Time to update this blog! I would first like to say that school has been crazy and with the holidays coming up I should be doing more shoots or having more opportunities to do plates. One of the biggest things that happened this month was my 21st birthday (whooo) and also that I got an opportunity to get ahold of chemicals and do tintypes at home! I can honestly say that at first it was terrifying with trying to figure what time of day to photograph and also that the first time ( I didn't really document it) I ran into chemical problems. The first plate I have many many many artifacts and a mysterious black shadow. Another problem that I had was not being able to see a negative devolping in my dark box. I would have to count to 20 and hope that when I fixed it, an image would show, and it did.
The one of my last assignments for my class with the coolest of the cool teachers ( Chris Wimpey ) was to do a portrait of someone resembling a lumberjack using an axe. He reccommended that I do a Tintype for this assignment. Sadly, i had one more day worth of chemicals before returning them back to my boss. So on Wednesday morning I set my dark box outside around 9 am and put in all of the chemicals in the right tip tanks and set out my buckets and got to work!
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Tintypes from October 2014 session at Old Town San Diego.
I think this is about the first time that I have been at Old Town and did all of the pouring and exposing. And honestly, I love all these plates! The only problems that I have been getting is Oysters on my plate due to my slider (I think) being contaminated.
But all in all, really busy day with cool vignetting !
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Catherine Segura is a Millennial Slacker working her way to being full time Wet Plate Photographer, she occasionally picks up a DSLR camera.