I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.

For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans

"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

dinsdag 24 maart 2015

for sale, hermagis petzval lens

In order to finance my Los Angeles adventure I decided to sell one more Hermagis petzval.
This is a rather early Hermagis with serial number 6921.
That indicates it was made around 1858.
For it's age ( more than 160 years old!) it's in very good shape.
Most of it's Original laquer is still on.
Focus knob is functional but it is missing 2 of the 4 mounting screws.
But anyway, nobody is focussing with that knob....
Focal lenght is around 14" and it's about f 4.8. It has a waterhouse slot, but not original and no flange. Glass is in very good shape except a hair thin cratch on the rear element.
That will not have any influence on the pictures you are going to make with it. 
 Asking price of this very early Hermagis is 975,= euro.


woensdag 18 februari 2015

The making of The rain maker

During past few weeks I have been working on a new picture I had in mind.
This time I already knew the title:  "The rain maker"
I discovered a beautiful antique green house which was flooded at that moment.
So I asked for permission to use it for my idea and the owner agreed.
I made some clouds and wanted to see these clouds really pour rain during the shoot.
So I had to make a construction of tubes and hoses to make that work.
The first shoot wasn't a succs.
The weather conditions weren't good and somehow the plate wasn't interesting enough.
During the second shoot everything worked out just perfect.
Here you can see the actual picture and some pictures
made by Henk peters showing HOW it was made.
The final picture: "The rain maker...."

Short video of the making of:

Video The rain maker


woensdag 21 januari 2015

Expanding the life span of your developer

I know, it was about time posting something new on my blog.
A lot of things happened in the past few months.
Some great gallery shows, new studio etc. But that I will keep for my next blogs.
In the meantime I ran a quick test how to expand the life span of my developer.
It's nothing new that you can't store your developer for ever.
On the long term, depending on the light and temperature, it will darken and won't function anymore as it should be.
In the old days I stored my chemicals in those "collapsible" bottles.
But the downside was that they weren't transparent. So you weren't able to see how it looked like
So I ran a test using the "Vacuvin" plugs. Every wine lover now knows what I am talking about.
These plugs are being used to suck out the oxygen of a wine bottle which makes you able to store it a little longer after the bottle was opened.
I did the same with 2 bottles of developer.
One was stored with the Vacuvin plug and the other just with a normal plug.
Both bottles were filled with fresh developer and stored in front of a window, directly into the sun
and above the central heating for about 2 weeks.
As you can clearly see the right bottle became more yellow already after a few days.
The left bottle (with the Vacuvin plug) remained at almost the same color.
So this is a very easy way to extend the life span of your developer in a rather cheap way.

P.s. running the same test with a collodion mix now.
and ofcourse not placed above the central heating or in the direct sun.... lol


vrijdag 21 november 2014

How does a petzval lens looks like?

Every  now and then I receive questions about petzval lenses.
How does a petzval lens looks like, how the glass should be mounted, etc.
So I made this short video which shows you the inside of a petzval lens
and how the glass parts should be mounted.

For video click HERE