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    Bugs found on negatives, living in camera.

    I noticed on a few prints that there were some bugs, checked the negatives and they were on them too. I presume these insects are living in one or more of my cameras, but I cant understand why they are in focus. Surely they should be well out of focus? Any ideas how to get rid of them?

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    Sounds like you have camera lice.

    When they are small enough and crawling on the film plane, they would be in focus, or very nearly so. Put the camera in a plastic bag and put it in a freezer overnight. Bring it back up to room temp before you take it out of the bag, and then blow out the camera body.
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    The digital shooters have to worry about bugs. Apparently now we have to too.

    I had a shutter in a Fed 3a that was stuck. I found out that an insect got stuck inside it (a decent-sized one - no idea how it got there) and had caused the curtains to stick together. Ugh.
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    I wonder how Brady and his bunch photographed with wet plates during the Civil War...seeing how there were thousands of horses and mules and probably a thousand flies for each one of them!

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    If freezing doesn't do it, try the old trapper's trick. Put the camera in a garbage bag, give the bag a good shot of Raid and tie it shut. Give it about an hour, open the bag, and whatever was alive when you tied it shut is dead. Trappers do this to kill the lice before skinning.
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    I had a spider living in the bellows of my enlarger for a while. It really confounded me because he would move in and out of the picture. It took me a while to figure out where he was.

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    I am sure if you put your infect equipment under not too hot sun, th bug would escape
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I wonder how Brady and his bunch photographed with wet plates during the Civil War...seeing how there were thousands of horses and mules and probably a thousand flies for each one of them!

    Vaughn
    That's easy- between the ether and the alcohol, any bugs getting near the collodion would get asphyxiated/intoxicated/poisoned by the fumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    That's easy- between the ether and the alcohol, any bugs getting near the collodion would get asphyxiated/intoxicated/poisoned by the fumes.
    I did not think of that! Which means the photographers ran the danger of dropping like flies, too...

    But since the plates were still a bit sticky (I assume) when used, one would have to chase the flies out of the camera before loading it. Must have been "fun"! But I don't remember seeing any Civil way images with the sillioette of flies on them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I did not think of that! Which means the photographers ran the danger of dropping like flies, too...

    But since the plates were still a bit sticky (I assume) when used, one would have to chase the flies out of the camera before loading it. Must have been "fun"! But I don't remember seeing any Civil way images with the sillioette of flies on them!

    Vaughn
    No, that was when they used gaseous mercury to develop their plates. . .

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