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    By the time Brady, Gardner and the Brady Corps were shooting their war images they were using wet-plate collodion. Mercury was used in processing Dags, which Brady did use earlier in his career. Their biggest danger was mistaking their potassium cyanide glass for their whiskey glass or accidently allowing their developer (acetic acid) and potassium cyanide to come in contact with each other. This would produce a nice little toxic cloud inside of their Whatsit Wagons that would kill any bug and the photographer too. I heard a story not long ago about the title "The Mad hatter" apparently mercury was used in the production of felt hats. The workers would eventually go mad from the mercury fumes over time, thus the term. I guess this was before we had OSHA.

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    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant that photographers were dropping like flies when they were using mercury, not that they were using mercury in the Civil War.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilmIs4Ever View Post
    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant that photographers were dropping like flies when they were using mercury, not that they were using mercury in the Civil War.
    I'm confused, when where the flies using mercury?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    I'm confused, when where the flies using mercury?
    They still do -- that's why they always rise up and get in your face as the day warms up.

    Photographing around my in-law's dairy farm in Australia, I'd start before sun-up and finish not too long after it rose before the flies got too bad...then I'd go over to the dairy and help finish milking the cows. But I guess better in my face than in my camera!

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    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I had some mites living in an old Nikon once, I wonder if they were nikkormites?

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    lol

    I recall Adams complaining about mosquitoes in his bellows when he shot in Alaska.
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