Author: Fourtoes

Kodak Studio Camera No.3 – For Sale

Kodak Studio Camera No.3 – For Sale

For Sale: Kodak Studio Camera no.3 with original stand. A 10×8 inch camera fitted with half plate back. Other backs come up on ebay occasionally. New Bellows made a …

 

What you reading?

What you reading?

What also interests me about Historic photographs is not just the subject matter but also the added paraphernalia. Whether its about whats going on around …

 

Victorian Photoshop anyone?

Victorian Photoshop anyone?

Following on from the previous Albumen print blog post which show some of the negative re touching showing up in the print I thought I’d …

 

Albumen Print by Balmain of Edinburgh

Albumen Print by Balmain of Edinburgh

This is a lovely Albumen portrait print of a young woman by Balmain of Edinburgh. As the prices of Victorian ambrotypes/tintypes continues to rise I’ve …

 

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2015

Lacock Abbey Wet Plate Weekend 2015

What a weekend! Thank you everyone for making this years Lacock Abbey Wet Plate weekend such a success. Attending this year were Mark Voce, Andrew Billington, Jonathan Keys, …

 

Albumen Print 1895

Albumen Print 1895

I’m not one for buying prints usually but this one stood out in the crowd. A four inch round matt albumen print. December 25 1895, Princeton …

 

New project on the way!

New project on the way!

A half plate sliding back camera thats in the post from Feepay (Poland). This is probably the most I’ve ever paid for wooden camera so …

 

LLanthony Priory Sunny 16

LLanthony Priory Sunny 16

I also took along another Franka Solida II 6×6 Rangefinder, this is a slightly different model than my other one and looking at the results the …

 

More books!

More books!

I might have to open a small Library at this rate. A few more books to read and for the studio book shelves. SURF SITE TIN …

 

UK Wet Plate Weekend at LLanthony Priory

UK Wet Plate Weekend at LLanthony Priory

Thank you everyone who came along to this years UK Wet Plate weekend at Llanthony Priory near Abergavenny, Wales. The weather, location and participants were great. Thank …

 

Wet Plate Negatives 1876

Wet Plate Negatives 1876

I’ve been digitising a pile of Ambrotypes, Dageurrotypes and negatives (wet&dry) that have been sitting in a box at the studio over the past few months. These …

 

Very large solar prints maybe?

Very large solar prints maybe?

These arrived yesterday, I had bought them from the usual Feepay for a grand total of £4 which included postage?! How they can do that …

 

An Opalotype

An Opalotype

Just arrived on my desk is this lovely 10″x8″ Opalotype of a very dapper young gent! Its in excellent condition and survived being shipped to me. …

 

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral

This weekend I popped in to Chester Cathedral during a Sunday Service and the light in there was amazing. I rarely post up stand alone digital …

 

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Delamere Forest with Mikey Boardman

Mikey Boardman had taken a workshop with me last year and had been shooting mostly portraits, he wanted to shoot outdoors and had gathered together …

 

Get tin!

Get tin!

Thanks to Peter Van Hal for sending me my Trophy Aluminium from Holland. I was supposed to pick these up as full sheets at ECW …

 

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

Out with the old, in with the new – ish.

I’m retiring my well used leaking rusty acrylic 10×8 tank thats held together with gaffer tape for this wood boxed one I found on Feepay… Ive had good …

 

Daguerreotype siblings

Daguerreotype siblings

Heres another lovely daguerreotype I’ve added to the collection, of a young boy and his sister. Its in excellent condition but a little dusty inside, I’ll …

 

The Brierley Family

The Brierley Family

These two ambrotypes were for sale at a local auction house, I had left a commission bid and had surprisingly won when I checked my …

 

Photography for Girls 1884

Photography for Girls 1884

Today I was sent this image file by the archivist at MMU Special Collections. He came across it whilst carrying out some research in their …

 

T-MAX100 in the Bessa 66

T-MAX100 in the Bessa 66

I put a quick roll through the Bessa 66 at work. Exposures were “guesstimates” and then when I was scanning these in I remembered the …

 

Frank meet Bessy

Frank meet Bessy

In my continual search for a smaller 6×6 rangefinder, this little beauty arrived on my desk this week. A Voigtlander Bessa 66. My usual go to medium …

 

Mrs Lewthwaite & William Lewthwaite

Mrs Lewthwaite & William Lewthwaite

My heart sank when I opened this recent purchase. The sound of glass rattling about is never a good sign. Luckily it was only the …

 

Photobulletin Magazine – Bulgaria – Veneta Zaharieva

Photobulletin Magazine – Bulgaria – Veneta Zaharieva

I have just returned from two weeks in Portugal to find lots of parcels and goodies on my work desk. Mostly vintage plates, plate holders, …

 

The Strobes of Doom

The Strobes of Doom

Robert O’Callaghan was visiting Manchester for an RPS event, so last night he popped by the studio to shoot some plates and try out his …

 

Drawn by Light

Drawn by Light

Drawn by Light – The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum is on till the 21st June 2105. Go see it! Steph and …

 

The Silver Sunbeam

The Silver Sunbeam

The Silver Sunbeam is surely one of the must have reads for any photographer using historic processes. Written by John Towler in 1864, before you …

 

ECW 2015

ECW 2015

Well its been a week since I’ve got back from the 2015 European Collodion Weekend at Eindhoven, Holland. Over 40 International collodion wet platers talking, …

 

Lynne Connolly – a wet plate tutorial

Lynne Connolly – a wet plate tutorial

On Saturday Lynne Connolly came to the studio for a wet plate tutorial. Lynne is a photographic artist and Tutor at Chester University. She shot a variety …

 

Parcel mountain

Parcel mountain

The good thing about returning from a week off work is the large amount of pressies waiting for me! Lovely tinted ambrotype Tiny tinted ambrotype 50 1/4 plate …

 

Mr Langtons Parlour Portrait

Mr Langtons Parlour Portrait

Two framed tinted albumen prints by James Arthur Langton. I didn’t buy these for the actual photographs but more for the printed details on the …

 

Criterion View Camera

Criterion View Camera

I always recommend to people when they ask, only buy a camera if it has its plate holder(s). Every now and again I should listen …

 

New ambrotypes to the collection

New ambrotypes to the collection

A couple of little ambrotypes to add to the collection. Prices continue to rise for vintage plates on Feepay, especially for ones in decent cases. People …

 

Bromoil print from a 12×15 ambrotype

Bromoil print from a 12×15 ambrotype

Its been a year since I met Michaela Pospíšilová at ECW and saw her wonderful Bromoil prints. We had a good chat, regardless of the language …

 

Three years later…

Three years later…

Its taken three years of searching but Ive managed to find an early edition of Twenty Three Years Under a Sky-Light Or Life and Experiences …

 

Lenny Lawes – a problem solving refresher.

Lenny Lawes – a problem solving refresher.

Lenny was first shown wet plate by her Degree course tutor, who had attended a variety of workshops in the UK in the past. They …

 

LLanina Ruins, West Wales.

LLanina Ruins, West Wales.

Last week I visited my Parents in West Wales for a couple of days. I’d taken along the wet plate gear just in case. I’m continually …

 

Digi negs & ChartThrob

Digi negs & ChartThrob

I’ve been trying to stay away from digi negs for the past couple of years, preferring to make prints from plates, especially now from wet …