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Wet Plate Collodion from 35mm Slide Film

I am still in the midst of experimenting with making wet plate collodion images using 35mm slide film. I made some portraits of Kathleen on her wedding day with 35mm slide film in the hopes that I would be able to use an enlarger to expose them onto aluminum or glass plates. I used an Aristo cold head enlarger with the aperture all the way open. My exposures have been around 90 seconds to 3 minutes. So, here are a few results. I know, I know…those wet plate aficionados looking on….I realize I have some chemical and technique issues to work out.

Eliza…

I haven’t really post a lot of pictures of my daughter on my blog. Most people think since I am a photographer that I must take sooo many pictures of Eliza. But, I really don’t. I think it is actually much harder to take pictures of your own kids, at least it is difficult to do the posey picture types. Most of the time when I have taken pictures of Eliza she just wants to run to me, which makes it very difficult to make anything happen. But, with the help of family members and distractions (like bugs!) we do manage. She was just over 22 months old when these pictures were taken. I can’t believe she is almost 2….what happened?

 

More Wet-Plate Collodion

So, I am still pretty new to wet-plate collodion. But, I certainly am addicted. An Aristo cold light head was recently donated to the university. I had not seen one of these in a long time. One of my professors in grad school owned one, but I had never used one. It took me a while to figure out how to use it, but after some online research and picking some of my colleagues brains, I think I figured it out! I printed a few large format negatives first and I was immediately hooked on this enlarger. It prints so much more evenly than any other enlargers I have ever used! I decided to do some experimenting with using the enlarger as an exposure source for wet plates. I used old color positive slides I made in graduate school to make the exposures. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of these wet plates in this post (minus the shopping cart) are exposed from 35mm positive slides. I plan on making some in the future using medium format positive film 🙂