I had another great opportunity to shoot in a former industrial site this weekend. Thanks to my friend, Cathy Farwell, and her connection to Shawky Fahel, 11 of us were able to roam the former American Standard plant in Hespeler for three hours Saturday morning. This plant used to make bath tubs, but that work has since moved off shore. The site is slated for refurb into condominiums by Shawky’s company. Tons of great subject matter here.
Thanks to Cathy and Roger for making sure we all got out ok, and thanks to Shawky for the site access.
Picking up my focus on “wall writing” from the RMS shoot back in March, I set out with more gear this time (a tripod is a must-have). This toy horse in a trash barrel on the loading dock really blew my hair back. Surreal.
All the usual suspects.
32C in the shade.
A lot more peeling paint at this venue.
Help me out: how can I avoid this lens flare when shooting directly into the light? Smaller aperture?
This is a pretty sizeable site and with only 11 photographers there was lots of room to spread out.
We started together up on…
the roof, that overlooks Mill Pond and…
this small dam.
Lots of crazy additions and passageways, ramps and stairs in this plant.
Pretty steamy up here.
Put my recently-acquired second-hand backup D90 body to use shooting my 50mm prime lens while shooting my other D90 with the old 18-105mm kit lens for context shots.
I took fewer pics overall this time and spent more effort setting up shots. Trying to learn something. Question for you pros: for a long exposure in low light, what’s the best way to focus? In some cases, my autofocus would hunt around and then give up.
I could do a series on holes in the floor at future industrial sites.
Machine-printed writing: rejected.
I believe this chain moved tubs-in-progress through the plant.
Always with the math… in every building.
Palette for the plant?
Electrical panels, I-beams, and around doors seem to be some of the likeliest places to find wall writing.
Trough in the ground floor lit by a few shafts of light from holes in the ceiling. And the chair… why are you there?