Tin type photography

Here are some examples of testing I did for Tin Type photography alternative process.  I had the possibility of being asked to do tin types for a production, it did not end up happening.  These tins are the results of my testing and becoming competent in making these delicate images.

Tin types are post Civil War photographic technology that first appeared in 1855, peaked around 1870 and was mostly out of use by the turn of the century.  The image is created by making a negative image on a black aluminum plate.  As in traditional black and white film negatives, dark areas of the image are lighter & clearer on the negative while the lighter areas of the images appear black or darker in a negative.  What you see in a tin type is the “negative” letting the dark areas of the black plate show through and the room lighting showing the black or darker parts of the negative as white or lighter.  You can sometimes get the same effect by looking at a film negative against a black background.

The process I use to make tins is to prepare the 4×5 plates in a darkroom with a fairly bright red light (the emulsion is not sensitive to red light at all, which makes for some unusual looks and exposures).  The emulsion is a gel at room temperature so I warm the emulsion in a hot bath.  After it has warmed I pour some on the black plate and roll it around to evenly cover the plate and then let it dry.  I then load one plate in typical 4×5 film holders a friend of mine machine to accept the plates.  The plates are good to use for a day or so.  I then load the film holder into my Speed Graphic press camera with a Fugi 210mm, expose for 1 ISO and then back  into the darkroom.  It is pretty much typical film processing after that.  Develop, fix and wash.  I use Glad sandwich containers for chemical trays as the plated fit perfectly.

The Hook Band

Had a fun shoot with The Hook,  local band of friends.  We worked on some group shots and then these portraits with a ring light.

Tools of the Trade

These are shot of some of the girls skates and pads from the Flint City Derby Girls bout last Sunday._DSC1158

Reverend Calvin Golden recording session

Shots from a recent recording session of Reverend Calvin Golden in Hazel Park MI.  I have had the pleasure of photographing a few of the group’s past concerts and already knew a few of the songs.  Wonderful music, not sure what to call it, Gospel, Worship?



I photographed this young man a few weeks ago.  He needed some shots of him performing the martial art Capoeira.  I’m not sure I really understand it fully, more like a Brazilian martial art and dance performance art.  He was certainly fit and very athletic. Playing agin with dramatic side lighting.  Need to store my seamless upright!


Powergirls Model search

Below are shots I did at a day long model Search for PowerGirls.  I was contacted by Peace Robinson and asked to be one of several photographers shooting many models register to compete to be the first Powergirl.  I was the fiorst photographer to show up (on time at 7 am Saturday) and got my choice of several sets.  I choose the casual set in a open courtyard.  In the morning I had my choice of open shade or low sun, later I had straight up sun to work with.  In my wandering around the complex, I saw a car shop and shot some of the girls in there. It was a fun challenging shoot, well organized with very nice models, I wish Powergirls well.  You can see more of the images on my website www.mpk-photo.com/projects


Fight Club gym

As you will shortly see I have recently shot some local MMA Mixed Martial Arts fighters.  I will shortly post images from the amateur fight at the Palace of Auburn Hill in April.   The images below are some of the fighters training at Fight Club Incorporated in Waterford MI.  http://www.fightclubgym.com  Mike Grable was nice enough to give me access to some of the fighters training in this new facility.


4×5 film processing

I just processed my first set of 4×5 film in years.  To load the film in the holders, I go in the hallway bathroom at night and make sure no one turns on a light.  After shooting, I then go back in the bathdarkroom and load a 4×5 daylight tank.  The film was processed right at the kitchen sink and washed in the tank. The shot you see is the film hung with clothespins on a string wound around cabinet handles, shot with iPhone.

I proceesed some film from a Sped Graphic I got a while ago and shots done Friday with a couple pinhole cameras, just finished.  I plan to shoot portraits with the Speed Graphic this summer, the pinhole is just for fun.

4x5 film processing

4x5 film processing