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 …

 

Stereo plate holder

Stereo plate holder

I was at a job recently where one of these plate holders was being “taken apart” to be used for parts in mocking up something …

 

Gothic Manchester Festival 21st – 27th October 2013

Gothic Manchester Festival 21st – 27th October 2013

As part of the launch of Manchester’s Centre for Gothic Studies and their Gothic Manchester Festival I’ll be shooting wet plate portraits on Saturday 26th …

 

“Poe Boy” Collodion

“Poe Boy” Collodion

In the past, I first shot with a quick clear collodion ready mixed from John Brewer which is an excellent starter recipe which gives great …

 

A very colourful ambrotype

A very colourful ambrotype

This arrived today. It was advertised as a Victorian photograph on glass ie an ambrotype. A strange size of 5×6 inches. Whats different about this one …

 

A working holiday?

A working holiday?

I’m working in the North East of England for a few days, I cant tell you what I’m doing unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a …

 

The UK Wet Plate Weekend!

The UK Wet Plate Weekend!

Last weekend was the first gathering of UK wet plate photographers at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Campsite near Denholm on the Scottish Borders. Most people only knew …

 

New stand for my Watson & Sons camera…

New stand for my Watson & Sons camera…

Its taken a few months of emails back and forth but today we went to pick up my new studio stand. I was meeting the owner …

 

New Mammoth silver tank…

New Mammoth silver tank…

Picked up my new silver tank from John this evening. Here it is next to my 10×8 tank… Made from 10mm acrylic. It’ll take up to …

 

Cheap and easy head brace

Cheap and easy head brace

Heres a real easy make shift head brace. There was an old microphone stand left in the unit by the previous tenants, so I bought a …

 

Eloise – A tea toned Cyanotype

Eloise – A tea toned Cyanotype

Heres a cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown and a green tea toned cyanotype print. These were printed from a clear glass ambrotype I had laying around …

 

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside….not!

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside….not!

As we’re all complaining how very hot it is in the UK at the moment, take a look at these happy holidaymakers! Two tintypes I forgot …

 

I bet you don’t have one of these…. yet!

I bet you don’t have one of these…. yet!

I got a lovely surprise in the post at work today. These are laser cut plywood sheets courtesy of Ismail, a friend from the UK wet …

 

Car Booty!

Car Booty!

Great weather here in the UK this weekend. Up early this morning to go to a car boot, why they start soooo early I have …

 

Two weeks…oops

Two weeks…oops

Has it really been two weeks since I last posted on here, thats not like me at all. I’ve not had much time at the studio …

 

Going mobile…

Going mobile…

This has been sitting at home since the first prototype dark cloth was fitted. It was a little small and snug fitting so I think …

 

Things my cats kill in 35mm!

Things my cats kill in 35mm!

The last of my developer for now till payday. So shot some 35mm plates with the Mamiya slr at the studio. The cats are back on …

 

Plates by Seán A MacKenna (1932-2012)

Plates by Seán A MacKenna (1932-2012)

It is surprising what one finds on good old Feepay nowadays. I was just trawling through the many thousands of tintypes and ambrotypes that are …

 

I do like a good gadget!

I do like a good gadget!

This is no ordinary guillotine. Its not very big to start with, probably no use for anything bigger than an A5 sheet. Its also got this …