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Revisiting Brickworks

Back in September, I posted a couple of shots I took at Brickworks in Toronto. You can see those posts here and here. On Saturday I attended a full day lecture by guest photographer Tony Sweet and on Sunday was fortunate enough to participate in a workshop with him that was held at Evergreen Brickworks. I’m still in the midst of processing all my images (may take a while) but wanted to share one with you today.  As I look back at the images I posted back in September I can honestly say that I think I’ve come a long way in six months. Those images were all HDR bracketed exposures and while I shot brackets yesterday as well I was trying a few different techniques.

This image was a 13 second exposure, light painted with a flashlight. I processed the image in Photoshop then brought out a bit of detail in the brick with Topaz Adjust.

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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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