Tintypes. What’s a Tintype?

Between late spring and early fall we tend to go periodically to the Petaluma Farmer’s Market, in Walnut Park near downtown. While our usual goal on a Saturday afternoon visit is get some nice veggies, some occasional meat and bread, and the occasional treat, while listening to eclectic music from the band stand in the park, sometimes we encounter the unusual something there as well. So one day in late August as we went about the usual food shopping, I was surprised to see a large format camera and a sign saying Tintype Photography!
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Balloon Madness 2014

Every year or so. I try to attend the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. When I can get up early enough, I try to get to the launch of the ‘dawn patrol’ group (around ‘O’ dark 5am something or other) because the flames from the balloons and lighting (blue hour stuff) of the balloons is – to me – the best photography this event has to offer. Fog and wind can screw up this event but fortunately I’ve been luck more often than not. Here are a few image from the event.

Dawn Patrol with running lights.
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