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Herman

The Image Stimulator
Location
The Netherlands
Name
Herman
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john1027

Regular
Location
Alexandria, VA
Lock 3 of the Patowmack Canal - Great Falls, Virginia

These steps are located at the restored remains of Lock 3 of the Patowmack Canal, which was part of a series of 5 locks on the Great Falls portion of the canal. Used from 1802 to 1828, they lifted or lowered river boats the 75 feet the river drops going over the falls. George Washington originally oversaw the project from inception in 1785, until he became President of the U.S. 4 years later.

At the time, this was an engineering marvel, and the channel from the river had to be carved through solid granite rock at the lower end of the canal. It marked one of the first times that black-powder blasting was used in the U.S. for construction purposes. George Washington did not live long enough to see this project completed.

Both images with GF2 & PL 14-45

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pdh

Legend
Thank you.

hehe I wondered if anyone would make the connection! Well done!

I had not even heard of Evans when I took this, though, but of course it is such a photogenic spot that thousands have taken a similar photograph.

Yes, I have indeed thought about platinum, and platinum/palladium, but they are expensive processes and do require a lot of experimentation and skill to nail down one's own process. Financial and space/equipment restraints preclude pursuing any "alt" processes for the time being, but it does occupy a spot at the back of my mind.
 

ReD

Hall of Famer
Didn't make the connection at all - just thought it was a good photo

Now realise it was an excellent re-creation

Cathedrals especially Gothic do nothing for me & I would never consider a career photographing them though the steps of the "New" Coventry Cathedral would (& have been) very suitable for this theme
 

pdh

Legend
Well as I say, I didn't recreate it consciously. I don;t recall ever having heard of Evans or seen his "Sea of steps" prior to making that photo.
 
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