Excited to start working with wet plate collodion in a bigger space…the trunk of my Scion xB was way too cramped.
A few weeks ago Adorama sent me a coupon code to get a free 8×10 aluminum print. Since it’s free I figured why not send them a wet plate collodion image just to see what the results would look like. After waiting about a week and a half I received the photo in a nicely packaged box with the photo inside wrapped in bubble wrap. The photo above is my aluminum print from Adorama without color corrections or custom made color profile.
WOW! This totally changed my opinions about aluminum prints. Before I hated the option but I believe that’s because I’ve never seen a (semi) black and white print on aluminum before either…all the photographs I’ve seen before were in color and the metallic look didn’t suit my tastes. My views completely changed after getting this in the mail…This is actually very exciting because it allows me to have an option to sell copies of my wet plate collodion work and keep that similar presentation instead of having to sell paper prints.
I’m lucky to have stumbled upon this because I’m also starting an Etsy shop in the near future so this will be good to have as another option to sell work.
Just picked up a Russian Helios 58mm lens and while it does have some drawbacks I find it to be a pretty awesome portrait lens. I love how the background blur just swirls it reminds me of a few wet plate collodion images I’ve seen shot with a petzval lens.
I’m definitely going to use this lens a lot for portraits but it’s a bummer that it can’t focus past 10 feet on my Nikon d800. I may try and mod the lens but I think I like the limitation. Anyways heres a photo of my mom’s puppy, Chewie, and a self portrait photo. I’m wearing a ski mask because I buzzed my hair lol I thought the texture would look more interesting anyhow.
Christian Jones, a friend of mine from the paintball world, contacted me about a week ago and asked if I wanted some of his dad’s old photography equipment. I immediately said yes and I am glad I did! I received a lot of awesome stuff – a hand made 4×5 camera with 3 lenses and polaroid back along with speedotron strobes and powerpacks.
Summer is coming around and it’s time for a change.
This week I’ve updated my website, deleted my tumblr, made a new flickr account, and have started a project that will be made into a book. After recently getting off anti-depressants/anxiety meds I feel like I have more energy and a bigger need to go out and do stuff. Next week I plan to clean out my wet plate collodion bottles, replenish my silver nitrate, and order more chemicals…maybe even a 3-man ice fishing tent for on location wet plate shooting.
I don’t know what my summer goals are yet, but I do plan on making a lot of wet plate collodion images this summer. I’m feeling a lot better and want to stay productive.