Well, I finally got a chance to do the second nude in my series with a wonderful model, Abigayle. I had an idea, that as I have a 12 second exposure, why not use that time and do some creative blurring of fabric using the wind machine.I'm very excited to be shooting on two types of glass for the first time. Black glass and Ruby glass ambrotypes.
There is something about this old process creating these unique works of art that you can't create in any other way. It's wonderful, because you can do subtle variations using lighting, time of exposure, developing, etc, to make each one a little different. I wanted to have the fabric moving fast so it would blur out. I wasn't sure what the end result would be, but I thought it would be pretty cool. I'm very happy with what came out. I'm looking forward to continuing the series and incorporating more of this motion blur in my work.
The Camera: Anthony Imperial Climax Studio Camera. Voightlander lens circa 1875. I'm not sure of the aperture, but I think it's around 3.6.
My lighting was a 2k hotlight and a 1.2k hmi, which is why you see 2 different shadow intensities. Exposure was 12 seconds. Old workhorse collodion + cyanide fixer.
My biggest problem with the shoot was seeing the image in the dark box. I really had no idea until I left if there was an exposure...I have to work on my red light inside the box. A lot of guess work went on...
These last two are moodier. I love the edge detail that comes from doing wet plate. It makes each image one of a kind.
Lastly, here's one on aluminum...
Here's a little behind the scenes video i shot...