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Dave Wooten
04-26-2008, 01:04 AM
anyone making dry plate negs?:confused:

04-26-2008, 03:50 AM
Well, I expose glass plates I have from time to time.

04-26-2008, 07:30 AM
hi dave

i haven't made / exposed dry plates in a while
( on the list of things-to-do though )

exposing them in camera was fun, but i had more fun using plates as
a glass internegative - and projecting from an enlarger onto them <g>


04-26-2008, 09:24 AM
Is there anybody that still manufactures dryplates for negatives or do You need to make them yourself ?

Kirk Keyes
04-27-2008, 12:56 AM
Yes - I've made a couple batches of dry plates. The first one the emulsion was runny and very thin, the second one looked like it was going to be good, but I fogged it my turning on the lights while the plates were drying... I've yet to try again, but I will.

04-27-2008, 01:00 AM
are You using standard liquid emulsion ?

04-27-2008, 02:12 AM
I made this using Rockland Colloid AG+ a couple years ago. I'll have to dig out my other experiments.

04-27-2008, 12:17 PM
The key in dry plate emulsion is the contrast and shadow details. Emulsions made originally for printing is too high contrast and in particular too steep contrast in the shadow region (poor shadow details).

04-27-2008, 12:39 PM
anyone making dry plate negs?:confused:

Here are a couple of places with ideas for getting started:



Best of luck and fun!


Kirk Keyes
04-28-2008, 02:23 PM
are You using standard liquid emulsion ?

I made my own emulsion.

05-13-2008, 02:59 AM
What emulsions have people used for their plates? I've used Ag+ before I'm feeling the need to get more ambitious this summer. Has anyone had luck with the formula described on unblinkingeye.com?

05-13-2008, 07:11 PM
hi chris

i haven't made the aj-12 emulsion
but there is a bit of info
and even samples of dry tintypes that kevin klein made.

it looks like a lot of fun!