|A period image of my camera. Taken from "http://piercevaubel.com/cam/roc.htm"|
Looking at simpler methods of creating my own negatives, I found that Liquid Light makes a emulsion product that has a higher silver content than regular liquid light. It's called "Liquid Light Ag". I believe it is was developed for photographers to make tin types, but it can also be used for creating "ambrotypes" on glass. The product is simple to use and you use it dry. That way I can make up some plates ahead of time, expose them, and develop them later. I think this would be an perfect way or me to go, but the first thing I need is a camera to shoot with.
|This is a before photo of the camera as I received it. It is over all in usable shape. The bellows, lens and rear focusing glass are all intact.|
For that I broke down the camera totally and washed all the wood with hot water and scrubbed it with Murphy's Oil Soap. This took off 100+ years of dirt. The next step I did was polishing up all the brass hardware. I couldn't help myself, but I think the end results look spectacular.
|A close up of the lens. Note the dile with different size holes. These are the F-stops. The holes are numbered 16, 32?, 64, 128, 256, and 512. There is no shutter. I will have to make a lens cap for it and use it as my shutter.|
|The lens was made in Boston, Mass. by Andrew J. Lloyd & Co. It's also labeled as "Lloyd Special". I hope this lens will work out perficly for shooting landscapes.|
More on that later as it will be an on going project. I can't let this grand project distract me from working on some painting ideas. Below are some more photos of the camera in the restoration process.
|After cleaning and polishing.|
|View of the front.|
|100+ years of dust and dirt.|
|The bellows assembly removed from the rear.|
|Focus frame detail before restoration. Note the joint doesn't fit tightly or square.|
|Old repair to the wood frame. I was able to take it apart and re glue the frame so it is square again.|
|This is the tripod mount. I will have to add a nut that will take a modern tripod screw mount. I will probably fill in the hole with a wood dowel and mount my T-nut in the dowel.|
|Wood damage. The wood has been split off here on both sides and need to be repaired.|