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Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

My new easy to use Darkroom

After moth of renovating my Darkroom, I am finally finished with it and can show you what I did to make my life easier.

One of the main things in a darkroom is the sink. I looked for age to get a fitting one, but couldn’t find any. But my good friend Lois knows somebody who knows somebody and with that I got a custom made sink that was a lifesaver. Thanks a lot for that!

Fitting everything in a small space is making everything more easy.
Another thing that made my life easier is the Darkroom Winch that you can get here: This saves so much time, because otherwise I would be standing there for hours rocking trays.
Beside rocking trays, washing prints and plates is another thing that has to be done, thats why I build this watering system out of plumber pipes from the diy marked. I am sure you can find yourself similar parts near you. I only had to drill holes into the pipe and find some kind of holder for it.
I just had to get an old stop watch for my darkroom and this one from Junghans fits just perfectly in there.
Dangerous chemicals need to be locked up, thats why I use an NFC lock with my stainless steel cabinet (links to the lock and 3d print files can be found at the end of my article)
Red light, yellow light, bright light, dark light – all these scenarios are possible with my Philips hue system that I use in my darkroom. Just with the click of a button I change to whatever color I need and I also build a protection cover, so nobody accidentally changes from red to white. You will find all prints on my thingiverse:
Humidity and temperature can have an impact of your work and also can have an impact of the darkroom. With this sensor I can easily read the values and can create automation because of it. More about that in my second darkroom video that focuses mainly on ventilation and how to save money with that.

Here are all the links to the tools I used, consider buying that stuff locally as well.
For easier user I use my Amazon affiliate links.

Darkroom automation video:
Darkroom Timer video:
My Thingyverse:
Darkroom Winch
Stainless Steel cabinet:
Curly hose with spray gun: International: German:

Door Sensor International: German:
Thermometer – Hygrometer International: German:

NFC cabinet lock International: German:
Squeege International: German:
Hue bridge (needed for the lights): International: German:
Hue lightstrip International: German:
Hue Bulb International: German:
Hue dimmer switch International: German:
Silvos Silver nitrate stain remover

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    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

    a complete analog day

    There are lots of analog photography stores in Vienna. The epicentre is through the Westbahnstrasse. There are many stores selling analog cameras. Among them is Joe Geier’s Mint and rare store.
    This store organises twice a year a huge analog flea market that is called “Wiener Fotobörse” . But lately it grows slowly from a flea market to an analog event. Beside the flea market you have now also an area with an exhibition and other analog focused companies. I had my own booth there for the second time and got lots of great feedback.

    There even exists an early bird ticket, because so many people want to get a great deal on used equipment.
    you’ll find there always some wired lenses and cameras.

    At home I loaded a dry plate into my camera just in case I find a good subject. And on my way home, I realised that I passed a place where I had a surreal moment. Many years ago, I was driving through this forest (Wienerwald) very late at night when I was stopped by a herd of deer. They just stood in the middle of the road and looked at me. It was such a beautiful moment, but also a bit scary because they didn’t move. Now standing on the same place again I wanted to capture this kind of feeling again.

    I got my Century camera out of the booth and set everything up for the capture.

    The dry plates I use (From Zebra ) have an iso sensitivity of 2 and are only sensitive to the blue spectrum of light. That made my endeavour a bit more complicated. Because It was late afternoon and it was already getting darker and that means less blue light. A lot of cars were passing by, while I was standing there and looking at the image I wanted to capture. So I came up with the idea to use the lights of the cars to light my scene. Now I had another problem, I did not know when cars will pass me, so I just trusted my ears and before a car arrived I put the lens cap of for the exposure. You can see how I did it in the video.

    I really like how it turned out. If your are interested in salt prints, visit my shop:

    At the end I want to mention a new backpack and tripod I got for testing. If you have watched my videos, you will now that I always travel with my heavy duty case and my wooden tripod. That is sometimes very frustrating. After lots of discussion with the vendor, I gave it a shot and was very surprised how this made my life easier. I can now carry my whole 8×10 large format camera including a tripod, lenses, plate holders and all needed accessories on my back. Sure, its heavy, but it makes my life easier.

    Lots of space and protection. Funny enough, on the analog event some people were interested about my new backpack and tripod. Even the tripod does look a bit fragile for such a big camera, it is really steady if you don’t use heavy duty lenses on your camera.

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    Thursday, September 30th, 2021

    Wet Plate Portraits at the Salzburger Freilichtmuseum

    In todays video I show you some impressions of my on location wet plate shooting in Salzburg at the Salburher Freilichtmuseum. We had so much fun – it was great!

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    Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

    How to remove Scratches from Tintypes varnished with Sandarac

    There is nothing more annoying as scratches in your sandarac varnish. In todays video I show you how to make many of the go away. For that you let the varnished plate breath alcohol in a closed container . after about 15 minutes (you will smell it), the varnish will get sticky again and because of that small scratches will disappear. After you are happy with the result, you heat the plate to cure the varnish again. always cover the plate as good as possible with a tray or something else, to avoid dust on it. See the full explanation in my video

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