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View Camera, Tintypes, wet plate. etc.
Has anyone played with it here?
really want to get my hands on those type of camera looking at these videos.
(fking no vimeo embed)
View cameras are fairly easy to come by these days for a decent price. It's the film and processing that will cost you in the long run. But if you have the time and patience they're really fun to use and shoot with.
Have you spent lots of time in the darkroom? Tintype and wet plate are somewhat more advanced than using traditional film stock.
Get ready to spend some cash. You don't have to shoot tintypes or wet plate or antiquated processes. They are hard, and unless you are ready to spend some time in perfecting the process really have to think about investing in it.
Get your hands on a polaroid holder, and some instant film from fuji or polaroid (I think the impossible project may be making some) and have fun. Shoot some film and play around.
You can make things like this with Expired old polaroid film.
Btw, THat first video is amazing (Ian Ruhter's) Really pushing the process like that is pretty amazing. I feel that as long as the light is good, and the exposure is there, you can't make a bad image.
It also reminds me Breaking bad a bit. Thanks for posting those.
I've used a view camera for years and years. I've got a nice Sinar 4x5 with a couple nice lenses.
it's true, you can pick up what used to cost "car money" large format stuff... 4x5 and even 8x10 cameras for a few hundred these days....
Monorails are easier to manipulate but require a huge box to carry on location, whereas "field cameras" and such are a bit hard to do all the swings and tilts on, especially if you are into the Scheimflug principle, ... also a used field camera may have harder-to-turn knobs, due to being crammed in a box,etc...
I had a nice old Calumet monorail, it was great..wish I had never sold it!
The Schleimflug principle...
also, a HUGE, heavy old Magestic tripod can do you well for monorail large format work.... I got one from ebay for $90 + 20 shipping... they're heavy as hell, but geared and much more solid than anything else unless you spend big $$$.....
I started photography with black/white and a range finder. Process everything my self with a make shift darkroom. Then i switched digital because it was booming at that time. Didn't even know what it was because the time i was doing film was so short. Kinda regret getting rid of all those equipment now.
Those two Vimeo videos Pango are pretty badass!
Ian Ruhter/ Wet Plate Collodion 27”x36”/Jason Wilson / Los Angeles CA 6.3.2012
Ian Ruhter/ Wet Plate Collodion 48’x60”/See the forest for the trees /Tahoe, CA /11.27.2011
Ian Ruhter/ Wet Plate Collodion 27”x36”/The River /Los Angeles CA 5.15.2012
Ian Ruhter/ Wet Plate Collodion 8”x10”/ Peter Line/ Mammoth Lakes Ca, 4.23.2011
If you have photos you took with these type of medium, please do post.
I really don't like that style of photography. Is it just me?
in a way, large format + old process developement by hand is like the analog equivelent of HDR, i.e. interesting for a short while and fetishized into oblivion by the many followers who crave the craft effect and not the possibly interesting bit of aesthetic without the overkill...