Yes... with a capital YES
Like I mentioned earlier, no one ever seems to make use of vertical space.
Well, that used to be the case, I guess.
It was a big hit. Hopefully, we shall see more out of the next quarter's class. The seed has been planted and my Graduation Day is over!
It's definitely wrapping up...
A big hunk of change has left my house, in pursuit of major educational successes. On May 12th, my son graduated from the University of Wisconsin @ Whitewater, with a double major in Business & IT. It was big party.
Originally Posted by sparkie1263
These distances made for some tough shots, even using the Metz 76 MZ5 "high beam"... wide open (f/5.6) with the SONY 70-400 @ 400mm.
In June, I get my ceremony! A much smaller class, too. I wonder who I hand off the camera to?
Appreciating Digital's Simplicity
I've been a bit absent from the forum lately, consumed with my advanced large format class and printing in the darkroom. That's right the traditional darkroom. But going even more old school, I took a weekend workshop in wet plate collodian, creating tin types and glass plate positives and negatives.
As a basic comarison, think about how fortunate we are with ditigal - point, compose, shoot and instant feedback on the view screen. Chances of image being damaged or destroyed before printing, slim to none.
Wet plate collodian on the other hand, full hands on from start to finish, but also as close to "instant" as far as old photography techniques go. You take your pre-prepared tin or glass plate and pour your collodian on to coat one side, which is easier said than done. Collodian is liquified cotton which was used (and is still used) as a liquid bandage in the Civil War. The plate is then dipped into a bath of silver nitrate to coat and it is at that point the plate becomes sensitized. Under safe light conditions, the plate is removed from the silver bath, placed in your film holder, taken out to the camera, and picture taken. Your shutter is your hand removing the cap off the lens, giving a rough count depending on lighting conditions, usually around one to three seconds, then placing the cap back on. In total, from the time you place the collodian on the plate, you need to have completed the coating process, taken your picture, and start your development in around 15 minutes.