Monday, March 9, 2020

The Abandoned Mill - Hartford Woolen Mill - Newport, NH

The attraction of abandoned places, who worked or lived there? Why was the place deserted? Who made it? It could be places that you walk or drive by every day. Some I visit regularly, they are always changing, slowly being taken over by mother nature. One day they will be gone. The Hartford Woolen Mill is new to me. I have seen some photos on-line from fellow photographers and was able to figure out the location by using Google Earth. 

History (from what I found on-line): 

Built around 1930. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet. In 1949 John C. Cone assumed ownership of Hartford Woolen Company. I assume it was operated as a mill until 1960 when it was transferred in ownership to Christi Ambargis. Mr. Ambargis owned the mill until his death in 1996. During his ownership, it fell in disrepair. After his death, his wife relinquished any ownership and between 1996 and 2003 the state (DES) helped the town with contamination issues with the property. As of the year 2000, the town is the site owner. I was not able to find any photos online of when the mill was a working mill. I will keep looking. 

The following photos were either taken on a tripod with the lowest ISO (50) and the smallest aperture (f/22) and 5 exposures at 1 stop apart. They were then blended in Photomatix and Lightroom. Handheld shots were taken at ISO 400 and the best f/stop, also with 5 exposures. I also took one roll with the Mamiya 645E with Ilford Delta 400 film. I am showing many shots in both color and black and white.

The complete collection can be found here.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Raptors in Focus: Bird Photography Workshop 2019 at VINS

It was a treat to have attended the raptor photo workshop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) on May 5th. The workshop, hosted by local photographer Rob Strong, began with a slideshow presentation about camera basics and tips for shooting birds. Approximately, fifteen photographers were in attendance and by looking at their photography gear; this was not their first time at bird photography.

Camera Gear: Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600mm, and monopod with ball head.
Camera Settings:
1. AF-C Settings - Release Priority - Set to Focus.
2. Focus Tracking with Lock-On (A3 Group) - Blocked Shot AF Response = Setting "2".
3. Subject Motion - erratic.
4. Assign the PV Button to "AF Area Mode option - Single Point AF".
5. AF Area- D25 and Single Mode.
6. AF Mode - AF-C.
7. Set- up Back Button AF to rear Button (A8).
8. Frame Rate - Set to 10FPS.
9. Shutter Speed - Start at 1/2000/sec.
10. f/stop range – as low as possible.
11. Cap ISO at 4000 (Target not over 1600).

We moved outside, and our first raptor model was Bridport, a Rough-Legged Hawk. Flying between his two handlers, Sarah and Sara, we practiced our panning. I found this to be more difficult than I thought it would be.

Aurora, a Barn Owl, was our second model. I think it had a damaged wing, so it could not fly. We took many pictures of the owl perched on Sarah's hand and on top of a post.

Kent, a Red-Tailed Hawk, was our third model. Kent is a long term resident at VINS.

Chesterland, a Harris’s Hawk, was our fourth model.