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Solfest 2012 and the two that got away….

We’ve just got back from a very muddy Solfest.

I had taken along the wet plate gear in the back of the van but the weather as usual was a little restrictive. The sun did make an appearance on the Sunday afternoon so I shot a couple of quarter plate tintypes of some of the nearby fellow campers. These are some digi grab shots whilst the plates are still in the wash so not as good as the usual scanned plates as it was a little breezy with bits of all sorts floating around in it.



Also managed to grab a quick plate of this chap, Jack, he was walking around for the three days with a cardboard sign that said “Free Hugs”, he was pretty busy and the whole idea made me smile.

There were another two plates of some ladies from the same party that sat for me. Unfortunately they didn’t want the images put online so I’ve removed them from this blog post. A shame really as we thought the plates looked great. Vanity? Witness Protection Programme? Who knows? But it has raised a few questions of image ownership and rights etc? Of course, a paying customer or for a commercial project has different rights to a volunteer sitter? or do they? but where does one draw the line? A whole can of worms/kettle of fish which I might start a separate post for…. if I could only figure out how to link my Facebook comments to my blog comments it would be quite a chat.

Also this week I need to do a little chemical maintenance and mix some new recipes. I’d also like to sort out a large silver bath and put a few plate through the Hunter-Penrose camera.



  1. Tricia
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM | #

    Next time I am in the UK, I am going to hang out with you and see how you do this – I love this look. And I know what you mean about ownership of image…and where I am now, the local Botanic Gardens will not allow people to use professional large camera, nothing other than point and shoot, without sepcial permission….

  2. Posted August 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM | #

    Next time your over Trish you’ll have to visit the studio.

    As for shooting permissions thats the same over here for most events, the National Trust has become a little more relaxed about it as one cant tell whats pro and whats consumer level equipment.

    In this case its a question of what one can do with an image of willing subject when no implication has been given by either party as to the use of the final image. I didnt really want to get into the whole Model Release form as thats all very formal but it may be the way to go. Get some printed and keep them in the van for when needed.

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