Detroit RotoGrate Stokers

The Lindale Mill is a great source of photo subjects.  The interior and exterior architectural elements are great but I find the remaining industrial equipment the most interesting.  These machines are part of the furnace and boilers in the building with the big smokestacks.  I’m not sure how old they are (could go all the way back to the turn of the century when it opened or as late as the 1970’s when the plant closed.

The company that made them is still in the business and continues to make these items:

The Detroit® RotoGrate Stoker is a continuous ash discharge, traveling grate, spreader stoker that is perfect for a broad range of applications. It is recognized worldwide for its efficiency in generating steam and power.

The industrial grunge is just so cool!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
12mm @ f/18 – 2 sec – ISO 320

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Workman’s Desk at Lindale Mill

I made a return trip to the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Georgia with the North Georgia Photography Club on Saturday.  It was a lot of fun to wander through the industrial site and look at the machinery and the remains of the plant that once produced denim fabric and other textile products.

Someone left this book and hard hat as a photo-op and I took the bait.  If you look closely, you can see that the book is a history of the mill.  What was neat here is that there was a shaft of light coming in through one of the windows that illuminated the scene but left the background in the dark.  It is very interesting to see how the light moves around inside this big old factory as the day goes by.  In this case, it was just after noon so the light was coming from almost straight overhead.

The mill is an amazing place to visit but if you want to catch the abandoned/grungy look you better hurry.  The site is in the process of being “cleaned up” so that it can be used for weddings and other events.  While it is not un-safe at this point, I’m sure there would be an awful lot of safety concerns in letting large groups in so things like lead paint, asbestos and broken glass are being removed.  I know the location will continue to be a great backdrop for photography, film and just general gawking but, it will become more sanitized as time goes by.  As long as they keep the character of the place, that’s OK but don’t expect it to stay untouched for long.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/18 – 1/10 sec – ISO 320

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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

The Old Mill

One of the most well-known features of the Berry College campus is the 42 foot, wooden water wheel that was built in 1930.

There was no question about it, we had to see the Old Mill while on the Berry College campus but, where is it?  I have to warn you that if you go to visit Berry (and I recommend that you should) you need to get a map before just wandering around.  The campus is huge and spread out.  Although there are signs to mark major features, you can easily go right past what you are looking for if you don’t know where it is.

The Old Mill is located in the Mountain Campus area which is away from the Main Campus where most of the academic buildings are.  This is also the area where the Frost Memorial Chapel that I showed yesterday is located.

The Old Mill is a 42-foot overshot wooden water wheel that was built in 1930 by Berry College students.  The mill was operated for many years to grind corn into flour for grits and other southern baking specialties.  The mill-wheel has an iron hub that came from an earlier mining community.  The wooden wheel is still operational and is used on special occasions and flour from the mill can be purchased on campus during these times.

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Detail of the Mill House and wheel from up-close

I have seen many pictures of the Old Mill wheel reflected in the waterway below it.  Seeing these, I had envisioned the mill located on a sizeable lake but it is actually a small pond.

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The Old Mill reflected in the pond

It is very interesting to look around and you can easily go right up to the mill house and look at the mechanism of the wheel and mill.  The interior of the mill is closed but, I expect that may be open when they have special events.  Glad that I got the chance to see this icon of the Berry Campus and the Rome area!

The Old Mill
Mountain Campus
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II

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