Pleased to say that I have become apart of the Nikon Full Frame family! This week I acquired an Nikon D610 and a WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter , which I have not tried out yet! But am excited to. I'm also excited to try the VR 28-300 lens that also came with it. Stay tuned for updates!
Unfortunately not much to report. On the day I went up to Dave's workshop It was the morning after a bad rain and wind storm in San Diego and the rain was traveling over to his place (amazing cloud view though).
Upon arriving it was partly cloudy but stopped raining. I was all worked up to start cleaning the metal and putting the camera back together, then it happened. The Sneezing. The runny eyes. From having a small head cold, and NO immune system and bad allergies to dust and cats, I had a massive allergy attack that just brought my day down upon me.
What I managed to get done was to clean a little of the brass that was nickel plated (Dave figured that one out, I know nothing of which metal is which) using Lacquer Thinner with some Steel Wool. Made a HUGE difference. So for now, I brought back the pieces with me home to work on it till next time I go up to the work shop.
Earlier this month while I was at Old Poway Park I decided to get artsy and play around with my surroundings. My best friend Fernando was photographing this woman and her companion, after he got the shot I asked her If she would model her light blue eyes for me, and she said yes! Unfortunately I do not remember her name, but I'm so thankful that she did this for me. It turned out great! THANK YOU MYSTERIOUS WOMAN!
That whole day we were having problems with our plates fogging up and sometimes after fixing a plate, the plate would turn black all the way through.
To see a high quality version of this tintype, please click HERE
To see more tintypes from that session please click the button below!
*Shots originally taken on April 14 and April 15*
I know this post is to little to late , but I didn't want to waste these photos and not share them. During my spring break I traveled to Las Vegas and Utah, mostly for hiking and to have a good view of the lunar eclipse. WHICH I WAS NOT AWARE OF until the day before and was not prepared with a telephoto lens.
So on the day of the blood moon I traveled to Tropic, Utah from Las Vegas. Both my dad and I were concerned and focusing on a place that is sucluded from major cities and street lights and also a close by hotel for the next day hiking trip (in another post). When we got to the location of the hotel that afternoon there was minimal street lights, which was good because it wasn't going to obstruct our view of the moon. Around 11pm we drove a mile out from where we were staying and found a pull out that was away from the streetlights. At that time is was 18 degrees outside.
Since I was not prepared with a telephoto lens I used the next best lens I had on me at the time. My 85 mm 1.5 f stop manual lens. They are not the best details when it comes sharpness and noise, but something is better than nothing! I'll make sure to be more prepared in October for the next blood moon!
And that was the last good looking photo that I go tot the moon.
The rest of the pictures below are some star photos that I did at random during the eclipse, to take advantage of the full view of the sky.
For those who don't know, every month I volunteer at Old Town San Diego. once a month doing tintypes. I always come back home with beautiful plates and do do scans and post them all at once. Lately I have been giving more thought on what else I can do beside posting them. So I came up with the idea of a Tintype of the month! This plate is for the month of March.
If you have seen previous posts before or know me in life, this man right here is my mentor, Dave Smith. He is also alive. Whenever I'm in Old Town doing tintypes I normally stick in one area of the park and never really taken my camera far. In this case we were going to photograph the Blacksmiths at their workshop. I went over there with my friend Fernando to assist him and hold reflector, but when I turned around I noticed there were two wooden coffins in the back of the lot behind rope bars. I asked one of the black smiths if there was any possible way we could get that down and use it for photos. It was possible. I asked Dave if he would model for me and luckliy he said yes!
I know now that this would have been hard for some people to squeeze into a coffin. Not a lot of people see death as a positive thing. Especially as we get older. Dave was such a champ! The reason I choose this as my favorite tintype was do to do subject matter and the contrast of the plate. Earlier that day I was experiencing fog in my plates and not good separation. The lighting and the time of the day was perfect.
3x4 Tintype. F/stop unknown
"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."
Awhile back I started reading more into what the possibilities of doing dry plate negatives are. There are a couple of series of projects that I have been wanting to do but I know the reality of what it would be like to carry around chemicals that aren’t safe and lugging around a portable darkroom. Also, the wet plate camera that I own can’t do both processes. I talked it over with my mentor, Dave Smith, and he has been generous enough to let me learn the ropes of restoring an early 1900’s dry plate Kornoa Camera
Task one of today. Air blasting the whole camera! When my mentor got ahold of these cameras they have been sitting somewhere collecting dust, rusting screws, and having a bunch of spider eggs and dead daddy long-legs. I’m not the one much for spiders and I have no intention of getting up close and personal with them, so the only solution was to air blast the whole camera.
Then I moved onto to taking the camera apart, screw by screw. After an hour or so I had everything labeled in plastic bags with all the parts that go in the right spot of the camera. Including taking off the bellows without having them damaged. In the end, it all came down to wood frames.
I wanted to get as much done to day as I possibly could, due to school ending for vacation and going on travel, so I know it would be awhile before I see this camera again. With everything apart and airbrushed most of the dust in the creases of the wood then next step was to restore the wood to its natural color. Dave helped me with getting started by getting fine steel wool and soaking paint thinner and started to wipe the wood and getting some of the gunk off and letting it settle for a few seconds then wiping it off. I was seriously impressed that under all that dust and grime was a beautiful orange red color.
The last few things that I wanted to accomplish was to apply wax to add a nice and smooth finish to the wood and let it try till next time! Big thanks to Fernando for taking some of the photos of me working today! And a big thanks to Dave Smith for his guidance.
Catherine Segura is a Millennial Slacker working her way to being full time Wet Plate Photographer, she occasionally picks up a DSLR camera.