September 2, 2010


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Its been a while since I’ve posted something from the Malden Mills in Lawrence. This was shot back in July with my newly acquired 24mm T/S lens. There were many reasons to buy it, and (my wife would argue) reason$ not to buy it. 🙂

One of the reasons I wanted the lens is to get shots like this one – architecturally accurate images of the old mill buildings. That’s not to say keystone distortion is bad. I love the sense of scale it projects. My desire to grab images like this is simple. It preserves the historic record.

The HDR processing here is reflective of that goal as well (at least I hope it is … you are the ultimate judge). In processing these images I want to bring out the character and texture of the buildings. I’m not looking for drama and I don’t want to bring you into a fantasy world or a cartoon.

HDR can take you down so many paths. All are definitely worth exploring and, done right, they all can produce exceptional images. Just make sure your vision is clear and your composition is sound.

But I digress … The title, “Conversion,” has nothing to do with the image itself, but the property as a whole.  I recently found out that the Malden Mills properties are about to undergo construction. The interior of the buildings are going to be gutted and converted to apartments. I contacted the property owner about photographing the interior of the buildings before they go “under the knife.”

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  1. I think this came out beautifully, hope you can get inside for some perspective. I think these will make beautiful apartments/condos and look forward to your before/after and during shots if you can get back. Thanks, Paul

  2. T/S lenses are rather pricey. I’m renting one right now just to try one out. I’ve been able to fix most of my keystone distortion using my wide angle lens and Photoshop, but sometimes the correction requires a lot of skewing and certainly reduces the clarity of the image. I certainly hope you get a chance to shoot inside the building before they remodel. Very cool exterior shot.