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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

a 170 year old process and high end food photography

everybody knows that I work exclusively on collodion wet plate portraits. So what’s the reason for food photography now? Let me try to explain. Many of you guys will remember that I bought a Cambo studio stand some while ago ( ). A little bit later I bought a used tray for it on Ebay. The seller was very friendly and somehow we started to talk about photography. Long story short, a month later we decided to do a project together. After months of planing, Hans Gerlach (a well known food photographer and columnist) drove over to my studio and brought his tools and some delicious food with him. Additional food for this shooting came from my garden, this way I could bring a bit more into the project besides my wet plate photography. During the planing period we discussed different dishes, their colours and how they would appear on a tintype (the wet collodion process only sees blue light and therefore red colours will turn black and blue white). We saw this come together as kind of a first test and wanted to see what what we could create. For me it was very interesting to have a chef working in my kitchen.

I enjoyed it a lot to watch a chef doing his thing

I suggested the 13x18cm format, because the camera is not too huge and can be easy mounted over head. We can get a bit more depth of field because of this smaller format. And I have a beautiful 250mm Zeiss Tessar lens that I can stop down to about F16 without having to long exposure times (two Hensel generators with 9000 w/s together helped to archive that and remember, its called wet plate, because the plate needs to be wet the whole time and can not dry). I mounted this beauty of a lens on my 13x18cm Mentor camera (check this article for my renovation of the beauty: )

Even I know the Cambo tripod and the Mentor camera is made for such operation, it still looks a bit scary

Even this studio Mentor camera and the tripod are meant for that kind of work, it felt funny to see my tools in that position.

While I prepared everything in my darkroom, Hans Gerlach did his magic in my kitchen. We were very excited to work on the first plate. And after we saw the result, we were even more excited, the outcome was gorgeous. So we worked very long on the first day (I think I went to bed at 4 am). But it was not all glory. We shot so many plates, that at some point my silver nitrate bath went bad. First I thought it was the collodion, the fixer and the developer, but after I changed all of that(I am always good prepared for important shootings and create everything twice or even three times) and still got funny looking plates, I know I need to change the silver nitrate bath.

A lot of troubleshooting was involved to make this go away

After I changed the bath, everything was fine again and we could go on with the shooting.

sourdough bread with butter and welsh onion

We shot many different styles of the sourdough bread until we were happy with the outcome. This is one of our favourites plates. To hold it in our hands after months of planing and all the work we put together was wonderful. If you are interested in a print of this plate or any other, check out this link:

But this little setback should not be the only thing that kept me busy this day. After shooting many plates, my modified wet plate holder made my life a bit harder. Sometimes the plate won’t stay in place and the end result of that was a scratched plate….

this is something every wet plate artist have to face from time to time

I quickly solved the problem with a little redesign on the plate holder and from that on I was able to shoot without any problem. Before capturing every new dish, we were excited to see how it will turn out.
And most of them turned out great, I really like the beans and the spoon with chocolate mousse. The sheer amount of detail and texture of these scans from the wet plates are just incredible. They will look amazing on a big print.

green beans with whipped goat cheese and fennel flowers
This will look great on a big canvas

spoon with chocolate mousse grated chocolate

To get as much done as possible, I scanned all 13x18cm (about 200mpix) and 18x24cm (about 300mpix, I decided later to do two bigger plates too) plates at night and also varnish them afterwards. So this night was quite short 🙂

I shot the bigger plates with a 150 year old Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens to mix the this delicious bread with the beautiful swirly bokeh from this old lens. I really like how this plate turned out and how the out of focus areas look like.

sourdough bread with welsh onion and radishes
It amazes me again and again how sharp these old lenses are

After these intense shoots, we were always rewarded with great looking plates amazing tasting food.

I am still dreaming f that desert

Hans created also amazing tasting handmade pasta

culurgiones – sardinian ravioli with wild herbs

To give you guys a much better idea of this shooting, I tried to captures as much footage as possible to bring you behind the scenes with this video

On thing is sure, we enjoyed our work together a lot and will do more like that in the future, but that needs again lots of planning. I am very happy that I met Hans and his work inspired me (yes there is also a inspired portrait coming up). I really look forward to our next shooting together (and yes, I also look forward to eat everything 🙂

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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:

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    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

    I used Readyload film which expired 20 yrs ago for peaceful swan portraits

    Shooting wildlife with a large format camera.

    Because I know this swan family for two seasons now, I am fully accepted and can come very close to them and their nest. They even trust me so much, that they sleep in front of me. It’s such a wonderful feeling for me to spend time with these guys.That’s also the reason I wanted to shoot large format portraits of them. My first idea was to shoot a collodion wet plate, because the swan mum was most of the time in her nest breeding her eggs. But because of the lockdown back then, I wasn’t allowed to stay outside that long. So I decided to shoot large format film with my Linhof Technika camera and a borrowed 400mm Tele Xenar lens on 4×5 Kodak Readyload film. I have my own fridge for them, because most of them are about 20 years expired and some of them are very unique for me, like the Kodak Ektachrome E100S or the Portrait 160VC. Because I like one of a kind photographs, I shot also Fujifilm FP-100C peel a part film (also expired) to get kind of a wet plate experience 🙂
    I documented the whole story, inclusive a bad blooper and the outcome of the breeding in my latest YouTube documentary (I guess after 3,5 months its not just a vlog anymore). If you are interested in prints, check out – there is also one limited hand enlarged (Title “I am beautiful”) print series available.

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    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

    Family and Architecture Wet Plates on location

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    Diesmal wurde ich beauftragt Architekturaufnahmen auf Nassplatte von einem historischen Haus zu machen. Zusätzlich waren auch Familienaufnahmen gefragt. Mit der Hilfe von Alois Stingl gibt es dazu auch ein Making-Of video. Vielen Dank dafür! Natürlich hatten wir auch viel Spaß dabei!

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    English version

    For this assignment I was creating architecture wet plates of a historic house. Additionally I did also a family portrait. With the help of Alois Stingl I can show you a Bits video – thanks a lot for that! And of course we had a lot of fun too!

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    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

    4th Corona Project – A Duck and Swans

    A different kind of corona project where I explored a nearby forrest.
    I had time to capture a duck, snails and a swan family. More in the video and the gallery.

    They are getting bigger and bigger (video from yesterday):



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    Thursday, March 15th, 2018

    I used two cameras and lots of light for this macro shot

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    Ein Macro auf Kollodium-Nassplatte zu fotografieren, hat mich schon seit längerer Zeit beschäftigt. Da langsam der Frühling vor der Tür steht, gibt es schon Schneeglöckchen in meinem Garten. Genau dieses kleine Gewächs habe ich mir vor meine Holzkamera gestellt.
Damit der Hintergrund interessanter wird, habe ich dafür zerknüllte Alufolie ausgewählt. Diese vielen Reflexionen ergeben einen wunderschönen Bokeh-Hintergrund. Damit ich das Schneeglöckchen füllend auf die 18x24cm Platte bekomme, habe ich einfach zwei Kameras miteinander verbunden. Somit bekomme ich genug „Auszug“ um diesen Vergrößerungsmaßstab zu bekommen.
    Large format cameras
    Dabei ist natürlich auch noch zu bedenken, je weiter die Platte vom Objektiv entfernt ist, desto mehr Licht wird benötigt. In meinem Fall löste ich meine Blitze mit 7000W zwei mal aus.(Die Platten haben eine ASA Empfindlichkeit von ca. 0,5)

    Ein Vergleich, damit die Dimensionen hier ein wenig besser zur Geltung kommen.
    Diese Grafik zeigt die aktuelle Platte und die Platte vom Steampunk Shooting im Vergleich zu einem Vollformatsensor einer modernen DSLR.

    Und hier nochmal mit dem Bild als overlay:

    Ich hoffe, mit diesen Grafiken ist der Vergrößerungsmaßstab besser zu verstehen.
    Eine weitere interessante Geschichte ist die Darstellung der Grüntöne auf der Platte. Ich erwartete mir, dass die grünen Teile der Pflanze heller auf der Platte erscheinen. Aber das Ergebnis war fast schwarz. Bedeutet also, dass diese Teile wenig des blauen Lichtspektrums reflektieren.
    Diese Platte steht hier zum Verkauf.

    Mehr Infos findet ihr im Video.

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    Benutzte Tools:
    Stativ, Hensel Tria 6000 Generator, EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Grand , Hensel Integra 1000 Plus Kompaktblitz, 12″ Reflektor EH, Wabenset dazu
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    English Version
    Wouldn’t it be awesome to do a macro shot on a wet plate camera? This was what I was thinking for some time. Spring is slowly on it’s way and snowdrops are blooming in my garden. That was how I found my subject for the shooting. For the background I grumbled up some aluminum foil to get nice out of focus highlights. Short, I created a nice Bokeh with that. To get the snowdrop on a full 18x24cm plate I had to extend my wooden camera to the maximum and add my second camera full extended to my first cameras backside. With that I got enough distance to get the magnification I wanted.
    Large format cameras
    You have to consider that, the farer you are away from the lens with the plate, the more light you need. That was the reason I fired twice with 7000 Watt on the poor little flower 🙂
    The ISO sensitivity of the plates is around 0.5.
    I want to show you a comparison, so you get an idea what it means to magnify an image to that plate size. It’s like you have a giant sensor:

    Here the same again with the wet plate as an overlay

    The next interesting thing is the outcome of the green color shades on the plate. They came out pretty dark. That means that they don’t reflect much UV light.
    This plate is here for sale. This is a one out of two -so only one plate to buy – I keep the other one 🙂
    Find much more in the video.

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    Used Tools:
    Stativ, Hensel Tria 6000 Generator, EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Grand,Hensel Integra 1000 Plus, 12″ Reflector EH, Grid for that
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    Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

    Mein Nassplattenprojekt auf ServusTV (online version)


    Neuer Blogpost für das youtubevideo!
    New Post for the youtubevideo!

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    Hier der Link zur Aufzeichnung (ab 5:06):
    Darunter auch Fotos von den Platten, die an diesen Tag erstellt wurden.
    Mehr über Nassplattenfotografie hier:

    Hensel DeutschlandPro Digital Wien

    English Version:
    My wet plate project on ServusTV
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    Monday, May 16th, 2016

    Nassplatte “Gelb-rote Tulpen” wird in China ausgestellt

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    Ich bin sehr stolz, dass eine meiner Nassplatten mit dem Titel “Gelb-rote Tulpen” von Li Chang Jiang (President, TCCA) für die Artron Ausstellung in Shanghai ausgewählt wurde. Die Herstellung dieser Platte war sehr interessant, da die Farben Gelb und Rot im UV Bereich sehr dunkel wiedergegeben werden (Nassplatten nehmen nur UV Licht auf). Die Platte geht morgen auf den Weg nach China, sobald ich mehr Infos habe, werde ich hier wieder darüber schrieben.
    Ein Foto, gemacht auf einer 100 Jahre alten Kamera mit einer 160 Jahren alten Technik.Nassplattenfotografie – wet plate – ganz ohne digitale Technik, analog, der „Film“ wird per Hand beschichtet und in mehreren Schritten verarbeitet. Mehr darüber (auch Videos) hier:

    Plattengröße: 18x24cm
    Kamera: Unbekannter Hersteller um 1900
    Objektiv: Voigtlaender Heliar 360mm F4.5


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    Nassplatte - wet plate - yellow red tulips - gelbrote tulpen
    wet plate camera - nassplatten kamera
    Nassplatte - wet plate - yellow red tulips - gelbrote tulpen


    English version:
    I’m proud to announce, that one of my plates with the title “yellow red tulips” were chosen by Li Chang Jiang (President, TCCA) for the Artron Exhibition in Shanghai. Wet plates are sensitive to UV light and the colors yellow and red are very dark if you would see them in UV light. That fact makes it difficult to capture this beautiful flowers.

    A photo, done on a 100 year old camera with an 160 year old technique.
    Wet plate photography – without any use of digital workflow – analog – the “film” is poured by hand on the plate and processed afterwards in many steps. Find more about it here (inclusive videos)

    Plate: 18x24cm Alumitype
    Camera: about 100year old wooden Reisekamera
    Lens: Voigtlaender Heliar 360mm F4.5

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    Monday, March 21st, 2016

    Zentralfriedhof Wien virtual tour 360

    On a Sunday walk at the famous Zentralfriedhof Vienna with my luckily patient girlfriend (thanks for that :-*), I did a virtual tour there
    Dieses virtuelle Panorama entstand bei einem Sonntagsspaziergang am Zantralfriedhof Wien (Danke an meine geduldige Freundin).
    Click on the picture to start the tour, also subscribe to my newsletter:
    Aufs Bild klicken um den Rundgang zu starten, zusätzlich in meinem Newsletter eintragen:
    Try it on your tablet and phone too, works with the gyro sensor.
    Probiert es auch auf euren Tablet und Telefon aus -> funktioniert mit dem Bewegungssensor.
    Interesse an einer eigenen Virtuellen 360 Tour:
    Zentralfriedhof virtuel tour 360 panorama

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    Saturday, July 25th, 2015

    Thank You – Danke

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    This is a thank you blog article. For what?
    You guys approached me a lot lately and told me how much you like my work. I’m every time again surprised and deeply grateful. You guys give me shivers and goosebumps. This is what all my work is about, to make people happy. And today I wanna give you something in return. You can download here: unpublished analog scans of my USA tour for your private use. Thanks again everybody, you guys rock!!!




    Deutsche Version:

    Mit diesen Blogeintrag möchte ich mich bei allen Menschen bedanken, die einfach auf mich zugekommen sind (egal ob das jetzt persönlich, oder auf einen anderen Weg war), um mir zu sagen, dass ihnen meine Arbeit gefällt. Ich wurde schon so oft damit überrascht und bin immer wieder sehr gerührt. Vielen Dank, das gibt mir immer sehr sehr viel. Und deshalb möchte ich euch jetzt auch etwas zurückgeben. In dieser Zip Datei: sind unveröffentlichte analoge Scans von meiner USA Reise, die Ihr gerne Privat verwenden dürft. Vielen Dank nochmal!



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