Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I have been doing quite a bit of work with constructing landscapes. Here are a few examples.
This first images was originally shot at night.
These next three images have been revisited. They might look familiar.
Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod, MA
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This church is no longer standing anymore. Roughly the same time period that I shot the photograph posted a few days ago I shot these. (see post below) I scanned these photographs and then brought them into photoshop to spruce them up and give them an antique and decrepit look.
The flats of Holyoke:
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This photograph might conjure up some memories. This is a photograph I made along time ago; revisited. Shot using Kodak black and white professional film, scanned, and processed in the digital dark room. Two photographs were merged to from this panorama. I shot the original images back in 1998. I found these tonight with a few other negatives from the same time period. It made me start thinking that my interests with Holyoke began years before I was consciously aware of that I was interested in documenting Holyoke, and before I began my photo essay on Holyoke.
Holyoke, Ma Circa 1998
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Today I met up with fellow photographer and Blogger Peter from Rambling Van Dog. We had planned to meet with a few other photographs. Due to a few last minute changes in plans it was only me and Peter that had the opportunity to get together. We sat down to have a light meal at The Tavern On The Hill. The food and ambiance are outstanding. The wonderful selection of food, drinks, and views are amongst the reasons I will return again. Me and Peter sat down to continue our discussions from Wednesday at the Paper City Brewery. The only disappointment was that we didn’t get to view and photograph a sunset. The weather the past few days has been frigid and just altogether uncooperative. That didn’t stop us from having a good time and enjoying our food. I suggest you take a visit to The Tavern On The Hill. You will not be disappointed.
This HDR image was shot hand-held with no tripod.
Copy Right: Jeffrey Byrnes and Lenshare.com
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I was very interested to document what the employees were doing, their jobs, how they process was functioning, and to photograph them while they did what they were there to do. One hour of shooting is not enough time to document the process completely. My goal would be to spend a few more days, hours, and perhaps a month or two making photographs to form a larger documentary on how a micro brewery functions. Paper City is only open to the public from the Spring-Early Fall. All summer long they open their doors a few nights a week. People are welcome to come in, purchase a glass, and drink till they are comfortable. As the customers leave with smiles on their faces, they are give a complimentary sample to take with them. I look forward to returning to Paper City to make more photographs and produce a much stronger and dynamic documentary on the Micro Brewery. A grateful thank you goes out to my friend Peter. He was able to get us into the brewery so we could make these photographs.
Copy Right Jeffrey Byrnes and Lenshare.com
Wednesday night I joined my friend Peter for a tour of the Paper City Brewery in Holyoke, Ma. We were supposed to meet with a few other photographers (Holyoke Pixel Club). However, weather factors and job responsibilities kept them from joining us. The owner of the brewery gave us permission to explore the brewery on our own and make photographs at our will. We stood amongst cases of freshly brewed, bottled, labeled, and packaged beer that is produced there. Inside the brewery the temperature was almost the same as outside. The extreme cold did not stop us from walking around and making photographs. Below are the HDR photographs that I made. In a second post, A Photographic Exploration Part II, I will have some photographs up showing the employee’s process inside the brewery.
As we walked through the building absorbing what we were viewing, our cameras were ready to capture the constructed compositions that were uniquely arranged. I fell in love with the architecture that this particular building has to offer. Expressing my interested to Peter, he quickly informed me that a few floors below us, there is an entire level, some 12,000 sq ft available. Immediately this set off a few ideas of a studio and business location. I would love to have a studio set in a massive building like this. Ample amounts of nature light, massive windows, brick walls, exposed wooden ceilings, hardwood floors, and a piece of history is something I would like to relocated into. Needless to say, exploring the brewery, photographing, and learning a little bit more about the History of Holyoke, has yet again given me more of a reason to continue to photograph and work in Holyoke.
Peter and me sat around for a little while discussing our plans and ideas. We both share common ideas and interests with our photography. Yet we approach it in two totally different styles. During our discussion, a few of the volunteer employees came through as they were about to leave. They stopped to talk with us and see why we were photographing them, the brewery, and what our general purpose for being there was. They were very curious and eager to hear our reasons. A few explanations and a few conversations later we weren’t perceived as some guys working with cameras.
Part II will have more of an essay and discuss a possible longer term project about the brewery.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I shot this so it could be part of a Diptych. Just think how long a Diptych panorama could be! This is another once upon a time used set of train tracks in Holyoke. The now abandoned set of tracks still remain as a piece of history from Holyoke’s once thriving industrial era.
Panorama as seen in a previous post.
Budget friendly bag. Not my preferred way to place my camera in a bag. But this seems to be a very secure way bag.
During the rain we had on Wednesday I took a few minutes, well more like an hour to do some HDR photos.
I saw around several abandoned chairs in the very small area that I was in today. I saw chairs in the most awkward of places. Places you wouldn’t be found sitting or even want to sit.
All photographs Copy Right Lenshare.com and Jeffrey Byrnes 2008-2009