Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

My infrared photograph at the La Gacilly

Very proud that one of my infrared images was curated to be shown at the huge exhibition (7km long) in Baden – the La Gacilly: https://festival-lagacilly-baden.photo If you are in Austria and close to Baden, you have to see this exhibition – it is really amazing!

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Bringing a 50 year old Linhof tripod back to life – quick and dirty version

I have already one big tripod with a huge ball head from the large format manufactura Linhof. Linhof also produces their famous large format camera “Linhof Master Technika” which I own also one. So it was quite obvious that I couldn’t resist to repair this tripod I got. Somebody had a bicycle accident with it and therefore it was in a rough shape. But that did not stop me to give a repair a try. If you look how well these tripods are build, it would have been a shame to throw it away. This tripod was made in the 1970s and later. Thats another reason it fits good to my other cameras. Thanks a lot to Foto Koeberl from Graz who send me pictures and a video from a working ball head. Otherwise it would have been much more difficult to reverse engineer the function of it. Check out the video where you can see the whole process of the tripod repair.

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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 http://prints.mhaustria.com – there is also one limited hand enlarged (Title “I am beautiful”) print series available.

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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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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Newstime: There is a Wet Plate Festival in Germany, my images in a book, online workshops and more

Hope I see you guys in Germany at the Camera Obscura Festival
My Virus Wet Plates are part of the 35mmc Pandemic book
More and more people are attending my online wet plate workshops (online Nassplattenworkshop) http://online.mhaustria.com

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Is the wet plate collodion process dangerous?

Not a question that is easy answered, but I try to do my best in my latest video. Depending what chemicals you use, there is much more you have to take care of. I will do sometimes a second video with more info. Before you start with this process inform yourself with a good book or a workshop from a person who knows about the danger of the chemicals.

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Inspired – Jennifer

I know Jennifer now for many years. She was the legal guardian of her brothers since a very young age. As long as I know her, she always was a a very happy and positive person. 12 years later, they are all successful in their jobs and grew to wonderful human beings. That’s why she is so inspiring to me. When I remember myself in her age, I was just a jung man who wanted to have fun and not much responsibilities. But she even enjoyed it to be there for her younger brothers from the beginning.

I wanted to capture her happiness in one portrait. With the wet collodion process, that is not an easy task, so I had to be a bit sneaky during the shoot. I pre focused and put the plate holder into the camera. Turned the strobe power up to prepare myself for a short exposure and had a normal conversation with her to “prepare” her for the portrait, but I didn’t tell her that I will do a quick exposure by hand as soon as she smiled. So we had our conversation and as always Jennifer was in a great mood and so I rushed the lens cap off and fired the strobe without telling her whats going on. And with that I go the expression everybody sees so often on her.

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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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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Rose – a wet plate fine art print

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

My New 150kg Studio Stand that is from 1957 – Cambo AST

My new (ok, its 70 years old) Cambo AST Studio stand is pretty cool and will make my wet plate work much easier. Watch the whole journey in my latest video. Thanks to Dani, Fritz and Erich for helping! Without you guys I couldn’t have done it!

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