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"

zondag 13 juli 2014

The easiest "lens cap" to make

Recently I bought a very nice, in it's original case, Dallmeyer 8x 10" rapid rectilinear.
The lens in is extremely good shape including it's original set of waterhouse stops.
Matching serial numbers on lens and stops. Lens was made back in 1891.

So far a nice find but it was holding a great simple lens cap alternative.
As most of us are using these lenses and mostly petzval lenses wide open we never use the
waterhouse stops but we do need a lens cap.
What about using the waterhouse slot to close the lens???
In the leather case holder the water house stops there was also a thin black piece of plastic.
That piece of plastic just fits perfect in the waterhouse slot.
Est voila, you just don't need a lens cap anymore!
Why haven't thought about that idea before. So all credits go to it's previous owner, Henk Peters.
Sometimes life can be so simple......

If you still need to make a lens cap, then just have a look over here:


dinsdag 10 juni 2014

Collodion portraits on wall paper....

Maybe some of you remember the shoot I did at Studio JOB.
Job and Nynke asked me to make them some portraits on wet plate.
These portraits were going to be used for their worldwide pr campaign.
Well, those portraits have been used on ... wall paper
For NLXL, a manufacturer of very exclusive wall papers, Studio JOB made some great designs.
On the outside of the sleeves covering the wall paper two of the portraits I made were used.

website of NLXL : http://www.nlxl.com/

zondag 25 mei 2014

The "bastard" way of cutting 4x5" tintypes....

As I don't have a large cutter and needed some 4x5" tintypes I had to cut them down with a
..... Festo saw.
To my surprise it went rather good.
Not as good as with a professional metal cutter, but I am able to use them for a test.
At least this is much safer than using a Stanley knife.
So next plates are going to be rather small...

I need those small plates for a review of Ty Guillory's new wet plate holder.
So stay tuned...


zaterdag 24 mei 2014

"Poetry in motion"

After weeks of work, work and more work I finally had a day off.
Weather forecast was good, so we (Ferry, Patrice and Lisa) packed everything
and went out for a shoot.
Chemistry worked well and we managed to make some very nice plates.
Another picture of my daughter  I am extremely happy with.
Actually, I made 2 versions. Don't know yet which one I prefer.
Thank you Patrice for all the work on my video and ferry as being an assistant this time
and as being  the maker of the enclosed digital pictures
26,5 x 26,5 cm Black glass ambrotype.
12" hermagis petzval
300mm at f4
Exposure time 3 seconds