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Wet Plate Photography: A Glimpse of the Past in Real Time

Shane Blakowitsch, proprietor of Nostalgic Glass, exposes a glass plate with an 8 second exposer.

Shane Blakowitsch, proprietor of Nostalgic Glass, exposes a glass plate with an 8 second exposer.

Recently my colleagues and advanced design students had an opportunity to take part in a wet plate ambrotype photo shoot at Nostalgic Glass Studio, proprietor Shane Blakowitsch. As Shane explains on his web site, wet plate collodion photography is the earliest form of photography. Most of the Civil War photography we’ve seen over the years was wet plate photography.

The bellows camera Shane used to take 5x7 glass impressions.

The bellows camera Shane used to take 5×7 glass impressions.

The camera above is a bellows camera meaning, the bellows go in or out to focus the subject. The exposure time Shane used was 8 seconds. Because of long exposure, the subject needs to be perfectly still. Notice on some of the images with the models, a metal pronged stand is set up behind (out of the cameras view) the sitting subjects to keep the sitter from moving.

Smile Jared.

Smile Jared.

Bright lights and no blinking are needed for a good exposure.

Bright lights and no blinking are needed for a good exposure.

Shane leaning on the metal prop that keeps subjects from moving.

Shane leaning on the metal prop that keeps subjects from moving.

Plate One from  our outing.

Plate One from our outing.

Plate two from our outing.

Plate two from our outing.

One of Shane's Images on the cover of View Camera magazine.

One of Shane’s Images on the cover of View Camera magazine.

Shane worked with a Custer impersonator to recreate the iconic image taken by  Matthew Brady. This image is on the cover of the current issue of  View Camera magazine.

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