Give me an old industrial location and I will give you photographs in return. Of course, due to liability, vandalism, or theft, gaining access to these locations is not always easy or legal. So it came as a welcome surprise to hear the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek up in the foothills of Amador County would be hosting an open house. In the past, I had taken exterior photographs of the windows, metal siding, and racks of metal pipes outside. I had never had a glimpse of the interiors, until today. Amazingly, the volunteers have spent a great deal of time to tidy up the interiors and fired up the water driven turbine wheel which in turns drives the belts and machinery in the foundry. More about the history of the foundry in future posts.
I will go through these images in the order they were shot, process the better images, and post them in chronologically.
Shooting Notes: I had anticipated low light within the main foundry building and would like be without the use of a tripod during an open house event. Both we proven true. So the plan was to use only 1 lens – the wide open 35mm fixed lens – and bump up the ISO as needed. I was able to take sharp images with shutter speeds as slow as 1/15 sec, but not consistently. The shooting tip to only shoot as slow as the inverse of your focal length (or about 1/30 in this case) to prevent camera shake being noticeable holds true.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO800, 35mm (prime lens), f/3.5, 1/15 sec
Sutter Creek (CA), Shelves, Pull Drawers, Sunlight From Above. Knight Foundry, Sutter Creek, CA. March 04, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.