Mark Tucker : Journal

Location Collodion: Red Barn Roundup

Posted in Interesting People, The South, WetPlate by marktucker on November 11, 2012

Here are some frames from today, from Allison Marusic’s Red Barn Roundup in East Nashville. We got great character faces all afternoon, but ran out of ambient light at dusk. Could have shot faces all night. We went back to the Dallmeyer 9″ Petzval on this project, to get in closer to their faces, and to throw the depth of focus to almost nothing.

Thank you to Samantha Angel for great collodion prep, and to Derrick Hood for the dark box design.

Also, here is a link to Kathryn Johnson’s photos from the party. Here’s a frame with Allison.

The master grid that I put on my website, in AltProcess chapter. Cattle rustlers and bank robbers. http://www.marktucker.com

Allison Marusic, founder of RBR and owner of the great home where it all happens.

John McTigue, drummer. 8″x10″ collodion on black metal.

Elizabeth Bradley.

Grant Johnson, 8″x10″ collodion on black metal.

Kathryn Mitchell Johnson. Married to Grant Johnson, above. Co-founder of RBR, with Allison.

Preston Kyles and Sarah Gayle Meech.

Cowboy Keith Thompson.

Jared Manzo, 8″x10″ collodion on black metal.

Photograph: Kim Jameson

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  1. gregory bleck said, on November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Mark, I really enjoy your work. I was wondering what strobe equipment you’re using? I’m trying to do some wet plate in studio but findng it hard to produce enough light with the strobes I have…any advise?

  2. marktucker said, on November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Does not matter what kind; you just need a ton of light. I use 2400WS, very close to the face, like two feet away, for the key light. You can literally feel the heat coming off the strobe; that’s how close. The rough ASA of collodion is 1/2. That’s one half of ASA 1.


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