Dudeboy and I spent a good deal of this past week in the past. Tuesday we visited local collodion photographer Wendell Decker. It was a great experience as he took the time to explain the whole process to us in detail.
For our joint portrait we chose an ambrotype, which is sorta like the ferrotype but the image is created on a sheet of glass using the same wet plate collodion process. After that, just silver remains on the glass. The result is a negative made positive when a black varnish is applied. So, in the above photo, everything that is black is actually plain glass . . . until that varnish is applied to the back. Wendell also praised the image quality. He said this process produced detail that was much better than film or digital can attain. In many instances often the old ways are the best ways.
Downtime playing cards and waiting out the rain.