Gavin Lyons Photography

Wet Plate Workshop with Borut Peterlin

  On recent participation in Borut Peterlin’s Wet Plate Workshop in Slovenia, I decided to put together a short video and photo gallery from the workshop. I found the workshop really useful, education, in depth and most of all a lot of fun. I’m so hoping to further the pursuit into more alternative photography process methods and certain using mix medias. So the adventure begins … Enjoy the video please comment below or on YouTube.           […]

Cyanotype on the Weekend

Having fun on the weekend with Cyanotype is what it’s all about. Cyanotype is easy and quick to setup. It was a sunny day in the Steiermark, Austria, a perfect day to make contact prints. Just coming back from my workshop in Slovenia with Borut Peterlin on Wet Plate Collodion, I just had to make something from my glass negative plates.  I was just to excited as I wait for my chemicals to be delivered for making Salt Paper prints […]

Me, My Family and a Polaroid Land Camera

Finally I got the Land Camera and the film that goes with it together.  It was time to go out into the wilds and use it! The last time I had used such a device was in the early 90’s.  My subject would be my immediate family.  In fact that’s probably the main reason most folks purchased such a camera back in their hay day in the seventies. It’s pretty much their primary purpose in life to capture family in all […]

Using Natural Light for Food Photography

Garlic Soup Such a busy week hadn’t much time to post to the blog at all. A few weeks ago, I had the joy of photographing food! Not everyday you get to do such a photo shot. How to make the standard Austrian fare look bright and appetising. How ? is the question. Natural light is key for good food photography and presentation. The gig I had was tricky and demanding to complete. All items of the menu had to be […]

Natural Arches of Ireland

Arch hunting in Ireland The combination of photography and the outdoors has always been a natural extension to each other. When natural arches are added to this mix then a photo expedition turns into a quest. Searching for arches in the landscape really ups the ante when the sea is involved. Not knowing and patching together scraps of information and even rumours of such. To explore, discover and tell is what humans have been doing even before we could walk on twos. Along coastal […]

Procida procession

Easter Procession on Procida, Italy with the Voitglander Bessa

So far food wise the staple mains of pasta, pizza and a bounty of fish at a sublime level didn’t disappoint. Having pizza in Naples from wood burning ovens where the temperature of 475 deg C produces the standard fare of unbelievable crustful delight with tomato and mozzarella on the surface. All cooked in under a minute from raw – amazingly so. It was quite a show to watch these guys in action. The days that followed came with octopus, anchovies, […]

Collage on Cyanotype using 6×9 Medium Format Film

Every day brings new things, sometimes it’s not what you expected. And this is so true of alternative process when comes to cyanotype. The story is, after the awesome trip to Rome and Naples. I had some negatives using the Voigtlander Bessa (This is a 6cm x 9cm vintage medium format camera)  In my mind I wanted to create a collage on a 30×40 sheet from them. Kind of like a basic contact sheet but like telling a story of the trip to Italy.  These […]

Caffenol Development – What’s brewing in the lab ?

Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing soda Pouring out the caffenol Homemade developer called Caffenol This is the harmony recipe from 600ml Water (Tap is ok) 6.25 tsp Washing Soda 10 tsp Instant Coffee 2.5 g L-Ascorbic Acid Dissolve the washing soda, coffee and vitamin C in a jug with the water. Load film into the development tank and close it up. Pre soak the film for 3-4 minutes. Remove the water. Pour the solution into the tank, Develop for 8 mins Fix with […]

A blue weekend with Cyanotype process

Welcome to a very blue weekend of April 23rd 2016. Yes in terms of the downside of the weather with overcast skies and rain with expected snow too – yikes!  Even so the sunshine had decided it wasn’t to be.  The upside side would be the deep blue colours of Cyanotype. As I had brought all my wet plate materials and wooden camera to the country. In the hope of making my first glass plate negative with collodion process. The goal was […]

Voigtlander Bessa in Rome using Medium Format

Now the Bessa had proved itself a viable option for travel. It was time to pack the gear for a Roman hoilday of some description – an adventure! A trip in the black’n’white media to capture the nostalgic feel on film. So what better to use than a camera from the late 1930’s to do the job! In my previous blog post, I’d mentioned the use of two types of film Neopan and PAN F. Neopan from Fujifilm proved more […]