Anna No. 3 (faux wet plate collodion)


Totally exaggerated freckles (although I was tempted to pull them out even further). Ditto the luminous / iridescent / ‘Underworld-ish’ eyes. Over-processing. That’s just how I roll fake-ambrotype.

Selene: “We have a serious problem.”

– Kate Beckinsale – Underworld

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 600D) heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion


74 thoughts on “Anna No. 3 (faux wet plate collodion)

    • I’m very happy to hear you liked it, B.F! As you know I have a lot of fun with post-processing… and sometimes it gets a bit difficult to convince myself I need to stop with it all!
      Thank you so much, Amy!

  1. Her piercing eyes are such a wonderful
    feature of this artistic offering SIG and I
    also like the edging as it blurs the image
    nicely, not too much but just enough to
    add character 🙂 Well done it’s great 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you very much, sir!
      I really like working on these… they take a bit of playing around (but that’s part of the fun) – and each one is unique, too – which I also kind of like (usually, anyway).

  2. Wonderful processing & composition.
    That is one serious expression telling the photographer, “Don’t mess with the freckles.” 😀

    • Thanks so much, U.M! I think this might be one of my favorite fake wet plate images so far. I’m particularly fond of the subject matter, though, so…
      The edges are her hair, but I darkened it / flattened it out so much it almost reads as masses of dark space beyond… I’m think I’m kinda’ liking the ambiguity and the framing effect there…

  3. thats pretty cool bro, you should check out this guy who makes some really really big plates with a truck he turned into camera, his name is Ian Ruhter. just google him, i think you’ll be pretty inspired by his work.

    • Thank you so very much, sir! How awesome is that?! Man… I’ve GOT to make real ones some day (I just need to gather equipment / find a place to store and work with the chemistry… then actually figure out the whole process). There’s just something about wet plate… almost too cool…

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