Suggestions on large plate images
First, let me state that I know absolutely nothing about plate photography, which is probably a good thing as I don't have my head full of a lot of fuzzy, wrong ideas on it. I'm a competent film shooter, and develop and print myself. However, there is something special about the plate images I'm seeing here. The blacks remind of the deep blacks I used to get w/ my etchings. I would love to understand the plate process, but here's the rub. I like big images. Not huge, but 18" is fine w/ me. It would appear that all the plate images I'm seeing are done by contact printing? Or am I seeing the plate itself? As you can see, I'm a blank slate on this process. I have no interest in shooting LF, but want images like what I see, but large. Are the two things mutually exclusive, or is there some sort of process that would give me a similar look by enlarging or some other method?