WET PLATE COLLODION SHOOTING: Alex & Manuel

Alex is currently living in the same city as I do, but unfortunately we didn't meet us for about a year. Manuel was visting us so it was just logical that we have to drink some beers and talk about the good old time (or so). However on the next day I invited both to shoot some plates and of course they agreed (they better did). At the beginning I normally shoot simple portraits where the sitter is directly looking into the lens. It helps me to see how the light is (since the conditions are not always the same) and the model to get used to the process.

P. WENINGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 3 sec

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 5 sec


As you can see, the first picture appears a little too dark, so I increased the exporsure time at Alexs portrait for 2 seconds and also the developing time.


We tried some different things and I let them the choice what kind of picture they want to do. The creativiest picture as I think is the one with the baseball bat. If you see this picture you think about some kind of hooligan or gang member. In reality Manuel played Baseball in the past so it fits perfect to him.

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 5 sec

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 5 sec

Ambrotype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 5 sec

Ambrotype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 5 sec


We did also two shots for my future series which has untill the moment no name. I got the inspirations by Eddie who was my guest three weeks ago. (Here you can read more about the shooting of Eddie Luis) In the picture of Alex you can see a black cloud directly over his head. This comes from an incorrect developing by me. The developer does not entirely cover the plate so this spots do not change to metallic silver and stay black.

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 3 sec

Tintype 5x7 Inch (13x18cm), Voigtländer Portrait-Euryscope, Lea Portrait No. 7, Exp. Time: 3 sec

To close this article I want to show you a crop-in of the plate with Alex. If I remember how old this lens is (more than 100 years) and how old this whole photographic process is (over 150 years) than I'm always blown away how great the quality of this pictures is, made by silver and light.


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