I feel your pain brother Jim may we all find a plasstica in out road to greatness
I had a co-worker bring in an OM-1 with a lens and some misc. other stuff and asked me if I wanted it. He was going to throw it away in the lab if I didn't want it. The camera was like new and came with the instruction manual (in German). He is from Germany originally.
Salvation Army finds are great. I found an OM-1 mint with lens for $7. Also, Nikon L35. Olympus Mjiu. Canonet Ql-17 etc. though none were primary shooters but exceptional. As a new mother the only advice I can give to you is that "no matter how many photos you take it will not be enough." Another thing photographers are notorious for being poor evaluators of their work and pitiful analyzers. Its not the camera or film: It is the image.
You may find this also interesting reading. I posted it a while back in a thread but it is now also included in the "Book" section of the Links section of APUG:
"PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 19th CENTURY: A process identification guide" by William E.Leyshon
with the Book section and a direct link to a PDF version of the book here:
Well, it would have been nice had my instruction book (The Wet Plate Collodion Experience, by Quinn Jacobson) bothered to address this little detail. It said "shake until dissolved", not "immerse, twiddle occasionally for the next three days, then filter". Shake until dissolved implies relative immediacy.
You could have saved yourself a lot of time and frustration by simply mixing in a mason jar and letting it sit. Give it a few shakes every once in awhile to get the solids to break down, then do not disturb it for a week or so. All the particulate matter will settle out and you'll be left with a very clear varnish to decant into another bottle. Always keep a new mix settling to be ready when you need .
You know the saying: "When you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, hope that is not a train"
Good luck and I am sure you will have hours of pleasure in your new setup.
Wear a Moomoo to work day?
OK I will look in that thread.
Pictures of the darkroom or from the darkroom? I've posted pics of it in the "Darkroom Portraits" thread and from it on the Standard Gallery (not scanned very well though).