Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Frost Moon over Lake Pat Mayse

November 28

It was a full moon tonight.  The only place I could think of to capture the rise of the Frost Moon was over Lake Pat Mayse.  There are so many trees at the horizon line in Lamar County Texas it is hard to find a spot that will allow me to capture the moon as it first begins to rise.  You can see the planet Jupiter to the left.  It is a bit fuzzy.  I'm guessing that my shutter speed was a tad to slow and the aperture open a little too much to stop the motion.

There is something about a the rising of a full moon that still makes my heart race. 


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tin Types and Glass Plates

Frank Lopez taught a group of motley photographers the wet plate collodion process on Saturday.  During the 8 hour period I was able to take and print one tin type and two glass plates.  It was such a learning experience.  Tin types were very popular in the American West and during the civil war period.  I can understand why.  It is a very short period from the time you take the picture until it is developed and ready to go.  The digitial camera of the 1860's!  These images were made using a 4x5 camera and a period lens. 

The blue marks you see are from the egg whites used around the edge of the tin and glass to keep the collodion from running off the plate and then peeling off later.  It was the photographic glue of the late 1800's.  There are so many things that can go wrong from start to finish.  I was just glad that I was able to capture and print 3 images!

Great job Frank!  Thanks so much for keeping this process alive and doing such a good job as a teacher.  I am a convert and will keep on trying my hand at this process.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Halloween and the haunted house

I had so much fun taking these Halloween pictures for Rhonda and Stephen.  What a great family!

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