Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tintype Photography

Bruce Schultz of Tintype Photography in Lafayette, La., dries a photograph over a candle flame during his living-history display of 19th Century photography. He also took period photographs with an antique Eastman Kodak camera at last weekend's Battle of Selma. The former newspaper reporter and photographer is employed by the LSU AgCommunications Department, but he steps back in time to use the wet-plate collodion method for Civil War reenactments and other events.

9 comments:

Tanya said...

Very neat! My husbands gg grandfathers were both in the war, one on the north and one on the south. We have pictures of them in their uniforms. Would love to have the tin type!

Jim said...

Try doing one a day using that method.

Ming the Merciless said...

How interesting! Definitely not something you see everyday.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have noticed, with some pleasure, that your photography has taken on a new look. I could go back through your work and see where this change began but why? Will just say I really like what you are doing in your photography and I think it shows. I also like this post and the tin type photo guy. I liked the past several photographs, especially.

I saw your post about Abraham Lincoln's war relatives, etc., and must add that most of my family here in Ohio were in the Civil
war and actually fought in battles against cousins in the South.

marley said...

There would be no CDP blogs if we had to do it like this!

GMG said...

Hi! You probably didn’t notice, but I was absent for a while… ;)) Anyhow, I missed your posts and comments, so I’m trying to catch up what I can!
Great pictures lately. Wonderful colours and the reenactement of the Battle of Selma provided some excellent models for the shots!
Hope you have a great week!
Blogtrotter

Per Stromsjo said...

Interesting. I wonder how anyone will be reenacting today's photographic methods in a couple of decades when all computer systems involved are long gone and obsolete...

LSU AgCenter said...

Thanks so much for posting a picture of me. It was a nice surprise. I want to return to Selma soon and spend time photographing some of the sights of Selma. In the meantime, I'll be at the Tannehill reenactment next month and Magee Farm this weekend.

Bruce Schultz

Rambling Round said...

I appreciate your comments! This tintype stuff was very interesting, and it made me appreciate digital photography even more!

Abe, I'm not sure why my photos are better, perhaps just the experience gained from taking and posting photos everyday for more than a year now!
I do try to rely more on getting the photo right in the camera rather than depending on a photo editing program to fix the flaws.
I learned on a manual camera years ago, but the automatic digital settings can be addictive!

LSA AgCenter, we would love to have you return to Selma and photograph our sites! Hope you will do some tintypes!
We have been to Tannehill many times. I never tire of going there.