I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.
This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.
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"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"
dinsdag 25 juni 2013
zondag 16 juni 2013
Yesterday we finally had some times to give it a try.
But the day started with a migraine. some thing I really needed I just could find in my studio, and somehow I had the feeling the day would not bring the success I wanted.
After half an hour we headed to the location I had in mind, parked my car
and started unloading all the stuff we needed.
I was not allowed to park my car at that spot and he wanted to write me a ticked of 90,= euro!!.
kind to give me a warning...pfoeee.
After some struggling with the depth of the lake (Ferry needed to find a place where to stand)
and setting up the camera we finally were ready to start making some plates.
That went on the whole afternoon.
So it was extremely difficult to judge the exposure.
During the day MANY people stopped and watched us wondering what the hell we were doing and what Ferry was doing in the muddy water....
Ferry, as patient as he always is, explained the process more than ten times during that afternoon.
But I just wanted to share you this little story.
Just to show you how steep the way to success can be.
Dallmeyer 5d at f 22
exposure time 4 seconds
Short video of Ferry trying to find the best spot were to stand
maandag 3 juni 2013
most famous French optics.
technical information about the optics.
Mr Corrado was showing a nice open petzval lens to me.
On my question: "Is this one for sale" he commented positive!
So now I am the proud owner of a "half plate" petzval.
Mr. Corrado D'agostini still owns the other half.
I want to use it during demonstrations, just to show how skilled they were
during the 17th century. It reveals all the mystery's of a petzval lens
The crazy thing is that it still produces an image when I point it to a light at the ceiling