Pacific Mill

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Here is another shot from my black and white series of images of the Lawrence mills.

This is the Pacific Mill, my most recent favorite place to shoot. I absolutely love the wide open space and tall windows in the mill buildings. But in the Pacific it has a different feel. The space is wider — or just feels wider — and the light just dances through it.

 

Robert LussierPacific Mill

Mt Washington Hotel

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My trip to the White Mountains last weekend would not have been complete without a stop at the gorgeous Mt Washington Hotel. Mt Washington is absolutely gorgeous, so Initially I was disappointed with the cloud cover over the mountain itself. But when the clouds are this gorgeous you have to embrace them.

The Mt Washington Hotel is located on Rt. 302 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.  Additional tip (and something I haven’t done yet), if you want to shoot Mt Washington from the top of Bretton Woods Ski area then have lunch or an early dinner at Latitude’s Restaurant at the top. You can pay a special $10 fee for a lift ticket to the top, have some food, get some shots and take the ski lift back down.

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The Grist Mill

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This is where I found myself this past Friday night after a day of shooting in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  But it’s not a grist mill anymore. The Littleton Grist Mill closed its doors, making way for a home for the Schilling Brew Pub. And it is a good brew pub. Excellent craft beer and fabulous pizza. This is one of the last images I grabbed before retiring to the pub. And given the incredible cold that night,  I can’t tell you how welcomed that was.

The pub is called Schilling. It sits on the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, New Hampshire. That’s it right there. The red building with the water wheel.

 

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The Mill City

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This was shot about three years ago from the high service water tower in Lawrence. It was taken at around 8:00 in the morning.     

I’ve processed this a couple of different ways over the past couple of years, but this is the final, definitive version. It captures the atmosphere of the morning, with the low blinding sun glistening off the buildings.

If you have been following this blog you know I have been going back through my catalog of Lawrence mill images recently. I’m putting together something of a retrospective of my years photographing the city’s mills and other industrial era buildings.  I set certain criteria for myself, for consistency in style and presentation — I’ve processed (or re-processed) all images in black and white and constrained them to a square crop. That second requirement has forced me to eliminate some of my favorite images from this collection. But don’t worry, they will still be available in their original form.

That said, I may break my own rule and include this image in the retrospective. I think it provides a powerful overview for the set. In this view I can point out almost all of the places in the city I’ve photographed.

 

 

 

 

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North Canal Gate House

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From the title, you know this is the North Canal Gate House in Lawrence. It is maintained in original condition by the Enel Corporation, the company that runs the dam and sells the electricity it generates through its much more modern facility located on the south end of the dam. I was given an hour or so to shoot in here in exchange for signing my life away in the event I fell through one of the trap doors in the floor.

You’ve also probably guessed this is another image from the square series.  This is one of several that I rediscovered while searching my archives for images that would be appropriate for it — help paint a picture of Lawrence’s Industrial Past. It was originally intended as an HDR image and was immediately rejected because of the blown highlights across the series of five brackets I shot that day. Don’t judge me! I was new to HDR and giddy with excitement to be shooting such a cool place!

Of course, working in black and white, I can embrace the clipping, as I did here.

 

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The Storehouse

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Back in 2010 this complex was still a semi-vacant mill yard and one of my favorite places to shoot. This was my favorite building. I photographed it many times. From many angles. In all kinds of weather.

Sadly, due to a hard drive crash, many of those shots are lost. But I rediscovered this one on Saturday while I was looking for images to add to this square, black and white series I have been working on.

What series is that, you ask? Well, It is a series of my mill images shot over the past five years or so. I’ve posted some of them here on the blog before and some of them are new. All of them have been converted to black and white with a square crop.

I call the series “The Mill City.”  It captures the essence of the history of the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts —  the character of Lawrence’s iconic mills — from the Appleton to the Washington, both inside and out. I will unveil the initial set of images for this series later this week.

Robert LussierThe Storehouse

Mill City

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I wasn’t sure what to call this image. It was shot from the Pacific Mill yard — one of my favorite places in Lawrence to shoot. I grabbed this shot (believe it or not) around noon during one the Historic Mills Photo Walks that I host with my friend, Steven Perlmutter. I used my 10 stop ND filter to try to take advantage of the slight wind nudging along the few lonely clouds that were kind enough to make an appearance that day.

This particular exposure was a bit underexposed. I embraced that in my BW processing. I adjusted the blue and cyan channels to darken the sky. I also added a graduated filter on the left in Lightroom to lighten the Pacific Mill in the foreground a bit.

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Pacific Lobby

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Thought I’d get all radical and post a color image!

This is from the Pacific Mill, in case you couldn’t tell from the title. This particular building in the complex is empty, but the other buildings in the complex are still occupied — mostly.

I really loved the way this door was tucked away under the main staircase. A wider lens might have been able to see more of the stairway, but I was more than satisfied with the hint of the railway I was able to include in the upper left.

Robert LussierPacific Lobby