Well, I just found the May/June issue of View Camera on the newsstand yesterday. I've got an image in the article about Whole Plate photography, which is very cool. The image is one taken of the viaduct at Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal. I shot it with an 1860s/70s vintage Darlot Hemispherique Extra Rapide #2, which gives it a very atmospheric feel, the corners just barely vignetted. I'm pleased as punch They did a pretty good job reproducing the image and the write-up about the work.
I have only one digital left. As soon that goes I am digital free other than my cell phone. Getting close.
I just love this old camera and have taken quite a few amazing shots with it. The focus ring has been stuck at 10 feet and the bellows are like swiss cheese since I got it though so it is time. I have used black fingernail polish to repair the holes a few times but a couple of the holes are not pin holes and can not be sealed properly anymore.
I found quite a bit of restoration info on the web and have even found directions and templates for a new bellows. Since I paid under $20
Well, I've gone and done it. My exhibit is up on the wall now, all prepared and ready to go. Five images only, but I think five good ones. From a series of large format night photos of scenes in Washington DC, in and around the neighborhood where I live. Platinum/Palladium prints in whole plate (6.5 x 8.5 inches). I DEFINITELY need to get new lights for next year though- the little LED-based ones I'm using are nowhere near bright enough. I'll post a pic of the exhibit when I get home and can download
Recently I was persuaded by my good friend and co-experimentalist, Diwan Bhathal, to try some metal-plate ink printing, which produces results resembling intaglio.
The process is simple: you lay out a print, sketch it roughly onto a metal plate with a wax pencil, add ink, flip the inked plate onto some paper and brayer it. The ink partially transfers to the paper, and you get a print.
Faced with the task of drawing my image onto the plate and inking it, I conjured