Ever since then, I had been saving my money and scouring eBay and online auctions until one showed up, and in that time I learned more about how rare of a size that is, and for a camera to show up in useable condition was even rarer. Thankfully I was alerted to Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers having a big auction of wooden cameras and lenses and was luckily enough to have won a bid for this beautiful Gundlach Korona 7x17"
Working with 7x17 has been a whole new learning process for me and it makes me excited to work with it more in the future. Even pouring the collodion and handling the plate I had to come up with different strategies to make sure the plate doesn't bend too much for the weight of either water or chemistry being poured onto it. Here are some snapshots from some of the first days of shooting.
Temperature and weather had different plans for me. Turns out that running from the camera to the darkroom in 80-degree weather can cause dry out and an equal opportunity for dust to get somewhere in your plate holder/tanks/water. At the end of the day, I had to try and reason with myself that even if I didn't get one good tintype that day, it's still something that helps me progress further to getting it right. I need to take in account of weather next time and even think about carrying ether to pour into my collodion to replenish what dissolved out when pouring a plate.
Here below is a small gallery of the tintypes I feel most proud of.
I poured the plate, sensitized in the silver and walked to the camera and loaded the plate holder. During my 1 minute and 30 second exposure, a line of at least 10 Jeep cars (with all of their lights on, I might add) drove right through my image. The last one in the conga line even bothered to stop and ask if they were in the way...
The plate with Cameron in it didn't work out. So the next best thing I could do was scan both images into my computer, photoshop Cameron out of the bad image and digitally put him in the one plate that did work out and have an image of what I was trying to capture.
My final thoughts is that I very much plan to return to Sedona for a redemption trip. I'm not going to let the wind, dirt and hot temperatures scare me away.
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I cant wait for the day to come where I can work with groups of people again and share the wet plate collodion process as I once did before.