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    Quinn's Avatar
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    Oct 2004
    Viernheim, Germany
    8x10 Format
    Thank you Barry, Kerik and Allen - the kind words and encouragement are appreciated!

    Mark, my intention for the online workshop was for people exactly like you. It has 29 videos, private forum (and public forum as Kerik pointed out), and I do a monthly video podcast on it (this month from Barcelona, Spain!). You can learn the process there and perfect it over time.

    As others have said, it is very possible to get "super-clean, film-like" plates with Wet Plate Collodion (Kerik's examples are great) if that's what you want to do. I do it sometimes, it just depends on the application and intention of the image - it will take some time, but very, very doable.

    The process isn't difficult. It's just a lot of stuff to purchase, put together and remember - logistically, it's tough sometimes. The difficulty level has been exaggerated (I'm guilty of making it sound more difficult than it is, too). It's more like working from your gut (intuition) than from hard science and numbers (traditional film processing). There's a lot of lattitude in this process - that's one of the reasons I really enjoy it.

    Again, if you want to make a science out of Collodion, you can - you can master it and control it, but be preapred to invest some time to accomplish that. You can learn the process online, too. I know you can, because I work with several who have.

    I hope that helps. And I hope you join Chemical Pictures! (www.studioQ.info) Thanks again (everyone) for the support!
    Last edited by Quinn; 10-26-2009 at 10:01 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    Quinn Jacobson
    Artist, Photographer, & Educator

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    Oct 2002
    Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Large Format
    If you want to see some clean plates done by a master collodionist be sure to check out the work of Robert Szabo. He has a Model Mayhem website and is also the man behind the Civil War Reenactor website. A couple other names that spring immediately to mind are France Scully & Mark Osterman, and Robb Kendrick.

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    Nov 2003
    Thanks alot Quinn. As soon as I figure out some logistics I aquire the right supplies I will jump in.

    Hey Smieglitz, Thanks a lot for writing that article. It was just the down and dirty-just the facts-type article I needed.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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