An historical 19th century Photographer and Old-style Photographs

Old-style photographs of historical reenactments and commenorations.


Click on the name of an event below to see the photographs.

Dawn Patrol's Gathering of Eagles Airshow, June 18, 2016

Colonial Encampment, Ft Lupton Colorado, October 2015

Home on the Grange, Altona Grange, Colorado, June 2015

Heritage Fair, Fort Lupton Colorado, May 2015

Lancasters Rendezvous, Fort Lupton Colorado, May 2014

Heritage Fair, Fort Lupton Colorado, May 2014

Heritage Fair, Fort Lupton Colorado, May 2013

Heritage Fair, Fort Lupton Colorado, May 2012

Colonial Encampment 2011

Pelton Creek, 2008

         

                   


       

               


Photographs are in digital form, processed to look like 19th century albumen or salted paper prints made from wet-plate collodion negatives. Today this look is called "sepia." The hues of the old prints varied from deep orange-brown to essentially black and white. My photo processing strives for the middle of that color range. Making new photos which look lke the old photos is not simply a matter of adding a color wash across the image, or pushing some "sepia" button. It begins when the photograph is made in camera, followed by special digital processing refinements by the photographer.

The chemistry of the 19th century wet-plate collodion emulsions had its peak sensitivity in the blue end of the light spectrum and low sensitivity in the yellow and red end of the spectrum. Resulting photos have the blue sky as bright white, and yellow and red clothes may look black, which creates the false impression that 19th century men and women dressed in dark colors or black far more often that was the case. An early photo can show a a gorgeous red dress as black. My photos recreate this effect, to a slight degree, just enough to look old-fashioned.



Photographer Wier



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