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Topaz Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021 - As part of a scouting trip this weekend, I visited Topaz Mill so I would know what to expect when I return with my 1889...
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Hodgson Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 05, 2021

June 11, 2021 - Hodgson Mill is located 17 miles northeast of Gainesville Missouri on Hwy. 181 in the Sycamore area. It is advertised as...
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Darkroom Digest: Water vs. Acid Stop Bath

August 08, 2017 - In this article, I thought it might be helpful to compare water versus acid-based stop baths and open up the conversatio...
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Exploring Divided Bath DD-23 For Large Format B&W Film Development

June 20, 2017 - What is D-23 black and white film developer and why do photographers use it? I will help answer those two questions in...
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How I Calculate Bellows Factors & Magnification Ratios For Large Format

October 02, 2016 - One of the reasons, among many, that I love large format view cameras is the ability to use a single lens for regular an...
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Darkroom Digest: My Eco-Friendly B&W Film Developer Formulas

October 01, 2016 - I have written about two different black and white developers that I use in previous articles (D76-Eco, D-23-Eco). In th...
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Exploring Metol Developing Agent and The Historic D-23 Developer Formula

September 30, 2016 - Before I discuss M etol specifically, I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview on the role of black and...
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Starting the Design Process For My Dry Plate Drying Box

September 27, 2016 - Now that my new darkroom is completed, I am starting back on my mission to make silver gelatin emulsion from raw materia...
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How To Test Your Fixer In The Darkroom

September 26, 2016 - I get a lot of questions from photographers on how to know if the stop and/or fixing bath has been exhausted. I don't u...
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The Importance of Aspect Ratio & Why You Should Care

September 25, 2016 - I believe that selecting the proper aspect ratio for your scene or subject, especially in nature and landscape photograp...
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The High-Level Steps For Making Silver Gelatin Emulsions

September 24, 2016 - There are five major steps for creating silver gelatin emulsion and I provide a good summary of each of the steps for yo...
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Dry Plates for Babies (Beginners) - Getting Started Guide by Tim Layton

December 07, 2015 - If you have ever thought about making your own dry plate glass negatives, then this article is for you. With the approa...
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