I had an opportunity to visit with a good friend and his family today in Woodbury Ky. Herschel builds flintlock rifles and hand forges knives and collects old things... a man after my own heart. I've attended many of his seminars resulting in a great friendship and a flintlock and a few knives built by my own hand. Herschel agreed to let me make a few images with my wet plate camera and as always it was a challenge to get a good plate. It was around 40 degrees yesterday when I made these tin types, and my colloidal is about 3 months old. I noticed right away that the exposures were longer than when I first mixed everything a few months back. The first plate was a blank after a 45 sec exposure, the 2nd plate was a minute and a half and it too was underexposed but it was close. There was no way Herschel was going to be able to sit for a 3 min exposure so I moved everything out of his shop to the wall next to his blacksmith shop. I did a test shot without him in it for 1 min and it turned out perfect. The image I did with him sitting holding his rifle was a little over a minute exposure and after I developed it I noticed it was in focus on the right more than the left..even accounting for his movement for the long exposure. Maybe the lens produced that swirl or the developer did? This is the 5th time I've shot with the camera so I'm still learning the nuances of the process for sure. I want to thank Herschel and his daughter Jana and her daughter Beth for the great visit yesterday and for bearing with me as I made images in the cold.
The last of the two Calotype workshops taught by Fionnbharr O Suillebhain & Laura Hartford focused on the dry Pelegry process. It was a great day and we all made some great paper negatives. Finn mentioned that there were only around 7 people in the world doing this process and now there were 8 more! Thanks to both of you for a great set of workshops!
Finn sat for a portrait, the sun was a bit bright...thanks for enduring that Finn.
Great opportunity today to participate in the Calotype workshop in Louisville today. The Calotype process was invented by the Englishman Henry Fox Talbot in 1841. Calotype comes from the Greek Kalos, "beautiful" and typos, "impression". Finn and Laura taught us a wet version of this historic paper negative process. Using my wooden camera I made two successful half plate size caloptype negatives and two were learning experiences. Please check the louisville photographic archives gallery to see the Calotype show thats up during the 2015 Louisville Photo Biennial, its pretty amazing. Both Finn and Laura have work in the show, you can see more of their work at http://www.laurahartford.com/gallery7.html, and http://www.fionnbharr.com, also take a look at The Calotype Society Flicker page.
A few images on the workshop participants, learned so much and had a blast hanging out with everyone.
Haven't had time to post the images I made at the nude workshop I attended at the end of September. I took the wet plate camera and made my 1st ambrotypes (on glass plates), it was eye opening seeing the other photographers with their digital cameras making hundreds of images, and I made 5 images the whole day. A few of the photographers had their medium format film cameras and they still shot way more than I did!
I'm having a sliding box wet plate camera built by Ray Morgenweck of Star Camera Co. Cant wait to get it so I can start learning the process. I won a vintage brass Darlot Rapid #3 lens on ebay and just shipped that off to Ray for the camera build. I get to build a portable darkroom so I can sensitize and load the film holder while on location, I'll be sure to post photos of the build. I'm excited to get this all together because I have a project in mind to pitch to galleries for the upcoming Photo Biennial in Louisville.
I was honored to be the artist of the day on March 6th check out the post at http://www.artebelladaily.org/artists/vince-henle/