between frames


On the other end of the camera

My last post was a couple tintypes of my friend, Mikael, who assisted me while shooting this weekend. He offered to take a portrait of me, so I accepted. I prepped the camera and did the chemical stuff, and then he did the final focusing, loaded the plate holder into the camera and held the shutter open for 60 seconds. It was fun being on the other side of the camera without the added struggles of taking a selfportrait. 


I took my tintype setup to Portland this weekend. My friend Mikael assisted me and let me take a couple plates of him. 45 and 60 second exposure at f/6.8. Still learning.  


Historic process, modern problems

Recently I went ahead and started experimenting with wetplate collodion,  an early photographic technique dating back to the 1850s. The learning curve is steep, even as someone with a lot of experience with photography, working in the darkroom, etc. I have A LOT to learn still, but am enjoying the process. 


Failed portraits

Sometimes when using old cameras, they decide they don’t want to work for the day. It’s a good thing I can appreciate imperfections (and have patient friends to model).


As above, so below



I could see a landscape where the earth pressed against itself, where the river churned inward.

(I’ve been inactive on here for quite a while but I think I may start blogging again. I also got an Instagram recently if you have one too @jamesbrandonoshea. Hope you all are well.)