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This dag was made on 5/4/11 at Hopewell Furnace, PA. I was there with Argentine Productions helping film the parks new visitor orientation film.... so why not make a daguerreotype crew photo! Exposure was 15 Sec. at f2.0. Such a shame, my xenon dag portrait lens shows its lack of flare resistance and image coverage with such a large landscape. Bad choice of lens for such wide composition, but it's all I had packed in the case. The edges look really good in person and very sharp. The center just gets too too blown-out, but not quite as bad as this scan portrays. Conclusion...EH...It's Not Horrible.
What a bummer... This process is just so freaking humbling, the hoops you must go through just to get the plate ready and then look what happens in the end. The dag looked much better prior to guilding, but the heat brought out the solarization in all the wrong places. Too much light, Too much time.
My brother Sean & his wife Sara! They posed for Darcy and I while running late enroute to their far away home. Thankfully they did postpone their departure, because this dag really looks nice. Sean sat still as a rock for the entire minute which gave much joy to assure sharp focus with my newly calibrated ground glass. Sara flinched just a bit, but she still looks gorgeous nestled on Sean's shoulder just behind the plane of focus. The plate is pretty good.... although I am always very critical on myself... little over developed, smear next to Sean's left eye, etc.... (the dust spots seen here are mainly do to the poor digital scan, and poor quality glass doesn't help the cause any... The glass will be replaced once fitted in a case.)
Taken on 4th of July Weekend of my father. This Dag seems to be a bit over developed and just slightly over exposed. Due to imperfections, I did not guild this plate. What great detail & tonal range in his hair and face. I was really disappointed with this plate at first, but it continues to grow on me... I like it better as time goes by.