Category Archives: Old Buildings

Grand Tetons: Mormon Barn, the Next Day

Grand Tetons –  Mormon Barn (60mm)

I told you, the Tetons were behind the barn.  The next day the clouds lifted revealing the brilliant mountains.  I shot multiple images with different focal lengths and lenses. I did not care for the results with a wide angle because it subjugated the Tetons behind the barn.  I did like the perspective of a larger telephoto which brought the mountains up for a dramatic perspective.

Mormon Barn (100mm)

It is amazing what a different feeling this perspective gives. The barn is now dwarfed by the grandeur of the Tetons.

I enjoy working a subject from different perspectives without being rushed to get to the next scene.  Sometimes it pays of, sometimes it doesn’t.

Remnants of the Past

Remnant – Snow Mountain Ranch

Back to Snow Mountain Ranch.  Before it was a conservancy preserve, this beautiful countryside was a working ranch.  Throughout the preserve, remnants of the past history are scattered about:  watering tubs, barbed wire fences, barbed wire rolls, sheds, small corrals.  These remnants of the past add interest to the preserve as well as provide photo opportunities.

Beautiful Day!

Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm @ 86mm, f/13, 1/340 sec, ISO 400

It was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky and the sun shining down on this bucolic rural scene just below Hearst Castle along the central California coast.  You can see the Castle on the hill above.  It was just fun being out enjoying the countryside.  I waited until the horses moved around to frame the country school house.  I felt like I was going back in time.  This area will be a place I come back to in future years.

Time for a Little Warmth

150202_FolgerCollege_StAugustine by Karl G. Graf. Ponce de Leon Hall, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

Canon 7D, EFS10-22mm @ 10mm, f/6.3, 1/8000 sec, ISO 1600

Enough for the snow and winter cold.  My memory goes back to last year when we were in St. Augustine, FL on this beautiful clear winter day with temperatures in the high 60’s.  This image of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College warms by bones.

A little history:

In 1885 multi-millionaire industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913) initiated a grand scheme to turn Florida’s east coast into the “American Riviera” and the city of St. Augustine into the “Winter Newport.” The Hotel Ponce de Leon, which was constructed in 1885-1887, was intended as the flagship of Flagler’s resort empire. This palatial Spanish Renaissance Revival hotel, with Italian, French and Moorish influences, was the first major commission for the Carrère & Hastings architecture firm.

The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened in 1888 and was operated by Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Hotel Company. Nationally significant for both its architecture and engineering, the building is the first large cast-in-place concrete building in the U.S. The hotel was constructed using poured concrete mixed with local coquina. The design reflected the wealth and extravagance of the upper-class during the Gilded Age. Members of the design team included Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas Edison, Bernard Maybeck, George Willoughby Maynard, and Pottier & Stymus. The firm of McGuire & McDonald was hired to supervise construction of the Hotel.

The Hotel was operation for almost 80 years. During World War II the building was used as a Coast Guard Training Center. Hotel operations ceased in 1967, and in 1968 the hotel became part of the campus for the newly established Flagler College as Ponce de Leon Hall. The building was added to the National Register in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

Lessons Learned:  Notice the camera settings of this image.  They are not even close to being optimized for a good image.  I had just walked outside from taking interior images in dark rooms.  I did not adjust the camera for the outdoor light.  I just composed and took a snapshot. I really need and take my time to focus on making the best out of each image I capture.

Better than Neon

150115_Clowning Tavern by . Fuji X-T1, XF 18-135mm @ 44mm, f/5.6, 1/680 sec, ISO 1600

I appreciate this signage much better than bright neon lights.  This sign has caught my eyes over the years.  This day I took the time to capture a composition along with the traditional holiday wreath.  The day was comfortable but dreary.  I processed this image in Black and White, then decreased the opacity to about 50% to depict the dreary feeling.

 

Dewitt Hospital – 60 Years Later

150102_Dewitt Hospital Room 2 by . Dewitt Hospital Room, Williamsburg, VA – Early 19th Century

Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 52mm, f/6.4, 1/50 sec, ISO 3200

Sixty years later than my previous post, this was a typical inmate room.  What a contrast in how they thought of a person inflicted with mental illness.  Things are getting better!  The windows were still covered with iron bars.

Happy New Year!

150101_Dewitt Hospital Room by . Dewitt Hospital Room, Williamsburg, VA – Mid 18th Century

Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 23mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 3200

Wishing your New Year is better than the poor fellow that lived in this hospital room.  The Dewitt Hospital was the first mental institution in British North America.  This room depicts how inmates were treated in the mid 18th century.  Notice the shackles!  The single window was encased in bars.  They did not want afflicted people back out in public.  How things have changed!

Without getting fancy, I tried to adjust the light tonality to the way I pictured the room.