Abandoned Factory

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For those who know me, like my sister, my transition to becoming more of a nature photographer is an odd change.

"I'm used to seeing your Instagram filled with pictures of graffiti, and it's very strange that it's all pictures of flowers."

Well, this then is the closest I can do insofar as a return to my old ways is concerned (for now at least.)

Abandoned factory -- as promised

In an attempt to go for a walk somewhere new, my mom and I were out on the Schuylkill River Trail, between Parker Ford and Phoenixville. Near Dairy Rd., the column of the abandoned factory towers next to the path, and is really unmissable.

Abandoned factory == side view from trail
Abandoned factory == side view from trail

I know none of its historical details, which two Google searches and a look on a map didn't yield.

As it's rather late and I didn't feel like being persistent, that's all you get.

It's fenced off with some other buildings nearby that seem to be in use
It's fenced off with some other buildings nearby that seem to be in use

It appears that some builings nearby are currently in use, but the factory building with the tall column and broken windows... isn't.

Closer-up shot of blown out windows (abeit a bit crooked looking... sure would be great if I had straightened it in post)
Closer-up shot of blown out windows (abeit a bit crooked looking... sure would be great if I had straightened it in post)

The one thing I'd also like to note here is how much I love the 12-32mm kit lens that came with my camera. It's small, compact, and I love its ability to span the range from a solid wide angle shot to something that's slightly zoomed in and very usable.

Photo of the Week:
EXIF Data
Image EXIF data describes
Time Stamp Tuesday, July 28 2020
Camera Make Panasonic
Camera Model DMC-GX85
Exposure Time 0.0007692307692307692
F-Number f/6.7
ISO Speed Rating 200
Focal Length 15.0mm

While it is possible to get a wider shot with a less wide angle lens, e.g. by stitching together photos or using a panorama function, I've always found that the results were a bit lackluster, particularly for interiors or architectural details. Some of my photos of illustrious buildings like the Children's Library in Giresun specifically suffered for that reason.

There is some distortion with the wider angle shot, but there is also software that can correct for it. I just didn't use it, because I'm lazy and it's late.

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