Wet plate landscapes in sunny spring

April 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

There are just a few more delightful things in the world, then making landscapes in a sunny spring day. Cold winter days are finally gone. Sun is here, still tepid, without summer tiresome insistence. Some trees are still without leaves, but grass is high enough to soft sitting on it. Bugs and flies are here, ready to jump into collodion on your plate, but they are still sleepy and don't bite too much. 

 

The Bridge. The picture was made in full Sun before noon. I wanted to capture details in deep shadows, so exposure was 1 minute 45 seconds with F64. Parts in full sun, like top right corner, were overexposed by more the one STOP, but they draw very nice. As usually Lea's #7, fresh a week old batch mixed with a bit of older. Temperature was around 20 Celsius degree, development time 15 seconds. 

 

Four Willows. One of the best series I've ever made. It is not obvious from the phone snapshot, but this was a windy day. Willow leaves are very fragile and long term exposure unveils and emphasizes the bare structure of the tree. Pictures were taken before noon with 40 second exposure, F64. Old collodion helped to create high contrast pictures with black shadows.

 

Four WillowsFour WillowsFour plates 18x24 cm
Wet plate photography, tintype

# 410, 411, 412, 413
900 EUR

 

You can buy my original plates on Etsy or on eBay

 

 


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