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
Holland


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

dinsdag 14 februari 2017

The "Storytelling " book can be ordered!!

With pride, after long preparation time, I can finally announce my first book:  "STORYTELLING"
The book contains all the images from the series storytelling to the present.
All images are printed at  the original size of 26.5 x 26.5 cm.
This has resulted in a beautiful large format book with a size of 32 x 32cm!
 
Accompanied by text in four languages: Dutch, English, French and Spanish.

I am very proud  that a description of the Wet Plate Process is written by Mark Osterman.
!!!! Who orders the book or the limited edition within the coming 2 weeks, His or her name will be mentioned in the book!!!!! (closing date: 27-02-2017).
 
In addition to the book, there is also the possibility to order a limited edition.
This limited edition includes the signed  book, an original print of your own choice from the storytelling series. Printed on original format of 26.5 x 26.5 cm, numbered and with certificate.
All accompanied by a personal letter and packed in a beautiful, numbered, laser cut wooden box.
 
The expected shipping date is by the end of March.
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I hope you all will support me and buy my book and make this project to a huge succes!
 
For ordering go to my Website: www.alextimmermans.com and visit "Shop"
 
Many thanks in Advance,

Alex


maandag 27 juni 2016

A more easier to make lens cap?

 
Already a few years ago I wrote a blog about making your own lens cap for your precious lenses.
http://collodion-art.blogspot.nl/2010/08/making-your-own-lenscap-isnt-that.html

Recently i visited a friend of mine, Henk Peters,  and he showed me his made lens cap
for his "new" Hermagis petzval.
This cap is even  easier to make.
 
But at the same time I realized I had a lens holding a similar cap.
It is one of my first large format lenses I ever bought, a Voigtlander Heliar Universal.
On that lens there still is it's original lens cap which works exactly the same way.
 







 

dinsdag 3 mei 2016

How to measure the focal lenght of a lens

I recently made a short video which demonstrates how to measure
the focal lenght and f-stop of a lens.
Of course you could mount it on a camera.
In that case it's quite easy to determine the focal lenght.
But without a camera it's also quite easy to measure it.
On important thing. If you want a accurate measurement be sure you
always focus at infinity!

Here you can find the video: https://vimeo.com/164965108


vrijdag 22 april 2016

Lens owned by Jacob Wothly

I Just recently discovered that a lens I own was previously owned by Jacob Wothly.
Jacob Wothly was a German photographer. His real name was Jacob Woodtlj.
Don't know why he has changed his name but it sounds nice.
 
Jacob invented the Wothlytype back in 1860 which was patented in England in 1864
and in Paris in 1865.
Don't know how it worked but he was using some radioactiv material
combined with collodion which made it able to produce positive pictures.
Here you can find some more information about Jacob Wothly ( sorry it's in German):
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Wothly

The lens itself is exactly the same as the famous Jamin/Datlot cone lenses.
But this one has a tube like end instead of the typical cone.
 
Is anyone actually using this old process?
Would love to know more about it.