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    • Hmm.... I'm not very good about estimating distances. I was standing on a bridge that carries regular traffic as opposed to a bridge that just goes to one of the buildings across the canal. The distance was about the length of the mill building that you see on the left side of the photo. I know, I know, that doesn't really help!

      It took me a while to start attempting photos of these old mill buildings. I find them fascinating, especially when I start reading some of the history of the buildings.

    • That image was my favorite too, although I also like the one that follows it as well.

      One of the differences between the two images is that the water in the first image with the bridge reflection is much much smoother, contributing the reflection which is absent in the following image. Makes me wonder if the second image might be shot with a longer exposure. ( several seconds ) and a 10X ND maybe - although that may not work very well on a bridge with traffic flowing across it.

      I think the turbulent cloudy sky works well in these images also. I like the last image but would consider shooting it again at f2.0 or something to blur the background more, or with a longer tele to gather a more shallow DOF maybe.

      Interesting scenery and history. NIce images, Denise!

      .oot swodahs eht ni neddih slanac eht fo sllaw eht ni srebmit nedoow gnitseretnI.

      Note to Cake staff. How in the world am I getting this mirror image lettering in my Cake text box?? This is happening to me fairly frequently and I am curious how or why it is happening. Mac OS 10.14.4

      The reverse mirror image text says there are interesting wooden timbers in the wall of the canal, hidden in the shadows........ I never see this mirror image lettering on my computer monitor , except here on Cake. 😬

    • Your suggestion for a longer exposure is a good one. While the bridge does have traffic on it I didn't feel any movement; it's an in a city street / bridge carrying relatively slow-moving traffic.

      The reverse image text is an interesting (but probably frustrating) interaction with Cake. I'll be interested in seeing a response from one of the Cake folks! @Chris @Vilen

    • Oh yikes, sorry about that! I haven't seen that before. I don't want to derail @Denise 's conversation so it might be a good idea to start a new one or mail help@cake.co.

      Some questions to help try and reproduce:

      1. Is this happening consistently? Or did that just happen the one time?
      2. Are there specific steps / actions that you can perform to reproduce this?
      3. What browser are you using?
      4. Are you running any plugins that change the styling / html on the page?

      Thanks!

    • Agreed, I don't want to interfere in the flow of Denise's millway - I'll open a new thread - I don't know how to cause the issue, but I have seen it a half dozen times at least

    • I started this personal thing over the past year where I pick up trash as I walk and somehow I’ve made myself feel good about it. But yesterday in SF I was overwhelmed by it all and couldn’t make any progress walking if I tried. 😔

      Vilen and I were both captivated by this view juxtaposing what goes on behind the scenes in cities.

    • I have an image of a short eared owl shot at sunset with what looks like a mountain in the background and since it is a little blurry it looks fine. But what I know, is that there are no mountains near my home, except for the "trash mountain" which is probably 80-100 feet higher than the surrounding terrain. "Trash Mountains" are some of the highest terrain in the mid west these day, especially around large metropolitan cities...

      Picking up trash as one wanders is worthwhile. Another way of making the world just a tiny bit better than you found it.....

    • It is a large pile, "trash mountain" but it is also covered with dirt and growing grass, so it isn't the eyesore you might expect, visually at least.

    • If there is one thing space exploration shows us, it’s that earth is an incredible rare jewel. It feels unthinkable to trash it.

    • Do you ever think that someday, perhaps, thousands of years or millenia in the future, alien archeologists will be digging and screening the "middens" of our current civilization? Our trash piles are our middens, just like we dig up ancient wells and refuse pits and toilets for clues to the past?

    • Doors and windows are always interesting to "reflect upon". I collect them too, from time to time, and it is always a challenge whether to capture them as they are, with trash collecting about, or to garden them a bit, either in reality or in Photoshop, to capture them in more visually appealing situations. Whether the viewer wants/needs to see the trash is always a debateable subject, with folks on both sides of that chasm. I think I would have preferred these images in a more pristine environ, but maybe thats just my OCD speaking too.

      The contrast of the rock wall and the cement block in the first image is an interesting juxtaposition, as are the glass plates which look older also.

      The exhaust fan( or is it a speaker I'm not certain ) in the second image is kind of discordant, both in age and color, and location. And yet the orange repeats in the lower portion of the wondow also. This is probably not the buildings original purpose, I would suspect.

      I don't find the stacked lumber in the third image helpful, and YET..., its presence supports the length of time the ivy has spent wandering across the window, too.

      Subtle images that reward one for some time spent with them. Nicely rendered, Denise!

      Interestingly, my reverse mirror image text still occurs from time to time, and as previously, I ONLY see it in the text boxes here on Cake. I think it has something to do with typing rapidly sometime, - it is infrequent now, but still happens once a day or so. I cannot create it volitionally.

    • I agree, it's hard to decide on pristine vs. actual.

      I think you're right about the second image, definitely an added later exhaust fan. I'm not sure what the original purpose of this building was - others are more obviously old mill buildings but this one seems different.

    • Your images reminded me of one of mine ( completely unrelated, other than it is in a doorway ) I shot 14 years ago one morning on my way to work on a bicycle. As I just looked at it, I realized that 14 years later, I know better how to correct some of its defects ( if they are defects ) and maybe make it more pleasing to my eye - I haved learned a little in the way of editing in the last 14 years. But then I wasn't sure I really did like it better, Hah! I removed some leaves in the foreground that I think are distracting but I'm really not sure I like it better - cleaner, but maybe the grunge look was better -

    • Warmth earlier this week drew me back to Lawrence for a walk, again in the North Canal Historic District.

      A mill building, with canal reflection:

      Vines growing on the building:

      I found this set of what appears to be emergency exit stairs on another building. Too bad there isn't a way to get to the ground since the last section is rusted and missing rungs.

      I found the juxtaposition of these signs to be interesting, a warning about air pollution (to truckers) and a hand-drawn sign for an art & social justice organization:

      Loved this painted utility box sitting in front of an old mill building:

    • Have a lovely Thanksgiving Denise.

      A nice walk, I especially like your last two images, I have a thing for signs, as you know.