A glimpse back in time

 

 

This photograph features the old equipment in a water powered grain mill. This amazing set of machines are still functional, and start right up with the twist of a shaft, which runs two stories to the basement. In the basement there is a huge tank that holds water in reserve, and at a moments notice, the entire operation is ready to go.The date on the machines says patent-1893, and the craftsmanship and build quality is characteristic of an era were necessity was the mother of invention,  This is another example of painting with light, and the photography session lasted almost 2 hours and the merging of all the pieces took about 3 hours, but I go in circles sometimes trying to decide which effect I want to pick, so that complicates things a bit. As I have warned in past posts, never bump anything in your shot while doing this, and as usual, I kicked the shovel halfway through, but luckily I had it captured already. Try and find something built to these standards nowadays, and you will be looking a while or digging pretty deep in the pocketbook. The two lower photos represent the base layer on the left, upon which the image is built and that image is a very flat,subdued, dark image,upon which the highlight images are overlayed, and a single light painted sample section,on the right, which includes the flashlight source where I have the arrow pointing. I generally try to keep the light source hidden by my body or simply turned away, so the camera cannot see it. A snoot or shield on the light can help, and even if you see the light source, its irrelevant if that section is not being used.

10 responses to “A glimpse back in time

  1. Nice work Don. You managed to pull the red out nicely on the machine bases and the blue in the background is a great touch … perhaps a bit strong for my taste, but cooler tones are always a nice accent to a warm image.

  2. I was in an old woodworking shop once which employed a system similar to this. It is amazing how well those systems worked and without any non-renewable energy. Hopefully someday we will find a way to see these technologies reborn.
    Once again, you have done a great job blending your images for a really enjoyable creation, Donald.

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