Going from newest to oldest- here's three plates I did just a few hours ago in the spirit of Harold Edgerton.
Two of the three plates made that night were offered for sale on Etsy and were purchased within hours of them being posted. Inspired by that success and pushed by the ever-present desire to do better I went at it again during the full moon of September 27th. This time I used a vintage 1898 Zeiss Tele-Tubus IV lens outfitted with a 225mm Protar in the front and a 100mm dispersing negative element in the back. My focal length was a whopping 1800 or so (still waiting to do a curve graph to figure out what Delta 11.1 would translate to on that lens) and my aperture at that point was about f22. To my surprise (partly because I used ultra fresh collodion) I was still able to get away with the same 2-second exposure and on the second try I got the plate that you see below. This time the moon is a solid 3/4in around and again I mounted the tintype in a vintage /16th plate case, so the plate itself is 2x2.5in.
The above is currently available for sale at my Etsy shop and I do hope it sells soon to allow me to build a special setup that I have in mind for another attempt where I will try to make the moon MUCH bigger on my plates.
Well, that's about it for now. Other than the images posted here I have been doing a lot of portraits and some landscapes. I have also started to do more wet plate negatives with the hope of soon learning carbon printing. My friend Race Gentry has also been tutoring me in the art of daguerreotype photography, but I'm very far from being anywhere near proficiency there...
All the best to all who read this!