Friday, March 8, 2013

New blog posts coming!

Sorry, I haven't been too active with my photography over the past two or so years, so there hasn't been much to post about, but I do plan on getting back out into the field soon with some fresh work. In the mean time, I will explain about one of the ways that I find about many of these sites.

While I first heard about Franklin from a newspaper article several years ago, after I got into Geocaching in 2005, I discovered that there was a geocache there, which my dad and I visited in 2007, and that site visit sparked the idea to use IR film to photograph the site later that year. Many of the other sites that I have posted about, I first learned about through Geocaching, including remnants of the Pacific Coast Railroad line to Black Diamond and Franklin, the Newcastle operations, and others as well. This abandoned mail truck is a good example.

I will be posting more photos of it to come, along with other new sites, and I do intend to finish the Roslyn project as well. I recently discovered the exact location of one of the few mostly intact mine structures left from the Kittitas County coal mining operations, a fan house possibly from the #3 mine.

"Driving" the mail truck

Friday, January 14, 2011

Misc. IR 1

A few of my other IR images.

Infrared 3
A goal post at a nearby elementary school

Infrared 2
A picnic table at the same school

Infrared 1
An old tree at a nearby park.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Digital IR

I've been experimenting with digital IR methods, using a R72 filter on my D70, a filter which passes only IR. (though if you hold it up to a light, you can see a dim image through it) It requires the use of a tripod, as long exposures are the norm, do to the limited IR sensitivity. I prefer the film look, though the digital camera adds color to the IR, which produces some interesting effects.

Self Portrait in IR

My first successful digital IR image, featuring myself (I was finally able to figure out how to get a good white balance.)

Ferns on a tree

A cluster of ferns growing on a tree in the park behind my house, not uncommon in the Pacific Northwest forest.

Spring Creek Pond Outlet

The outlet of a large pond in the park, known as Spring Creek Pond. I chose to leave the color, as I thought the color was rather interesting. (The color in the other images didn't really add anything.)

On Spring Creek Pond

A tree growing on the pond bank.
Thanks for looking, and as always, feel free to comment!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Macro photography

Much of my photography has been about seeing things from a different perspective, one that is not often seen. The medium of photography has been always that way, as it gives us a means of seeing the world as others view it, but the average individual with a camera tends to take photos without really looking closer at their subject or finding a diffrent means of photographing a subject. Macro photography is one of my favorite techniques of looking at a subject differently. It is a method that is effective because the human eye is not capable of seeing close up easily due to the nature of the eye, which is designed to see things from an average perspective. Cameras, on the other hand, can be designed to look at up to microscopic levels. Looking at the world from a life size or half life size perspective produces a window into things that we do not naturally see.
American Flag
This American flag is a prime example. Most people wouldn't notice without the aid of a camera that there are actually tiny holes in the fabric that allow light to pass through the fabric.
Nor would they be able to notice the subtle play of light and texture of this leaf.
Dandilion Seed pod
The subtle texture and softness of this dandilion seed pod is also better emphasized through macro photography. Thanks for looking, and feel free to comment!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My first image with my medium format camera.

My parents bought me a Bronica ETRS medium format camera as my Graduation gift, and I was finally able to put it to use (after the first camera, an older model, went belly up). I also put the "new" Besler enlarger to use with it, which will be its primary duty, as my other enlargers are primarly set up for 35mm printing.
Two Cats in a window
The two cats belong to my next door neigbors, posing in their front window.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Newcastle IR project part 3

The railroad was an important part of the mining operations and the town of Newcastle, as it was at other coal mining operations in the state. It provided the important function of transporting the coal to the market, and the connection to the outside world. Orginally built as the Seattle and Walla Walla, it was Seattle's first railroad and eventually connected all of the coal mining communities in King County, including Franklin, Black Diamond, and Renton. It later became the Columbia and Puget Sound, then the Pacific Coast Railroad, reflecting its purchase by the Pacific Coast Company.
Turntable pad IR
This is all that remains of the turntable which was used to turn locomotives at the Coal Creek end of the railroad, just a concrete pad with some bolt sticking out of it. There was another larger turntable at the Seattle end of the railroad.
Coal Creek Bunker Foundation IR
These are the footings that supported the bunker which was used to load coal cars to transport the coal to Seattle.
Ford Slope Hoist Foundation
This concrete foundation supported a large hoist that hoisted coal carts out of the Ford Slope Mine, so that the coal could be hauled by electric locomotives similar to the one pictured at the Roslyn museum in my previous post to the bunker, where the coal was washed, sorted, then loaded on to the train to be hauled to Seattle.
Gearbox IR
This object, which was located in Coal Creek until recently, was the transmission of of a White Truck, according to a former coal miner that is a member of the Newcastle Historical Society. After Pacific Coast quit the coal mining business, and the railroad was abandoned, coal was hauled to market by trucks until the coal mining stopped in the 60's.

That's all for now on Newcastle. Comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Roslyn Museum

While surveying for the Roslyn IR project, I stopped at the Roslyn Museum (which was closed, unfortunately) and took a few photos of the mining equipment. I finally found the roll of film that I took with the fisheye and had it processed.
Fisheye mining locomotive
This is the mining locomotive that is exhibited outside, leading a trip (the mining equivalent of a train) of mine carts and other cars used for coal mining. The mining locomotive hauled coal carts underground. Originally, they used mules for this duty.
Man trip cart
This is a man trip cart, which was used between shifts in the coal mine to lower the miners into the mine. The seats are angled so that the miners would be sitting upright while the cart traveled down the main slope of the mine, which was sloped along the angle of the coal seam.
Fisheye flag
This flag is in front of the mining equipment.
fisheye Miners Memorial
This memorial honors fallen coal miners and is located in front of the former Northwest Improvment Company store, just down the street from the Museum.