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Old Apr 2, 2004, 9:09 AM   #11
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This is the local Gentleman's Club photo. Dr. Livingston, I presume?
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 10:07 AM   #12
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Though you're correct, Normcar, about photography being new at the time, it really only applies to "personal" photography. 1827 saw the first photographs in the form of heliographs. By 1837, Daguerre was successful with the daguerreotype, and long before the American Civil War and the famed Brady, this photographic process was being used on both sides of the Atlantic. By the 1890's, several processes were being used: daguerreotype, albumen, calotype, ambrotype, tintype, and doubtless others I may have forgotten.

I just looked up the following to get my facts correct: The carte-de-visite type of photograph was patented in 1854 and, by the 1860's, was gearing up to kill the daguerreotype. This newer method enabled mass production of portraits and also brought the ability to have their photographs taken down to the everyday person. I've seen any number of badly done portraits of people with little money to spend but who were able to afford having their portraits done by "professionals."

It's amazing how relatively old the art form really is.
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 6:32 PM   #13
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This is killing me, I really want to tell you all about this photo.
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Old Apr 2, 2004, 6:39 PM   #14
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This is killing me, I really want to tell you all about this photo.
The only thing that might save you is the knowledge that everyone else is going through the exact same thing. The moderator of this forum is downright mean. :evil:
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 12:27 AM   #15
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yeah really! you made that rule anyway
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 8:10 AM   #16
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I think it's a fantastic rule! I've not laughed so hard (and can only laugh at the guesses at mine). When we got the challenge, I thought, "well, this doesn't seem like it will be one of the neater ones" and has turned out to be the best so far! (IMHO) I can't wait to hear how wrong I was on all of them, and to tell you all what I know about mine!
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:37 PM   #17
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I took this picture a couple of years ago.

It is an Ambrotype, a collodion image on glass. I took it at Harpers Ferry National Park in WVA.

When Im not using my D100 I take pictures with large, up to 18x22 inch, wooden cameras. I take Ambrotypes, Tintypes, and Glass Negatives using the collodion wet plate process that was used from about 1852 to 1880.

The guys in this picture are portraying the town officials for a polital gathering. They are all experts in the clothing of the period. They are wearing beaver hats and are dressed right on for the late 1850s or early 1860s period.

If you want to see more of my wet plate work you can do so at my web site.

http://www.robertszabo.com

This has been fun, hope I havent upset anyone by putting in a "modern" picture.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:39 PM   #18
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This is positively fantastic! I love it! And I'm not going to write anything else because I have to click the link you gave. Bye-bye.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:54 PM   #19
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You do some astonishing work. I thought I could pick a favorite or two, but it turned out to be impossible. Every last blessed photo was worth looking at for much longer than a mere glance.

A few questions:

What is in the collodian substance?

A lot of the photos have the same look of wear as do the truly old examples of this kind of photography. Is this something you do on purpose or is it something that just happens in the process of coating the glass or in development?
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:57 PM   #20
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That's really cool, Robert! :lol: You fooled us!
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