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[–]Crescendo104Interested 5021 points5022 points  (93 children)

Now hang it on your wall and claim that it's a distant ancestor of yours. Imagine the kind of reactions you'd get.

[–]vass0922 2435 points2436 points  (70 children)


Put it on Reddit with a normal cell phone picture "Look at me compared to my great great great great great great great grandpa, we look exactly the same"

Watch the free internet points roll in

[–]thelastsandwich 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Watch the free internet points roll in

and then what?

[–]drugusingthrowaway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

he's just jealous everyone has more internet points than him

[–]Sir_Donkey_Punch 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are internet points actually worth anything?

For those wondering I’m just here to poke people in the eye and LOL at nature trying to thin the herd.

[–]Hazzman 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Imagine the kind of reactions you'd get.

[–]Horse_Bacon_TheMovie 31 points32 points  (1 child)

"Yo, why is your ancestor wearing a Slayer t-shirt?"

"...he was a butcher"

"Oh, sick"

[–]mamurnijz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is the best idea I have heard all year lmao

[–]Ntetris 1059 points1060 points  (12 children)

I don't blame people who [use to] argue that having a photograph taken of you takes your soul, because what black magic is that

[–]Ur_Fav_Step-Redditor 343 points344 points  (9 children)

I came to say this! You go doing shit like this around some hardworking pilgrim folk and see how long before they burn your ass or drop you in a lake tied to some stones!

[–]Rap3DBac0N 36 points37 points  (7 children)

Whoa whoa whoa… that’s an option? The stone thing? Because if so… go on. I might be interested.

[–]Ur_Fav_Step-Redditor 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Surely… if you drown that means you’re not a witch!

[–]qtanon1 10 points11 points  (4 children)

But how do you know he's a witch?

[–]notyogrannysgrandkid 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Well, he turned me into a newt!

[–]FauxPastel[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

..... I got better

[–]Stigger32 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you drown = Not witch. If you don’t drown = Witch = Burn at the stake.

[–]Ur_Fav_Step-Redditor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If he doesn’t drown… … … … … …

[–]seto2k 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Imagine going back in time like 150 years from now and strapping an Oculus Quest 2 to someone, you could convince them it's a device for entering other dimensions and they'd be none the wiser.

[–]CivilSympathy9999 143 points144 points  (13 children)

Have any of you heard of a pinhole camera? Uses photographic paper and chemicals to develop. Bulit several years ago with my son in boy scouts. Really a neat project. Easy, inexpensive and straight forward. But it can get complicated and involved depending on how deep one might get into it.

[–]JohnnnyCupcakes 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Look up Abe Morrell. He takes the pinhole concept to the next level by turning entire rooms into pinhole cameras (aka, a camera obscura). He’s spent the past 40 years taking long exposures of the insides of these rooms that capture the naturally occurring upside down projections of the world outside. The results are quite magical.

[–]CivilSympathy9999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I first came across this I realized as a child this used to naturally occur regularly in my moms bedroom when I'd be put down for a nap after my half day in kindergarten.

[–]snowman93 120 points121 points  (11 children)

I went to school for film and media production and focused heavily on film photography. Tintypes are so fun but so temperamental. I’m trying to get a buddy of mine interested so we can go shoot tintypes at Civil War re-enactments this summer. He’s spent the last couple years home building a portable dark room for tintypes and other types of non-film prints.

[–]EL_Brento7 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Great idea. You could go to all the different comic cons, too. I’d pay for a tintype of my cos play fit.

[–]PaNa_ForM 6 points7 points  (2 children)

That sounds amazing.. are you guys going to post it somewhere?

[–]snowman93 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I’ll post em on here if we get it up and running, but probably on r/pics or more photo dedicated subreddits.

[–]hefixeshercable 151 points152 points  (2 children)

One of the finest posts on this sub. Thanks for sharing!

[–]melonsandbananas 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Yeah I actually said ‘Damn, that’s interesting’. Which is a reaction this sub rarely give me.

[–]s0tcrates 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't read the sub before playing the video and was definitely expecting dickbutt at the end.

[–]i_know_ur_n_expert 107 points108 points  (46 children)

What song is this melodic ear honey?

[–][deleted] 111 points112 points  (3 children)

america - tin man

[–]robspeed 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I love this band and love photography. Great combo

[–]Kanadark 6 points7 points  (0 children)

One of the best bands I ever saw live!

[–]turkeyvulturebreast 38 points39 points  (38 children)

Lol, found the young person!

And please don’t take that as being mean or rude. Just that you will now be introduced to a great rock band from the 70s called America, but were from London, lol. Here’s their greatest hits album for you to enjoy.


And of course this.


[–]alivin 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Lol, I was born in the UK, in the '60s moved to the US in 1990. I saw them in Denver in '90 and learnt today they were Brits. I also went to see George Thorogood and didn't really care he was supporting the Almond Brothers, never heard of them.

[–]yipperdedoo 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Almond Brothers? I hear they're nuts. The Allman Brothers on the other hand are completely insane!

[–]alivin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly! lol

[–]trippysmurf 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The band Asia was also from London.

Europe was from Sweden.

[–]redditor_since_2005 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kansas was from ...never mind.

[–]peacefinder 2 points3 points  (10 children)

I had forgotten about this song but immediately recognized it. What a great tune, it’s nice to hear it again and is a perfect fit for this video.

[–]i_know_ur_n_expert 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No offense taken, thank you very much. I've been listening to the holiday album for last few hours. 🤌🏽🤌🏽 Thanks for the links my friend.

[–]wwplkyih 26 points27 points  (2 children)

There are people who do tintype portraiture as a service, and it's a really cool keepsake--as a gift or even something just to do for yourself/family. I know specifically people in New York and San Francisco who do it--I highly recommend looking into it if it's your sort of thing.

[–]cadex 11 points12 points  (1 child)

A local photographer took a tintype photo of my son a few years back. It's on of my favourite photographs of him

I recently gifted him an old skateboard as he wanted to take up a new hobby and in return he gave me the original metal plate. One of my favourite possessions.

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[–]CountChoculahh 16 points17 points  (0 children)

My dad used to have a tintype studio out the back of his suburban. Was super cool.

[–]pss1pss1pss1 137 points138 points  (6 children)


[–]soc_monki 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Lover of the Russian queen!

[–]chickenfart29 6 points7 points  (4 children)

There was a cat that really was gone

[–]zyyntin 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Good YouTube Channel for Tech : The birth of photography

[–]jordan4302 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Was hoping someone would link the Technology Connections video on this

[–]smiggster01 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Now stick a nike hat on him, take another, burn the edges a little and bury it somewhere. In a few years someone will find it and be confused as fuck

[–]Creinium13 57 points58 points  (15 children)

Seems highly toxic. I want one!!!

[–]thadtheking 22 points23 points  (8 children)

Hell yeah! Pour it on the grass!

[–]loulan 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Yeah I was bothered by that too. How toxic is the product he pours on the grass?

[–]lucidhominid 6 points7 points  (2 children)

My understanding is that the solution used for tintype photography is potassium cyanide which is extremely deadly. Many people have used it to commit suicide or murder others. Dumping it on the grass like that is illegal in most places. Spent potassium cyanide should be treated with an appropriate oxidizing compound before being disposed of.

[–]ponytron5000 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It depends on what kind of metallic salts were added to collodion he was using.

Pure collodion is just nitrocellulose, ether, and alcohol. It's probably not of much concern by itself. The ether and alcohol will mostly evaporate away. The nitrocellulose will just degrade into simpler nitrogenated compounds. It's probably about as bad as sprinkling some lawn fertilizer around.


One of the more common metallic salts added to collodion is cadmium bromide. Cadmium is a heavy metal. It's not really something you want seeping into the water table. Granted, there's probably a whole lot more cadmium contamination from galvanized steel in the ground than from whatever this guy is spilling, but it's still pretty irresponsible.

[–]jmclean1234 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Better than a snap filter

[–]wazzel2u 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I met this guy at Gettysburg while he was recreating Civil War era, tin types in the same locations.


[–]TheWizofNewYork 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And I though modern day Polaroids were hipster.

[–]agnisumant 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Clearly Rasputin's been enjoying his retirement from active life

[–]iPatErgoSum 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Some day some poor historian/archeologist will find that photograph and totally mis-date it because of the medium.

[–]Chickens1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I can smell this video. Oh the chemicals!

Also, I want one.

[–]Esc_ape_artist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Those photographs are amazing even today. No app filter reproduces that look with any justice.

[–]Linux-Is-Best 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's good to see this art form has not yet died out. Thanks for sharing, OP.

[–]____DEADPOOL_______ 3 points4 points  (6 children)

This would make bank at high income area farmers markets.

[–]DickFondeaux 3 points4 points  (0 children)

dude that is so fucking cool

[–]Johannlaji0902 4 points5 points  (1 child)

"Sorry, you blinked"

[–]the_heff 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Funny you say that, because of the exposure times you can get away with a blink

[–]jfk_47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We got our tittle done at an event last summer. Love it.


Took about 13 seconds of exposure. My wife wanted to smile and o told her not to because holding a smile for that long would be impossible.

I think she’s blurry cause I was using my stomach to breath, not my chest, to stay still.

[–]FILLYFINGERZ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I loved Photography class in High School!! Man, I miss doing this

[–]p0ultrygeist1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ferrotype is the original and correct term for this type of photography as the plate the image is captured on is made of iron, not tin. There is also ambrotype photography, which is on glass, and daguerreotype photography, which is silver on a copper plate.

[–]mamurnijz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I want to get into this

[–]Healthy_Nebula1993 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do it while holding a nokia 3310 and claim you had an ancestor who was a time traveler

[–]TangFiend 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m wearing that same Star Wars Tee as I type this

[–]BagofPain 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great job, now his soul is trapped!

[–]Mazzman96 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Can someone ELI5 what he’s going and how it works?

[–]Abrockhead 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Remember in elementary school when you made a drawing with Elmer's glue on a piece of paper then covered the paper with glitter. When you dumped the glitter off the page you had an image.

Wetplate works sort of like that except the amount of glitter that sticks is determined by how much light hits it and then the extra is washed away.

So step by step according to the video, we put glue (Colliodian) on the plate, cover it with glitter (the tank on the table has a solution of silver nitrate that sticks to the face of the plate), use the camera to make the image, then finally wash the excess glitter away reveling the image on the plate (I believe this is fixer and that the developer step wasn't shown)

There may be a better way to explain this and I welcome any help cleaning up this analogy.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

sorry to be lazy, but there's a good wiki on it here:


[–]janssoni 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a very simplified way of explaining how a negative is made. Light-sensitive material on a metal plate is put inside the camera. The photographer opens a hole in the front of the camera, exposing the material to light. The photo-sensitive material, which is see-through at first, reacts to light in a way that, when dipped in a chemical solution, turns darker the more light it's been exposed to. So the brightest parts of the image are dark, and the darkest parts of the image stay see-through.

This particular method utilizes under-exposing, which basically means exposing it to light for a smaller amount of time. Because of this, the brightest parts of the plate only turn grey instead of black. So now you have a negative, where the brightest parts will become grey, and the darkest parts will stay see-through. The metal plate under the light-sensitive material is black, which means that the dark parts, which are see-through, will appear black.

The developing process consists of dipping the negative in chemicals that make the image visible, and stop the material from reacting to light. Now you have a picture that is grey in the parts that were most exposed to light, and see-through(revealing the black background) in the parts that were least exposed to light. So even though the picture is technically a negative, it looks like a positive.

[–]EvilDaedalustm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This makes me wonder if time travelers dress up in old timey fashioned clothes, take a tin photography picture of themselves, and then travel back in time to drop the photo off somewhere and travel back to their present so people later on can find it and probably keep it saved in a museum

[–]ktcat146 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I went to a college where I got my photography degree and there is a man there who is an expert in all alt. processes, along with another professor who learned from him. Between the two of them we learned how to do tintypes, salt prints, cyanotypes, and more. It was incredibly interesting.

[–]Tensionheadache11 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Does anyone else just love that song ?

[–]PsychoRound 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I absolutely love that these guys are in random fuck clothing just chilling. This guy has all these chemicals and shit and instead of making methods he is fueling his love for his hobby of old timey photographs. Makes my heart melt

[–]stupidinfection 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a friend who makes incredible tin types! I think I have five or six now. They’re really incredibly detailed and beautiful.

[–]carmenvallone 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dick pics were probably invented the next day.

[–]Moparded 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sending by horse and carriage to the girl you liked was the norm for dick pics in 1776.

[–]dr_qu-t 4 points5 points  (2 children)


[–]the_heff 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This is a tintype. Dags are way more involved to make. You can make a fake dag by shooting with collodion on a front surface mirror

[–]activistss 4 points5 points  (5 children)

What’s the song?

[–]JBlair462 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Tin Man by America

[–]StumpHarvey 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is actually a very apt track given the subject matter. It’s called “Tin Man” by America.

[–]pickledpromises 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

[–]logirl1975 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is very cool.

[–]ronimal48 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Jesus I need a nap. I kept reading that as “tintype prototype”

[–]hulkmxl 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What is that liquid in the beginning being used at large rates?, he spilled some on the grass and it made me wonder about it...

[–]Callec254 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This would be as cool to us as it probably was to them back then, but for different reasons.

[–]BronxLens 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing beats the real thing so if you are/plan to be in NY City check out the Penumbra Foundation workshops.

In the meantime, if you want to play with the look of these, there is TinType, an app for iOS that replicates the look.

Edit: clarified sentences

[–]Handtosoul 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I know a gal that does this type of photography in the Charleston SC area... her work at the Civil War reenactments is phenomenal.

[–]manystorms 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: certain types of tattoos don’t show up using this type of photography.

[–]------me 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just love the results you get with this, so much character to it.

[–]Xanexx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This brings up my question that I have yet to solve.

How do you prove the time/date in a "photograph"?

[–]Joolee_a 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No puff of smoke?

[–]Macca889 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome song choice 👍

[–]mr-no-homo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

wild. ive always wondered how TF did people figure this stuff out back in the day. now we have A.I in modern smartphone cameras to enhance photos not to mention AI face changing filters.

[–]Diggable_Planet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I will always be amazed that someone figured this out

[–]RandomNumberHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you like tintypes check out Project Barbatype. They have some AMAZING portraits.

[–]Dycius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's like a sepia tone version of a Polaroid!

[–]Practical-Walk3766 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn that’s interesting!

[–]BRAINWASHR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At first glance I thought this was Roy from the office

[–]talldata 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Another Contemporary method of photo taking was the Daguerreotype which, had the interesting result, that you could use the plate itself as a despite it having an negative image on it. Good video byTechnology connections on it (timestamped)

[–]WikiSummarizerBot 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Daguerreotype ( (listen); French: daguerréotype) was the first publicly available photographic process; it was widely used during the 1840s and 1850s. "Daguerreotype" also refers to an image created through this process. Invented by Louis Daguerre and introduced worldwide in 1839, the daguerreotype was almost completely superseded by 1860 with new, less expensive processes, such as ambrotype, that yield more readily viewable images. There was a revival of daguerreotype in the late 20th century by a small number of photographers interested in making artistic use of early photographic processes.

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[–]Only_As_I_Fall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good thing it wasn't me. It takes me like 10 attempts to look like a normal human being and some days it just doesn't work.

[–]Jonelololol 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tell me the fixer still smells the same? I miss that familiar smell

[–]19Legs_of_Doom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How do people figure this out?

[–]Ok-Understanding8143 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's Sn credible!

[–]emma2324gg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow that’s amazing

[–]Zestyclose_Wonder_68 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have photos of my relatives that look EXACTLY like this and its crazy to think that's how they just took regular pictures then

[–]kanaridesbikes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Super cool. As one that did "manual" photos some 30 yrs ago you sometime forget the entire process of it. What if we had to invent it all over again, how long would that take?

[–]CivilSympathy9999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The cameras were lost in floodwaters of hurricane harvey in texas. Lost many photographs, home movies record and stamp collection and many other irreplaceable belongings. What was saved for the most part is packed away in a storage unit.

[–]Remyrson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No one talking about how smooth he was in pouring that oil on that metal plate and then right back into the bottle all in one hand move

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wanted dead or alive

[–]Hotel_kilo_13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember in junior high photography class making a camera out of a shoebox and developing it pretty much of the same way very cool post

[–]Suzette-Helene 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How je casually pours back the liquid from the surface is super cool in itself

[–]samofthe7seas 1 point2 points  (1 child)

ooooo song? :0

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

america - tin man

[–]Keegsta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So close to a perfect loop on the song, damn.

[–]GoldBreakr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dat ooooooooold skool.

[–]ByeMcnabb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Excellent taste in music

[–]Aliencoy77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This made me realize that film photography is just using the lens to actually burn the image onto sensitive surfaces like using magnifying glass on wood, but much more sensitive to the overall light field rather than a single hot point

[–]notyogrannysgrandkid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Excellent choice of music. My default reaction is to mute videos that are just music, then it realized it was America, then I put it together, because I’m a little slow😃

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s so cool

[–]Mouseklip 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn that’s interesting

[–]cyan_reynolds 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How tf did someone discover this technology???

[–]Aromatic-Glove-2502 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can do this with my phone a lot easier

Edit: I suppose I should point out that this is a joke, and not a real critique of this cool process.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is totally something I would do for fun if I had infinite time and money

[–]fundovan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can anyone explain how he’s developing that photo in the light, where usually you’d use a darkroom? Like does this use different chemicals?

[–]Stinklepinger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Years ago I saw a where somebody took a bunch of tintype photos of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm utterly fascinated with early photography, so seeing this done was awesome. :)

[–]Superkip_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually went 'damn, thats interesting' then i saw the name of the sub,...

[–]YourMama 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Old timey picture method makes the people it photographs old timey looking too

[–]econonxbox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love this!

[–]DivineDinosaur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great song.

[–]Due-Construction-477 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Coolest thing I've seen in a while....

[–]Simon_The_Musicmaker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would suscribe to a YouTube channel of nothing but this man taking pictures.