This is the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, MA, which is part of the historical Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.  The mill was built in 1929, and produces approximately 5 tons of flour per year.  Although not operating when I was there a few weeks ago, the mill is obviously water-powered, and uses two separate grinding-stones to produce the corn meal and wheat flour that is used for the Wayside Inn’s baked goods.  Interestingly, it was used by Pepperidge Farm as a full-time production facility from 1952-1967, and is the basis for their company logo.  It’s located on a beautiful site with many open fields as well as the neaby Grist Mill pond.  I took this shot long after all the leaves had fallen, and without much color around besides the mill wheel, it seemed to work best in B&W.  I decided to leave just a little bit of color in the wheel however to provide some additional interest.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 18mm, 50 seconds


  1. Posted December 13, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Cool shot Steven!

  2. Posted December 13, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Wow Steven. really like this composition with the silky water and how the water runs in the image.

  3. Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Wow Steven, that water just looks perfect! Incredible B&W!

  4. Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Great shot, Steven. That water is stunning. Outstanding composition!

  5. Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Nice one. The water is fantastic.

  6. Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Love the overall composition on this scene. Very nice!

  7. Posted December 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Lovely water movement here!! Well done on all accounts. LOVE the slight selective color you chose.

  8. Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Great shot, my friend!

  9. Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This works beautifully in black & whiteSteven. Love the milkly look of the water.

  10. Posted December 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Stunning water flow, Steve.

  11. Posted December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    very cool. Just a slight hint of color in it. Looks nice.

  12. Posted December 14, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Great use of selective colour and the long exposure on the water is class.

  13. Posted December 15, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Wonderful shot Steven. By the way, if you read this, did you get your copy of Scott Kelby’s book yet?

  14. Posted December 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this shot! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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