Circles, Squares, Gauge Cover, Selective Color

Clarksburg, CA

While actively avoiding giant holes in the ground that lead to the floor below, I came across this composition of windows and half-circles where giant tanks used to span between floors of this decaying mill.  The main circle is created by the cover of a large centrifuge meter.

(click through on the image to view in its slightly better 700px existence)

A little burnt out from posting photographs from recent jaunts around downtown Sacramento, I went through the photographs taken in early September at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.  I had always intended to go back and process this shot, but was slightly put off by the overwhelming monotony in either the original color  (mainly yellow/orange and black colors) or B&W conversion.

Thinking back to when I took this picture, I wanted to frame the windows at the far end of the room within the circle while not having the edge of the gauge door “break” into the first two windows on the left.  It is only when I revisit the photo now that I see the many contrasts of squares and circles.  Who knows?  Many I did initially and have just lost my memory in the course of a month.

So this photo ended up with overall recovery and contrast work in Lightroom before conversion and additional processing in Silver EFex Pro 2 with selective color added in, and then final touch up back in Lightroom.

Other posts using photographs from the Old Sugar Mill:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 38mm, ISO 100, 0.8 sec, f/11

Circles, Squares, Gauge Cover, Selective Color.  Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg, California. September 08, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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2 thoughts on “Circles, Squares, Gauge Cover, Selective Color

  1. Oh yeah, it kinda does. I unfocused my eyes while staring at the photo and get the same effect.

    I initially colored all the walls all the way down the room, including the wall in the center of the circle, then thought the better of it and dialed it back.

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