Powderhouse in Winter

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    The beautiful doorway to the Central Mine's powderhouse, in winter. This doorway saw hundreds of tons of black powder and (later) dynamite going to and from the mine.

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    1. cannuccia 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful picture.


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    2. GarenT Photography 71 months ago | reply

      Love the black and gold contrast and that great sliver of blue sky!! Wonder if this would be a good one for a slightly surreal HDR attempt, not bad HDR, but more like Trey Ratcliff's stuff???

    3. dcclark 71 months ago | reply

      @GarenT24: That would be interesting to try. I'm not sure what it would add to this particular scene, though, since everything is pretty well lit already. It would probably be interesting for a sunrise or sunset shot, though (and this spot does get some eastern exposure... hmmm...)

    4. GarenT Photography 71 months ago | reply

      Yeah I meant more as a creative spin, not because of a range of exposure issue...Now that I think about it lots of your mining shots would be cool for this idea...Not exactly like these but in this kind of creative realm: www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/5289173479/, and www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4970131030/ or this: www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4539732832/

    5. siskokid 71 months ago | reply

      Great shot...Very nicely done!

    6. dcclark 71 months ago | reply

      @GarenT24: Ah, I see. Some day I need to start bringing a tripod along and trying something like that. I do "pseudo" HDRs often, by just combining exposures manually to avoid blown-out areas (high dynamic ranges show up a lot in ruins). Out of those three you posted, the last one really caught me. The first two make me feel sort of... meh... due to overall greyness. They don't evoke the feeling of ruin exploration which I normally try to cover. But the last one really has that "wow" factor of a magnificent location.

    7. GarenT Photography 71 months ago | reply

      Yeah the last one was the best one, I got kind of excited when I started think about it, and then I started thinking, have you ever done long night shots at the mines and tried serious lightpainting?? Like Dave Blacks stuff: www.daveblackphotography.com/lightpaintings/pages/lp0006.htm or: www.daveblackphotography.com/lightpaintings/pages/lp0002.htm

      I might have to come up one weekend!! ;-) Could be totally fun!!

    8. dcclark 71 months ago | reply

      @GarenT24: Heh, come on up! Just plan for at least a week, there's a lot to see. ;)

      I really like the light painting. I've thought about doing it before, but never really gotten around to it. The closest I came is the infamous Council of Dave. So ruin-painting is definitely another thing on my list... maybe even for winter, still.

    9. GarenT Photography 71 months ago | reply

      LOL don't remember that one!!

      Yeah ruin lightpainting would be awesome!! I was just looking at the ones from the Quincy smelter, we could spend night after night at that place!! Imagine this one:https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcclark/4426165746/in/set-72157622536650333/ and then light up the smokestack and then have some light inside coming out of the windows!! Dang that would be epic!!!

    10. dcclark 71 months ago | reply

      Oh yeah, the Smelter would be awesome! Unfortunately, it's *thoroughly* locked up... but the rest of the quincy mine would be awesome too. Lots of hollow spots that can be lit up inside the ruins there. I think I could give it a try sometime soon...

    11. Danica Clark Photography 71 months ago | reply

      Mmmm, hmmmmm!!! This is pretty dang awesome! :D

    12. chelseabromley 71 months ago | reply

      Wow that archway really pops out! Nice!

    13. daisymoo1 71 months ago | reply

      Great composition I love the contrast between the roughness of the stone and the smoothness of the snow :0)

    14. islandmomphotography (Sandy Solis) 71 months ago | reply

      DC, Love the pov you have here. I think Garen's on to something with the HDR idea. Especially his last 2 links in comments. This would take on a whole different feel if you applied some HDR to it. It's great the way it is but could be cool with HDR as well.

    15. Maggie Deegan 71 months ago | reply

      perfect framing David -- love the colors and the pull of the blue sky. Garen's ideas are interesting -- too bad we all don't live close enough for a field trip :) Did not see the Council of Dave photo before -- very cool

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