Optical Promise – New Material

I recently found out that the building that I went into for UrbEx/HDR shots is, in fact, a paper mill that I thought was somewhere else in Downingtown.  I’m going to add a picture here that I recently processed from my adventures in that building.  I’m also adding a picture I recently took at our house, of a Tulip.  I was sort of experimenting with different positions in the sunlight and this particular image came out the best of all the shots I took.  I was also experimenting with my 90mm macro lens.  I really haven’t been happy with the results this lens has produced, but part of it is that with a macro lenses, the slightest movement is amplified many times, and even with the lens wide open (largest aperture) I was still capturing my shaky hold on the camera.  So this time I put the camera on a tripod and used a cable release so I wouldn’t touch the camera in any way, and I was able to capture a couple of decent shots.  I put one of the better ones here so you can see what I mean, although, there won’t be any basis for comparison.  So, the first picture is the experiment with the sunlight, the 2nd picture is with the macro lens, and the last picture is at the paper mill.  I found the desk exactly how it is positioned.  That’s one thing I do not do when I’m shooting UrbEx, I never set a picture up.  Well, I might move a piece of trash out of the way, but the subject is how I found it.  Hope that you like these shots.  For some reason, my expedition into the paper mil has somewhat re-energised my creativity.

Playing with Light
Playing with Light
90mm Macro Lens Detail Shot
90mm Macro Lens Detail Shot
From The Lowertown Papermill in Downingtown
From The Lowertown Papermill in Downingtown

 

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Optical Promise

Well troops, I’ve been out of photographic sorts for a while now.  A trip to Mexico and the warm weather here are starting my creative juices flowing once again.  Over the past couple of weekends I’ve been able to get out to shoot, and I ran across an abandoned factory near Downingtown, PA.  So I’ve been able to get back to my favorite forms of photography, namely UrbEx and HDR.  These two little jems just seem to lend themselves to each other.  Maybe its the decrepit remains of a once vital building that inspire me somewhat.  I haven’t been able to find out anything of significance about the building, what they did there, althought I’m still trying.  I found some pictures on-line of an abandoned paper mill in Downingtown, but they didn’t tie to this building.  I e-mailed the guy who took them to see if I could get some info about that old mill, like location, but, well, he’s not answering.  There are photographers out there who are more than willing to share info about what they do, where they do it, and how they do it.  Some really accomplished ones at that.  This guy is a professional, and he still doesn’t answer.  Oh, well, whatcha gonna do.  The picture below was taken in the factory I have been talking about.   Judging from its appearence it looks to be like some kind of pump for water.  The inlet valve is there on the right and there looks to be some kind of output pipe at the bottom.  It’s just a neat piece of equipment as far as I am concerned, and one of the few pieces of machinery left behind, and my HDR technique brings out the detail, grime and all.  Hope you all like it!

Mysterious Machine
Mysterious Machine