Cape Ann Tool Company
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Steve Perlmutter, Mike Tully and I spent almost three hours shooting what was the Cape Ann Tool Company on Sunday. It is a sprawling facility dominated by a warehouse and/or production area comprised of mostly open space with some interesting nooks and crannies, graffiti and a stairway or two. But the prize is this power station, boiler house or foundry … whatever it is. The interior of this structure is dominated by a “Foster Superheater” furnace that stands about fifteen feet high and is exquisitely rusted out. It was a blast to shoot.
We didn’t want to leave, but we vowed to go back. However, the window to do so might be narrow — the site has been acquired by a developer.
In terms of processing … I wanted to bring out the character of both the building and the location overall. This image is comprised of three sets of 9 brackets. It was shot with the Nikon 24mm PC-E lens, using the shift feature of the lens to produce a vertical panorama (vertorama). I ran each set through Photomatix using the exact same settings. I stitched the three tonemapped images in Photoshop, using the Merge to Panorama feature. It does an outstanding job with panoramas and vertoramas.
From there, I did some additional stylization in Photoshop where I adjusted the contrast and tones globally then applied a few curve layer masks to isolate sections of the building to bring out some character.
Very nice work with this image Bob. It really captures the all the gritty details of this place. Seeing your shot made me realize I never grabed any shots of the outside of the building, so now we have an excuse to go back. Like we needed one.