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guyatou
22-Mar-2015, 19:11
Industrial processes and facilities have always fascinated me. I just started a project making 4x5 images at local factories, and my first day of shooting was this week. (I'm trying to get access to a water treatment plant and a gas-fired electric plant, among other sites.)

Has anybody else shot industrial sites (interior or exterior) as either a commercial job, or from a fine art perspective? I've seen some great exterior night shots on here, but not many daytime or interior shots at all!

I'll post a few of mine from this week to get started. Let's see what you've got!

guyatou
22-Mar-2015, 19:13
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This factory in Oklahoma City currently makes pressure tanks for the natural gas industry. But they've made lots of things since 1910, including fire trucks!

guyatou
22-Mar-2015, 19:15
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The sense of scale and age of this factory is why I started the project here.

guyatou
22-Mar-2015, 19:16
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This image shows the age of the building. There's a lot of character!

guyatou
22-Mar-2015, 19:17
...comments and critiques of my work are welcome! Go easy on me, my comfort zone is typically photojournalism -- I'm still trying to get comfortable with fine art and large format.

Randy Moe
22-Mar-2015, 19:22
Looks great, but some factories like the one I worked in for 30 years allowed no photography, ever. We had huge machines also. It would have been very cool...

Keep at at it, you have a rare window.

guyatou
23-Mar-2015, 19:30
Thanks, Randy! I used to sell memberships at a country club, I signed up one of the owners of the factory. That proved to be a perfect connection for a no-restrictions photo shoot!

Randy Moe
23-Mar-2015, 19:40
Thanks, Randy! I used to sell memberships at a country club, I signed up one of the owners of the factory. That proved to be a perfect connection for a no-restrictions photo shoot!

It's who you know!

:)

Gary Nylander
28-Mar-2015, 21:36
http://www.garynylander.com/511-Razu-Welding.jpg

Razu Welding shop, Sooke, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada, Image #511 ( 2013 ) one of a series that I made from inside this machine shop.

AtlantaTerry
29-Mar-2015, 00:06
I have permission from a shop that refurbishes railroad steam engines. But the location is over 100 miles away and my car has been giving me transmission problems. So until the repairs are done, I don't want to risk a long drive then getting stuck somewhere along the way.

The idea is that I am going to try to create photographs in the style of a 1930s industrial photographer. The only difference is that I will be using strobes in place of flashbulbs.

Another idea I have is to photograph steam engines as well as railroad workers in the style of O. Winston Link. Again, I will be using strobes, not flashbulbs. I know a fellow at a major railroad who works in their media department. He has been trying to get me permission to do this but the higher-ups at corporate are (for now) not going along with my ideas because I don't yet have enough large format railroad action photos. A classic Catch-22.

When I have something to show, I will add them to this group.

guyatou
29-Mar-2015, 09:15
Gary -- Such wonderful natural light in these places. I've really enjoyed your work on Instagram, it's great to see it larger on the computer screen!

Terry -- I hope you are able to shoot at the steam engine shop. That sounds like a great project! I love old industrial photos from that era. Will look forward to seeing your images!

johnmsanderson
31-Mar-2015, 11:29
Some favorites from over the years...

http://www.john-sanderson.com/files/gimgs/28_untitled-project-john-sanderson-houses-and-steel-mill-buffalo-new-york.jpg

RVP 50, Nikon 300mm

http://www.john-sanderson.com/files/gimgs/28_untitled-project-john-sanderson-alden-house-road-flag-tank.jpg

Portra 160, Fujinon CM W 210

http://www.john-sanderson.com/files/gimgs/28_untitled-project-john-sanderson-willets-point-from-7-train.jpg

Provia 100F, Nikon 300mm

guyatou
9-Apr-2015, 08:42
Thanks for the post, John! The factory looming over a normal neighborhood is definitely my favorite. The roof peaks echo the round vents on the factory. Is the car repair area in NYC? I've seen photos from a place like that before, it's ripe with possibilities.

In other industrial photo news, my Nov/Dec 2014 copy of View Camera magazine just came in. There's a nice feature on Darren Clark's work at the Idaho National Laboratory. The images are now housed in the Library of Congress. Great photography, and an interesting subject.

Vaughn
9-Apr-2015, 08:49
Here are a couple that might qualify.

Pulp Mill, Humboldt Bay (16x20 silver gelatin from 4x5)
Round House, Samoa, CA (Silver gelatin contact from 11x14)

Took a tour of a new brewery facility here in Humboldt County on Tuesday. Might ask if I can take the 8x10 or 1114 in to photograph all the stainless steel in the place!

Old-N-Feeble
9-Apr-2015, 09:16
Vaughn... I like both of those but the second one really draws in the viewer with the receding lines/shapes/tones and the smoke going out to the corner is a wonderful anchor. I don't usually like the main subject centered but it definitely works for that image.

Have you considered doing some corner-burning with a bit more emphasis on the top corners and/or some feathered top edge (sky) burning? Perhaps a tiny bit of feathered bottom edge burning too?

koraks
9-Apr-2015, 09:57
Both would make gorgeous carbon transfers....

johnmsanderson
18-Apr-2015, 17:02
http://www.john-sanderson.com/files/gimgs/39_cleveland-mill.jpg

Cleveland Ohio

D-tach
20-Apr-2015, 00:49
http://www.john-sanderson.com/files/gimgs/39_cleveland-mill.jpg

Cleveland Ohio

I like the lighting and composition very much in this one, reminds me of Burtynsky!

johnmsanderson
20-Apr-2015, 07:58
Thanks Tom. Seeing Burt's Manufactured Landscapes prints in 2005 was a huge to me

fishbulb
20-Apr-2015, 07:59
Cleveland Ohio

Very nice! Great muted tones and colors. What film was this? Portra?

You might try cropping out the stop sign in the lower left, maybe the vertical light pole too, see how it looks.

johnmsanderson
20-Apr-2015, 09:12
Very nice! Great muted tones and colors. What film was this? Portra?

You might try cropping out the stop sign in the lower left, maybe the vertical light pole too, see how it looks.

Adam,

I tried cropping it but I hated losing some of the building. I actually like the crossing sign for where this fits in with my railroad landscapes.

This was on Kodak E100G chrome -- on the 8x10 camera with the Fujinon 600mm C. I have been trying to use this lens more and more since it has such a unique depth.

AtlantaTerry
21-Apr-2015, 00:48
Has anybody else shot industrial sites (interior or exterior) as either a commercial job ... ?

Yes.

Back in the '70s I had a commercial photography studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, which is/was a large industrial area. One of my clients was an advertising agency which had a client (Harbison-Walker) that made what are called "refractory materials". A refractory is a special brick or clay-like substance that lines (for example) a steel mill blast furnace. The refractory absorbs the heat and abuse protecting the outer walls. I photographed steel mill electric arc furnaces, aluminum smelters, rotary kilns in cement plants and paper mills, carbon factories, etc. The work environment was often dirty, freezing cold or boiling hot (sometimes both on the same day), messy, etc. but I really enjoyed it. Of course, I was in my early 30s back then. LOL!!

Due to the needs of the client, I didn't use large format, all of those jobs were on 35mm and 120 transparency film. I also shot 16mm footage, too with Arri cameras.

Here is a link to some tear sheets that the advertising agency created for Harbison-Walker:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrythomasatlanta/sets/72157637864984003/

Bob Mann
11-Nov-2015, 08:12
Interior of an Erie Canal Lock's hydro power plant - 5x7 Ilford HP5

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Bob Mann
5-Jul-2016, 13:04
Two from Steamtown in Scranton, PA - can't get enough of old, black painted metal -

4x5 HP5 in Diafine

152480

152481

tgtaylor
5-Jul-2016, 21:49
Engine Room - Steamboat Eureka (1890)

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7378/28042325301_19a72bd008_o.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_(ferryboat)

Thomas

yingye
6-Jul-2016, 08:10
152510
Shanghai 4x5
Chamonix 045F
Gold dot dagor 210mm
Hc110 1:120 25min

rjphil
6-Jul-2016, 09:04
152514
This image is from a series I made in 2010 titled "The Last Bell Factory in America". These are buffing blocks, used to hold brass bells for hand buffing. It's my favorite image from the series. Tachihara 4x5, 320TX, PMK Pyro.

Jim Cole
6-Jul-2016, 21:49
Grainery

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5164/5245023170_983841b227_o.jpg

scheinfluger_77
7-Jul-2016, 12:37
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This image is from a series I made in 2010 titled "The Last Bell Factory in America". These are buffing blocks, used to hold brass bells for hand buffing. It's my favorite image from the series. Tachihara 4x5, 320TX, PMK Pyro.

I can see why it's your favorite, I think it's really exceptional.

seezee
7-Jul-2016, 13:28
Yes.

Back in the '70s I had a commercial photography studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, which is/was a large industrial area. One of my clients was an advertising agency which had a client (Harbison-Walker) that made what are called "refractory materials". A refractory is a special brick or clay-like substance that lines (for example) a steel mill blast furnace. The refractory absorbs the heat and abuse protecting the outer walls. I photographed steel mill electric arc furnaces, aluminum smelters, rotary kilns in cement plants and paper mills, carbon factories, etc. The work environment was often dirty, freezing cold or boiling hot (sometimes both on the same day), messy, etc. but I really enjoyed it. Of course, I was in my early 30s back then. LOL!!

Due to the needs of the client, I didn't use large format, all of those jobs were on 35mm and 120 transparency film. I also shot 16mm footage, too with Arri cameras.

Here is a link to some tear sheets that the advertising agency created for Harbison-Walker:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrythomasatlanta/sets/72157637864984003/

You're in good company. When I was researching Leica cameras & lenses before I purchased my M9-P, I devoured Thorsten Overgaard's blog. He documented a similar shoot here (http://www.overgaard.dk/the-story-behind-that-picture-0013_gb.html).

seezee
7-Jul-2016, 13:29
Two from Steamtown in Scranton, PA - can't get enough of old, black painted metal -

4x5 HP5 in Diafine

152480

152481

Nice! Reminds me of Margaret Bourke-White.

seezee
7-Jul-2016, 13:31
I can see why it's your favorite, I think it's really exceptional.

Agreed. This is a great image. I'm drawn to images of the man-made world that are abstract enough to cause momentary disorientation as the viewer attempts to sort out what s/he is looking at!

austin granger
25-Nov-2016, 21:45
https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5515/31130273671_d9536be715_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PqSMNp)Pipes, Hillsboro, Oregon (https://flic.kr/p/PqSMNp) by Austin Granger (https://www.flickr.com/photos/austingranger/), on Flickr

chassis
26-Nov-2016, 06:17
Austin I really like the composition. The elements feel substantial and well placed.

austin granger
26-Nov-2016, 10:42
Thanks. I honestly don't know what these pipes are about, but they were an interesting thing to run into in the middle of a field.

IanG
26-Nov-2016, 11:58
Kidderminster sugar beet factory last campaign before closure.

http://lostlabours.co.uk/sugar/images/beet_extraction_sm.jpg

http://lostlabours.co.uk/sugar/images/beet_extraction2_sm.jpg

Beet extraction drum from both ends of the building.

Ian

chassis
26-Nov-2016, 18:22
Good stuff gentlemen. Good exposures and composition. Will I gather the courage to ask my employer to photograph our operations?

wojszyca
10-Jan-2017, 02:50
Hello, please have a look at the shot from previous winter taken with the Wanderlust Travelwide on Shanghai GP3 and developed in HC-110:
https://c7.staticflickr.com/2/1675/24842050782_6c146aa7e0_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DRd1do)A coal mine. Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland. RESCANNED (https://flic.kr/p/DRd1do) by Wojtek Mszyca (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wojszyca/), on Flickr

RSalles
10-Jan-2017, 06:49
Great shot!

Miskanarhi
13-Jan-2017, 10:26
Frosty gears of hydroelectric power plant.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/445/32076579775_0b3304239d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QSuRCT)
Frosty gears of hydroelectric power plant (https://flic.kr/p/QSuRCT) by Miska Närhi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/16987567@N02/)

Linhof Technika IV, Schneider APO Symmar 240mm f/5.6

Shot on 4x5 Delta 100@100 and developed in D-76 1+1 for 12 minutes.

seezee
13-Jan-2017, 17:06
Frosty gears of hydroelectric power plant.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/445/32076579775_0b3304239d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QSuRCT)
Frosty gears of hydroelectric power plant (https://flic.kr/p/QSuRCT) by Miska Närhi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/16987567@N02/)

Linhof Technika IV, Schneider APO Symmar 240mm f/5.6

Shot on 4x5 Delta 100@100 and developed in D-76 1+1 for 12 minutes.

<3 <3 <3!

chassis
13-Jan-2017, 21:00
Well done.

aapov27
17-Jan-2017, 09:02
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/313/32329064276_ed3a2f5a58_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RfNUtW)Door (https://flic.kr/p/RfNUtW) by Alex Povaliy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/povaliy/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/608/32247983931_fba591269b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/R8Dm7X)Two (https://flic.kr/p/R8Dm7X) by Alex Povaliy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/povaliy/), on Flickr

bobbotron
18-Jan-2017, 07:54
<3 <3 <3!

Seconded, very nice!