May 9, 2011

High Tech


This past weekend I went back to the Pacific Mill to shoot the turbine room at the request of my friend, Tom Short. Tom is a lover of all things mill related. His quest is to establish a museum of 18th/19th century mill artifacts.  He’s also the guy who got me my initial access to so many of these great buildings. When he asks a favor, I always try to oblige.

The Pacific Mill’s turbine room boasts this huge, 30 foot long slate wall which once controlled and distributed the flow of electricity generated by the gigantic water turbines that spun beneath the floor.

I’ve posted images from this room before … all detail shots, herehere and here.

The challenge this time was to capture the controls (as much as possible) in one shot. Not an easy task. There are less than three feet of space between this wall and hood of the turbines. Not to mention the more modern and ridiculously smaller electrical box that was located about two feet to my left.

I had two choices, the fisheye lens, or a panorama with the PC-E (tilt/shift) lens (two tools I didn’t have on my first visit). Of course, I shot it with both lenses, and each did the job well. The PCE version is illustrative, factual. This – the fisheye shot – is more dramatic and much more fun.

Yes. You’ll see the PC-E version later this week.

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  1. This is so cool, Bob. I think the fisheye is great here, however, I’m curious to see the T/S pano as well 🙂

  2. The fisheye just rocks this image – that middle panel just anchors the image – the details still pop in fish, love it!

  3. wow – that’s great. Fish-eye makes that look huge. I’ll be very interested to see the PC-E version. Love the mood.

  4. That’s a really cool shot, Bob. You are so fortunate to have that kind of access to these interesting places, and the perfect photographer to shoot them.