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Graffiti Wall Pano

Project 52 Entry #43

Back to the Don Valley Brickworks today. There was some really great graffiti all over this place. I really wanted to capture this particular wall of graffiti in its entirety but even with my 10 – 20mm wide angle lens I was missing parts of it. I created this panorama from 9 different images which I merged in Photoshop.   I then used Topaz Adjust to bring out the detail in the bricks.

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Pipes Gone Wild

Project 52 Entry #42

While at Brickworks this weekend I decided to get up close and personal with some of the exposed piping and do some zoom bursts.  This is one exposure at 3.2 sec. I was gently zooming out while taking the shot. I used Topaz Adjust to bring in some slight detail into the bursts.

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The Kiln

Back to the Toronto Brickworks. In my post a couple of days ago (which you can see here) I posted a wide angle shot as you entered Brickworks. Today’s image is of the kilns that were used to fire the clay and produce the bricks.

This was 3 bracketed exposures tone mapped using Photomatix. I then brought it into Photoshop and adjusted levels slightly and contrast. I used Topaz Black & White Effects to convert it into B&W and then the adjustment tool to bring back a touch of color.

Toronto Brickworks

Project 52 Entry #17

I went exploring last weekend. It’s funny how sometimes we forget that there are great places to photograph in your own city.

The Don Valley Brick Works company was established in 1889 near the Don River in Toronto. This quarry & brick making plant operated for nearly 100 years producing high quality brick that was used in the construction of many famous Toronto landmarks including the Ontario Legislature and Casa Loma. By the mid-1980’s most of the usable clay had been quarried and the company decided to sell the land to the government for conservation purposes.

Today the space has been readapted by Evergreen, a Canadian non-profit organization that works to make cities greener and more environmentally friendly. Restoration to the main building which houses the kilns included structural reinforcements and preserving the building original red brick masonry.

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