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Peter Schrager
03-23-2010, 10:23 PM
I have to say you are amazing Denise...I did the coating class with Ron and never went any further....but you constantly astound us with the way you handle these techniques!! maybe one day you'll do some classes...in the meantime thank you so much for your work
Best, Peter

Kirk Keyes
03-24-2010, 12:20 PM
maybe one day you'll do some classes...in the meantime thank you so much for your work
Best, Peter

Pete -

Here's your chance! Denise has two classes scheduled at the Photographers Formulary this year. Hancrafted Silver Gelatin Paper" will be from June 13-18, 2010, and "Beginning Dry Plate Photography" from Aug. 29 - Sept. 3, 2010.

See the following post for more info:
http://www.apug.org/forums/forum205/70667-emulsion-making-classes-photographers-formulary.html

dwross
03-25-2010, 11:19 AM
Thank you very much, Peter. Mostly, I'm just having a really great time. Emulsion making is perfect for the kind of folks who are sad to see the last page of a good mystery novel, or place the last piece in a big puzzle. There's enough here for a lifetime of fun and discovery. I hope you decide to give it another try. Despite the impression that one sometimes gets on this forum, the basics are far easier than a lot of other 'alternative' processes, yet the potential for going either broad or deep is essentially limitless. Artisan silver gelatin is a rare opportunity to make a mark in the otherwise extreme saturation and competition that is today's photography.

And, if anyone here is considering taking the Formulary emulsion workshops but feels a little intimidated by the (tiny) bit of chemistry involved, Kirk will be helping teach that aspect. Kirk knows his stuff, but even better, he has the gift of making darkroom chemistry very easy to understand.

Tom, your recent experiences do sound like an incredible adventure. I am in complete agreement about the liberation of a good RF film camera. I hope you share the final outcome, and I have to hope that one of the handmade printing processes is part of your vision!

d

dwross
07-24-2010, 06:49 PM
Hi All,

If anyone is in the Washington, D.C. area in August, I'll have three prints in Scott Davis' (TheFlyingCamera) gallery, Art Reactor (http://artreactor.org/). Scott is curating a show featuring the Whole Plate format (6.5 x 8.5 inches). My contribution is contact prints from WP gelatin dry plates to handmade chlorobromide paper. I can't make it East to see the show. If someone here sees it, I hope they give a report. It looks like there's going to be some really nice prints and a great diversity. Kudos to Scott.

On another note: I haven't been able to read APUG for a couple of weeks. There certainly have been some funky threads! I hardly recognize the forum :p.

Has anyone besides hrst and Asarnil (beautiful plates!!) been crafting emulsions this summer?

Kirk Keyes
07-25-2010, 12:06 AM
I'm taking a break this summer. Working on a radio telescope observatory that is targets at Jr. High and High School aged kids.

See www.projectletha.org

We're close to getting it online. We have the radio reciever built, the antenna installed, an internet connection, and now we need to get a server in place to get internet access to it.

willrea
07-25-2010, 12:13 AM
That's quite a interesting project.

wildbillbugman
07-25-2010, 12:18 PM
Hello to All,
I am in the midst of a break from all "Wet Work" Instead, I am doing Hardware projects, like peristaltic pumps, tri-color cameras And studying the possibility of going to Digital Negatives. Having had several intensive conversations with practitioners of said on other forums, I am not at all convinced that there is any advantage over enlarging negatives on an enlarger. So, I may or may not upgrade my printer to current Epson professional technology.
In September I will get back to work on emulsion making.

Dose anyone know what the shelf life of solutions of chrome alum would be?
Bill

wclark5179
07-27-2010, 04:46 PM
"What's everybody up to?"

Had to say it!

Made pics of some Mary Kay Beautiful Girls!

Sample:

http://www.facebook.com/cristamk

Got another session in October! Around 50 beautiful ladies! And a great fee to boot!

Fun & Smiles!


http://williamclarkphotography.net/images/41644_623231959_6181_n.jpg

Need to figure a better way of posting images!

MattKing
07-27-2010, 04:57 PM
"What's everybody up to?"

Had to say it!

Made pics of some Mary Kay Beautiful Girls!

Sample:

http://www.facebook.com/cristamk

Got another session in October! Around 50 beautiful ladies! And a great fee to boot!

Fun & Smiles!


http://williamclarkphotography.net/images/41644_623231959_6181_n.jpg

Need to figure a better way of posting images!

Does this mean that Mary Kay ladies are coated with Silver Gelatin based emulsions?

;);):D

c6h6o3
08-28-2010, 09:04 PM
Hi All,

If anyone is in the Washington, D.C. area in August, I'll have three prints in Scott Davis' (TheFlyingCamera) gallery, Art Reactor (http://artreactor.org/). Scott is curating a show featuring the Whole Plate format (6.5 x 8.5 inches). My contribution is contact prints from WP gelatin dry plates to handmade chlorobromide paper. I can't make it East to see the show. If someone here sees it, I hope they give a report. It looks like there's going to be some really nice prints and a great diversity. Kudos to Scott.


Kudos to you. Your three prints win the blue ribbon hands down. Lovely work.

dwross
08-28-2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks!!

Photo Engineer
08-28-2010, 10:26 PM
Join us on chat Denise!

PE

dwross
10-05-2010, 11:35 AM
Hi Everyone,

I am very pleased to post that I will be teaching two weeks of silver gelatin emulsion-making at the Photographers' Formulary in June 2011. The two weeks will be divided into two separate classes. Week one is making and working with contact printing paper; week two is dry plate/artisan film emulsion making, shooting, and processing. The workshops can be taken individually, or together as soup-to-nuts antique artisan silver gelatin.

http://www.workshopsinmt.com/

I will make every effort to accommodate the experience and interest levels of each individual participating in the workshops. I'm a big believer in a friendly, cooperative learning environment. I think we'll all have a great time.

Also, the lineup in the Formulary schedule has a great piece of serendipity. Kerik Kouklis will be teaching pt/pd and gum the week following my dry plate workshop. Rather than an all-silver gelatin workflow, you could take dry plate/artisan film and follow it with Kerik's class, using the negatives you just made. So much fun, so little time! Carpe diem.

Denise Ross
www.thelightfarm.com

dwross
10-25-2010, 01:46 PM
An additional emulsion workshop is coming up in January. PE / Ron Mowrey will be teaching a short class on basic gaslight paper-making at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

http://www.eastmanhouse.org/events/detail/photo-workshop-2-2011.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested. I've taken a workshop from Ron, and it's not just emulsion science that you will learn. Ron is a first class bard of Kodak history and legend. Great fun.

And about that opportunity part: Mark Osterman, Ron, and I would like to stage a Silver Gelatin Symposium at GEH sometime soon'ish, hopefully by 2012. But, and here's the rub, interest must be demonstrated to the folks who fund these kinds of things -- interest in the tangible form of people paying money to take classes at GEH and elsewhere.

Artisan silver gelatin emulsionmaking education is in its infancy. It's a financial gamble for all concerned -- instructors and hosts alike (no one involved expects to make money, but no one can afford to lose it either). The Photographers' Formulary is giving me the whole workshop facility for two weeks in June (Bless their faith!!). At GEH and at the Formulary, the classes offered this year will probably have to prove themselves if they are to be offered again. Bottom line (figuratively and literally): as nice as websites, forums, books and videos may be, hands-on education, in a real workshop environment, is invaluable to learning a craft. This year, in this particular situation, if you can afford the time and money to take one class in NY or one or two in Montana (or all three :) ), you will not only be learning a unique skill, but you will be helping to guarantee that the education will be available in the future, including more advanced classes. 2011 is probably the make-or-break point.

Denise

Photo Engineer
10-25-2010, 02:47 PM
Thanks Denise.

I am tentatively scheduled to give another GEH workshop in the fall or early winter of 2011, but it all depends on the workshop in Jan. Mark and I have one of our Photo Engineer / GEH lunches this coming Thursday. I will have more information after my visit to GEH.

PE

Jerevan
10-30-2010, 12:53 PM
Oh man, I wish I had the money to get on a plane and attend the workshop! I need a sponsor. :)

Photo Engineer
10-30-2010, 02:21 PM
Mark and I are going to begin setting up the lab in mid Dec. for the January 2011 workshop. We will make a few dry runs and an emulsion at GEH using my formula so that we can get off to good start when the class begins. We had a great lunch on Thursday the 28th, and I'll bet a lot of you would have wanted to be there! ;)

I need an apprentice, not a sponsor. :D

PE

Athiril
10-31-2010, 09:39 AM
Mark and I are going to begin setting up the lab in mid Dec. for the January 2011 workshop. We will make a few dry runs and an emulsion at GEH using my formula so that we can get off to good start when the class begins. We had a great lunch on Thursday the 28th, and I'll bet a lot of you would have wanted to be there! ;)

I need an apprentice, not a sponsor. :D

PE

If I was in the U.S. I'd be on my way over! :p


An additional emulsion workshop is coming up in January. PE / Ron Mowrey will be teaching a short class on basic gaslight paper-making at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

http://www.eastmanhouse.org/events/detail/photo-workshop-2-2011.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested. I've taken a workshop from Ron, and it's not just emulsion science that you will learn. Ron is a first class bard of Kodak history and legend. Great fun.

And about that opportunity part: Mark Osterman, Ron, and I would like to stage a Silver Gelatin Symposium at GEH sometime soon'ish, hopefully by 2012. But, and here's the rub, interest must be demonstrated to the folks who fund these kinds of things -- interest in the tangible form of people paying money to take classes at GEH and elsewhere.

Artisan silver gelatin emulsionmaking education is in its infancy. It's a financial gamble for all concerned -- instructors and hosts alike (no one involved expects to make money, but no one can afford to lose it either). The Photographers' Formulary is giving me the whole workshop facility for two weeks in June (Bless their faith!!). At GEH and at the Formulary, the classes offered this year will probably have to prove themselves if they are to be offered again. Bottom line (figuratively and literally): as nice as websites, forums, books and videos may be, hands-on education, in a real workshop environment, is invaluable to learning a craft. This year, in this particular situation, if you can afford the time and money to take one class in NY or one or two in Montana (or all three :) ), you will not only be learning a unique skill, but you will be helping to guarantee that the education will be available in the future, including more advanced classes. 2011 is probably the make-or-break point.

Denise

I'll see if I can make 2011.

wildbillbugman
10-31-2010, 03:37 PM
Hi PE,
If Rochester, NY is anything like Buffalo,NY I don't wanna go! I was one of those New Yorkers who never left the Five Burroughs. And rarely the 1. But I have been to Buffalo. Please keep it!

dwross
09-15-2011, 08:49 PM
A heads-up, if anyone here is still interested in making and using emulsions for their photography. I've located, purchased, and tested two thicknesses of subbed film, one perfect for sheet film and the other for roll. Retail!

I made a batch of film emulsion for my Baby Graphic (2-1/4 x 3-1/4) and tested a few holders at my local favorite spot -- familiar to me, yet a serious photographic challenge for anything but a point and shoot. Rousing success! So, I'm off to Minnesota for a week. I'm carrying the lens in my purse, the camera in my checked bag, and I shipped 18 loaded holders USPS to my mom's house. It will be interesting to see if this can be easy and successful enough to become a reasonable way to 'do photography'.

I'm bending your ear with all this in the hope that this forum can become active again with 'real' stuff. In my heart of hearts I can't imagine anyone not thinking making emulsions is the cat's meow :).

Four prints (two here and two in following post). Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport, OR. Yesterday morning. Bright fog. Absolutely minimal post-processing. Details coming soon.