Wet Plate Shoot: Calvin

A few weeks ago I convinced Calvin, one of the fellow members of PhoCus in Cambridge, to sit for a few wet-plate portraits. We share the same interest in Medium and large-format photography and it would be a good chance for him to see and experience the process before moving back up North.

In the last few sessions, I had photographed people outside as the presence of UV makes the exposure times shorter, whilst providing me with ample (free) light and more space to more in. I had, however, also noticed that exposure times could vary wildly on days where clouds could pass in front of the sun at any given moment. I decided to take this shoot indoors.

For this shoot, we used one unit of Halogen lighting of 2000W on a tripod to the right. There is a skylight in the window behind Calvin, but no other ambient light. We used a (gold) reflector in some of the shots.

 

1. test plate

1. test plate

Happy - circa 12 seconds exposure

Happy – circa 12 seconds exposure

looking away from the camera, lost detail to the eye.

looking away from the camera, lost detail to the eye.

Nice and creepy

Nice and creepy, just the way we like it 😛

 

 

Calvin's first wet plate. 12 x 16 cm on clear glass

Calvin’s first wet plate. 12 x 16 cm on clear glass

 

 

 

 

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