Western Lowland Gorilla

On Saturday, Joyce and I drove down to Zoo Atlanta to meet up with the North Georgia Photo Club.  It was a pleasant morning with the exception of the drive.  The damage to I-85 continues to make traveling through downtown Atlanta difficult.  To make it a little worse, I discovered that Google Maps is not quite up to speed on the road closures.  My usually dependable navigation app got me off of GA-400 at the right place but kept trying to re-route me to a closed road.  After some busy side roads, we did get back on the highway and made it to the zoo.

The day was pretty warm but Zoo Atlanta is nicely shaded and there was a nice breeze that made it a great day to be out walking around.  The Gorilla habitat was a great stop as the troop were active with feeding and moving around.  I have been there before when they were just sleeping and this was much more enjoyable.

Many of the adults, including the big Silverback were visible and I got some nice shots of their expressive faces.  The image above is an adult male (we think his name is Charley) who was busy eating his veggies and posing for portraits.

My big-honkin’ Sigma lens did a great job on this shoot.  I’m going to see if someone else would like to give it a new home soon as I have a new Tamron long lens now.  Looking forward to see what that new glass will let me capture.

Zoo Atlanta

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/6.3 –  1/60 sec – ISO 800

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Overhead machines

Not sure exactly what this machinery did but it was very interesting to see.  There was obviously some king of process that took textiles or fibers from one end of this room to the other on an overhead track.  Through out the room, there were these silver wheels that must have turned or spun materials.  I’m guessing maybe for drying but that’s only a guess.

This big room was a great spot to watch the sunlight coming in.  The patterns and colors created by the seeming random pattern of painted-out window panes are wonderful.  So much texture, color and light to take in.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

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Where did I put that file?

Walking through the old Lindale textile mill was a great adventure.  Most of the facility was full of the industrial machinery that made the plant run.  There are still some pieces of the office furniture and equipment that would have been used in running the business.  Items like these old filing cabinets are spread around along with old computers and various other bits and pieces of the company’s business fixtures.

You can imagine how the mill would have been buzzing with activity back in the days when it was in full production.  Now, the buildings are quiet and empty but still very interesting to see.  It is a great piece of history and an excellent source of inspiration for photography.  Hope to get back here before too long.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

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Smokestacks through the window

This was one of those times when you spot something while just walking around.  I was exploring the Lindale Mill building where they would dye the denim material which was the main product of the mill.  It was a sunny day and, like most of us in the group, I was paying attention to the light coming in through the windows.

When going past this one un-glazed window, I noticed the great view of the main plant with its iconic smokestacks.  The open window with the brick wall painted in the distinctive green color that is though out the mill, made a perfect frame for my image.  I used my wide-angle lens to get the whole of the window and include that great green brick.  I think the finished image looks like a picture of the mill hanging on the wall.  One of those – picture within a picture, kind of things.

Sometimes we plan a great shot and sometimes it kind of just gets presented to you.  The key seems to be keeping your eyes open and being ready when the opportunity arises.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200

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Bearded Iris

One of my favorite flowers of Springtime is the Iris.  I have a little patch growing near my front door that is now in bloom and always looks great.  I went out yesterday to be sure I got a few images before they got beaten up by wind or rain.  Somehow, I also got a few waterdrops on the petals just as an added bonus.

Nature is wonderful.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/40 sec – ISO 400

Portable Studio work

This weekend, in-between runs over to church to shoot Easter events, I pulled out the portable studio setup I got a while back and tried a few flower shots.  It really is amazing how being able to control the light and the background makes so much difference.  This setup is pretty easy and lets me get in close without needing to worry about what else is around.

I also used my little LED light to change angles and get the best effects for the subject.  I tried reflecting, back-lighting and all kinds of variations.  This was the one that I liked best.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  6 sec – ISO 200

Power Up

I almost used this one for my entry in the RPS contest for leading lines. Through out the Lindale Mill facility, you could see the remnants of power components that ran the plant. Here, fuse boxes are wide open and the conduit lines that would have run power to nearby machines crawl up the walls.

This was an interesting spot to me not only because of the power equipment but also due to the texture provided by the peeling and cracking of the paint peeling off the brick walls.

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 800

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