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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time: September 19, 2005 23:23
Lens: 50 mm f/1.8 AF G Nikkor
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/2.5 - 1/25 sec
ISO: 160
Flash: None

This is one of the furnaces at the A. Finkl & Sons steel foundry here in Chicago. The plant is somewhat unusual in that it is located in what is now a fairly affluent area of the north side, just along the North Branch of the Chicago River. But the company fits in very well because the grounds, landscaping and facilities are extremely well-kept. One of the most fascinating things about this plant is that you can drive by it in the middle of the night or during the day and see the huge blast furnaces operating through some large overhead doors. I have been checking it out over the past few weeks late at night, and managed to get a few shots that I am pleased with. I think the workers there got used to seeing me standing there outside of the foundry building with my trusty tripod and camera. Standing about 50 feet away, you can still feel the heat radiating out of that space.


09.19.05, 12:18 PM, Obelix:

Interesting they let you take photos :D

Excellent shot btw, great metering here.

09.19.05, 03:15 PM, Rock:

Amazing industrial shot. The place looks like hell to work at and from your description of feeling the heat at 50 feet away it must feel like Hell. Wonderful monochromatic look. The blown highlights and the silhouetted worker are a great way to show the heat.

09.19.05, 03:33 PM, Alicia:

Looks like something out of the 1900s. Nice choice of color. Those machines are huge. Plus the fire blast looks pretty dangerous.

09.19.05, 05:11 PM, Leo:

great lighting and color tones on this shot.

09.19.05, 07:23 PM, rayts:

one of the beauties o not having to use the flash is that you'll get the exact tone and color of your photos. and nice dispersion of color too...


09.19.05, 07:41 PM, Sidney:

Wow ! This is a nice capture of an industrial place. It is even beautiful ! Nice soft light.

09.20.05, 03:31 AM, Anna Aspnes:

i like the glowthe fire projects. Thanks for stopping by my blog and yes, i use PS CS2 for my photo pages :)

09.20.05, 04:18 AM, Lynn R:

WOW! ... Great shot Mike. I love the light, it shows up so much detail. Very nice job. :)

09.20.05, 04:48 AM, joe_ob:

Great shot, good cropping too.

09.20.05, 05:02 AM, Chantal:

I like the colourtone

09.20.05, 08:18 AM, navin harish:

This is a shot that you cal look at for a very long time due to it's complicated background. The light creates a very nice effect by adding some strong shadows.

09.20.05, 08:32 AM, bmoll:

I like it much - very interesting picture of industrial site of the city. Pity that the left side of that massive cauldron (?) is so dark. Anyway, the photo has its atmosphere.

09.21.05, 02:39 PM, Marc:

Reminds me of a date with my wife before we got married. We sat outside A. Finkl & Sons and watched in amazement as they poured the molten steel out of the smelter - the heat, intensity and energy from the glowing red lava poured over our faces.

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