Self Portrait, Black Glass Ambrotype

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    After a good week and almost 10 plates poured, I'm finally starting to get results I'm willing to post on Flickr.

    This shot represents a lot of things I was trying to accomplish with my wet plate collodion technique over the past week.

    Goal 1: Get a good, even pour with no streaks.
    Goal 2: Develop in a similarly even fashion.
    Goal 3: Varnish it so it looks like it wasn't done by a 4 year-old.

    Eastman Commercial B 8x10
    Fujinar 300mm f/4.5 barrel lens
    12 sec. @ f/4.5 + front fall, back swing
    Bostick and Sullivan "Quick Clear" collodion
    8x10" Black Glass Ambrotype
    Jeff Salisbury operating camera

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    1. mat4226 40 months ago | reply

      Oh yes, I'm VERY aware of Joni and her awesome work. She's on Google+, btw. ;)

    2. Dan Domme 40 months ago | reply

      "Hey, you ain't Seamus McFly. You look like him, though, especially with that dog ugly hat."

    3. Leslie Lazenby 40 months ago | reply

      The scan is good but the original plate is awesome and it smells a french whore. Oh can I say that here, not implying it smells bad, it's lavender! It's really amazing, Lima's loss.

    4. jtayloreckstein [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

      I love the look. I know it's a lot of work, ever considering posting tips for anyone else who might be interested?

      Love older alternative processes (though in their day, they WERE the process).

    5. mat4226 40 months ago | reply

      I'd love to start offering my services to others, but to tell the truth, I've only gotten started with this. The best tip I can give anybody is to have a strong chemistry background (or learn), and make sure you're in a well ventilated area.

    6. mat4226 40 months ago | reply

      Next time you post a photo, I'll be sure to quote the third movie in an even worse triology (kinda like BttF). ;p

    7. A. Wallis 40 months ago | reply

      From the rules of alternative processes printing (read rules please) group:

      Posting rules

      All posts to this group have to include at least the used printing process tag and an additional altprocess tag.

    8. Giorgio Bordin 40 months ago | reply

      wow. good wet plate. good pouring, wonderful developing, good self portrait (12 sec.!).
      As you have already seen, I too have started with my very first wet plates. I have a lot to learn.
      So tell me: which kind of lighting? natural or artificial. And if artificial: which kind?

    9. George Sheils (seoirseosial) 40 months ago | reply

      Excellent pour!

      Keep posti8ng these. They're great !

    10. look-book 40 months ago | reply


    11. mat4226 40 months ago | reply

      Cheers Giogrio! This one was natural light, big 3 meter high windows with white diffusion (camera left), and tons of white foam-core (camera right). I'm working on an artificial setup right now, going to be using 6 x 105W 6500k CFL bulbs!

    12. sapheron 40 months ago | reply

      12 seconds of standing still. You did well to get only a little body movement. And yes, the hat is a wonderful touch.

    13. .:Axle:. 40 months ago | reply

      Looks great here, better in person.

    14. donkerdave 40 months ago | reply


      missed this - nice

    15. Eponymous Hero 40 months ago | reply

      Going back in time is very cool. Resurrecting these old (but remarkable) techniques must be über rewarding. Bravo!

      You got slapped with a McFly reference, so I won't dare mention Depp :)

    16. Andrew Bartram (WarboysSnapper) 40 months ago | reply

      Matt - I just wish I had the time ......
      Great work, keep it up

    17. bbcuyler 40 months ago | reply

      I need to try this!

    18. ando28 39 months ago | reply

      really cool portrait

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