The local cement factory

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Pim, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Took a walk in my hometown today, and found this cement factory situated at a small canal. All pictures taken with Oly E-PL3 and assorted lenses.
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  2. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Nice shots! The b&w treatment is really nice. Is it HDR or just high contrast/blacks?
  3. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks for the nice comment..:) These were shot in Raw, with some minor adjustments in LR3 if needed, and finished in Silver FX. I recently purchased this plugin and am still trying to find my perfect settings, but yes these ones in general received a bump in contrast and clarity, so I guess you could call them high contrast B&W...:)
  4. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Really like the series and great post processing.
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  5. mabelsound

    mabelsound Guest

    Amazing tonality to these, I'm very impressed. Reminiscent of Bernd and Hilla Becher.
  6. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks Mabelsound, have to admit I did not know Bernd & Hilla Becher, but Google is always a great help of course...:) And looking at their work yes I did notice some similar (and very interesting) pictures... Thx for the tip!
  7. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Strong work! Nicely composed
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  8. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Great images. I love industrial stuff.
  9. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Nice stuff---I love all the lines-- and you have a good eye!
  10. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    These are absolutely fabulous compositions. -Chrome
  11. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks guys! Appreciate the kind comments! Yes I am finding more and more that I care less about color, but more about lines, perspective, patterns etc... Even though it was a sunny day when I took these, with clear blue skies, I still found they worked better in Black & White...
  12. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Stunning photos Pim. I love the lines and perspective and processing- which is practically everything about the photos. I like how you said you went for a walk and 'found' this huge monstrosity. Made me smile.

    What do you think the pipes along the side of the wall are used for?

  13. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks Icon, this is probably my favorite of the series as well.. Actually it is a cement and concrete factory (Google tells me cement is an ingredient of concrete). The factory makes different types for different applications, so I assume the pipes are for "uploading" these raw materials into the mixer or blender or whatever that thing is called, hiding in the building behind the pipes.

    And when I said I found it: of course I knew it was there, my hometown is not that big...:) and I actually pass it from a distance every day on my way to and from work, but I had never been this close and when I walked past it last Sunday I was surprised to find the factory was not protected by any fence or gate, so I was able to walk onto the actual terrain... Bit strange but I guess there is not a huge black market for stolen concrete on Ebay...:)
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  14. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    I freakin' LOVE industrial photography.

    Well done.
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