Marta wearing a turban

John Esco

Registered User
In my pursuit of discovering and trying different techniques to capture the light, yesterday I've tried, again, the historical process of tintypes. After few unsuccessful attempts, it seems I finally got some satisfactory images. There's obviously a ton more to learn. I'm really lucky to have access to books, online dedicated articles, and YT videos that are clearly utterly helpful but seems the "trial & fail" system suites best the learning process.

For all plates, I used 11x16 cm black aluminum sheets, cut to approx. 10.3 x 14.6 cm to fit my holder. I don't have a dedicated 5x4 plate holder, hence I use a Fuji Fujifilm PA-45 Polaroid Instant Film Back Holder.
The camera used is Toyo monorail 5x4 and a Schneider - Kreuznach Symmar-S, f/5.6, 180mm, wide open to f/5.6.
Two of the plates were shot in full sun, natural light, and only one under artificial, continuous studio lights (see picture description).

* full sunlight, 1-sec exposure

* full sunlight, 1 1/2 sec exposure

*studio continuous lights, 10 sec. exposure
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