Historic 1876 Hopewell Train Station

October 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Last Sunday (092913) I decided to pack up my new dark box/wet plate gear and head out to the:

Historic 1876 Hopewell Train Station   (use this link for more info)

We arrived around 8AM on a beautiful morning, full of sun and fresh air.

I set up my box and gear, then the camera.  

This was my first time out away from home, so I was a bit nervous, but confident all would work.

I had previously tested the box and knew it was light tight and ready to go.  I focused, went back and poured a plate.

Into the silver nitrate it  went, timer set for the three minute countdown.  

As a few seconds ticked off, I thought about the shot once more, satisfied all was good.

Then the unexpected occurred.  A guy, on the phone, toting a dog, walks dead center into my picture and sits down on a bench.

I immediately got his attention and asked him to move away as I was photographing the building.

Too make matters worse, there was a communication problem and he didn't seem to understand right away.

I waved, I shouted, I pleaded, as the seconds rolled off the timer.  

Finally, he got the message and came walking over to me.  I asked him to stand to the side of my table so I could get back to work.

He seemed confused and stood in my way while his dog sniffed around my equipment.

Finally, I had no choice but to ignore him and focus on getting the plate into the holder to take the photograph.

I got into the dark box, the timer went off, and I put the plate into the holder.  Out I came as I hear the car door slam.

I took the picture, developed and fixed it.  

In the meantime, my wife had slammed the car door shut as the guys dog was going to go in.

As I fixed the plate and started the rinse process the man went away.  

Thankfully the plate came out well, so I was happy.  Quite an experience on a first plate, early in the morning.

It was nutz, but makes a good story.

So here are the three images of this beautiful building I took that Sunday morning.

Please use the links to get full size images and tech info.  Enjoy.

Historic 1876 Hopewell Train Station

collodion wet plate, landscapes, trees, exterior spaces, exterior structuresHistoric 1876 Hopewell Train Station092913
5x7 Collodion Wet PLate
5x7 Kodak 2D - Schneider 8" Symmar-S
f16 at 16 seconds in bright sunlight

Door Window & Pipe

collodion wet plate, landscapes, trees, exterior spaces, exterior structuresDoor Window & Pipe092913
5x7 Collodion Wet PLate
5x7 Kodak 2D - Schneider 8" Symmar-S
f16 at 16 seconds in bright sunlight

Doors

collodion wet plate, landscapes, trees, exterior spaces, exterior structuresDoors092913
5x7 Collodion Wet PLate
5x7 Kodak 2D - Schneider 8" Symmar-S
f16 at 16 seconds in bright sunlight

 

 

 

 

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