There were speed ratings as far back as the '90's...and not the 1990's either. I still use Ortho film mostly in large format. I used to use super plenechrome press and super speed ortho, super speed ortho was rated at about 125. BUT, in the lovely little papers that came with it it gave all the modifiers for filters timr of day, and time of year. 125 speed was for a bright sunny day, between 10:00am and 3:00pm, in the summertime. Shooting snow scenes early or late day could slow down to asa 10.
Originally Posted by dwross
Thanks for posting that info. Very interesting! It tracks perfectly with my latest experiences. When I posted "6 to 40", I hadn't stumbled on salt-into-silver precipitation ("normal" historic emulsion making has it as silver-into-salt). That's made a Universe of difference in speed. The take home message for me is that all the limitations we think (or have been told) exist to making our own materials are probably wrong. Dream it; make it (only caveat: still a lot of work.)
They are no longer light sensitive when they are dry. Any previously exposed latent image disappears if the plate dries out.
Originally Posted by keithwms
The collodion is like a thin coating of syrup with a thin film and nothing can be in contact with it or it will impact the image.
There was an old technique of covering a sensitised plate with honey to stop it evaporating.
This honey process meant that the plate could be transported for several days.