January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

alexgard
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January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby alexgard » 15 Jan 2017, 21:28

A few images I took last week in the Midlands and Central HIghlands of Tasmania.

Central Highlands looks promising and will explore the area a little more this week hopefully.


8x10 black glass amrotypes. Getting some use out of the 120mm lens at last. Really interesting perspective. Great for getting up close and personal with those trees... amazed me at how close I could actually get and still keep the tree in view.

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Re: January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby Walter Glover » 15 Jan 2017, 22:01

Splendid work Alex.

What is the 120mm you are using? An Angulon or a Super-Angulon? Perhaps something else all together?
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Re: January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby alexgard » 15 Jan 2017, 22:04

Thanks Walter

it is a NikkorSW 120mm f/8

I had to order a recessed lensboard for the lens as getting any movements out of it is quite tricky. The rear standard is racked about as far forward as it can go.

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Re: January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby Walter Glover » 16 Jan 2017, 02:31

A stunning lens that even affords a bit of movement. I had one in my 8x10 days. I also had a 72mm Super-Angulon XL that made the most incredible 4 x 10s.

You really are venturing into a wonderful place with your wet plate mission.
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January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby alexgard » 16 Jan 2017, 06:08

Walter I can't imagine being able to get a lens much closer to the film plane on my camera unless the rear element is set back much further back than the front standard.
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Re: January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby Walter Glover » 16 Jan 2017, 06:37

I hear you Alex,

But back when I was shooting 8x10 I was using a Toyo 810M and a Sinar F2, both of which I had bag bellows for. Without the restriction and rigidity of a compressed bellows the entire world changes.

That looks to be a nice light weight kit for roaming the great outdoors. How bulky is all the stuff for the wet plate operation?
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Postby alexgard » 16 Jan 2017, 06:42

All my travelling wet plate chemicals/funnels/filters i fit in a plastic storage container that stays in my van. Silver tanks obviously a bit bulky. The camera and tripod is as mobile as i like. In saying that the wet process keeps my limited to an area where i can get to and from my darkroom (van) within a couple of minutes.

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Re: January wet plates - Central Highlands & Midlands of Tasmania

Postby smbooth » 19 Jan 2017, 15:11

Really like the composition of the second one. Must be fun shooting this way.


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