Every day when I go to work, I pass a very beautiful old factory. It used be surrounded by a bad smell, because the factory made glue and gelatine. And to make these products, it collected bones of animals that were left-overs of the meat processing factories.
A couple of years ago large areas in The Netherlands suffered from the "Mad Cow Disease". Lots of animals had to be killed because of this disease. Of course many farmers got into financial and mental troubles because of this. But not only the farmers had troubles, also the factories that depend on these animals were affected. And this glue and gelatine factory was one of them. Foreign customers did not trust the gelatine anymore and stopped buying from this factory. So within a couple of months the factory was closed.
Fortunately, it was decided to give a number of the beautiful buildings a new purpose. It is going to be a cultural centre, where local music bands can rehearse as well as schools for acting. A new theatre is probably also going to be located in one of the buildings.
But not all buildings will survive. The demolishing of a very nice building was started recently. It hurts to see the building being torn down, but it is a fascinating view as well to see the destruction in progress. Large machines are being used to destroy the reinforced concrete columns and walls, apparently without great effort. They truly are weapons of mass destruction!
This picture shows a small part of one of these big cranes. Perhaps I will upload more pictures in the next days.
Tech: slightly cropped, auto contrast in Photoshop, USM.
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Pompey (1117) 2004-10-27 17:24
Lovely industrial shot Michael, the texture and clarity is perfect. The depth of field is just right for the main subject (the crawler).
Good note also!
kikvel (4784) 2004-10-27 17:24
Nice notes, and as you have seen really machines of mass destruction!
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-10-27 17:33
Hey Michael, this is really a fine close up of this remorseless machine! The DoF is great, deep enough, and yet also a blur on the foreground and background. The colours are very good, and you had very nice light.
I'm glad they are going to build a theatre and schools etc there, IMO better than the bad smeel in the morning, that almost made me thow up every now and then.
Doesn't this match your lunch theme? An early lunch perhaps? You were within hearing distance of the university.
carper (96) 2004-10-28 0:52
hallo Michael, Ik wilde je even feliciteren met je 1000 ste punt, die je gehaald hebt met een hele bijzondere foto. De hoek waaruit je de foto hebt genomen is zeer dreigend moet ik zeggen. De scherpte en de kleuren zijn fantastisch. Het is een goede foto geworden. Erg goed werk. Mijn complimenten.
avis2avis (4264) 2004-10-28 4:30
I like the way you have included just the wheels of the bulldozer. Very powerful composition/crop. Good natural colors too. I like your note and caption as well. Nice work Michael.
Ebbe (9617) 2004-11-06 7:55
A good POV and a fine light in this. Short DOF was also a good choice. I guess you know where Caterpillar got its name...
oochappan (19469) 2005-01-20 7:41
Indeed good balanced coloring, sharp and good point of view nicely placed in this composition, very well done Michael .
kckuddes (276) 2005-11-14 19:28
Good photo but the note really enhanced my knowledge of what I was seeing in the photo.
- Copyright: Michael Gan (Michael_Gan) (2776)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-27
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300, JPEG ISO 200, B+W UV
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Delft University of Technology at lunchtime! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-27 17:11
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