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"

maandag 22 november 2010

"What a beauty.........."

yesterday i found this more than 120 years old HERMAGIS petzval.
It's a aprox 420 mm 4.5 lens.
Just perfect for portraits. I will have to make some waterhouse stops for it, but that's a nice thing to do during the winter.

Enjoy :

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Hi Alex, would you be able to give a bit more detail about this lens? I bought something that looks very similar from an auction, although it was described as "landscape lens". It definitely has front and back lens groups as in petzval, both marked "Hermagis Paris". Serial is 17875, the length of the barrel is about 19 cm (7.5 in)and lens diameter 8 cm (3.1 in). Looking forward to using it as soon as my big enough camera arrives. Best, Janne

  2. Janne,

    just send me a picture of the lens. Maybe i can find some info