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Kaden K.
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Feb 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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You've reason to be very pleased. Bet it's amazing in person. I'm guessing many more will follow.


Feb 26, 2012 at 07:05 AM
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That is easily the most stunning Dag I've ever laid my eyes one ... "No Way" I'd have every considered that to be a Dag (not that I'm well versed in them). Not sure if that's because it's "mercurial" that I'm not familiar with, or it is just a matter of the mastery of technique applied beyond what I've seen elsewhere.

Either way ... that is one "Suh-Weeeeet" pic.

P.S. That comes on the heels of having spent nearly 3 hours scrutinizing the AA exhibit last night. The impressiveness of your portrait must be even more so in person.

BTW ... did I mention "I like it"

Compelled to share ... hope you don't mind.







Feb 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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Thanks Karen and Kent.

It has very good definition and detail. It is difficult to scan. This is a low end scan made
by me at home. They made scans of everyone's daguerreotypes done at the class at
Gorge Eastman House and I will get a proper one later on. Btw, this daguerreotype was
taken with a Petzval lens, tricky in that the lens curvature requires careful positioning so
that all is proportional and the focusing also has some different about it.

Needless to say, this was done under the direction of two Masters of photography -
Mark Osterman and Mike Robinson who were at all times around teaching, helping, and
assisting to make sure we succeeded at every step.

The thing about taking a GEH workshop is that they have access to archives of cameras
and archives of literature and archives of thousands of daguerreotypes, not just anything,
but items of historical significance, and we are taught the latest techniques by in house
conservators. Something that does not happen anywhere else.

It comes to mind the creation of cases to house the daguerreotypes we made. We benefited
from the latest experiments, information on how to in daguerreotype conservancy and a great
lecture by a conservator that was working the GEH archives casing project.

We also had access to an historical display of daguerreotype cameras and lenses. This was
by Todd Gustavson who wrote two books on cameras. Check out this brief lecture:

http://podcast.eastmanhouse.org/500-cameras-by-todd-gustavson/

All in all an outstanding experience. I saw in the flesh several Southworth and Hawes daguerreotypes,
between the GEH archives and a local collector that open his home to gives a private showing. That
alone was a great time. Just in case you are wondering who Southworth and Hawes were:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQca9AB8qc

http://www.flickr.com/photos/george_eastman_house/sets/72157606223836462/

Actually, the whites and the blacks on this daguerreotype match precisely the whites and blacks of
those made in the nineteenth century. Something I (and a lot of other practicing daguerreotypes)
have never been able to do before.




Feb 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
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Sounds like a wonderful experience. I'm sure you left with an appreciation of the skill required by the photographers of yore. I only have a few daguerrotypes, most of what I have of the era are ambrotypes and tintypes.


Feb 26, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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Yes, a wonderful experience. Yesterday's techniques and processes are being revived and
used in modern day art. It goes under the name "antiquarian avant garde". Just check out
this book publish sometime in early 2000's, I think.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/photographys-antiquarian-avant-garde-lyle-rexer/1004915674

As you know, Mark Osterman is recognized as a Master of collodion. Check out his website:

http://collodion.org/index.html

We actually had the opportunity of visiting his studio, which is featured on this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY5KQQLBbcs&feature=related

and some interesting intros to an upcoming film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oio36ETHTtA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcfVVsz4xc&feature=related

In fact, time permitting I am going to take his workshop called "Collodion Negatives: Wet and Dry"
in September. Check out their workshops, which are a great way to go if you looking to learn
alternative photography:

http://www.eastmanhouse.org/events/series/photo-workshops



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Feb 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
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Well done Kaden, I am sure I cannot appreciate all that went into it.

Bob



Feb 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
 

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Thanks Bob but this daguerreotype was a collaboration between Mark O., Mike R., and
myself just applying to it what I was taught.

I am told that no previous photography experience is needed to get into daguerreotypes.



Feb 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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There is a unique and appealing 3d-ish shine to daguerreotypes. When well made they can be awesome.

I'm jealous of the amazing resources available in the US - experts, teachers, programs, materials, and equipment. (OTOH, I'm also intimidated by the danger of some of the chemistry involved.)



Feb 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
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AuntiPode wrote:
There is a unique and appealing 3d-ish shine to daguerreotypes. When well made they can be awesome.


I'd never seen one exhibit anything close to how this one is ... guess all the good ones have been well hidden from the mainstream (or I just wasn't looking in the right places).



Feb 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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Karen being that you are in New Zealand you should check out Alan Bekhuis, who is
a very accomplished daguerreotypist and trained as a conservator. I think he actually
was at GEH for a while. He can be found here:

http://www.casedimage.com/

Kent - Oh' goodness, the most amazing daguerreotypes are well guarded and off
the public's hands. They are either in museum collections or in hands of collectors
who can afford them. Ebay is mostly a wasteland when it comes to daguerreotypes,
even though some nice ones show up from time to time.

Some of the Southworth and Hawes daguerreotypes that went in auction fetched
$300,000 to $400,000 + making them the most expensive image(s) ever sold. GEH
has about 1,000 + daguerreotypes by Southworth and Hawes on their collection.



Feb 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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An interesting video with Mike Robinson:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64495104/LLVJ-12_dgrrtyp.mov



Feb 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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That was an EXCELLENT primer ... thanks.

But ... that takes me back to your image. Yours doesn't look like all the other dag's that I've seen pictures of (including those in the video). Yours has a very non-dag look to it that has much more lifelike aspect to it. Is that simply a matter of using variant chemistry proportions to achieve your contrast levels, or less gold toning (which raises a question @ stability), etc. ... or is there some other reason why yours was so lifelike and stunning?

Also ... "half a dozen" people in the world actively (i.e. one a week) making them ... are you in that category or would you consider yourself in the "next tier" of folks doing them (still incredibly exlusive)?

I still find yours to be truly exceptional to anything I've ever seen of dags (video included).






Feb 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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Kent that was an older video. He now charges $1,000.00 per portrait of the size shown.

Mike's technique has evolved since and will evolve in the future. This is an abbreviated version of the process. A lot of what the process entails isn't shown, It just shows enough to realize the complexities
at hand.

That said, the photo I posted is a scan of a daguerreotype and it is different from seeing a daguerreotype
live. Did I mention that the posted daguerreotype I made was a joint effort between Mike Robinson, Mark Osterman (two recognized masters of the craft) and myself. In other words, I am a student here.

The workshop(s) at GEH are simply the best and I recommend it to anyone considering getting into alternative photography. Learn from the best. It makes all the difference.



Feb 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM





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