Immediately on the weekend after the UKCW over at Llanthony (see post here), we took ourselves to another location over at the home of William Henry Fox Talbot in Lacock, Chippenham. With more than a dozen of us on site, granted a beautiful weather as well for the weekend, plus a sort of WWII re-enactment going on which somewhat could be confusing for most of the passer-by of it mingled with Victorian image-makers in the midst.

Much grateful for Mark Voce for arranging this event with Roger Watson to make this happen, and for Tony Richards to gather the troupe.

Since this is going to be 2-part blog post, this section covers the snap-shots of the event, and the second would be of the plates made.

Gathering at the Red Lion's Inn, from left: Johnathan Keys, Tim Ingmiere, Gordon Fraser, Melanie Fraser, Isabel, Leeson, Gerald Figal, Kevin Lunham, Simon Harbord, and Mandy (sorry for the crop!)
Gathering at the Red Lion’s Inn, from left: Johnathan Keys, Tim Ingmiere, Gordon Fraser, Melanie Fraser, Isabel, Leeson, Gerald Figal, Kevin Lunham, Simon Harbord, and Mandy (sorry for the crop!)
Tony finally arrived! Though traffic was agreeably horrible, yet all arrived safely in the end, Mark Voce being the last. From left: Tony Richards, Johnathan Keys and Paul
Tony finally arrived! Though traffic was agreeably horrible, yet all arrived safely in the end, Mark Voce being the last. From left: Tony Richards, Johnathan Keys and Paul
Though in the middle of the evening, Kevin and Simon were busy weaving something away
Though in the middle of the evening, Kevin and Simon were busy weaving something away
Interesting article! UV beads! Simon explained these were meant for kids to wear (also adults too) as a measurement of how intense the colours of the beads from being out in the sun. They will turn colour from pale white to various colour assigned in each of them.
Interesting article! UV beads! Simon explained these were meant for kids to wear (also adults too) as a measurement of how intense the colours of the beads from being out in the sun. They will turn colour from pale white to various colour assigned in each of them.
Next day, all of us gathered in front of the Fox Talbot Museum to begin our way into the premise
Next day, all of us gathered in front of the Fox Talbot Museum to begin our way into the premise.
This odd contraptions really worked! Though I still need to figure out how to measure the time for exposure.
This odd contraptions really worked! Though I still need to figure out how to measure the time for exposure.
Of course there's someone from the WWII event display cameras which attracted us lot towards it like moth to flames!
Of course there’s someone from the WWII event display cameras which attracted us lot towards it like moth to flames!
Mr Roger Watson, the man of the hour and the curator for the Fox Talbot, opens the door for us and sort out where we need to go and took our oath to behave while being herded with the sheeps in the field next to the abbey.
Mr Roger Watson, the man of the hour and the curator for the Fox Talbot, opens the door for us and sort out where we need to go and took our oath to behave while being herded with the sheeps in the field next to the abbey.
All of us drove in and began unloading behind the building
All of us drove in and began unloading behind the building
Tents were pitched up, and all sorts of contraptions laid out
Tents were pitched up, and all sorts of contraptions laid out
As much as it was a grand beautiful field full of flock of sheeps...
As much as it was a grand beautiful field full of flock of sheeps…
Every 3 feet in all directions were laid out with proper shit mines
Every 3 feet in all directions were laid out with proper shit mines. Didn’t know sheeps could lay turds this big
At least the second day, we were allowed to bring in our cars next to our dark tents/boxes to ease our work. Thank you Roger for your kind consideration!
At least the second day, we were allowed to bring in our cars next to our dark tents/boxes to ease our work. Thank you Roger for your kind consideration!
Working with half plate, the required tools to work on the field were reduced compared to larger plates. Measuring what I need, and how I work, I believe this setup would do well for 2 working day supply.
Working with half plate, the required tools to work on the field were reduced compared to larger plates. Measuring what I need, and how I work, I believe this setup would do well for 2 working day supply.
My dear tailboard camera with fantastic wide angle B&L 100mm lens which contributed to many tack sharp plates before (hopefully many after)
My dear tailboard camera with fantastic wide angle B&L 100mm lens which contributed to many tack sharp plates before (hopefully many after)

To be continued in the next post…

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