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  1. Adventures in Wet-Plate

    by , 03-05-2008 at 04:07 PM
    Well, I'm starting down the rabbit hole of wet-plate collodion. The first step was to take a course from Kerik Kouklis at his place outside Sacramento. That was a terrific experience- in the space of eight hours, I went from zero experience to having successfully made thirteen plates on black aluminum, clear glass, and black glass in both 5x7 and 8x10 plate sizes.

    I came out of the class with a tremendous respect for the process and its practitioners both modern and historic, and ...
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  2. Random thoughts from a slow day at work...

    by , 02-20-2008 at 06:07 PM
    It's snowing and it's one of those days at work where you have to get a little creative in order to look busy. I've been reading through a document, an SOP about using the tools in the machine shop. I'm easily amused. The following pertains to the bench grinder;

    • Do not wear neckties, long or loose sleeves or loose fitting garments (especially about the waist).

    Now, the neck tie thing makes sense, although in my 14 years I've never ever been tempted to wear a neck ...
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  3. toyo G 8x10

    by , 02-14-2008 at 09:31 PM
    i had a change to get a mint toyo g 8x10, i wonder what a fair price for it ?
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  4. My New Darkroom

    by , 02-14-2008 at 08:59 PM
    It's here! The revolving door installation got delayed by a day, so it happened yesterday. Today I processed two rolls of film, and it all worked fine. I just need to organise my space a little better, but I'm delighted with my new dedicated darkroom.
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  5. The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel

    by , 02-10-2008 at 08:41 PM
    Well, it's not too far away at all now. I can see the light, make that dark, at the end of the tunnel. My revolving darkroom door goes in on Wednesday. That in itself means that I need to have everything large in the room beforehand, and that includes the table and the enlarger. I've had a larger sink installed and had the exhaust fan replaced and reconnected. I've put up a cover for the skylight and a baffle for the exhaust fan. I'm making a light-proof removeable cover for the downlight, ...
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