Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wapsipinicon Mill

Wapsipinicon Mill

Just got back from a great trip to Independence, Iowa to visit family on my wife's side. It's always fun to visit as there's never a dull moment. And as always, our hosts, Sam and Betty Miller, were just as welcoming and great as ever!  Thanks again guys!

The last day we were there, I had a chance to take a few photos downtown. The most interesting place there is the Wapsipinicon Mill.  There are a lot of different angles that I shot from and the next few photos I post here will be of the mill.  It's located just off the main road going through town.  This shot was during sundown so I had to take quite a few different exposures to get the mill exposed properly along with the water.  Then I masked in the water due to all of the artifacts created on the water during the HDR process in CS4 and Photomatix.  I'm pretty happy with the result.  Other than the extra exposures, I followed my standard processing for this photo.

Here is more info on the mill from the Buchanan County, Iowa Historical Society website:

"The mill you see today was built in 1875-76 by Samuel Sherwood and it is the foremost cornerstone of our community.  The six story structure is 112 feet long by 62 feet wide by 102 feet tall and was used at first as a flouring mill.  The superstructure was constructed using a heavy timber frame encased with a brick wall 8 inches thick.  The interior of the building reveals hand hewn timbers and superb craftsmanship.  Mortise and tenon construction was used throughout the building, complete with square nails and large wooden pegs.

Bread in all times and in most cultures is considered the staff of life.  Therefore, grinding the settlers’ wheat into flour and other grains into various mill products for a fast-growing population was of the utmost importance.  The Wapsipinicon Mill served in this capacity for over 100 years.  As wheat production slowed down, it became more economical to produce “Wapsi” brand poultry and stock feed. 

It still resides in its original location but has since received several cosmetic reconstructions.  Surrounded by several eateries and just over the bridge from our historical downtown, the Wapsipinicon Mill serves as a substantial tourist attraction and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Other camera settings include:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
ISO: 200
Aperture: f22
Exposure Bias: -0.67
Shutter: 1/500
Focal Length: 18mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Bracketing: 9 exposures with EVs ranging from -3 to +5 at 1 stop intervals
White Balance: Auto
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord

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