Close Up Photos Need Long Bellows January 27 2014, 0 Comments

I'm getting reading to make some close up 8x10 tintypes of small objects.  To fill the frame and maintain focus you need a long bellow extension on a view camera.  I purchased this camera last summer for just that purpose. This camera was made in the 1950's I'm guessing, but I'm using a newer contemporary lens, a 240mm f 5.6.   - Gregory Bleck Tintypes / Photographic Artist Madison, WI

Icon & Pears TinType January 15 2014, 0 Comments


I originally wanted to make this tintype a month ago but I came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection and couldn't work with the chemistry without irritating my lungs; I had gathered these little irregular pears during my morning walks in Madison, Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Monona. Luckily they didn’t deteriorate during their stay in my small studio refrigerator where I keep my film.  - Gregory Bleck - Tintypesist / Photographic Artist, Madison, Wisconsin

New View Camera Purchase June 17 2013, 0 Comments

I just purchased another view camera for the studio. It's a simple 4"x5" camera, built like a tank, and made by the Burke & James company which was in business from 1897 until 1970. I'll be using it for my wet plate collodion work as well as for creating large format film portraits in black & white. I used one of these cameras back in the 70's when I worked at the old Star Photo on Williamson Street here in Madison. It will be like reuniting with an old friend. I hope to acquire an 8x10 view camera soon. I'm loving being back in the darkroom again using plates and film again!