Archive for September, 2009

Ambrotype experiments

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on September 3, 2009 by davidputman

A few friends and I recently started a new project, making ambrotypes! For those who don’t know, an ambrotype is a positive image shot directly onto a glass plate. This is accomplished using the wet plate collodion process, where you take a piece of cut glass, pour a thin layer of a collodion solution onto the plate, then sensitize the plate in a silver nitrate solution. This makes the plate light sensitive, but the kicker is you have to shoot an image and begin developing the plate while it is still wet! This process, although very time consuming and difficult, produces absolutely beautiful images. There is a huge learning curve to the process, but every week the plates look a bit better! Here is a little taste of the images I have made so far, there will be more soon!

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Go Fast, Turn Left!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by davidputman

I went to a off road race a couple weeks ago sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association; haven’t been to one in a long time but it was still loads of fun! I used to go to these almost every other weekend with my dad when we had our race truck, but he had some shoulder issues which prevented him from racing, and I just didn’t have the time to keep racing while in school, so we wound up selling it.

Took a few images throughout the weekend, but really didn’t have much time to shoot as we were running the barrel course. For everyone who doesn’t know how barrel racing works, I’ll give a quick explanation. It is very similar to barrel racing on horses; there are 3 barrels set up in a triangle, and the racer starts in a gate lined up with the center barrel:

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The object is to make a full circle around each barrel and make it back into the gate as fast as possible, hence the title “Go fast, turn left!”

Anyway, here are a few pictures from the race, enjoy! 🙂

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