit meinem historischen Kameraequipment als Fotograf in einer Metafilmdokumentation mitgewirkt. Ihr könnt mich also am Samstag, dem 18. Mai, um 21:45 Uhr auf Arte sehen: 

    https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/077367-000-A/zwischen-lust-und-pflicht-queen-victoria/
    und am Freitag, dem 24. Mai, 22:35 Uhr auf ORF 2
    https://tv.orf.at/program/orf2/20190524/879369201/
     
    Hier noch der Link zur Metafilmproduktion:
    http://metafilm.at/film/victoria/

    Es ist immer wieder schön mit dem tollen Team von Metafilm zusammenzuarbeiten.
     

     

    Und weil wir schon bei der historischen Fotografie sind:
     
    Nächste Workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/
     
    Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
     

    Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfachhttp://wetplate.art
     

    Wollt ihr immer auf Letztstand sein, tragt euch in meinen Newsletter einNewsletter: https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/

     
     
     
     

    English Version

     
    I again acted with my historic camera equipment in a tv documentary. You can watch this documentary on Saturday, 18th of May, um 21:45 on Arte:
    https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/077367-000-A/zwischen-lust-und-pflicht-queen-victoria/
    and Friday, 24th of May, 22:35 on ORF 2
    https://tv.orf.at/program/orf2/20190524/879369201/
     
    The Link to the Metafilm production
    http://metafilm.at/film/victoria/
    It was always a pleasure to work with the great team of Metafilm 

     
    Because of the historical photography topic:
     
    Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/
     
    For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

     

    If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
     

    Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: https://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/