New Years…

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Sorry, all I had was Ginger Ale. And yes, I spilled it on myself. And my camera. And my tripod. And etc, etc. *hic* Anyway, wishing everyone the very best in 2013!

Harry Burns (of ‘Auld Lang Syne’): “What does this song mean? My whole life I don’t know what this song means. I mean, should old aquatints be forgot… does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances or does it mean that if we happen to forget them we should remember them which is not possible because we already forgot ’em?”

Sally Albright: “Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway, it’s about old friends.”

– Billy Crystal & Meg Ryan – When Harry Met Sally

About this image: digital photographs (Canon 300D) combined and lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

Plastic Porter

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I might have jumped a little. Full-disclosure. Although, on second thought, I’m pretty sure I could out-run this dude. Still, such creepiness will probably affect the tip.

Wes Mantooth: “What, you guys can’t say one thing?! Even the guy that can’t think said something! You guys just stand there?! Come on!”

– Vince Vaughn – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally edited in Photoshop)

Christmas…

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It’s finally time for my impression of Dana Carvey doing an impression of Jimmy Stewart! Which doesn’t really sound like either of those guys. Technically.

George Bailey: “Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”

– James Stewart – It’s a Wonderful Life

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

Barn – Rural Michigan

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Another shot from summer… have a great weekend, everyone!

Man with Bullhorn: “It’s the authorities! We got you surrounded!”

Ulysses Everett McGill (cowering in hayloft): “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!”

Man with Bullhorn: “Just come on out and grabbin’ air! And don’t try nothing fancy! Your sityeachin is purty nigh hopeless!”

Ulysses Everett McGill: “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!”

– Royce D. Applegate & George Clooney – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally edited in Photoshop)

Nickel Plate Road No. 170

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More train bits! Details below for fellow rail enthusiasts like Martin.

Dr. John Watson: “Did you just kill my new wife?!”

Sherlock Holmes: “Of course not!”

Dr. John Watson: “How can you say that, when you just threw her off a train?!”

Sherlock Holmes: “As I said, I timed it perfectly!”

Jude Law & Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

The following Information is from The Museum of Transportation, St. Louis:

‘# 170 New York, Chicago & St. Louis (Nickel Plate Road) 1927 – Built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), this 4-6-4 “Hudson” type locomotive was originally used in heavy passenger service until 1947 when the Nickel Plate Road converted to diesels. It went to light freight and passenger service. Altogether this locomotive traveled over 2,000,000 miles which is the equivalent to 80 trips around the world. It weighs 536,000 pounds, has 74 inch drive wheels, 25 x 26 inch cylinders and has a tractive effort of 42,000 pounds. The smoke deflectors on the front along the smokebox, often called “elephant ears”, lift the smoke over the cab and out of the faces of the crew. Donated in 1957 by the Nickel Plate Road.’

Smoke Abstract No. Two

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More smoke (previous smoke here). I should probably crack a window. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Derek Zoolander (after being in a mine for only one day): *cough cough* “I think I’m getting the Black Lung, Pop. It’s not very well ventilated down there.”

Larry Zoolander: “For Christ’s sake, Derek, you’ve been down there one day. Talk to me in thirty years.”

– Ben Stiller & Jon Voight – Zoolander

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

Stairs – Fort Belle Fontaine (faux wet plate collodion)

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A fake ambrotype of stairs at Fort Belle Fontaine. I wanted to grab a few photos of the cannon too, but it must have fallen into enemy hands, because it was… totally… not… there.

Capt. Jack Aubrey: “Right. Starboard battery, FIRE!”

2nd Lt. William Mowett: “One minute and ten seconds!”

Capt. Jack Aubrey: “Well done, lads. Extra ration of grog for all of you!”

Crew: “Huzzah!”

Russell Crowe & Edward Woodall – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion