The plate below highlights one of the difficulties of working with wet-plate collodion in a peculiar way. About a year ago my girlfriend and I were volunteering for Ladies Day in Old Town San Diego and both of us were required to check out period attire. Neither of us really wear a hat on a daily basis, so when Samantha sat down to pose for a tintype, it didn’t occur to us that there would be an exposure difference on the shadow created by her bonnet in comparison to the rest of her body. This is the result:

This could have been avoided by simply tipping the bonnet back, having Samantha look to the sky slightly, or bouncing some light in with a reflector.

The backdrop in the photo was provided by Dave of Nick and Dave photography

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