Details

Sometimes, it’s the details that are most important.  When visiting Lindale Mill, I spent most of my time looking at the vast, industrial spaces and the interesting light patterns that came in through the windows.  It would have been a pity if I had not also been paying attention to the details.

There were so many interesting small things in this place.  Items like the gears and pipes shown here and all the amazing detail of the texture and color that was all around.  One of my greatest pleasures as a result of being into photography to notice these things.  So often, we pass by the details without paying any attention.  Try to focus on this more often and you will be rewarded with many amazing things that other people miss!

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1.3 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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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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Pipes and Valves

Industrial grunge can be so interesting!  The Lindale Mill is full of bits and pieces of the equipment that originally made the textile equipment run.  Somehow, I had pictured lots of weaving and spinning machines everywhere (there are certainly some of those) but much of what I saw was boilers and furnaces and all the pipes that would contain water or steam.

This image includes a maze of pipes and fittings.  Some of it is rusty and crusty.  Some broken and falling off the walls.  And the surrounding make them even more interesting.  Throughout the mill, walls are painted a light green color of shiny paint (probably lead-based) which peals back to reveal multiple layers and old brick underneath.

Fortunately for those who visit here, the buildings are also full of windows.  I assume that the windows would have provided light for the workers and given a small amount of relief from the buzzing of the machines that surrounded them.  In some of the buildings the windows are painted over but in this one, they were letting in the sunshine.

I guess part of what makes this place appealing is the urban decay and part is the mechanics of the mill.  Many of us were bemoaning the fact that the owner has been progressively “cleaning up”.  This means that some of the stuff that makes the character of the place is disappearing.  There is plenty of legitimate clean up to be done.  Just picking up trash and items that have totally disintegrated would be great.  Hopefully, this won’t become a gentrified curiosity and get all the neat stuff sanitized out of it!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/20 – 0.8 sec – ISO 400

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Lindale Reflections

The Roswell Photographic Society had an outing to visit the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Georgia yesterday.  This is an old textile mill near Rome, Georgia which has been purchased and opened to photographers and movie sets.  The facility is full of interesting industrial grunge and the green paint is fabulous for color and texture.

I had to post this one because the RPS photo review this month is on Reflections.  Hope everyone enjoyed the trip and I am looking forward to our meeting on Tuesday!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/14 – 0.5 sec – ISO 800

Nature’s lacework

Even in decay, nature is beautiful

Going back to some of my macro work from earlier this month.  This is what a hydrangea flower looks like after Summer has passed.  Unlike many other flowers, these blooms stay on the stem and form a natural dried arrangement.  You can see these in lacy balls on the plants for a long time into the winter.  If there isn’t any substantial wind, rain or snow to knock them down, they will look like this until spring.

I love looking at the intricate patters that are left by the veins after the surface of the petal has worn away.  Another one of the places where decay can be beautiful.

Spent Hydrangea bloom
Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/30 sec – ISO 100

Can I wash that window for you?

The years can be hard on a junkyard car but the resulting decay can be interesting.

Junkyard treasure – A shot of the interior of a classic car through the missing back window.  The patterns and colors of the windows with years worth of grime and miscellaneous paint spatter just seemed to say “look at me” so I did.

This was one of the interesting sights that I had available when visiting Old Car City with the Roswell Photographic Society over the weekend.  We were there for a workshop on night photography and painting with light.  Since we arrived before sunset, I decided to walk around and take a few shots.

Old Car City is always a place full of automotive history with lots of detail and wonderful, rusty decay.  The colors and textures are amazing.  You just kind of have to adjust to the fact that everything is broken and dirty and then you can see the great contrasts and patterns.  In this case, I was drawn in by the steering wheel and speedometer on the dash but also by the colors on the windows.  The ripped-up seat in the foreground was one more piece of texture to add to the scene.

It many not be what you think of as a traditional photo still-life composition but I thought this made for a good image.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
70mm at f/6.3 – 1/250 sec – ISO 6400

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