Concrete Walls

I posted a similar shot from here this past summer that was a vertorama of this awesome room on one of the upper floors of the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  Today’s image is a more “standard” view of the room, but one I like very much.  The simplicity of the three windows, the lines created by the wood, and the amazing textures in the walls make this one of my favorite shots of this iconic mill.

And speaking of mills, good friend and fellow photographer Bob Lussier and I met with the owner of the Everett and Stone Mills in Lawrence yesterday to discuss the possibility of conducting photography workshops in their space.  The meeting went quite well, and as a result, Bob and I are teaming up to start Historic Mills Photography Workshops!  Look for more details here and on Bob’s site in the coming weeks.

Mill Workshops

For today’s post I thought I’d try more of an abstract image instead of my more typical stuff.  This building is in downtown Boston, and I’ve arguably driven/walked past it thousands of times without giving it much thought.  The other day, however, I was in my car at a red light, and looked up at what was a really unique perspective on the building.  Thankfully I had my camera on the front seat, and I was able to grab a few shots out the window before the light turned green.  I opted for a darker, more textural look for this shot, as it seemed to fit the image well.  And by the way, I seriously considered calling the post “Jenga,” as the way the beams are structured reminded me of the game.

Camera Settings: ISO 400, f/11, 70mm, 1/100 second

In my post the other day, I mentioned that lately I’ve been liking the more natural look of an individual image, or a blended image in PS, as opposed to a multiple exposure HDR shot.  This doesn’t mean I don’t like HDR anymore, and there are still many scenes of course that really benefit from HDR processing.  And to me, this is one of those scenes.  For this shot, I turned around from my vantage point from this image, and was looking away from the water towards the rest of the underside of the Pavilion.  The strange yellow/orange color of what I believe is some type of insulation on the pipes provided a wonderful contrast to the grays and browns of the concrete and sand. 

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 22mm, 3 exposures

Good morning, and I hope everyone had a very happy new year’s.

Today’s post comes to us from Salisbury, MA.  This is the underside of the Pavilion at Salisbury Beach, an ocean-front complex that consists of several restaurants, a gift shop, and a music hall.  Although I’ve never actually been inside, I believe that this section that I shot is directly beneath the music hall.  It was a foggy morning, and I was drawn to the simplicity of the concrete supports and building with the cloudy sky and relatively calm tide.  As you can probably tell from some of my recent posts, I just can’t seem to get enough of long-exposure photography, and have been experimenting using several long exposures and combining them in Photoshop to get more detail in the highlights and shadows.  Lately I’ve been liking the more natural look of a Photoshop blended image instead of the more traditional HDR shot.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, B&W ND10, f/11, 18mm, 30 and 60 second exposures blended in CS5