Historical Processes
Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook
Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

The plan for my big summer road trip was to end up at the Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. That trip was interrupted, though, before I could make it back down out of Utah. In mid-September Kari was planning a short trip home to her family, so I thought I’d […]

Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt
Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

Spoiler alert: I’m not sure you can see the eclipse in my tintype. For various reasons I wasn’t planning on doing anything particularly special for the eclipse. I’d watch it myself, then get online and enjoy nice photos from other people. I definitely didn’t have the urge to drive up to the masses of people […]

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)
Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

I have made several trips through southwest Utah in the past year, each time taking my little (and low-slung) Ford Focus further down dirt roads than I should, each time asking the guy changing my oil afterward if everything looks ok under there. “There’s a lot of dirt and some grass stuck in funny places, […]

Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments
Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments

A friend of mine in Los Angeles recently bought one of my tintype photographs, and rather than entrust it to the postal system, I decided I needed to hand deliver it. (To be clear, in case my tone doesn’t come through, I used it as an excuse for a road trip.) I’ve been itching to […]

Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes
Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes

In terms of quantity of photographs, my trip last week to Chiricahua National Monument and parts of Coronado National Forest was not particularly productive. What I lacked in quantity, though, I feel like I made up for in quality: I really love the way the rocks of the Chiricahuas look, rendered as a tintype. Wednesday, […]

Saguaro National Park, Part 2
Saguaro National Park, Part 2

This week I made another trip down to Saguaro National Park to spend the day making tintypes. As I did last time, I parked in a turnout and spent the entire day photographing within a 15-foot radius of the car. (And like last time, I had more to make photos of than time to do […]

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park

As soon as Kari and I first made a quick loop through Saguaro National Park a few months ago I knew I could spend a lot of time there making tintype photographs of the many different plants growing there, in addition to the overall landscape. This past Saturday I finally headed down I-10 to the […]

Lake Valley – Ghost Town
Lake Valley - Ghost Town

One of my reasons for driving at least 4000 miles to Ohio and back over the holidays (the trip ended up just over 6000 miles in total) was to be able to take my tintype supplies with me. For various reasons I didn’t make any, however, other than a portrait of some friends in Memphis, […]

Brad and Andrea
Brad and Andrea

I recently drove from Arizona to Minnesota, by way of Ohio. Long story as to why I drove, but the point of this part of the story is that I stopped along the way in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit my grad-school classmates Andrea Morales and Brad Vest. They introduced me to Bryant’s, and I gave […]

Tintype Roadtrip: Southern Utah and Grand Canyon
Tintype Roadtrip: Southern Utah and Grand Canyon

The latest trip in my quest to photograph The West in tintype, as it might have been done as the region was first photographed in the mid-1800s, took me on a loop through southern Utah at the end of November. Wrong time of year to make tintypes in southern Utah, pretty much. (It could be […]

First welding project: bottle drying rack!
First welding project: bottle drying rack!

I have wanted to learn how to weld for years, decades maybe. Never got around to it. Looked into taking classes at a tech school back in Ohio, but it was several thousand dollars (no doubt very thorough and professional). When I moved to the Phoenix area and found out about TechShop, I figured I’d […]

Ground glass protective cover
Ground glass protective cover

Now that my 8×10 camera is getting heavy usage (Kari is out in the field with it as I type) I have been working on either repairing pinholes, making parts so it can be used (such as these new lensboards) or making things to protect it. The latest product: a custom ground glass protective cover. […]

New lens boards for the big cameras
New lens boards for the big cameras

I’ve had my Arca-Swiss 4×5 view camera for several years now, and more recently bought an 8×10 camera from my friend / mentor / boss Brenton Hamilton. It didn’t come with any lens boards, though, and rather than buying them off eBay or having somebody else make them, I decided to use my new skills […]

Shiprock, Valley of the Gods, and the Goosenecks
Shiprock, Valley of the Gods, and the Goosenecks

Tintype Roadtrip I used my recent trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park as an excuse to further explore the Four Corners region of northwestern New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, and southeast Utah, and make some tintypes along the way. The trip totaled around 2200 miles, and as per my new obsession with camping for free, […]

Great Sand Dunes Centennial Tintype Weekend
Great Sand Dunes Centennial Tintype Weekend

Great Sand Dunes National Park Centennial Tintype Weekend As I wrote about earlier, the National Park Service asked me to be part of their Centennial Celebrations by spending two days at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve giving demonstrations on making tintypes one day, and teaching a short workshop on the subject the next. […]

Wukoki Pueblo and the Grand Canyon Tintypes
Wukoki Pueblo and the Grand Canyon Tintypes

For reasons I go into in another post, I recently made a new darkbox to facilitate making tintypes in the field. That ordeal is a different story, but here are the best results from my first day of relative success with the new gear. To try and escape the heat of the Phoenix valley I […]

Portable Darkroom Version 2
Portable Darkroom Version 2

Within a few months of learning how to make tintypes in the Haas Lab (thanks, as always, to Kari Wehrs and Brenton Hamilton) I enjoyed some quality father-son time making a darkbox in the woodshop where Dad lived. It is a very sturdy (i.e., too heavy and large) box, and, worse, the shroud that I […]

Tintype Workshop: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Tintype Workshop: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Most of you are probably aware, but just to be sure: first, the National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial this year, and second, I love the National Park system. I don’t remember the first National Park that I visited, but I was probably only a few years old, on one of my parents many […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park Tintype
Great Sand Dunes National Park Tintype

I recently made another stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, as I often do on cross-country road trips. This trip – only 5400 miles, from Rhode Island to Maine, then down through West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and on to Arizona – had several reasons: visit my mother and friends, stay at the cabin […]

Ash Island
Ash Island

Ash Island, Pine Tree, Owl’s Head Here’s an example of the difference shifting about 15 feet to one side can make for a composition. The shot above and the shot below were taken within those few feet of each other, and otherwise the lens choice is the only difference – 90mm above and 210 below. […]

Drunk varnish
Drunk varnish

Here is an example of what happens when the varnish eats your image (above). In this case I had just added (too much) Everclear (190 proof alcohol) to the varnish to try and solve a different problem – and the collodion on this plate is pretty old – so when I poured the varnish on […]

Owl’s Head Tintypes
Owl's Head Tintypes

A while ago Kari started doing one-on-one tutoring for Lightroom and photography in general, and we have become friends with several of her students. One, Ed, lives down the coast in Owl’s Head, right on the water across from Ash Island. He invited us down to make tintypes, and last week we finally took him […]

Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 2 of 2
Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 2 of 2

In addition to the game of photographic telephone I wrote about earlier, Maine Media Workshops+College (MMWC) also had artists pair up to collaborate on one piece of artwork, as part of the larger Exquisite Corpse fundraising effort. While Kari was the subject in my previous piece, she was my partner in creating this one. We […]

Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 1 of 2
Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 1 of 2

Maine Media Workshops+College (MMWC), the school where I used to work, has decided to start a hopefully-annual fundraising project called “Exquisite Corpse“. As when the surrealists first started these types of things, MMWC has asked various artists connected to the school to participate by creating pieces of art in a very specific, and yet still […]