Jan 22-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: January: Jan 22-11
A glimpse of the past    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
#2 Hoisthouse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
From the side    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
Right in front    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 06:37 am:

When you think about the Quincy Mine, you automatically picture the Shafthouse building, since that one is most visible on the Quincy Hill. Today we get a quick study of the Hoisthouse building, by Aladino Mandoli. Dino snapped a number of shots from different angles, so you get a good perspective of the details of this historic mining era building, which by the way, still houses the hoist that helped to lift and lower the mining cars, carrying the men in and out of the mine.

All four of today's photos have a distinctive look to them, so I asked Dino about the process used to create them. Here's what he said: "The process is called "High Dynamic Range" or HDR and involves 3, 5, up to 9 shots taken of the subject with just the exposure changed on each shot. These shots are then combined to make a composite photo which pulls details out of the shadows and keeps the highlights in the brighter areas. A wonderful technique for getting much more detail and sharpness in photos."

Interesting... thanks for the pictures and the photography lesson, Dino!

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 06:41 am:

Makes me cold looking at them. Cool pics...(Cold pics?) :D

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 07:02 am:


By Therese (Therese) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 07:04 am:

Beautiful buildings. If they were in New York they would be artists' studios, or expensive loft flats. It would take a lot of resources to make those livable.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 07:39 am:

Thanks 4 sharing this Keweenaw history.

By Joe Nycz (Joeyjo) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:22 am:

Wow, these photos are amazing , they are so ghostly looking , if only they could speak.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:35 am:

Very interesting photography! But it sure makes me shiver this morning, considering it's minus 3 on our backporch thermometer. brrr :+

By Jean Stelmack (Jea) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:57 am:

Great pictures. After having driven past the Quincy Mine on the way to Copper Harbor for almost 30 years, I stopped at the mine and took the tour. It was really interesting and well worth the time.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:58 am:

Awwww, my old playground when living in Pewabic. Super pics, thank you!

By Matt Karhu (Matt_k) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 09:02 am:

Nikon's "D-lighting" has a similar result as shown in the above pictures when applied in the camera or when using Nikon's software to process a picture. One application often is sufficent to produce good results.

By Jack K (Jackinct) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 09:14 am:

With all the detail and odd exposure in the photos I first thought they were models.
Great photography, Dino.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 11:02 am:

Fantastic pictues. This morning we were up top of Quincy Hill, coming out of the Dollar Tree Store, and spotted a rainbow in the distance. What was different about this rainbow, is it went straight up in the sky and not curved. Then taking Quincy Hill to Calumet we saw it again. It was just strange that it went straight up in the sky.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 11:22 am:

I know I'm going to catch flak for this, but while everyone seems to enjoy today's photos, I believe they are way too over-sharpened to be pleasing. To me, these photos just don't look right!! Sorry guys, but I'll take a slow speed colour transparency film in my Nikon F6 anyday....

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 01:21 pm:

I tend to agree with you, Capt. Paul. I like realizm, not all that fiddling around.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 02:34 pm:

Both are pleasing in different ways ~ these look more like artwork but i do like my old Nikon F (and have been hoarding film). This is comparable to the differences in photographing waterfalls: do you prefer the flowing effect with a very slow shutter speed or the 'snap' of the water frozen with a high shutter speed? To each their own!

Question ~ the wall in the first shot has rectangular openings every few feet ~ was this to see thru the wall? And, if so, why?

By Sconie (Sconie) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 03:19 pm:

Jbuck, I'd suspect that the rectangular openings you ask about are probably air vents---intended to keep the area beneath the (probable) wooden floor aired out---and dry.

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 06:29 pm:

very interesting photos. I love the interesting things one can do with digital photography.

By Richard Wieber (Dickingrayling) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 07:37 pm:

When I saw those square holes in the stone walls I assumed they were sockets for beams. They look to me to go only part way thru the wall. Just a guess.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:54 pm:

No need to be hoarding film quite yet. There are a few of the larger camera/electronics outlets across the country that sell about any kind of film you want. Shoot me an email and I can point you in the right direction.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 09:37 am:

Thanks Capt Paul!

I have a film loader where i load my own cassettes. Of course all the film is kept 'on ice' too. Not to mention a hoard of chemicals in my darkroom to develop the film. So far so good, but i can see the day coming when that's not the case.

Sconie & Dickingrayling ~

Duh! The foundation appeared to be a wall, so i was off on the wrong foot right off the bat. Both your suggestions make sense in regards to a foundation rather than a wall!

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