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.