Posts tagged “glass

10×10″ Hottiness & Darkbox in the Making

I know the size of the original plate doesn’t come across on a computer screen but I just want to share how awesome I find the size: OMG AWESOME! So…

First time for me making square plates which is kind of cool. Hasselblad superior King Size stuff πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately they don’t fit in my scanner so I’ve photographed them with a Canon S95 lousy in comparison so never mind the qual please…the one of my brother looks way better in person (he does too).

Also, we’re currently working on the all new making of a darkbox so I can finally photograph the beautiful city of Maastricht for my Alexander Simays project. The box is ready, thanks to my wonderful extremely supportive boyfriend, and we’re now waiting for the black cloth to arrive. I’m really looking forward to that little gem because it’s said to be extremely thin AND light tight. I’ve ordered an extra piece to use as a dark cloth on my camera. My current one is rather thick and not light tight enough, a PITA that is. Below some examples of what the box will look like.

The closed box

The closed box

The opened box, with the bars to hold the dark cloth

The opened box, with the bars to hold the dark cloth

The table on which the darkbox will reside. This table fits on the cart for my bike so I can drive it all around Maastricht without it touching its soil.

The table on which the darkbox will reside. This table fits on the cart for my bike so I can drive it all around Maastricht without it touching its soil.

Once finished I’ll post the exact specifications qua size and all that’s been used etc.

Good night πŸ™‚


Rubytype Rubyred Rubybrother

Last week I went to Tilburg to buy me some glass. They had lots including all kinds of colored plates. Red jumped out. Ruby red to be exact. In Collodion it’s not all that uncommon to experiment with different colors of glass. A friend of mine recently told me that all of these colored variations are called rubytypes, even though the color is not ruby red, but it happened to be so in my case.

Two days ago my brother visited me and I had a day off so the perfect opportunity to try some of these. The first I noticed was that the collodion peeled off way too easily with these plates. They had the same treatment as the black glass which I also bought that day and they came out just fine. It was like the collodion just wasn’t willing to stick to the glass. Anyway, will have to look into that some more, maybe treat the edges with albumen to keep the collodion from peeling.

Anyweez…the results were quite pleasing! The first photo I took (on the left) is qua composition the most appealing to the eye but was a tad overexposed, which I adjusted with the second plate (on the right), but unfortunately the peeling was worse. Black glass has deeper blacks but with the red glass the blacks are deeper, meaning they are more dynamic. They have this special look which is impossible to convey on a screen with a scan, you’ll have to do with it. Below I’ll post the way they look when held to the light and when scanned with a black backing. Ruby red. Lovely red.

This is a fun and nice survey into a different dynamic layer in Collodion photography. I’m looking forward doing some more soon. These were 4×5″ plates but I also have some 8×10″ and 10×10″, the latter being an incredibly sexy size! Yes. Size DOES matter. Have a good evening πŸ˜‰


Cutting the Glass

Last week I picked up a batch of glass which I ordered from America. Turns out European style 8×10″ is not the same as the US 8×10″ size. Better said, Europeans commonly misuse the term 8×10″ because European cameras are 18×24 cm and not 20×25 cm which 8×10″ officially is. So, I had myself a batch which was too big for my back and went on a search for a decent setup to cut glass. Several options like a glass cutter which is also used to cut tiles. That didn’t work properly and I ended up withΒ  a decent knife especially for glass to do the job. Really great as it works fantastic and is very easy to deal with! My boyfriend was kind enough to build me a model so the cutting to the wanted size is a piece of cake now.

The Neccesary Supplies

The Neccesary Supplies

To cut the short side

To cut the short side

To cut the long side

To cut the long side

The suction cup to easily lift the plate without cutting your fingers

The suction cup to easily lift the plate without cutting your fingers

Cutting the Glass

Cutting the Glass

Lifting up the glass with the suction cup

Lifting up the glass with the suction cup

Breaking the glass where I cut it previously

Breaking the glass where I cut it previously

Deburring the Glass

Deburring the Glass