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 photographΒ (Canon 300D) heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion

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75 thoughts on “Stairs – Fort Belle Fontaine (faux wet plate collodion)

  1. Cool. We’ve got tons of antebellum homes with great stone-stacked stairs and gates around Nashville. Granted today you’ll see one of these historic pieces next to a Taco Bell or Piggly Wiggly, but still, they’re always pretty.

    • That sounds pretty wild, Ms. N!
      Something tells me I might feel a bit better about all the ‘5 buck boxes’ I was putting away if they came out of beautiful stone accented Taco Bell!
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  2. I love what you’ve done to the place, SIG! An historical one. It’s really cool. I love all the steps and the scraggy trees in the background! πŸ™‚ I think if I tried to walk all those steps, I would fall off. Nice effect.

  3. Stairs are great for lookin’ at but my climbin’ days are over. πŸ™‚ Great pic…again.
    As for the canon I think maybe the gun control people might have won the battle and got rid of it so that it couldn’t be used in a domestic dispute or maybe to overthrow the government or something. I’m always lookin’ for a conspiracy.

  4. Excellent composition.
    So glad you are okay; grabbing shots of a cannon can be deadly. Leave it to well trained circus performers and superheroes. πŸ™‚

  5. This reminds me of one of those vintage etchings,
    those that are treated with acid on a copper plate
    I think? Of course I am probably wrong but anyway
    your fine interpretation of this one looks superb πŸ™‚

    Have a very nice start to your Tuesday SIG πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Androgoth

    • No… I believe you are absolutely right about that, Andro… photogravure (I think?)!
      Thank you so much! I sure like the sound of that! I haven’t done much print making to speak of, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try! Seems like it would be a lot of fun (and such interesting / unique results / effects, too)!
      Thanks you so very much, sir! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday as well, my friend!
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    • That’s very interesting! A very good idea! But it sounds dangerously close to work, too. πŸ˜‰
      Right?! It was there the last time I visited… but head over with my camera and the thing completely disappears on me! What’s up with that?!
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    • Many thanks!
      You know… I just checked out that movie from the library the other day (I had never seen it before). Then when I got ready to post this the cannon reference got me to thinking… so I popped in the movie to check it out. Pretty cool!
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    • Mostly I do, JB! I mean… I do. Well, what I mean to say, is this is a combination of images I put together on the computer. I took the photo of the stairs with my digital camera. Then I took a piece of plexiglass that I had poured some polyurethane on and scanned that in. Then I combined both of them in Photoshop. There was a bit more tweaking, but for the most part that’s the process I’ve been using on these.
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  6. Holy crap, Sig. This might be my favorite of all your images so far. I love the look of old photos, the daguerreotypes, the tintypes, ambrotypes, etc. This is beautiful. Also creepy. πŸ˜€

    • I LOVE all things wet-plate. It’s a goal of mine to be making the real thing(s) someday… sooner than later… I hope!!! Faking them is better than nothing, but the real things… DANG!
      Thank you so very much, madame! I’m thrilled to hear you liked this one!!!
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        • ABSOLUTELY! If they’ve been varnished properly they’ll stand-up f-o-r-e-v-e-r! There’s something hauntingly beautiful about them. And I particularly like how each one is so unique… all the imperfections / artifacts… combine that with a vintage lens and DANG! I don’t know how to top that.
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  7. I really love these old style ones that you do. Magnificent set of sweeping curve stairs & with your photo style I can just imagine people in their 1920’s style cloths walking up & down there..

    • Thank you so very much, Tony! Some day I hope to do the real thing… wet-plate images on glass (or tin). There is just something about that process… I’ve always been drawn to it!
      Man! I wish I had a figure or two in this one… in some period clothing… that would have been so much fun!
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