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Thursday, April 25, 2013

HISTORIC CHIMNEY GATHERING IN LANCASTER





These rooftops accent four historic chimneys that stand tall against the blue sky. The top spikey object to the right is from a church across the street -- it's a spire. The buildings were built in the 1800s. 






Although this photo was taken in color it took on an almost monotone quality when I developed it in lightroom. I liked these gray tones for these old grand ladies and their chimneys.




24 comments:

  1. I love these photos, especially the second, which has taken on the quality of a painting ... lovely.

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I am just learning Lightroom and all it can do. I have been working with Picasa and do like it as well however Lightroom has a bit more flexibility. So because of my novice experience I got this monotone quality. Probably could not do it again if I tried. -- barbara

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  2. Loving these photos, Barbara!!! I am a big fan of chimneys and these are some beauties!!!

    That photo that looks monotone is fantastic!!! I see it that it was meant to happen :)

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    1. Jan -- Nice to meet someone that is a fan of chimneys. I am always taking photos of them. Tough objects to research though. At least I find it so. But I approach them from their artistic quality found especially in the old ones. Central Kentucky has all kinds of offerings for folks that like unique structures -- as you probably know being originally from KY. thanks -- barbara

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  3. The second one doesn't even come close to being real. Nice.

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    1. One Fly -- To me it resembled a print but it is for real. With my camera I stood on a low hill in a church parking lot so I could line up the back of these houses with their tall chimneys. Funny how what you expect is not what you always get sometimes -- but the "what you did not get" is just fine in the end product. thanks -- barbara

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  4. LOvely...especially that last one.

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    1. Tabor -- Appreciate your nice comment -- I always keep my fingers crossed when I take a photo -- barbara

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  5. These are great shots of chimneys, and of course some rather interesting roofs...the one which you show on two different angles has some very difficult gable angles...I pitty the poor carpenters who built them. But then there were also great bricklayers involved as well! Thanks for sharing the grey tone photo...it has a lot of shapes to be compared which stand out so well without colors.

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    1. Barbara -- I too always find it remarkable how these early builders/bricklayers laid up such shapes and patterns. I'm afraid that such builders would be hard to come by today. Maybe in the Amish culture you could still fine them. So appreciate your well thought-out comment. -- barbara

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  6. What wonderful photos. I so love the country. I was born in the countryside of Northern New Jersey and one day hope to get back there.
    Mary

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    1. I've visited New Jersey a few times and was pleasantly surprised by the historic homes and rural feeling in some of the areas. I've been to Northern New York but not to the BIG city. Maybe someday. Last night, late, I got up out of bed as I thought my outdoor light was on -- but no it was the dramatic moon shining in its fullness. What a fabulous sight it was and usually is when it is in its fullness and there is a clear sky. thanks -- barbara

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  7. Love the way the second image worked out. Well done.

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    1. pam -- it was a surprise. a satisfying surprise at that. thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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  8. I really like these photos, Barbara. They are quite odd, you know. In a good way!

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    1. Hattie -- a bit of oddness can be fun. Sometimes I like to find angles and patterns in things that we don't usually view in our environment. thanks -- barbara

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  9. Barbara, these are just gorgeous, the angles & tones & compostition, all those artisitc elements. The first also conveys the feeling of buildings "nestled", of village life, community life style...
    I've missed visiting with you, & I thank you for visiting my blog again!

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    1. Rita -- glad to know you are back. Your comment is very insightful -- using the phrase; "buildings nestled, of village life, community life style . . ." It so happens that the first photo is of very old buildings that are nestled together right in the middle of Lancaster adding to the community's legacy. thanks -- barbara

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  10. Interesting gathering! Reminded me of a visit to Boston where in the old neighborhoods the color coding on the chimney identified you as a Patriot or a Loyalist... yikes!

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    1. troutbirder -- That is very interesting about the chimney markings in Boston. Chimneys seem to be ignored in the overall architecture of structures. Not completely but enough that it frustrating to research. Knowing about the Boston markings is one more piece of the pie to put in my notes. Thanks -- barbara

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  11. So often photographers don't think to "look up" -- you did and you found a ouple fascinating photos. The bottom one looks wonderful in those chalky tones.

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    1. June -- The first photo was taken shooting upwards. The second photo was taken from a small hill in back of the two houses (a church parking lot to be exact). It certainly is interesting what one can view in backyards when you stand on a hill looking down -- such as gardens plowed for planting, walkways, garden furniture, home additions -- all signs of vigorous households. thanks -- barbara

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  12. Really great pictures Barbara. I love roofscapes.

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    1. claggle -- They do seem to have a mystery about them from my viewpoint -- thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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