On October 9, 2011, Annette and I hosted the Harrisburg Camera Club at the Anderson Grist Mill. Everyone seemed genuinely excited to see all of the fascinating, old-fashioned items in the mill. There were so many things. There were so many textures, shadows and patterns.
Because of the way the mill is squeezed between the creek and the road, it was difficult to get an overall view of the mill. So we concentrated on getting details. Here are a few detail shots of mine.
|The Tool Room|
First the window exposure had to be right. The amount of light coming through the window can't be changed, so I dealt with it first.
Then light had to be added to the wall of tools. That was tricky. First I experimented with on-camera flash at various output levels and pointed in various directions. Then I tried off-camera flash at various levels. I even tried a reflector to reflect sunlight from the window behind the camera on to the tools.
|Wooden Gear Teeth|
But on the other hand...
- Wooden gear teeth are much quieter.
- Wooden gear teeth can be replaced relatively easily.
- Wood was readily available.
|The Side of the Mill|
I believe that each mill is unique. Sure, the designer/builder could visit other mills to see how they were built, but each mill site has its own set of constraints. The designer/builder would have to use his experience and intelligence to make the new mill the best it could be at the new site.
This is much like photography. The photographer must use his experience, what he has observed in other photographs and his intelligence to make an image that is new and is the best it can be.
Get out there and shoot!