Monthly Archives: December 2011

Last of the season…

Last of the season…

The cats have taken the hint and are now leaving their kills outside of the catflap, so no more surprises on the carpet. The downside …

 

Vicky

Vicky

Here’s a whole plate portrait of Vicky. This is at 30 seconds f4.5 with full bellows extension, I was surprised I couldn’t crop closer with this …

 

The Boydell Sisters

The Boydell Sisters

Steph and Vicky wanted to go to the studio today to shoot some plates. Vicky hadn’t been before and was visiting from London/Cambodia/Paris? As soon as …

 

Festive good deeds….

Festive good deeds….

This gem sized plate had been sitting on Feepay US for a while, it started off at a crazy price and slowly dropped over the …

 

Two Brewers

Two Brewers

Heres another plate from yesterday using the Watson Studio camera. You can see clearly my silver bath need some work doing to it. I don’t …

 

The painted Lady

The painted Lady

I think this tiny little ambrotype is great, I’ve seen plenty of Gem size tintypes but only this one gem ambrotype. It really is something …

 

Houston….we have a problem.

Houston….we have a problem.

John shot a couple of plates during his last workshop that showed some peculiar results that were hard to fathom. All of a sudden certain subject …

 

Gopal returns

Gopal returns

Back in September Gopal visited the studio to have a look at the wet plate process, today he popped in to the studio to pick …

 

Blackpool tourists 1970s not 1870s!

Blackpool tourists 1970s not 1870s!

I’ve just got back from visiting my family in South Wales, on the wall there hangs this photograph. I can vaguely remember it being taken, I …

 

The staring lady

The staring lady

I cant quite put my finger on why I got hold of this plate. Its a 5×7 tintype of a young woman, she’s not wearing …

 

Bellows….at a stretch

Bellows….at a stretch

Okay its the first time attempting to make a set of bellows for the wet plate studio camera. I’d knocked up a lens board out …

 

An ambrotype – sisters?

An ambrotype – sisters?

I dont have that many original ambrotypes as they tend to go for silly money on Feepay. Heres one I managed to get cheaply probably …

 

And while I’m at it…

And while I’m at it…

…I might as well strip down the Watson & Sons wet plate camera. The original bellows is very brittle and split in several places, its also …