Continued from the previous blog post, the images made during the weekend had amplified my learning experience from the field. Though not all plates made were pefect, but definitely improved from what I had gone though the collodion weekend from variable heat, fogging etc. Which most were avoided, yet the sun keeps on peeping in and out messing with my exposure.

Though, I felt blessed to be in wet plater crowd again, and I begin to understand variety of methods applied by others in person.

Day 1

The first day covers the Lacock abbey ground, though we weren’t permitted to go into the cloisters area as it would hinder the crowd’s movements. Plus we were just about to flex and familiarise the angles, the views of the abbey, and jumping around sheep shits, which becomes a natural reflex after an hour.

The wet platers on the grounds behind the abbey.
The wet platers on the grounds behind the abbey.
One of the entrance, towards the infamous window.
One of the entrance, towards the infamous window.
The Clock tower
The Clock tower
Front gate, which serves as the exit.
Front gate, which serves as the exit.
The cows across the river. Playfully I title this as
The cows across the river. Playfully I title this as “Talbot’s cow doing the Muybridge”
Though bit underexposed, this still compliment one of my older daguerreotype plate of similar scene of overlooking the Talbot's Lacock Abbey with sheps in them
Though bit underexposed, this still compliment one of my older daguerreotype plate of similar scene of overlooking the Talbot’s Lacock Abbey with sheps in them
The corner tower
The corner tower

Day 2

My favourite day, sneaking in the cloister area before the crowd pushes in, though there was a few, but won’t make much dent into the composition as the exposure was around 7 minutes.

The cloister of Lacock abbey. Love the small crowd blasting away looking for the infamous couldron from 'Harry Potter', which I became a temporary pointer to where the hidden room is at...
The cloister of Lacock abbey. Love the small crowd blasting away looking for the infamous couldron from ‘Harry Potter’, which I became a temporary pointer to where the hidden room is at while waiting for the exposure done…

Portraits!

I rarely do portraits, and of course, I barely do much of sort directly in the sun as it does menace to overall contrast of the scene, however, while the ‘rare’ wildlife of this sort, the wet platers, gathered in Lacock once a year. I’d have a go at it. Aiming for the practitioners with their gears

Tony Richards
Tony Richards
Mark Voce
Mark Voce
Kevin Lunham
Kevin Lunham
Simon Harbord
Simon Harbord
Laura Peters
Laura Peters
Isabel Leeson (no idea what that 'wavy' lines, which arrived when dried, was not there during wash)
Isabel Leeson (no idea what that ‘wavy’ lines, which arrived when dried, was not there during wash)
Gerald Figal
Gerald Figal. Tried to go for another shot, but this good man runs amok around the field, either terrorising the sheeps or making plates.
Gordon Fraser and Melanie Fraser.
Gordon Fraser and Melanie Fraser.
Tim Ingmire. Thank you so much for sparing me few more plates, certainly could not continue the portraits if it weren't for your kind generousity
Tim Ingmire. Thank you so much for sparing me few more plates, certainly could not continue the portraits if it weren’t for your kind generosity
Andy Billingham @ Moo Pa
Andy Billingham @ Moo Pa
Last but never least. A Family, a first done with this medium for us. Thank you Simon Harbord for helping with this. And bless you for entertaining our daughter with the black stuffed crow, which she finds it quite amusing all the way back home!
Last but never least. A family portrait of my wife, Anis, our daughter, Amelie and myself. A first done with this medium for us. Thank you Simon Harbord for helping with this. And bless you for entertaining our daughter with the black stuffed crow, which she finds it quite amusing all the way back home!

Much apology for not catching up with the rest for portrait: James Pearson, Johnathan Keys, Mandy and Paul. And hopefully I didn’t missed out any more.

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