Monday, June 2, 2014

From Up On High

Part of the philosophy behind the name 'Climbing the Fence' is the idea of going places that others won't go in order to get photos that others can't get. For me this includes rooftops, bridges, and other vantage points that may or may not be considered 'off limits'. 

Shooting at night like this presents a few different challenges. Not only do you have to sneak around climbing fences, ladders, fire escapes, and whatever else you can find; but you also have to shoot in extremely low light. I usually carry a tripod with me, but I also usually forget the tripod plate which my friend Brandon loves to make fun of me for. Most of the time I end up using ledges and railings as make shift tripods for long exposures or I just shoot at incredibly high ISO with the aperture wide open. 

The steel mills at night are without a doubt one of the most amazing sights in the city. If you haven't driven though the mills at night, do it! They never stop, never slow down; it's just a bustling city of pipes, trains, trucks, and factories. 

One of the most incredible sights is the trains that carry molten steel from the blast furnaces to other parts of the mills for shaping and molding. The train cars are huge medieval looking cauldrons of glowing, steaming liquid steel.

Regardless of where you live, the world is your playground. It might take a little imagination, and at times a willingness to bend the rules a bit, and at other times nerves of steel (pun intended) but adventures can be found anywhere.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III, Canon 60D, with a Canon 20mm f/2.8, Rokinon 8mm Fisheye, and edited in Adobe Lightroom 5

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