Photo of the Week 23 July 2013
Congratulations to Jim Sincock from Lakewood, Colorado for his stunning tintype image “In the Forest.” We appreciate Jim’s darkroom technique out in the field and were inspired by his homemade box camera that he used to capture this image. We had the chance to speak with Jim about his image, his darkroom process for developing the image and his homemade box camera, as well as his favorite types of photography. Be sure to stop by Jim’s portfolio and Flickr to see more of his landscape and nature photography.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
I used a homemade 8×10 sliding box camera with a late 1800′s 10″ rapid rectilinear brass lens. I used the historic wet plate collodion process for this image, which requires having a portable darkroom in the field. The final images is an 8×10 tintype.
Where was the image taken?
The mountains west of Denver, Colorado.
How did you create your home-made sliding camera, and plan for this shot?
The camera design was based on a historic design which was modernized by Alan Greene in his book Primitive Photography. I have a short article about the camera on the F295 site that you can find here.
Note to our readers: If you’re looking for inspiration or are intrigued about how to build you own sliding box camera be sure to visit these articles on the F295 site, and on Jim’s portfolio. They do a great job of explaining how to set up your own camera, provide images of the finished product, and images produced using the homemade camera.
Any advice or favorite gear you bring along for travel and nature photography?
When I’m shooting wet plate in the landscape I generally have my hand-made 8×10 camera as well as a 1909 4×5 field camera. I also have a portable darkbox for sensitizing and developing the plates. The whole process is about slowing down and seeing more deeply. From set up to tear-down this shot took about an hour and I got this one image.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects?
I mostly just do fine art landscape and studio still life these days.
Who are some of your favorite photographers that you draw inspiration from?
Edward Steichen, Julia Margaret Cameron, Carlton Watkins, Ansel Adams, Sally Mann
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