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 oktober 2013

Fixing the bellows of my 10x20" panorama camera

A few months ago I found a very nice antique large panorama camera.
Made a new ground glass for it and Mark Voce made me a matching plate holder.
The bellows was fine but unfortunately it was bend on the top.
The only way to solve that was to turn the bellows upside down.
So I took out the bellows and had to mount it again.
The front part was quite easy to do.
I just used contact glue, put the front and bellows together and
placed some books on top of it to gain some pressure.
But mounting the back part was a bit more difficult as I wasn't able to put some pressure on it.
A few weeks ago I saw a post on facebook where somebody was using clothespins.
I can't remember anymore who came up with the idea but it works just perfect.
As this camera is so big (10x20") I did cut some pieces of dibond and mounted them
using these clothespins. Just as simple as that.
So now I have a fully working camera with a prefect bellows again.

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