All done – 12 x 15 revamp

All done – 12 x 15 revamp

The main problem with the new Thornton Pickard 12×15 camera was the lack of a decent tripod mount, it still had its brass ring for …

 

The Webster Family 1912

The Webster Family 1912

I bought a few half plate negs recently, this is one of them, the text along the top of the neg says “Mr T Webster …

 

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negatives & VDB’s

Wet plate negsatives have been on my list of “to do’s” for a while. I’d been playing around with bright ambrotypes and Van Dyke Brown …

 

Storage & Display – A Frame

Storage & Display – A Frame

I bought this vintage wooden frame a few weeks ago thinking it a little unusual and maybe the answer to storing and displaying plates for …

 

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

Thornton Pickard 12 x 15 inch camera

I picked up this 12 x 15 inch Thornton Pickard camera at auction. Was lucky to get it for a good price as they didn’t …

 

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Kodak No.3A Autographic

Have had this boxed Kodak No.3A Autographic sitting on the dining table at home for a few weeks. I was just about to put it …

 

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey – A wet plate tutorial

Mikey Boardman came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial on Sunday. He’s about to start his under grad. course in Photography at Blackburn. He …

 

Steph – a quick VDB

Steph – a quick VDB

Went to the studio today to give it a good clean and sort out, as I’d just dropped off a load of gear on Thursday. …

 

A Victorian wet plate negative.

A Victorian wet plate negative.

I have a large number of ambrotypes, tintypes and a few opalotypes now. This is the first wet plate negative to be added to my …

 

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

Opalotype – Grandfather Kissack

This hand coloured Opalotype arrived in the post a few weeks ago, sadly it cracked during delivery, luckily it was paper backed and it kept …

 

VDB contrast control

VDB contrast control

I wasn’t best pleased with my last lot of Van Dyke Brown prints so thought I’d have another go with some contrast control this time. …

 

Tintype

Tintype

I actually bought this plate hoping it was an ambrotype as it was described incorrectly online and has the “look” of an ambrotype. Turned out …

 

Richard

Richard

Richard had popped back to the studio for a couple of plates. I had planned on using window light for the session as the day …

 

Mothers Great Aunt?

Mothers Great Aunt?

A cased ambrotype of a young lady. A label on the reverse of the case says something like Mothers Great Aunt, and then a name I …

 

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Wet plate dog tags anyone?

Richard popped into the studio this evening to sit for a couple of plates, when they are dry I’ll copy them and post them up. …

 

Ambrotypes…

Ambrotypes…

A new set of ambrotypes to add to my collection. I love it when items are badly described on Feepay. The price of ambrotypes have …

 

European Collodion Weekend 2014

European Collodion Weekend 2014

Well thats another ECW over with and now I’m really looking forward to next years. A 1000 mile trip thats well worth the effort. It was …

 

Gatehouse of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet

The McMurray Photographic Archive On the 14th & 15th June I’ve been invited to shoot wet plates at Gatehouse of Fleet as part of the celebrations …

 

Silver Nitrate

Silver Nitrate

A new Silver Nitrate supplier on the scene is Michael Hickey from Ireland. I’ve bought Silver Nitrate from Michael in the past, his prices are very …

 

ECW 2014

ECW 2014

  Next Friday we’ll be driving over to Eindhoven to attend the 2014 European Collodion Weekend. Over 40 International wet plate photographers, artists and practitioners. I need …

 

Dry plate negatives…

Dry plate negatives…

Heres a collection of dry plate negatives that I recently purchased. The only info I have is from the seller. “Thank you for your purchase. I …

 

I said I wouldn’t but I did…..

I said I wouldn’t but I did…..

Okay okay. I know I said no more… but this one was just asking to be bought. Some of the fancier models go for silly …

 

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

Keith Taylor – Printer & Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I got an email out of the blue asking for my postal address. On following this up it turned out …

 

Ambrotype by J.Timms

Ambrotype by J.Timms

This lovely little cased ambrotype arrived in todays post. Its by J. Timms of 32 High Holborn, London. 1856 – 1873 A drawing of Timm’s Photographic …

 

New tripod for the 12″x15″ camera

New tripod for the 12″x15″ camera

Got this via Feepay, it was in Devon as pick up only but thanks to the wet plate network, Andy picked it up for me, …

 

Rollei 35 LED

Rollei 35 LED

Jamie, at work, lent me a Rollei 35 LED as I was looking at them on Feepay. The Yashica rangefinder I bought a while back …

 

Solar Plate at The Hot Bed Press

Solar Plate at The Hot Bed Press

I recently attended a workshop in Solar Plate or Photo Polymer printing at The Hot Bed Press, Salford. The Hot Bed Press is based at …

 

Something not quite right…

Something not quite right…

Again these are from Feepay, they weren’t listed as the usual ambrotypes, but more of an “image on glass”. Now 90% of the time they …

 

Got to love a 99p bargain…

Got to love a 99p bargain…

A Newton Epidiascope lens, 16 inch focal length at f3.8, brass lens mounts in a stainless steel? tube. Needs a clean and the glass sits …

 

At last… a smile.

At last… a smile.

Got this damaged ambrotype off Feepay. I don’t think I have another with such a smile. Its also only partially blacked on the rear the …

 

Cyanotypes from Ambrotypes…

Cyanotypes from Ambrotypes…

Printed some quick cyanotypes from Richards plates. Exposure times were around 13 minutes, just cant seem to get them down from that using the UV face …

 

A portait session with Richard

A portait session with Richard

On Saturday I had a shoot with Richard, he had contacted me via my Model Mayhem profile I’d recently created. I’m trying to start shooting more …

 

Bargains galore…

Bargains galore…

Yesterday we visited a local antiques fair. Over 700 stalls of ceramics, glass and jewellery… in amongst all that you get to find the odd …

 

Sisters – an ambrotype

Sisters – an ambrotype

Just got this framed ambrotype of two sisters not looking too happy. The reverse of the frame has a Boots Picture Framing Department label. Now I …

 

Whole plate tailboard camera…

Whole plate tailboard camera…

There are two cameras I always regretted selling. The Vageeswari Banquet camera and the Whole Plate field camera. I’d been looking for a replacement whole plate …

 

Have you ever had one of those days…

Have you ever had one of those days…

… where everything just doesn’t seem to click! I’d never met Dee before, we were introduced by Alex Boyd, and had chatted via Facebook. She had …

 

A Broken Brooch – Ambrotype

A Broken Brooch – Ambrotype

This is the main body of a swivel mourning brooch. I bought it for the ambrotype not realising what it actually was. I checked online …

 

BBC The One Show

BBC The One Show

On Friday I got a call from Emil, a researcher on the BBC The One Show. They were running a segment on Roger Fenton, his …