Spaghetti Tree

alexgard
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Spaghetti Tree

Postby alexgard » 05 Sep 2019, 07:58

5.5 x 14 inch black glass ambrotype


one of the brightest plates ive made


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Mick Fagan
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Re: Spaghetti Tree

Postby Mick Fagan » 05 Sep 2019, 19:15

The format suits the subject.

Your shadow detail is pretty good, along with your highlight retention, you appear to be on the money now with the technical aspects.

Mick.

alexgard
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Re: Spaghetti Tree

Postby alexgard » 05 Sep 2019, 19:22

the scan is pretty rough, the plate looks much better in the flesh

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Mick Fagan
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Re: Spaghetti Tree

Postby Mick Fagan » 06 Sep 2019, 10:20

They usually do look better in the flesh, sharper and with a better visual contrast.

In 1975, which was nearing the end where we did glass plates at work, I had a go at coating plates myself. This is a similar process, but different process to what you do.

I was struck with the ease of cleaning and getting preparation of the glass, but the coating of the emulsion as you direct the flow across the glass and ensuring you don't waste too much, was something that was where the art is. Eventually I got it right. The fact that I was coating plates all day helped in the learning process. I wasn't supposed to do it, but things happened and I got a chance to do it.

Once the plate was used, we then scrubbed the plate clean and started all over again. Scrubbing was messy, but with machinery, easy. Think of a big Dremel type affair with a 200mm floor scrubbing type brush with water running through the bristles. Cleaned the plates in a minute or so.

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Maris
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Re: Spaghetti Tree

Postby Maris » 06 Sep 2019, 10:37

Alex, how absolutely splendid; a triumph. Your "hit rate" is amazing. It's not like you shoot a hundred versions of this Spaghetti Tree, just pick the best one, and tap the delete button for the rest.


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