Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Paper Mill at Sunset

Paper mill at Fernandina Beach, Florida

The paper mill at Fernandina Beach, Florida, belches forth fumes into the sunset sky.

I didn't expect what I considered to be a resort community to have such an impressive, and smelly, industrial plant so close in. I'm standing on the public city docks, and this is taken with an effective 160mm lens (100mm on a 1.6 crop body).

I made this image as the sun sank below the horizon, which allowed me to mix the natural light and the plant's lights. This final version is an High Dynamic Range (HDR) composite from 3 exposures. I find myself shooting extra exposures of wide contrast scenes now for potential HDR use later. It makes me feel as if I'm back in the film days, bracketing my slide film exposures on every shot to make sure I got that perfect balance and cover my ass in case the meter wasn't reading the scene right.


  1. Beautiful shot, but neither mill on the island makes paper.

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