Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by WestOkid, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
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    Last year I visited Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange NJ to take in a little history and capture some shots. It's a really captivating place. Visit it if you are ever in the area. Yesterday I decided to go back. The factory/lab area is hauntingly the same as it was when it was a working factory and laboratory creating things like the motion picture camera and sound recorder.
    This set is a mix of old and new shots from the factory area. I revisited my old shots because last year my post processing skills wouldn't allow me to get the most out of the shots. I honestly just converted everything to b&W to better cope with the noise from the high ISO. Luckily I shot raw so I was able to revisit and reprocess this time in color. Here are the results:

    Coat and hat rack.jpg

    Drill Press.jpg

    Work stations.jpg


    Machines 1.jpg

    Cooling System.jpg

    Machine rooms.jpg


    Last edited: Jun 28, 2015
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    I remember the shots from your last visit, Gary, and if I'm guessing correctly that #5 & 7 are new, I'd say that in addition to your raw development skills, you’ve been working on your appreciation of light and composition too.
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  3. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
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    Actually 5 & 7 are just reprocessed and to your point, composition is tweaked as with others. The last 3 are new. Not my best work, but the place was closing and I had decided to use the pics I had.
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nice series Gary! My favorites are #3 and #9 :thumbsup: Their color tones have a special "retro" feel to them which I really like.
    The B&W conversion usually works for these themes but I actually like the color version and your post processing work

    Looks like a place with difficult lighting conditions (dark-ish with areas of strong lighting entering) which is apparent in the last photo with the light entering from the windows on the left.
    Again nice work ;)
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  5. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
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    Thanks Nick. The lighting conditions are bad, but made worse by the time of day. Your right about the last shot; it is not good. I just wanted to show the whole machine shop, so I posted it. I plan to take another trip with more even lighting and time just to see how much things change.
  6. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    I remember that setting from your previous posts....and it is a little haunting as if everyone just suddenly vanished...can't help but wonder how that came to if after shutting down was the setting 'created" for effect or something. Whatever the case, excellent shots of a moment in time...
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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Such a fascinating place.
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  8. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    Interesting place to visit and well captured by you...
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  9. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    Thanks for sharing Gary. I left NJ at a very early age and haven't been back in a long, long, long time. I need to make a road trip.
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  10. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
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    Nice set! I remember the B and W versions you posted some time ago, seem they also work very nice in colour :)
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  11. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
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    Really like the one with the old metal fan.
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