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Atlas Coal Mine   7 comments

Drumheller, Alberta, East Coulee, Atlas Coal Mine, Coal Mine, tipple, history, historic, coal

Pictured above is the coal tipple at the Atlas Coal Mine in Drumheller, Alberta. The coal used to ride a conveyor belt down from the hills to the right and then up another conveyor tunnel to the main building. The main structure is the tipple where the coal was sorted and loaded into train cars.

Coal was booming business back in the 1900s in Alberta. Between 1912 and 1966 the coal mines in the Drumheller area produced nearly 57,000,000 tons of coal. When oil was discovered nearby in 1948, demand for coal suffered a steep decline. Coal mining towns shrunk dramatically. Some were completely abandoned. By 1979, the coal years in Drumheller were all over.


That Pueblo I Promised   7 comments

Arizona, pueblo, pueblos, puebloan people, Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff

Yesterday, I mentioned the pueblos north-east of Flagstaff in the Wupatki National Monument. This rock dwelling is in the ballpark of 800 years old. It’s one of several that can be found in the area. The main pueblo (the Wupatki Pueblo) had over 100 rooms!

This is an easy stop off the main highway heading toward Flagstaff from Page or the east exit from the Grand Canyon. It’s a nice walk, some pretty cool buildings, and a good break from the long drive to Phoenix.

Day 126 – Contrast in Style, The Art Gallery Revisited   6 comments

This is the Art Gallery of Alberta again. I was in the city yesterday visiting Winston Churchill Square at lunch time and wanted to produce a more traditional architectural image of the gallery. The last one I produced was much more stylized. I’m not choosing to do this as a way of copying styles of architectural photography that I’ve seen before, but rather to challenge myself to see if I can produce these clean, futuristic looking images that I’ve seen others produce.

For the most part I’m pleased with this image. There are things that are still bothering me about it, but I won’t point out those issues. I was actually processing a different image for today. I had an intentionally over-processed, grungy kind of shot of a hot dog stand. I just couldn’t get it right though. The over-processing was just wasn’t landing right for me. I may post it in the next few days if I can get it right.

Processing notes: This is an HDR image from three hand held shots. I used the HDR technique to dampen down the intense lights and darks resulting from my mid-day on a sunny day timing. I used Photomatix Pro for the HDR processing and tone mapping. In Photomatix, I kept the micro-contrast way down and the smoothing up high to reducing the halos. In Photoshop I used Viveza (from Nik Software) to fix some uneven bits in the sky/clouds. I also used Viveza to fix some small red spots that got totally blown out by Photomatix.

Day 120 – Worshiping in the Foothills of the Rockies   3 comments

© mike moruzi | insearchofstyle.wordpress.comThe Morleyville Church, east of Banff, was built in 1875 by John McDougall and family. John’s father, Reverend George McDougall worked with the local indian tribe, the Stoney people, introducing them to Christianity. The church was built as part of his commitment to the Stoney people to provide them with access to Christianity. The church stopped being using in 1921 when a newer one was built nearby. In 1952, the church was restored and is now used for special occasions and services.

Processing notes: I cropped out the boring bits of sky, then cranked up the tonal contrast in the ground, fence and church using Color Efex Pro. I used Viveza to darken the sky and Silver Efex Pro to convert to B&W (with a red filter) and to then partially restore colour to the image.

Day 104 – Now That’s a Bridge!   4 comments

© mike moruzi | insearchofstyle.wordpress.comI took this image on a Saturday night from the Sydney Opera House. We’d come up from Melbourne for Easter weekend having found a great hotel deal on This was our first and only time in Sydney. Not sure why, but I chose not to bring a tripod on this trip so, while I was able to catch a few night shots, my options were a bit limited.

When we visited Sydney our youngest was nearly two and a half and still napping so each afternoon, we’d need to take a break to let her have a rest back at the hotel. On Saturday afternoon while the rest of the family relaxed (and napped) at the hotel I decided to explore the bridge.  I’d heard there was some kind of bridge walk that could take you up over the top of the bridge and thought I’d go for it if the queues weren’t too long.

I walked over to the bridge around 3:30 and found only a few people waiting to go up. It’s about $200 for the climb, but unfortunately, as I discovered, the climb takes three and a half hours. I wouldn’t have gotten back to the hotel until about 7:30 and I’d said I’d be back in a couple of hours. The worst part though… you can’t take anything up with you on the climb. Including cameras!

I settled for a walk along the deck of the bridge – with my camera.

Day 101 – Nice Place to Visit, but I Wouldn’t Want to Stay There   4 comments

This is one of the cell blocks in Fremantle Prison located south of Perth in Western Australia. As a convicted offender, you did not want to find yourself in Fremantle prison.  It was built in the 1850s by convicts and, in some ways, it didn’t get a lot of updating since then. It’s dark. The cells are very small – about 2m x 2m. The toilets in the cells were simple buckets. And that was when it was closed in 1991.

You can find a few more pictures of the prison on my Flickr photostream.

Processing notes: I just converted it to B&W in Silver Efex Pro tweaking the lighting in a few places. I then enhanced the texture in the floor, walls and ceiling to bring out a little more of the details. Lastly, I darkened the edges to draw attention into the photo.

Day 99 – So long Spring! Welcome back Winter!   3 comments

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago so I’d like to tell you not to worry, the snow is gone. A couple of days ago, I could have said the snow is nearly gone. Sure it’s still there in the bigger piles or in the shadowy corners, but our front yard was clear. We have been enjoying temperatures in the double digits (in celsius) for the first time in six months. Today though, we seem to have taken a few very big steps backward. We woke to some dense snow fall this morning. And by the time of this post (10:30am), we’ve had about three centimetres of snow. Not happy.

Thinking positively though, the temperature is still supposed to be above zero for the next few days so we’re all crossing our fingers (and toes) that the snow won’t stay.

This lovely pagoda sits in the gardens of Government House on the north side of the river in Edmonton. I’m sorry to admit that I didn’t read the signs to find out its background. I must have been distracted by the amazing roof!

Processing notes: This is an HDR image generated from three exposures using Photomatix Pro. I used the tonal contrast filter in Color Efex Pro to bring out the textures in the trees, snow, and the pagoda. I added some saturation to recover some of the colour in the pagoda. Finally I added the Color Efex Pro skylight filter (at 20%) to warm up the picture a bit. I added the border using Silver Efex Pro with a blending mode of luminosity to retain the colour.