SHOOTING DRY GLASS PLATES (2 ASA)
In the rapidly shrinking landscape of film stocks and, by now, the lonely desert of instant film availability, I thought it was time to experiment with oblique strategies (as always preached by Brian Eno). So I was most interested to discover another pioneer of a much needed anti-technocracy renaissance who is producing glass plates. It is only the beginning of production and there are still flaws in the coating of the plates as you can see from my image, but that is surely bound to be solved in future batches. I am very excited by the results. I only tested half a dozen plates, so far, but the results are very encouraging, and certainly worth further experimenting. This is indeed a viable alternative for me to the usual orthochromatic film I use for my portraiture. The modus operandi is very straight forward, something that was never so with the various attempts to re-produce polaroid-like instant films, after the demise of Polaroid.If you want to give it a go, here's the producer, a very friendly and professional manufacturer with an impeccable customer care: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pictoriographica?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=23001034
The plate above was shot as follows:
Exposed with 1 pop of 1200W/sec strobe in a soft box at 1ft from face of subject.
Meter reading @ 3ASA f 8
Actual f stop used on lens f4.5
Developed in HC 110 dilution B for 8 minutes
Acid stop 20 sec
Hardening Fixer until cleared
Gentle wash 35 minutes in inclined plane tray with water drain on bottom.