Tin Type

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  1. Scott WRG Editor

    Scott WRG Editor King of Smoothness

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    The TPF forum has inspired me to look further into photography and my first step was to read a History of Photography I had pick up a few years ago. I was fascinated with some of the pre film photography and decided to check on e-bay for vintage photography and specifically tin type photographs. Well to make a long story short this is what I got:

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    Only paid $4.50 for it. I think its pretty neat.
     
  2. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    That is pretty cool!
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They have a wonderful rustic look! :D But I don't want to buy them, I want to do them! You can get the kits and that's a great way to get started. I'm going to be a messy dangerous thing when I get a darkroom...I'm such an alt-process geek wannabe. :|
     
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    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    can you explain this photo a bit more, its print that was processed on tin? coolness, how old is it, what more can you tell us about it?
     
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    Scott WRG Editor King of Smoothness

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    As I understand it the tin IS the film. A tin sheet is coated with light sensative emulsion and placed in the camera and exposed. Then the sheet is developed and you have the picture. The tin type is 18th century tech and pre-dates celluloid film. It was cheaper alternative to the glass type plates being used at the time.

    As for the subject of the image her name is lost to time and she has probably been dead for 3 or 4 decades at least.

    Now I have no idea wiether the one I acquired is genuine or not and frankly, for $4.50, I don't care. I just wanted to get my hands on one and if it was made last week or 100 years ago is quite irrelevant to me. :)
     
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    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    thats pretty cool 8)
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's probably authentic. It certainly looks like period dress and background, and why would anyone bother faking that?

    I think you described it perfectly, Scott. The kits I've read about come with cut sheets of tin, and they're probably smooth and perfect. A more distressed piece would look even better, imo. :D After applying the liquid emulsion, you can expose with an enlarger then develop the plates virutally like prints. I would love to try projecting an image and seeing how it works!
     
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    I recently got an alternative processes book and it has a section on tintypes. I would be happy to copy and send it to anyone...
     
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    Terri, Orie....You two aren't allowed to talk about stuff like this anymore. At least not until I get the stuff for the lifts and can produce a few of them. :D

    I really do like the tin prints. I would love to do one in an old box camera and see how it came out, too.
     
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    Hear that, Orie?? We're being artistically repressed by a mod! :eek:

    Hey! Everyone! Did you see him repressing us?? :p


    On another note....what book is that, Orie? I love to read them. :D
     
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    Shame on you, Hobbes!!!!
     
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    He's not my king, I didn't vote for him.... :)
     

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