Author: Fourtoes

Neg re-touching frame

Neg re-touching frame

Saw this bargain on Feepay.A wholeplate glass negative retouching frame. It has a slide out drawer as the front support.Ground glass upper with a white …

 

Brightly coloured cased print

Brightly coloured cased print

This strikingly brightly coloured cased arrived today. It’s whole plate in size and in surprisingly good condition. The detail in painting close up is really …

 

The British School at Rome

The British School at Rome

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to The British School at Rome, to provide a wet plate collodion demonstration to the Ashby Patrons, …

 

Kiev 88

Kiev 88

I borrowed this Kiev 88 from Gwen, a friend and fellow photographer at work. I’ve been looking for a 6×6 camera with a waist level …

 

The BIG wet plate tent…

The BIG wet plate tent…

Last year four friends – Moo Pa, Patrick, Laura and I thought it would be a good idea to buy a large tent for wet …

 

Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron

This original print is in the Special Collections of The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. Margaret and Adeline Norman by Julia Margaret Cameron 1874 Description:Portrait of …

 

ColouriseSG – Machine learning.

ColouriseSG – Machine learning.

ColouriseSG is a project by the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Division, GovTech Singapore. Andrew Tan, Quantitative AnalystPreston Lim, Software EngineerTan Kai Wei, Data Scientist …

 

How do you back yours?

How do you back yours?

I was recycling some picture frames at the studio today and noticed that one of my early whole plate ambrotypes looked a little weird around …

 

Postcard photographers

Postcard photographers

Got to love a good old seaside postcard. I’ve blogged about some from my collection in the past. Heres two new ones of Childrens Corner, …

 

Todays lot…

Todays lot…

Not a bad haul from todays antique fair. A selection of cheap tintypes… Some cabinet cards and larger, one of a musical family. Turns out the chap with …

 

Cyanotypes in Portugal

Cyanotypes in Portugal

We recently had a week away in the sunshine in Portugal. I decided to take along some cyanotype chems as its one of the easiest …

 

Rotten shame…

Rotten shame…

A set of quarter plate glass negatives arrived last week, bought for one plate in particular. Its such a shame there is deterioration in the …

 

Frederick Hollyer #3

Frederick Hollyer #3

I’m becoming a bit of a fan of Frederick Hollyer and his connection to the Pre-Raphaelites. I’ve very recently moved the majority of my collection from …

 

Made me look twice…

Made me look twice…

I’ve become quite skilled at searching through large numbers of images on internet auction sites. The other day I had to do a double take …

 

Now on Instagram

Now on Instagram

I’ve been an Instagram member for a while but had never posted anything. During a recent trip to the USA, I was asked a few …

 

V&A Photography Centre

V&A Photography Centre

I totally forgot to blog about my visit to the V&A Photography Centre back in October. That was a busy weekend with a workshop, several …

 

Against the grain…

Against the grain…

I’m still struggling with calibrating my photopolymer plates. Well, its not so much the calibrating but getting a standard where I can actually calibrate the …

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas everyone. The website/blog is back up and running after a few episodes of down time. Now hopefully sorted. Steph recently asked if she could …

 

Christmas procrastination

Christmas procrastination

I’ve got household Christmas chores to be doing but keep getting distracted by stuff in my collection. Every now and again I’ll have a rummage …

 

A rotten Kodak No. 4

A rotten Kodak No. 4

In my quest for a rotten Kodak No.4A I found this falling apart Kodak No.4, so 5×4 inches instead of halfplate size. The leatherette was falling …

 

Parkers UV Vacuum frame

Parkers UV Vacuum frame

This might be of use to someone, please take it away and pay what you think its worth. Vacuum still works, needs one additional bulb, one …

 

Oops

Oops

Okay, I realise the previous post talks about getting rid of stuff…. but I couldn’t help myself! Heres todays job lot, bought from a house clearance …

 

For Sale – Winter clear out

For Sale – Winter clear out

First lot for a clear out of the studio to make a little space and raise some funds. My trusty workhorse 5×7 (13×18) tailboard camera with …

 

Dallmeyer 4B on camera at last!

Dallmeyer 4B on camera at last!

This weekend I managed to collect two brass lens flanges, kindly organised by Mark Voce, one of which was for the huge Dallmeyer 4B lens. …

 

Lux Darkrooms & Photogravure

Lux Darkrooms & Photogravure

I’m in London for five days so took the opportunity to ask Constanza Isaza from Lux Darkrooms if she’d provide a workshop on calibrating and …

 

UK wet plate weekend at Guys Cliffe House

UK wet plate weekend at Guys Cliffe House

Another busy weekend, this time at Guys Cliffe House in Warwick. An excellent location this year arranged by Ray Spence. With thanks to property caretaker …

 

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2018

Phoenix Alternative Festival 2018

The Phoenix Alternative Festival asked us back for another year, this time our third, its always great fun even if the weather wasn’t going to …

 

A busy two weeks…

A busy two weeks…

Today is my first day off with my new part time contract and I’m sitting at home exhausted with a chest infection after two weeks …

 

Blank Cabinet cards…

Blank Cabinet cards…

There’s something about a blank cabinet card that I find quite intriguing. Wether its the loss of potential, a missing story or just material that …

 

No more print spots…

No more print spots…

I managed to spend a few hours at the studio yesterday as I was determined to get to the bottom of the mottling in my …

 

Kodak 3A but different…

Kodak 3A but different…

I’ve been looking for rough Kodak 3A and 4A’s for wetplate collodion but prices have gone a little crazy on Ebay. The ones I do …

 

Annual photopolymer gravures

Annual photopolymer gravures

Well that was frustrating. It seems its been 12 months since I last looked at photopolymer printing, its the main reason I bought the etching …

 

Victorian wet plate negatives and some news.

Victorian wet plate negatives and some news.

I realise I haven’t posted these quarter plate collodion negatives on the blog following the April Fools post (sorry about that, especially to those that …

 

“Frear” Hollyer Cabinet Cards

“Frear” Hollyer Cabinet Cards

Whilst watching the Argentina V Wales match on TV, I took the opportunity to take a closer look at the Victorian photograph albums sitting in …

 

Quarter plate sliding back camera

Quarter plate sliding back camera

Had a trip out to New Brighton this afternoon, some lunch on the sea front and then on to pick up an ebay camera purchase. This …

 

A refreshing collodion workshop…

A refreshing collodion workshop…

This is Mike, today he reminded me of what a refreshing challenge it is to teach a non photographer the wet plate collodion photographic process. From …

 

European Collodion Weekend 2018

European Collodion Weekend 2018

What a fantastic weekend. We’ve just returned from this years European Collodion Weekend, (ECW2018). Steph came along with ┬áme this year. The previous years have been …

 

Mobile darkroom number 3

Mobile darkroom number 3

My new mobile darkroom/campervan. A 2004 Renault Master MWB panel van 120 bhp with 105K. I’d been looking for a van for a while but …