Untitled (Rhode Island) on Flickr.
Untitled 2013 on Flickr.
I’m slowly accumulating all the necessary gear to begin doing wet plate photography. It can be a fairly expensive process to get started in so I’ve been taking my time piecing things together.
At times I can be very impatient and it results in rash decision making like buying a little tintype kit. I’ve been playing with the Rockland tintype parlor to keep myself busy while I plan ahead.
The dry plates were a lot of fun to play with and I’m fairly pleased with the results. It certainly has a similar look to wet plate collodion tintypes but with an incredible ease of use.
I did this test plate the other day in the mid afternoon before work. It was fairly overcast and rained shortly after taking the photos. The AG-Plus is only blue sensitive so my light meter was pretty useless. I’ve read of people metering for iso 1 to 3 as if you were exposing for a paper or other emulsion coated surface. I ended up doing a quick dark slide step test of 1 second increments at f/4.7 then quickly processed the plate. Turns out the light meter was drastically off. I think it will be fun to get back to judging an exposure by your surroundings instead of always relying on a meter. I should probably get better at that.
Point Breeze, 2013