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 …

 

Albumen CDV

Albumen CDV

This is only the second Carte de Visite that I own, I tend not to collect them, but this one for 99p I thought was …

 

Gandolfi Half Plate Tailboard

Gandolfi Half Plate Tailboard

Picked up this lovely half plate tailboard camera by Gandolfi. It was advertised as having a light tight bellows. Well it was until I racked them …

 

Paper negatives…

Paper negatives…

It occurred to me the other day that there were a few “basic” photographic techniques I’d never even tried. I’m sure there are many intricacies and …

 

New camera….. sort of!

New camera….. sort of!

I was at the studio shooting a plate for a client this evening and in between senstizing plates I made a little camera body for …

 

Yashica GTN – New light seals & First test roll

Yashica GTN – New light seals & First test roll

I replaced the light seals on the Yashica GTN before Christmas. The original seals were pretty gunky and next to useless. Replacing them was straight …

 

Dry plates anyone?

Dry plates anyone?

I picked up another five boxes of dry plates yesterday from a local chap who was clearing out a relatives collection. So my collection of …

 

A job lot of plates…

A job lot of plates…

I “unknowingly” bought this group of plates during my fevered illness over the last couple of weeks. Apparently I bid/won/paid for these on Feepay in …

 

New lenses to play with…

New lenses to play with…

Below is a Beseler 18 inch f3.6, I bought this what seems like an age ago, took forever to arrive from Canada. I got it …

 

Strange little ambrotype.

Strange little ambrotype.

Another 99p ambrotype to add to the collection. This one is unvarnished and the emulsion side was covered with clear glass with a gilt surround. 1/16th …

 

A Victorian whole plate ambrotype…

A Victorian whole plate ambrotype…

This was given to me by the very generous Vincent Pidone. We have not met but belong to the same wert plate Facebook groups, he …

 

Bounced light test…

Bounced light test…

Not having a true daylight studio (living in Manchester, England it wouldn’t be much use anyway) I decided to do a quick test with my …

 

BBC DRAMA – The Paradise – Series 2

BBC DRAMA – The Paradise – Series 2

A couple of months ago I was contacted by BBC Drama. They had recently started shooting the second series of The Paradise, a period drama …

 

A wet plate tutorial…

A wet plate tutorial…

On Saturday I gave a one day, one to one, wet plate tutorial to Mark, he’d seen my blog and had also sat for a …

 

Yashica Electro GTN

Yashica Electro GTN

This is a Yashica Electro GTN rangefinder camera, renowned for having a fast and very sharp lens. I’d been looking for one of these for …

 

The Mask Series – “If your face fits”

The Mask Series – “If your face fits”

Heres my submission for the Wet Plate Collodion International Collaborative Collection… also known as The Mask Series. The Mask Series has seen some amazing images submitted …

 

Gothic Manchester

Gothic Manchester

As part of the Gothic Manchester Festival I held a wet plate spirit photography session during the MMU open day on Saturday. We had great fun …

 

Beginners Bromoil…

Beginners Bromoil…

Bromoil printing has been on my list of “must try processes” for quite a while. I was making a chem order so added some Bromoil …

 

Shane Balkowitsch and The Order of the Pith

Shane Balkowitsch and The Order of the Pith

Shane is a friend via The Collodion Bastards Facebook group. He’d mentioned a while back that he was coming to the UK on business for …

 

The John Rylands Library – Wet Plates

The John Rylands Library – Wet Plates

As part of the Portrait of a Living Archive exhibition/event I was asked if I’d give a demonstration of the wet plate collodion process. I’m …

 

Portrait of a Living Archive.

Portrait of a Living Archive.

Portrait of a living archive is an excellent exhibition by Photographers Jamie Robinson and Gwen Jones…… if your in Manchester make sure you go and …