Archive for the ‘heritage site’ Tag

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.


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 92 – Time with Family   1 comment

I took a walk in Mill Creek Ravine with my twin brother a couple of days ago. He was in Edmonton on a business trip so we happily had a rare chance to visit. My brothers (I have three) and folks have, for a long time, been concentrated west and southwest of Toronto. My wife and I, on the other hand, have been a bit more nomadic living on the west coast and in the southern hemisphere. That means we don’t see family nearly as much as we’d like so, it’s always a treat when I get to see them!

The picture above is the Mill Creek Trestle Bridge. It currently serves as a pedestrian bridge in the Mill Creek Ravine Park in Edmonton, but it was originally a rail bridge when it was built in 1902. It supported one of the first rail lines into the city.

Processing notes: I tried out HDR Efex Pro to process three bracketed (-2EV, 0EV, +2EV) shots of the bridge. I’m still experimenting with HDR Efex Pro so I’m not yet ready to decide if it’s better than Photomatix or not. One thing HDR Efex Pro has is a lot more presets to try out. This picture is based on a preset called Granny’s Attic. I fine tuned the settings, then brought it into Viveza to fine-tune the colour of the red(ish) railing to something I was happier with. I also added a bit of texture and tweaked the brightness in various spots. Lastly, I used Silver Efex Pro to add a slight white vignette and the border.

Day 89 – Worshipping Ra   9 comments

Another shot from Friday’s road trip into the rather sparsely populated Alberta countryside southeast of Edmonton. This is St. Edmund’s Church (built in 1916) in Big Valley. The church was originally established in boom times for Big Valley, but those times seem long past now. The church hasn’t been used for regular services in nearly 50 years though it is still used for weddings.

The church has undergone a few changes from it’s original wood frame and stucco finish. The stucco was replaced with wood siding in the 20s and painted a cream colour that was traditional for Anglican Churches. By the mid-70s, with the church in a dreadful need of a paint job, but with no money to fund the work, a local lumber yard donated a large volume of blue paint for which they had no use. The church became a brilliant blue much to the ire of the local Anglicans.

The blue church (I’ll post a colour picture tomorrow) is now something of a trademark for the town.

Processing notes: I ran this through the Silver Efex Pro 2 filter in Photoshop CS3 and applied a preset called Yellowed I. Yellowed I adds a bit of brightness and cranks up the contrast and grain. It also adds a copper tone, a bit of a burnt edge and the border. That darkened the church a bit more than I wanted so I brought up the brightness on the face of the church slightly with some selective adjustments.

Day 84 – What’s My Theme Again?   13 comments

You’d think my theme was currently bridges, but it’s still heritage sites. At least it is for a little while longer. This is the Walterdale Bridge, named for John Walter who had sprawling businesses on the south side of the river between this and the High Level Bridge.

The bridge was built in 1914 and, as previously mentioned here, put the final end to the ferry business. The bridge has reached the end of its useful life and a new bridge is scheduled to be built in 2013-14. (I’m not sure how they know that, but I’m sure some smart engineers have figured out exactly what is going on and how long it will be before the bridge becomes unsafe.) It will be in the same spot which makes me wonder if they’re demolishing this one or are somehow rebuilding around it. Given this is the main bridge into the city I can just imagine the disruptions that will be caused. Perhaps they can get some descendant of John Walter to put in a ferry service while the new bridge is being built!

Processing notes: This image was processed as an HDR shot from 11 exposures using Photomatix Pro. Once tone mapped in Photomatix, I brought it into Photoshop CS3 and used Nik Software’s Viveza 2 plug-in to selectively adjust brightness, contrast and saturation – particularly the bits of blue sky. I then used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 3 plug-in with the Tonal Contrast filter to add mid-tone and shadow contrast which brings up the contrast and structure substantially without touching the highlights. Finally, I added the frame using Silver Efex Pro 2 (also from Nik).


As a footnote, I really want to thank everyone who dropped by my blog yesterday and today and especially those who took the time to ‘Like’ a photo or leave a comment. Being Freshly Pressed felt like winning the WordPress lotto. It was such a pleasure to hear from so many people. What I really like about WordPress is the global audience. It brings a smile to my face when I get visitors from so far away as well as people who are practically my neighbours. Over the next few days I plan to visit the blogs of everyone who dropped by so I’ll see you there!

Day 83 – Bridges, bridges, bridges   8 comments

Continuing my minor obsession with bridges today. This is the High Level Bridge again, but this time from a perspective that actually lets you see what this bridge looks like. My favourite thing about this photo is that I can imagine, with no other structures in sight, that this is exactly how it looked when it was built 100 years ago.


Day 81 – I’m no engineer, but…   7 comments

I don’t know anything about engineering, but I reckon bridge-building must take some serious skills. Figuring out the support structures, the number of piers, the dimensions of the bridge, its load-bearing capacity, and all the other bits is for people a whole lot smarter than me. And no pressure at all, just make sure all the people travelling over them every day don’t plummet to their deaths in a stunning failure of bridge design. A remarkable skill set to be sure.

This photo is, once again, the High Level Bridge in Edmonton. Third time’s a charm? I’ve shot this bridge more than a few times over the past couple of weeks and have more photos I could post. Don’t be surprised if it features again in the near future. This bridge is a truss bridge. In fact, it’s two different kinds of truss bridge – a Pratt truss and a Warren truss.

Apparently I have some sort of thing for bridges. A couple of years back, my family and I went to Sydney, Australia for the weekend (we were living in Melbourne at the time). Sydney harbour sports one of the most iconic bridges in the world. In just a couple of days, I took over 150 images of the bridge. Perhaps my next theme after heritage sites should be bridges!