Changing Times

Urban decay at its finest

One of the types of scenery that I enjoy photographing is the changeing urban landscape, particularly when it shows the changes across the ages.  In New England one of the most significant developments during the Industrial Revolution is the establishment of cotton and other mills throughout most of the area.  In many towns, you’ll see the remnants of this time in mull buildings that are sprawling next to a pond or a power canal.

Luckily, a lot of these buildings have been restored and repurposed for modern usage, be it manufacturing, office space, living areas and many other uses.  These buildings are great to behold, but there are also those that have not found new use, such as this one here…

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Powers Street Decay

This mill was in a state of being demolished, when I photographed it.  Its location was right on Powers Street in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  The street name indicates that it was right next to the power canal; in many towns a canal was dug to redirect river water and harness its power for industry.

The treatment for this image was to push it a bit toward the grunge side of life through HDR processing.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured using a Canon EOS 5S Mk II and a EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  A series of 5 exposures was taken and combined using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.

Exhibit Selections – ep. 3

Hope after the storm

The input that I received from many readers has been instrumental in helping me decide on the Yoga Tree images that will be included in the exhibit at my place of employment.

The exhibit will include 10-12 prints of the Yoga Tree with each print being 16×16 inches in a 24×24 frame.  Thus most of the exhibit will provide a very homogeneous view of Yoga Tree, which gives me the opportunity to provide seasonally contrasting views.  I will be curious about the response to this exhibit.

Here’s the third of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

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Stormbreaker

This image was captured early morning on the first day of Spring in 2014.  The ground was still pretty cold, as we had a lot of Winter and snow leading up to this day.  Overnight stormclouds were still in the sky, as morning light is showing the first break in the clouds.

This is one of the darker images of the Yoga Tree in my collection; despite its more somber tone, there is hope in the light showing at the horizon, as we know that things are just getting better.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit of sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  This image will be printed on a high-quality pearlescent paper to provide a little bit of extra pop to the image.

Exhibit Selections – ep. 2

Birth of a star

The input that I received from many readers has been instrumental in helping me decide on the Yoga Tree images that will be included in the exhibit at my place of employment.

As there is room for 10-12 images, I have selected 12 to ensure that no space is unused.  In addition to a set of Yoga Tree images, there will be one additional print that has been requested by the Art Committee, which I will reveal at the end of this series of posts.

Here’s the second of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

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Sun’s Birth

One of the great advantages of Winter is that we don’t have to get up as early to be up at the crack of dawn.  On this morning in December, I got the opportunity to see the Sun’s appearance and position it in this location, relative to the Yoga Tree, giving the suggestion that the Sun makes its daily appearance from the life-giving tree.

With a hint of snow in this image and a clear Winter’s sky, we see a very bare-bones view of the Yoga Tree, showing her glorious pose at the start of her Sun Salutation.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit of sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  This image will be printed on a high-quality pearlescent paper to provide a little bit of extra pop to the image.

Daily Prompt – Burn seems to fit this one rather nicely!

Exhibit Selections – ep. 1

Wisdom across the ages

It took me a bit longer to gather the final list of images for the exhibit that I will be doing at work, but I’m there!  First of all, thank you very much to each of you for your input on the images, as it has been invaluable in helping me decide.

The amount of wall space that I get to use allows for around 10-12 images, plus an extra spot where I will put a larger print.  The bulk of the images will be the Yoga Tree and the one print that is not was requested especially by the folks at work.

Here’s the first of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

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The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree stands with grace and wisdom garnered across decades

This image is from November, 2013, before we had any hard frost, as you can tell from the fact that there are still quite a number of leaves that didn’t fall off despite having died; usually a hard overnight frost will cause leaves to loosen to the point where even a slight breeze will send them dwindling to the ground.

On this particular morning, I was really attracted by the cloud pattern that I noticed in the sky, which fueled my decision to go and photograph the Yoga Tree.  When I saw her standing against this sky, in front of the rising Sun, I was reminded how she must have seen and experienced much across the decades, filling her with wisdom to be cherished by all of us.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit os sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  The paper that I use for this print has a slight bit of gold flake in it, which further warms the tones of the lower section of the photo.

 

Saturday’s Sunrise – pt 6

The day ahead…

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, which looks to develop into a pretty warm day!  Luckily there’s no shortage of things to do around the house and in the yard, which will be done one at  time!

As I was looking at some of the sunrise images in my collection, I came across this Autumn shot from a couple of years ago, which caught my eye…

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Morning Reflections

The bit of haze across the pond and the serenity of the scene, make this one worthwhile for contemplating the day ahead and all its promises.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Daily Prompt – Transformation

Change might be constant

Today’s theme in the WordPress Daily Prompt is Transformation.  Of course, there’s more than one angle to take on this topic, so I decided to go into the landscape direction for this one.

Transformation happens in Nature quite regularly, as seasons, weather and time combine to draw ever changing scenery around us.  Some changes are almost imperceptible, while others are quite dramatic.

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Blue Pond

In ‘Blue Pond‘, we see a number of factors come together, as the Winter season has left its mark, while weather and time have changed the trees around the pond.  Nature draws us a complex tableau with beauty in many elements.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60s and f/11 at 400 ISO.

 

In response to Daily Prompt – Transformation.

Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 4

Final batch of Yoga!

Here’s the fourth and final installment of the selection of Yoga Tree images, from which I will put together the exhibit at my place of employment.  For this installment, I’m giving you six images, from which to select your favorites; you’re allowed to select more than one, if you like them 🙂

There are no real absolute must-haves in this grouping, although I do lean towards one or two of them.  If you’d like another look at the first or second installment of images, the can be found in Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 1Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol.2 and  Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 3.

As always, I am very much looking forward to hearing your thouhgts on these images.

Thank you for your help!