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© Sam Vimes
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This image was shot with a Jarmin-Darlot Cone Centralizer lens from 1861. Focal length is 9 inches and the F-Stop was 4. The deep coffee tone in the image is from the Potassium Cyanide fixer used in the Collodion process. The image is varnished with Sandarac gum and lavender oil mixed with alcohol. The bellows was extended and the exposure time was 8 seconds. Laura and I have discovered a path that is going to lead us into very birth of photography, Collodion Photography, also known as wet plate. From 1850 to the invention and commercialization of Dry plate photography by Kodak in 1889, photographers were immediately recognizable by their black hands, a combination of collodion and silver nitrate. Collodion photgraphy is virtually grainless and has an ISO at best of 1, yep 1. From the pouring of the plate to the revealing of the image usually takes 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the temperature. To read more about our journey please visit our blog here:


My hands are black.

7 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Amazing technique and fabulous image!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    AMAZING work my love!! Your dedication inspires me....(it is obvious the subject can hide NOTHING from Collodion)

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Very cool, different & original piece of art.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Dec 2009):


  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic portrait, and what a wonderful journey you are taking! Seems a bit like time travel...I look forward to more!

  • Marty Hou

    Marty Hou said (2 Jan 2010):

    Amazing portrait, the emotion of her eyes and lip just took my breathe.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (13 Feb 2010):

    Incredible shot and incredible journey!!! Thanks for all the history.

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