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Lonaconing Silk Mill: My interpretation.

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Crdome, May 12, 2013.

  1. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    I joined 4 photo/videographers from the eastern US for a free-roaming shoot of the Lonaconing (Maryland) Silk Mill, a.k.a. Klotz Throwing Company. In addition to the Panasonic 7-14/4, I brought wide aperture glass for low light conditions, a diminutive Kodak Ektar Cine 25/1.4 (1"x1" dia) and much larger Cosmicar 22.5~90/1.5. Though large, the space was quite congested with machinery, so not appropriate for the Cosmicar's length. On a tripod the 7-14's performance was stellar.

    The shoot was from 10a.m. - 2p.m. In retrospect a later shoot would have had far superior the lighting for wonderful sun lighting.

    I'll will be posting new photos as I have time to processing them.


    Spool winders
    Panasonic 7-14: 1/30 sec, f/4, 7mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8724223461/" title="Spooler R258sm by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8724223461_7718f774a3. "500" height="376" alt="Spooler R258sm"></a>

    Bubbler (drinking fountain) Panasonic 7-14: 1/3 sec, f/4, 7mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8725380804/" title="Bubbler R038 by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8725380804_b637d9a5e6. "500" height="393" alt="Bubbler R038"></a>

    Lathe Panasonic 7-14: 1/5 sec, f/5.6, 7mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8724243849/" title="Lathe R249 sm by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8724243849_5bb7dd2fdd. "500" height="376" alt="Lathe R249 sm"></a>

    Hygrometer and lamp Kodak Ektar Cine 25/1.4: 1/25 sec, f/2.8 (estimate), 25mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8725343046/" title="Hygrometer R186sm by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8725343046_d13efcc604. "415" height="500" alt="Hygrometer R186sm"></a>
     
  2. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Nice! I was there about a couple of months or so ago. Great place.

    I posted my set before here: https://www.mu-43.com/f88/throwing-klotz-41816/

    That's a VERY photographed mill as Herb has been leading trips through there for decades. He's a nice old guy.

    Looking forward to the rest of your captures!

    PS: you accidently posted the same shot for the last two.
     
  3. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    John- Thanks for turning me on to it, Herb, and Marc. With only 5 of us it was a wonderful isolated experience, never worrying about interrupting anothers' shot.

    -Chrome

     
  4. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Ha ha! I remember now. I forgot we had talked about the place. Glad you got down there!

    There was more of us that day including Sarah Bloom who puts herself nude in the photos she does. Now, the photos are about vulnerability and she is actually no exhibitionist and her photos tasteful and not provocative. So we had areas reserved for her use at times and it did constrain wandering about a bit -- but not in any significant way.

    Marc did a good job of managing our logistics around her working area.
     
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Interesting looking place. I like the lathe shot particularly. :cool:
     
  6. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    How did you get in? I emailed the woman that is the daughter (or grand daughter) of the original owner and she never wrote back to me. I heard that they were going to start charging $75 per person to get in. Did they do that? Personally, as soon as it becomes commercialized, I won't be interested.
     
  7. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Wow! Sarah's work is powerful. I need to find her abandoned factory in Beacon. Have you been Beacon, and if so visited the Dia:Beacon museum? It is amazing.

     
  8. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    No, I don't even know what you're talking about, lol. What is Beacon? Yes, Sarah has a unique form of expression that is quite impacting.

    You should still be interested. It's a great place to shoot and the money goes towards preservation. Contact Marc Reed at http:Welcome to Marc Reed's Website -- I did another shoot with Marc and he let me know when he was organizing a trip. Yes, it's $75 but it's worth it as this is the only remaining silk throwing operation left standing in the USA with intact machinery.

    Have a look at Marc's atmospheric movie work while you're at this site. Marc is my hero and I'm starting down a path of trying to do some things like he does myself. Marc uses dedicated video gear, motorized pan and zoom stuff -- he has an amazing portable kit (though heavy) that he brings to a site to do what he does. Very cool.
     
  9. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    The owner, Herb who is an elderly gentleman, opens the mill up for small groups (5-15) of photographers and videographers for a charge of $75 each. He bought the mill years ago after it closed and has been spend what money he has money trying to preserve the structure and contents intact for the town and posterity. It is rather a don Quijote de la Mancha effort. The building is in desperate need of a new roof. The few hundreds of dollars per shoot no way begin to generate the $100,000s such a project would entail. Yet he makes every effort he can.

    This is the only intact remaining silk mill in the country.

    -Chrome

     
  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    I love images of old machinery, abandoned factories. You can feel the ghosts of hundreds of workers around those old machines. Nice shots, dome. My favorite is the well-used drinking fountain.
     
  11. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Caimi, -Thanks, I could hear it calling to me from across the room like the Sirens: "Come shoot me".

    You certainly can feel the people around. Some of their shoes, garments and possessions are still in where they were left.

     
  12. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Ha ha! It called to me also, lol.

    Although the shoes are original, the positions are not. Many of us have artfully arranged the shoes to our liking... (I did twice, lol -- and I wasn't the only one on this trip or others)
     
  13. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Question on the P7-14: On the 7 end do you get fisheye distortion?
     
  14. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    More Mill Photos

    Here are a few more. I'll try to work on more tomorrow. There were so many photo opportunities I can't remember if I was focused more on the facility or objects.

    -Chrome

    Light bulb + bobbins
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8725343086/" title="Bulb + bobbins sm by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8725343086_27029c934f. "500" height="376" alt="Bulb + bobbins sm"></a>

    Spindles?
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8731112598/" title="Spindles? 058 sm by MyCrome, on Flickr"> 8731112598_e1cef2984d. "500" height="337" alt="Spindles? 058 sm"></a>

    Weight
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91846136@N04/8725412448/" title="Weight J227 sm by MyCrome, on Flickr">"500" height="396" alt="Weight J227 sm"></a>
     
  15. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Caimi, The 7/14 lens has a rectilinear design vs a fisheye's curvilinear. At 7mm there is substantial convergence, not curvature. It offers a unique elongated perspective, but a simple tweak with a perspective crop straightens it if that is what you wish the image to convey. I may tweak as many as 15-20% of my images depending on how I wish to present the subject.

    This narrow shot demonstrates convergence to one point perspective. In case you can't tell that is Pikes Peak behind the tree at the end of the street. Obviously distant things in the background become diminished.

    The lens provides huge vistas and great visual compression toward a straight one point perspective as seen in the World Financial Center.
    https://www.mu-43.com/f38/7-14-another-day-nyc-35288/