Everyone is aware of that I work solely on collodion moist plate portraits. So what’s the explanation for meals images now? Let me attempt to clarify. A lot of you guys will keep in mind that I purchased a Cambo studio stand some whereas in the past. A little bit bit later I purchased a used tray for it on eBay. The vendor was very pleasant and by some means we began to speak about images
Lengthy story quick, a month later we determined to do a challenge collectively. After months of planning, Hans Gerlach (a widely known meals photographer and columnist) drove over to my studio and introduced his instruments and a few scrumptious meals with him.
Further meals for this taking pictures got here from my backyard, this manner I may convey a bit extra into the challenge in addition to my moist plate images. Through the planning interval, we mentioned completely different dishes, their colors and the way they would seem on a tintype (the moist collodion course of solely sees blue mild and due to this fact crimson colors will flip black and blue-white).
We noticed this come collectively as type of a primary check and wished to see what we may create. For me, it was very attention-grabbing to have a chef working in my kitchen.
I steered the 13x18cm format, as a result of the digicam isn’t too large and may be straightforward mounted over head. We will get a bit extra depth of area due to this smaller format. And I’ve a stupendous 250mm Zeiss Tessar lens that I can cease all the way down to about F16 with out having to lengthy publicity instances (two Hensel mills with 9000 w/s collectively helped to archive that and bear in mind, its referred to as moist plate, as a result of the plate must be moist the entire time and can’t dry). I mounted this fantastic thing about a lens on my 13x18cm Mentor digicam.
Though the studio Mentor digicam and the tripod are meant for that type of work, it felt humorous to see my instruments in that place.
Whereas I ready every thing in my darkroom, Hans Gerlach did his magic in my kitchen. We had been very excited to work on the primary plate. And after we noticed the outcome, we had been much more excited, the result was attractive. So we labored very lengthy on the primary day (I believe I went to mattress at 4 am). However it was not all glory. We shot so many plates, that sooner or later my silver nitrate bathtub went dangerous. First I believed it was the collodion, the fixer and the developer, however after I modified all of that(I’m all the time good ready for vital shootings and create every thing twice and even 3 times) and nonetheless bought humorous trying plates, I do know I want to vary the silver nitrate bathtub.
After I modified the tub, every thing was high-quality once more and we may go on with the taking pictures.
We shot many various types of sourdough bread till we had been proud of the result. That is one in every of our favourites plates. To carry it in our arms after months of planning and all of the work we put collectively was fantastic. In case you are enthusiastic about a print of this plate or another, try my retailer.
However this little setback shouldn’t be the one factor that stored me busy at the present time. After taking pictures many plates, my modified moist plate holder made my life a bit more durable. Typically the plate received’t keep in place and the tip results of that was a scratched plate….
I shortly solved the issue with a little bit redesign on the plate holder and from that on I used to be capable of shoot with none downside. Earlier than capturing each new dish, we had been excited to see the way it will prove.
And most of them turned out nice, I actually just like the beans and the spoon with chocolate mousse. The sheer quantity of element and texture of those scans from the moist plates are simply unimaginable. They are going to look superb on a giant print.
To get as a lot achieved as attainable, I scanned all 13x18cm (about 200mpix) and 18x24cm (about 300mpix, I made a decision later to do two greater plates too) plates at evening and likewise varnish them afterwards. So this evening was fairly quick.
I shot the larger plates with a 150-year-old Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens to combine this scrumptious bread with the attractive swirly bokeh from this outdated lens. I actually like how this plate turned out and the way the out of focus areas appear to be.
After these intense shoots, we had been all the time rewarded with nice trying plates superb tasting meals.
Hans additionally created superb tasting handmade pasta.
To present you guys a a lot better thought of this taking pictures, I attempted to captures as a lot footage as attainable to convey you behind the scenes with this video
On factor is certain, we loved our work collectively so much and can do extra like that sooner or later, however that wants once more numerous planning. I’m very comfortable that I met Hans and his work impressed me (sure there’s additionally a impressed portrait developing). I actually sit up for our subsequent taking pictures collectively (and sure, I additionally sit up for eat every thing!)
As a result of I get requested fairly often in regards to the instruments I take advantage of for the moist plate course of, I created a buying listing.
Concerning the Writer
Markus Hofstätter is knowledgeable portrait, occasions and sports activities photographer primarily based in Austria. He has a ardour for analogue and moist plate images. He loves travelling to go to new locations and assembly new individuals. Yow will discover out extra about him on his web site or weblog, comply with his work on Instagram or Fb or attain out to him via Twitter. This text was additionally printed right here and shared with permission.