Things my cats kill!

Things my cats kill!

I’ve been kicking myself for not starting a series of images like this sooner. We’ve got two rescue cats and every now and again they will …

 

Muttonchops….

Muttonchops….

Great facial hair on this chap and at a guess he’s also a redhead from those freckles etc. On a close up of his face you …

 

Mather Lane Mill overexposure

Mather Lane Mill overexposure

After visiting Butts Mill I popped back to Mather Lane Mill to one of the side streets that look back along the canal to the …

 

Butts Mill, Leigh

Butts Mill, Leigh

I shot 4 clear glass plates here at Butts Mill in Leigh and managed to scratch every one of them, so decided to shoot a …

 

Old man tin

Old man tin

Heres another tintype to add to my growing collection. Looks a real gent. This ones 4.5 x 5.5 inches

 

Mather Lane Mill, Leigh

Mather Lane Mill, Leigh

There are plenty of old mills in Greater Manchester, some in better condition than others. Plenty have been flattened to make way for supermarkets and …

 

Glass strip negs?

Glass strip negs?

I’ve never seen a strip of negatives shot on glass before. Not sure if they were originally captured to glass or copied later on, but …

 

Plate stands

Plate stands

I’ve been looking for a way of showing plates either at home or for other display purposes. Framing seems a little formal and detracts somewhat …

 

Trying out whole plate.

Trying out whole plate.

Visited North Yorkshire again and surprise surprise whenever I took the camera out it started to rain. This is the third time the weather has …

 

Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear Wholeplate

Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear Wholeplate

Nice little Dallmeyer RR lens that covers whole plate, shame it didnt arrive in time for my trip to North Yorkshire. This is of the waterhouse …

 

Amateur Photographer Mag

Amateur Photographer Mag

Four page article in Amateur Photographer Magazine by Oliver Atwell showcasing the images taken for the Saltburn Victorian Photography Festival. Tech info provided by John Brewer. …

 

Double trouble

Double trouble

Two tintypes of a young boy taken at the same time. I know that some photographers shot several images on the one larger plate and …

 

Ross Epidiascope….. whats left of it.

Ross Epidiascope….. whats left of it.

I picked up a Ross Epidiascope the other week just to see what lenses came with it. It came with three different sizes. 4 1/2 inch …

 

Hot Chemistry

Hot Chemistry

Well the trip to Satlburn for the exhibition opening went well. Great weather again and bumped into an old Uni friend at the gallery.Didn’t manage …

 

Nice little ambrotype in half case

Nice little ambrotype in half case

Got this lovely little ambrotype off fleabay. Its really crisp and clear with nice hand tinting to the face and the sleeves of her clothing. When …

 

A Van Dyke Brown session.

A Van Dyke Brown session.

Following on from The Daily Telegraph web gallery it now looks like Amateur Photographer magazine is interested in a 3 page article about the Saltburn …

 

Daily Telegraph Website

Daily Telegraph Website

Nice little web gallery on the Daily Telegraph website. “A group of British photographers and artists are mounting an exhibition of pictures created using Victorian cameras …

 

A lost cause.

A lost cause.

Was looking for some seeded Dandelion heads the other day but couldn’t find any. Then on the way to get my lunch I spotted this …

 

A dry plate neg…

A dry plate neg…

Inside one of my “new” whole plate holders was a dry plate neg, maybe it had been used as a film support, anyone recognise the …

 

A little stern…

A little stern…

This made me laugh when it arrived in the post today. Love the spectacles on her forehead. If I could even get close to the quality of …

 

Just one more…

Just one more…

Heres a whole plate camera that I managed to pick up for a decent price. There was no lens/lensboard so maybe thats why I got it …

 

From big to small

From big to small

Just for a bit of fun, as mentioned over on the Collodion forum, heres a few attempts at shooting some much smaller plates. First started with …

 

Light support

Light support

Another attempt from today…. I dont mind the sensitisation marks/lines that I’m getting from the tray bath. The main problem today is the lack of egg for …

 

While the cats away…

While the cats away…

As I have the studio to myself this week, I thought I’d have a crack at some larger plates. I’ve just about got the Vageeswari 8.5×15 …

 

Collecting old tintypes

Collecting old tintypes

Decided to collect a few old tintypes, there are loads on fleabay US, for only a couple of pound each. Content wise I’m looking for …

 

Bulb III

Bulb III

A quick plate from today as I was in the Studio picking up a few things. The Ernemann 5×7 holder is looking a little worse for …

 

Little and large

Little and large

Here are my recent purchases side by side. A quarter plate field camera and a Vageeswari 15×8.5 field camera. Yesterday I gave the quarter plate a good …

 

Nice little Quarter Plate Camera

Nice little Quarter Plate Camera

I’ve been looking for a quarter plate field camera for a while now but they have been going for crazy prices on Fleabay. I Picked …

 

A very messy plate of the City of Manchester Stadium from a studio window.

A very messy plate of the City of Manchester Stadium from a studio window.

From our studio we get a very good view over to the City of Manchester Stadium in SportCity. Had to prop the camera and tripod at …

 

Captured lightbulb

Captured lightbulb

This is the best of half a dozen attempts of a plates of these bulbs. Was having some chemistry problems which resulted in me filtering …

 

Pitstop Motorcycles

Pitstop Motorcycles

Had a great day at Pitstop Motorcycles yesterday. Last year I shot a load of digital images of the event and this year I suggested …

 

Kodak Brownie 2c

Kodak Brownie 2c

Just goes to show you don’t need an expensive fancy camera to shoot wetplate. I took these today on an old Kodak Brownie No.2C. Its …

 

WWPD 2011 images

WWPD 2011 images

Heres two of my first plates taken on World Wetplate Day, maybe it was the ether but it went a bit downhill from here, shooting …

 

Pre World Wetplate Day test with Darlot lens

Pre World Wetplate Day test with Darlot lens

Heres John Brewer with his “new” 12×15 camera which he has been restoring. 5×7 Ambrotypes with Darlot Cone lens. 15 seconds indoors with natural light.

 

Ribblehead Viaduct with Darlot lens

Ribblehead Viaduct with Darlot lens

Popped up to North Yorkshire for a couple of days camping with Steph. Took the wetplate gear with me just in case I got a …

 

World Wetplate Day at The Darkbox Studio

World Wetplate Day at The Darkbox Studio

On Sunday its the third World Wetplate Day. We’re having a bit of an open day, if anyone wants to pop along then please feel free. …

 

Jamin Darlot Cone Cent lens

Jamin Darlot Cone Cent lens

Picked this up off of Gumtree Warrington for a really good price. I can just about make it fit my 5×7 tailboard camera using the …

 

Salturn by the Sea

Salturn by the Sea

This weekend a few of us attended the UKLFPG get together in Saltburn by the Sea. Whilst the majority of attendees were film users there were …