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Postby rmalarz » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:46 pm

Charles, it's not all that bad on the computer. More judgment calls and minor tweaks than anything. The real process must have been a bear. I still enjoy processing film, but at least it comes with the emulsion already applied, and dry.
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rmalarz wrote:Dave, thanks for the comments. Like the real thing, the process in PS is a bit challenging, but still easy. It's easier than the real thing. To familiarize yourself with the process, do a search on collodion and daguerreotype. The actual process is quite interesting, as well as a bit dangerous. There are some youtube videos covering the real process.
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I searched for both the original and the faux processes. Boy what a lotta work, huh, either way. And we used to worry about the health effects of ordinary B&W photo chemicals (and to this day I love the tang of hypo in the air, takes me home). I bet you know that the character of the "Mad" Hatter came about because hatmakers used mercury in the making of felts. Daguerre's process used mercury vapor to develop his plates. No wonder all photographers are a little crazy. :lol:
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Postby Charles Haacker » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:22 pm

rmalarz wrote:Charles, it's not all that bad on the computer. More judgment calls and minor tweaks than anything. The real process must have been a bear. I still enjoy processing film, but at least it comes with the emulsion already applied, and dry.
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One of my personal heroes is William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), the official expedition photographer who helped create Yellowstone as the first National Park. Here's an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on him:
"Preparing, exposing, developing, fixing, washing then drying a single image could take the better part of an hour. Washing the plates in 160 °F hot spring water cut the drying time by more than half, while using water from snow melted and warmed in his hands slowed down the processing substantially. His photographic division of 5 to 7 men carried photographic equipment on the backs of mules and rifles on their shoulders. Jackson's life experience (for example his military service, and his peaceful dealings with Indians) was welcomed. The weight of the glass plates and the portable darkroom limited the number of possible exposures on any one trip, and these images were taken in primitive, roadless, and physically challenging conditions. Once when the mule lost its footing, Jackson lost a month's work, having to return to untracked Rocky Mountain landscapes to remake the pictures, one of which was his celebrated view of the Mount of the Holy Cross."
When I was in school they told us that story, and insisted the mule's name was "Hypo." :) Interestingly I have read other stories that say the mule survived, although of course the load did not.
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Re: Old Western Town

Postby St3v3M » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:12 am

rmalarz wrote:Minnie, the overall is that, in this case, I took a scanned 4x5 black and white negative, sharpened it additionally, tinted it sepia, and then copied the background layer. On the copied layer, I added a blur, which was then masked and parts of the blurred area were masked out. Then two additional layers were added. One emulates the texture of the film or plate, the other layer emulates the scratches on the plate. The various layers are adjusted for opacity until the appearance closely resembles a collodion image.

It takes some examination of genuine collodion images to get a feel for the way the camera produces the image and then how the collodion process is applied to the plates and processed after exposure. All in all, it's a fun process to produce the same effect in photoshop. I hope this gave you an overall idea of the procedure involved.

Wonderful image and a helpful explanation of the process and how you work. Thank you for sharing this with us! S-
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Re: Old Western Town

Postby rmalarz » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:26 pm

You're welcome St3v3. These can be fun to do, but can present their own issues in the process.
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Re: Old Western Town

Postby Matt Quinn » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:26 pm

rmalarz wrote:Faux Collodion Process Print


Neat job. Reminds me of our days in Montana and the abandoned towns; always sad and spooky places. Matt
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Re: Old Western Town

Postby rmalarz » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:01 pm

Thanks for looking and commenting, Matt. It's kind of a fun process to do.
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rmalarz wrote:Faux Collodion Process Print


Neat job. Reminds me of our days in Montana and the abandoned towns; always sad and spooky places. Matt
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