Eads Bridge (faux wet plate collodion)

With all these flowers I’ll probably post a color version of the Eads Bridge too, but being its completion was way back in 1874 I couldn’t resist sharing a fake wet plate version first.

Sherlock Holmes: “Look at those towering structures. It’s the first combination ofΒ bascule and suspension bridge ever attempted. Most innovative. What an industrious empire.”

– Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes

About this image: digital photograph heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion


70 thoughts on “Eads Bridge (faux wet plate collodion)

  1. The flowers in the foreground remind me of something that happened years ago. I saw a real estate ad with a picture of a house in the middle of a giant field of wildflowers. I live in a pretty urban area, so I’d never seen anything like it. I went to see the house. It had no flowers at all, just a tiny front lawn — apparently, the picture had been taken by someone lying down behind the flower bed in front of the house across the street.

    • Hahaha… wow… that sounds a little bit… hmm… like something I would try. Not if I was trying to sell a house, though. Just for fun, I mean. Seems a bit underhanded in a way.
      I was definetly surprised to find all those flowers down there… kind of an interesting ‘mix’.

    • Thanks so much, Cristina!
      I might space out the postings a bit… or I might not! I guess I’m not sure about that yet (although to tell you the truth I haven’t even processed a color version yet)!

    • I was very surprised (and happy) to see so many flowers down in this very urban feeling area, S.E… a whole empty lot just full of them… kind of surreal, almost!

  2. I am sure that I will enjoy the coloured version
    but as a preference I always favour the b & w
    imagery over colour as the authenticity alone
    just oozes nostalgia πŸ™‚ Thank you for offering
    this one SIG and do enjoy the rest of your day


    • Thank you so very much, Dishy!
      I’m a big fan of processes with a ‘history’… and with the age of this bridge it seemed like it might be a nice thing to try replicate!

  3. I like the way you have excluded the present to achieve an antiques shot – it would raise some eyebrows if you had a yellow cab visible πŸ™‚

    Exciting as the new versions of Sherlock Holmes are… I can’t hear Conan-Doyle’s voice in those words…I love my Sherlock Holmes and it don’t quite ring true πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks so much, Martin!
      Fortunetly I was able to crop most modern elements in camera… only one very contemporary street lamp needed to be airbrushed out (although the silly thing was right in the middle of all that ironwork – which made for a bit of a challenge)!

      Hahaha… I have to admire your respect for the classics. Have to admit I did kind of like the new movies too, though. Although it’s obvious they’ve dumbed things down a bit to appeal to guys like me who have attention spans that are… hey… what’s that over there?!
      *runs off distractedly*

  4. This looks just as it should have. Interesting what photographers will do for a shot (after reading Laura’s comment).

    • Thanks so much, Patti!
      Hahaha! TRUE! I’m SO bad about that kind of thing… I’ll roll through all kinds of muck if I think it’ll result in… something I’m a bit happier with.

  5. Urban nostalgia in the wild, love it! Funny how we mourn the fields when they are built over only to think fondly of the footsteps and activity in streets and urban areas as they decline and become reclaimed by the wild grasses and flowers, aka weeds!

  6. I really like the perspective – heavily modified or not. I have a thing for bridges, so it’s pretty much a given that I’ll like a picture of a bridge. I hope to see the colored version in the future. (No pressure.)

    • It kind of does, doesn’t it?! It was a very nice day – I’m kind of surprised there wasn’t more activity going on at the time!
      That makes two of us, Mr. H! Probably not the best place to hang out at night!

  7. I love the way how you create this image Bob . Like a Beautiful Scene from the 50`s excellent work πŸ™‚

    • Aw, thanks, Deb!
      I was pleasantly surprised to see how many flowers were in bloom at the time…
      I was definitely not expecting that… kind of serendipitous!

    • Hey – don’t mess with a dude! I thought I had really spelled it incorrectly (a LOT)! And considering my track record with spelling that’s certainly the sort of thing I’d be capable of!
      Thanks so much, Mr. B! I thought the history was pretty cool myself!

  8. You expect any minute that a couple dressed up in bustle and bowler hat will stroll through the frame on their way home before the gas street lights are lit. Very serene, old-time feel.

    This may be the most obscure of obscure quotes ever yet put to picture.

  9. I am just calling in to have
    another look at your bridge πŸ™‚

    Have a wicked Thursday SIG πŸ™‚


    • Why, thank you, Annabelle!
      It was pretty cool over there wasn’t it?! Such a nice surprise to find all those flowers – a very interesting ‘combination’!

    • Thank you so much!
      The bridge / flowers did all the hard work, though – I can’t take too much credit. Definitely one of those situations where I was probably going to wind up with a decent shot despite myself!

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