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. 

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.