This is my first daguerreotype! I made it last night in a fit of impatience. It's a shot of this flickr page from my computer. It looks better in person, the scratches don't show up as much as in the scan.
It was sensitized over iodine until the second cycle yellow with some red. Exposed for 45 minutes at f/2.8. Developed under rubylith and a 200 watt light at a distance of about a foot for 5.5 hours. Fixed, washed, dried, and packaged.
I was curious how little polishing I could get away with and still get an image and now I know: a whole lot. Though the better the polish the better and quicker the image...