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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:
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:
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.