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Silo City – My Thoughts Behind The Shot

Silo City, Grain Distribution, Buffalo, NY
Silo City, Grain Distribution, Buffalo, NY

 

My friend Seth Resnick has been posting images for the last month or so and instead of just saying what it is he shares the story behind it. I think this is a great idea and so from here on my images posted here will be a bit wordy with the story behind the photo. What I was thinking, why I saw the image this way and what I did in post processing to make the image what I wanted it to be.

I love abandoned places and rusty things and for many years I visited Silo City in Buffalo, New York to find a place that had both. My adventures here made me thrilled. My friend Mark Maio would arrange a yearly weekend shoot at this location. Silo City was a network of giant grain silos that were an important stepping stone in the last century to move grain harvests from the west to places on the east.

As photographers, they granted us access to the entire complex. There we lots of stairs, conveyors, pipes and machines throughout the complex. It was a dangerous place, to say the least. Silo City, for the most part, has now been sold off and under commercial development. I consider myself fortunate to have visited this location as many times as I had.

Photographing abandoned things, places, cars and houses is a passion of mine. These places tell stories and it is part of my personal mission to tell those stories with my photography. I also like to try different things with my images and in a lot of cases as with this image use symmetry as part of the composition.

There were a lot of things happening in this picture and I wanted the viewer to explore the angles and dangles as well as try to understand what they were looking at. I used the receding lines of the columns and the “V” shape at the top of the columns to drive the viewers’ eye through the image. As you explore the image you see many diagonal that transport the eye through the photo as well. And, I loved the dangling light bulb.

Many photographers may have contemplated this shot for a while. For me I am a fast contemplator. I moved around as well as up and down until I saw the scene balance itself out. I was already thinking as I shot the photo how I would post process it. It needed to be monochrome. In the end I added a slight tint of sepia to it to accent the abandoned feel to it.

In post processing, I also increased to contrast and stricture a bit to bring out the textures in the concrete and the rust in the metal conveyors.

I’ll share more from Silo City soon. I also did a shoot where I used a model to interact with the machines there. As far as the technical, this was shot with a Nikon D800 and a 24-70mm zoom at f/16 to keep depth of field.

I have sold numerous prints of this image and it looks beautiful as a print and the print allows to viewer to explore all the little nuances in the image.

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50 Years

I graduated in 1972 from Radnor High School. This year is our 50th reunion—fifty Fxxxing years. I never thought I would make it this far. I went back for the 40th reunion and had a blast. I took Debra with me, and she got to meet all my old friends and visit the firehouse I worked out of. Radnor Fire Company in Wayne, PA, was the first fire company in America to have a motorized fire truck. I was a firefighter, Fireman of the year, and assistant chief during my many years there. Those years were some of the finest in my life. While we were there, I went on a nostalgic ride on the 1954 Mack, Wayne 2. This truck was there when I joined in 1972 and then was sold to a fire company in Vermont. The Radnor Fire Company repurchased it and restored it. It’s a genuine fire truck. Noisy, open cab was what fire trucks were all about. My friends there took the truck out while I was there. Debra got to ride in the cab, and I rode on the back step with Don Wood, a past chief and my Physics teacher in high school. Oh what fun that ride was.

The reunion was fun as I caught up with many old friends. But, showing Debra, where I grew up and sharing my experiences, were excellent. We go back this August for the 50th reunion, and I am sure I’ll have some great photos from that trip.

 

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Love Abstracts In Architecture

In my travels, I enjoy walking around cities.  I do this for a few reasons.  First, I love to do street photography.  This is a chance to shoot people and the environment to show spontaneous and candid life.  The other is looking at the architecture and trying to find abstracts in unique and beautiful buildings.

In this series of buildings, I found so much it was crazy.  This is the opera house in Iceland.  Known as Harpa it is an amazing building both inside and outside.  If you ever get to Iceland make sure you spend some time photographing this building.  Iceland is one of the most photo-rich lands you can visit.  It’s pretty easy to get a good photo there.

 

Please Visit . . .

If you are interested in seeing more work by Kevin Raber and purchasing his work for your own, please visit RaberEYES.com

Kevin also runs workshops for photographers all over the world at Rockhopper Workshops

Kevin also has. a major website for all photography enthusiasts with articles, forums, tutorials, community, and more at photoPXL.com

Kevin also shares his work daily on Facebook and Instagram

 

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A Day In Mayesville South Carolina

Prior to the pandemic, I was doing a lot of travel.  There is so much to see and photograph in this world.  My friend Miles from the UK had called and asked if I’d like to meet up with him in Charleston, SC, and do some photography.  I was already going to do a trip to the Smokies, and Black Rock, NC, so I added a new destination as well as continued on and make a trip to Naples, FL.

Miles and I had a fun time exploring many areas in and around Charleston.  We got some good images.  We heard there was an interesting town called Mayesville that might be worth visiting.  Mayesville, it turns out, is a town that time forgot.  Pretty much abandoned and falling down except for a cotton mill that is chugging along and probably the only business still there.

This image is just one of the hundreds I took in Mayesville and I intend to do a story on PhotoPXL about this trip soon.  I’ll post something here when I have it posted.

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Slot Canyons

I am really beginning to feel the effects of cabin fever.  I usually travel a few weeks each month when we were normal.  It’s been over 15 months since I last put a foot in an airplane.  I start to travel in June with a 2 week workshop and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get back out there.  Meanwhile, I can look back at my files and think about the days when I went where ever I wanted whenever I wanted.  These images are from the Slot Canyons in Page, AZ.  They will be from the Upper and Lower Antelope canyons.  The light poking its way into these canyons is so beautiful and has its own way to make these places magical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyon X, Slot Canyons near Page, AZ
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Merry Christmas

Indianapolis, Circle of lights

Merry Christmas from Debra and me.  This has been a strange and difficult year.  It’s one for the record books.  This is a Christmas for us with no family or friends.  Just the two of us, which frankly isn’t too bad.  I haven’t traveled since February, and for me, that is quite unusual.  I have a lot of ground and time to make up for so let’s hope 2021 is a better year than 2020 and I can back on the road and share new photos from my travel.  Please stay safe, and we will all be out of this in the next few months.

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2nd Beach

One of the most photographed beaches in Washington state is the 2nd beach.  This beach is close to Forks, WA and Olympic National Park. There is a small hike on a fairly well-groomed trail to the beach.  Once there you are greet with an incredible scene.  It’s even a better sunset.  be sure to stay until it is dark.  Bring a flashlight so you can find your way back through the forest.  Visit this location several time because each time is different and really incredibly beautiful sunsets.

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Punta Arenas Boat

fishing boat

Prior to taking a flight to Antarctica I usually have a few days to explore Punta Arenas.  There’s a lot to explore in this southern Chile city.  Sometimes I’ll take a taxi and hire the driver to take me to various places and wait for me.  This was made along the waterfront and there were a number of fishing boats hauled out of the water and on blocks.  So, I used a wide-angle lens and had some fun.  It’s not an award-winning image but it was fun to shoot. I added the Orton effect to give it a bit of soft focus.

Please Visit . . .

If you are interested in seeing more work by Kevin Raber and purchasing his work for your own, please visit RaberEYES.com

Kevin also runs workshops for photographers all over the world at Rockhopper Workshops

Kevin also has. a major website for all photography enthusiasts with articles, forums, tutorials, community and more at photoPXL.com

Kevin also shares his work daily on Facebook and Instagram

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Starry Iceberg

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Starry Nighy
Starry Night

 

A little fun with Antarctica images.  With all the isolation that we are taking part in as a world, I have been playing a lot with images and third party programs.  One program that has my interest right now is Skylum – Luminar.   There are all sorts of cool things this program does and one of them si AI Sky Replacement.  So, I decided to try and put a starry image to replace the sky and this is what I came up with.  It seems, kind of like cheating but it is fun and the images are pretty cool.   Whether you are a fan of this or not it is fun to see what technology allows us to do.