Wet plate cameras and old motorcycles

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by PatrickVA, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I went to a classic motorcycle show at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. last week. Curtiss was an early aviator and once held the motorcycle speed world record on a bike he built.

    A highlight was a couple of guys taking photos of the old bikes with wet plate cameras. Very neat.

    All OM-D and 20mm except the fisheye...

    Setup for a 1971 BMW.
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    Finished plates. The table looked like a chemistry experiment with gallon jugs of various fixers and things. Incredible how this process somehow evolved to become what we use.
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    Photographer with a finished plate.
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    It was a beautiful day, and British bikes are so pretty.
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    A Curtiss V-8. This is how one would go 136 mph in 1907.
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    A little fisheye.
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    A little custom.
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    And a little kid.
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Geez, bikes and cameras? I may need a cold shower.
     
  3. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Sweet. I bet those classic bike owners pay big bucks for authentic classic photos.
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Does that guy have a webpage? - I'd like to see his work. :smile:
     
  5. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I'm 99 percent sure it was this guy: John Coffer's Website.
    Looks like he does a lot of workshops. Too much work for me - I'll stick to SD cards and Lightroom.
     
  6. kmack

    kmack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 12, 2012
    I don't think it was John Coffer. But his site is well worth a visit.
    Wet plate isn't that hard to do, but like anything else, it's hard to do well.
     
  7. PatrickVA

    PatrickVA Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 31, 2012
    Central Virginia
    I'm not sure it was John Coffer, but he's close by, and I thought the guy I took the photo of said the main photographer was out of Dundee, N.Y. There can't be that many wet plate pros in that part of N.Y.