The boot that gave me a blister
I returned home from a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales with nicely muddied boots, proof that I actually did some serious walking while I was there. One day we walked up to the old lead mines at Gunnerside Gill, a spectacular trek with plenty of snow still on the ground. Unfortunately after 20 years of good service this particular boot gave me a blister on my heel, so perhaps it’s ready to be retired.
This is a full plate clear glass ambrotype made with a 10 inch f/3.5 Petzval lens. The old lenses have great character, but even in overcast sun they can be too fast to get a controlled exposure. For this image, I made a Waterhouse stop from black plasticard so that the lens could be stopped down to f/5.6, giving a 6 second exposure.