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The Old Mill



A shot of the old mill taken during the winter while the snow is falling. The mill was first used to produce electricity for a small handful of local residents....
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A shot of the old mill taken during the winter while the snow is falling. The mill was first used to produce electricity for a small handful of local residents.
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6 Comments | Report
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry October 23, 2014
Like the colors and composition.
adriankoski
 
adriankoski October 23, 2014
Love the colors and that sky. Great shot!!!!
annreilly
 
annreilly December 22, 2014
The red building against the grey sky...amazing.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 23, 2014
Beautiful! Congrats.
CarolSadler PRO
 
CarolSadler January 20, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous photo....love the red against the snow and grey sky!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer August 25, 2015
So very nice!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Bistol, Indiana at the Bonneyville Mill County Park .
Time
It was fairly early in the morning.
Lighting
About an hour before sunset and after sunrise is always the best time to go because the light is less harsh.
Equipment
This was taken on a Canon 40 D, with a 17 – 40 lens, on a tripod, with no other special equipment.
Inspiration
Originally I was told there might be a waterfall at this location.I figured it was close enough being that it was only an hour away so I went exploring. The first thing that caught my eye was this old mill. The stark contrast between the red building and freshly falling snow sure caught my eye first as I neared the parking lot. The waterfall was a bit of a bust as it looked more like a spillway they used to divert the river but the big takeaway was the mill. I was so impressed I made a point to revisit several days later once the pond in front melted more so I could get a nice reflection shot as well.
Editing
The processing I do is highly intuitive and never really the same. The result I'm after is. It is my intention to recreate the feeling I had at that precise moment in time, and transfer that into the final result. I believe in keeping things as simple as possible.
In my camera bag
My camera body, several lenes, an assortment of filters, extra batteries, a charger, lens cloth and an extra memory card.
Feedback
Photography, while it might seem intimidating to some, in it's simplist form, is all about capturing light and manipulating light. Get to know your equipment and all the features and options you have available. Look at the various software editing programs on the market and pick a system that is right for you. Last but not least, keep it, and your photos simple, by eliminating elements that don't support your subject matter. From a foundational standpoint photography is all about learning the basics and mastering the basics and applying those skills to create something you'll be proud to share. For me I also have to say the words “Know Thyself”. Follow your fascinations despite what anyone else thinks because you never really know where they will lead you. If your really good at it, you may just find many treasures along life's path.

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