Collodion Wet Plates with Zetze

Zetze was keen to make collodion wet plates on our first shooting. I was very pleased that she had so much interest in this historical process. Since the process is quite elaborate a shooting does not end with several hundret pictures; ten are much more the rule. But these pictures are also a bit different from usual.

The pictures were made in my studio. Most were taken with a Shen-Hao 5×7 Inch wooden camera and a Dallmeyer 1A Petzval lens from about 1920. The sets were illuminated by Dedeolight DLH400D and DLH400SDT HMI lights. Despite that these lights are very bright and despite that the lens is faster than modern lenses, these collodion wet plates usually require an exposure time between two to six seconds.

These pictures are unique on black aluminium or black perspex.

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