Archive for the 'ambrotype' Category

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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    Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

    Never give up – a 300mm Zeiss Tessar project with lots of fails

    In todays video I documented my fails (wood working and 3d printing with sidewinder x1 – also building plate change of the sidewinder x1) while I tried to mount my new lens on my camera. I got this lens, because I do more and more wet plate family portraits and for that I wanted a sharp affordable lens. Normally I would show you guys how I did a family wet plate portrait(its online now, scroll down for the second part). But I couldn’t do it, because of our lockdowns. So I worked on a self portrait. To make this easier, I turned my studio into a darkroom, so I can move without getting a ghosty image on the plate. Because I put metal sheets into the ceiling during my studio renovation, I could mount the red light easily with magnets. To see the whole story, watch the video 🙂

    First Part

    Second Part

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    Thursday, July 15th, 2021

    The First Analog Photography Festival After The Pandemic

    This was such a great experience! It was not only great to meet people again at the Camera Obscura Festival, but it was also awesome to meet artists that are interested in an analog workflow. Another great thing is, that this festival is not an exclusive “wet plate event” it is also for people who work with the analog medium in any way. That was so cool, with this option you will experience things you may not have seen before. Like Large Format Cameras build from Legos. It was so nice to meet all of you guys finally in person another big thanks to Stefan, Christian and Denis for organising this great event! If you want to be notified for the next Camera Obscura Festival, register here: http://cof.mhaustria.com

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    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

    Inspired

    Today I want to inspire you with amazing people in front and behind my camera with my new collodion wet plate portrait project “inspired”. This project will be published in a book, register here to get the latest news about it inspired.mhaustria.com.

    It all started with a Dallmeyer 3B Petzval lens, my dream lens that finally found the way to me. Denis of wetplatedreams.com found it for me. The condition is amazing. So is also the date from when it was made – it’s from 1876.

    Denis is such a passionate person with a lot of knowledge when it comes to historic lenses and cameras.

    wetplatedreams

    And then there is Andreas – his passion is the building process of lens caps. It’s like he is meditating during the process of making one of his beauties. Unthinkable these days that somebody works 5+ hour on a lens cap, but he does. You can see in the video how beautiful one of his outcomes is.

    Andreas

    There were also lots of other people involved who made my inspired portrait project possible. Like Mr. Dallmeyer or Mr. Petzval. More about these gentlemen in my video.

    Now I want to talk about the people that were in front of my camera. 
    One of them is Michael White – a former Producer/Director/Author.
    His historical documentary – Azorian The Raising of the K-129 has received international praise and has been shown by Networks in the US, Europe, Australasia, Asia.
    Also his Book over the same story – Project Azorian the CIA and the Raising of the K-129 received positive critics in the US and worldwide. 
    He worked as special effects technician in his earlier career on many well known movies, like Superman the Movie, Flash Gordon, The Pink Panther, The Never Ending Story Enemy Mine, for name a few. 
    For more information on Michael White visit www.white.at.

    Another person that inspires me with his work is the tattoo artist Manuel Soultan. His tattoos look like vivid three dimensional photographs. He designs every artwork by himself to create a one of a kind tattoo. You can check out his work on his website http://www.msctattoos.at or on his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/manuelsoultantattoos/

    This is just the beginning of the project. You can find already much more amazing people on inspired.mhaustria.com

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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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    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

    Tribute to Borut (Peterlin) and a wet plate workshop with Michael and Philip



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    Bei meinem letzten Kollodium Nassplattenworkshop haben wir eine “Tribute to Borut” Nassplatte erstellt und sonst gab es auch viel Spaß.
    Mehr dazu im Video und in der Gallery. Um einen Nassplattenworkshop zu buchen, kontaktiert mich hier: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



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    English version

    During my recent collodion wet plate workshop we did a “Tribute to Borut” wet plate. You can see in the video and gallery that we had lots of fun during the workshop and also when we made the tribute plate.
    Contact me here for a workshop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/



    For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
    Or book other ones here http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

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    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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    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

    Behind the United Art Gallery Borut Peterlin – Topshit Happens!

    In this video-podcast I’m talking with the Borut Peterlin a wet plate artist from Solvenia about his way of dancing with crutches.



    Thanks a lot for being part of this!


    Borut Peterlin:
    Website:
    https://www.borutpeterlin.com/ http://www.topshitphotography.com/
    Top Shit Blog: https://borutpeterlin.wordpress.com/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCjjZ-Qc43dF7xHBC92MAuA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/borutpeterlin
    Podcast:
    Studio Kreativkommune (German) https://studio.kreativkommune.org/podcast/
    Behind the shot: https://behindtheshot.tv/
    Ana Mendieta: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Mendieta
    Eckhart Tolle: https://eckharttolle.com/
    Allan Watts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts


    Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the equal rights or the coronavirus topic? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/



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    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

    Behind the United Art Gallery – Anton Orlov Daguerreotype Artist

    Anton Orlov (http://thephotopalace.blogspot.com) ist talking in this video podcast about his Covid19 related wet plate and Daguerreotype work.
    Anton also talks about his coolered Daguerreotypes and wet plates. At the very end he also explains how he did his epic Daguerreotype panorama.
    A long video, where Anton goes into lots of details. Very interesting for alternative process lovers and for those who want to go there.

    Thanks a lot for being part of this!



    Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the coronavirus topic, that was made during this time? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/



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    Thursday, May 7th, 2020

    Video podcast: Behind The United ART Gallery with Shane Balkowitsch Antrotypist

    To understand the artists behind the United Art Gallery, I started a video podcast where they can talk about their work, their current situation and what are their motives to do coronavirus related art. The podcast series starts with Shane Balkowitsch an Abrotypist from Bismark – North Dakota.



    Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the coronavirus topic, that was made during this time? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/

    Check also out the movie about Shane Balkowitsch
    Balkowitsch Film Vimeo (worldwide): https://vimeo.com/ondemand/balkowitschfilm
    Balkowitsch Film Amazon Prime (USA and some countries in Europe): https://www.amazon.com/Balkowitsch-Shane/dp/B087CFNWS3?fbclid=IwAR3deFewJ-j28bWsDweJbAqGVfIdIphbPEY5iPIxlH2VnyWWjC3ogtGdwdU



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    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

    The Beauty of Making Sandarac Varnish



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    Heute möchte ich euch zeigen wie wunderschön die Erstellung des Sandarak Lacks für die Nassplattenfotografie ist. Neben dem Video findet ihr noch zusätzliche Fotos in der Gallery.

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    English version

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    Today I want to show you how beautiful it is to make your own Sandarac varnish. Its a lot of filtering though 🙂 Enjoy the additional images in the Gallery


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