Lower Mills

Lower Mills

Dorchester, MA Neponset River


This was once the Walter Baker chocolate factory.

Now, its empty and the surrounding buidings are condos and assisted living .

I am told that some of the condos are for artists.

My secretary told me that when she was a kid, she would smell chocolate in the air in the am.

  • Jim Hill PRO 7y

    Nice atmosphere to this.
  • Evan Leavitt 7y

    I'm speechless Garrey. This is awsome! The details are great, especially in the water. Is this HDR or just tonemapped?
  • Garrey PRO 7y

    Thanks Jim and Evan.

    It was a single raw file that I ran through photomatix to HDR.
    Then, I tonemapped it. I havent done this in a long while. Is that how you do it? Im wondering if I can skip the HDR step and go to tonemapping right away but Ive never tried that or know if its possible.
    I can get this type of image without going to photomatix but it sure saves alot of time.

    However, the end result had a blown sky so I placed another copy of the image exposed for the sky and masked everything else.
    I'm glad you like it.
  • summerspot 7y

    Awesome capture. The light makes it very intriguing, great work!
  • iori / philip 7y

    It's still an amazing capture Garrey.
    The details have popped.
    Yup, I agree on the unnatural skies.
    Maybe the sky lost some detail during your shot... thus having less detail to show here.

    If the original image of this photo has a good sky, you can superimpose it through photoshop and get the sky.
    I usually do this if tonemapping fails.
  • Garrey PRO 7y

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    Just fooling around with magmypic.
    It pretty easy to use but I can see why its free. They are advertizing with their code and you have no ability to control the sizing of your far as I can tell.
  • Robb Bell 7y

    This is an amazing shot Garrey!
  • Tim Bouwer PRO 7y

    Congratulations on winning print of the month with this!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Garrey PRO 7y

    Thanks everyone!

    Tim, you get one next year when you get your own printer :)
  • ShaunsHouses 6y

    garreyf you take awesome photos, do you do commercial work?
  • jgustavo 6y

    I actually live around there.
    Nice pic.
    The new condos look awesome.
  • StevenErat PRO 6y

    When I first decided to begin photography professionally, it was architectural / landscape photography like this that I really enjoyed. I still do, but its funny how I stopped shooting anything other than portraits.

    This a beautiful, artistic image with much depth and character.
  • Courtney P 6y

    really cool picture!
  • Stan PRO 5y

    the buildings, trees with snow, and the river combine for a wonderful composition!
  • Apropos Photo PRO 5y

    Definitely must be viewed large! Those details are amazing.
  • micheline desgriseukkuers 5y

    awesome work
  • Paul Vecsei PRO 5y

    Wish i had my studio in there.
  • William Mark PRO 4y

    Very nice composition!
  • essayclouds 4y

    Beautiful image

    I also remember the smell of chocolate from Baker's when I was a kid--

  • Randi Scott PRO 3y


    Did this ever come out nice
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Taken on January 15, 2008
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