This is the Water Tower located at the Heritage Town of Fort Steele.
"Fort Steele was a gold rush boom town founded in 1864 by John Galbraith. The town was originally called "Galbraith's Ferry", named after the ferry set up by the city's founder over the Kootenay River. It was the only ferry within several hundred miles so Mr.Galbraith charged very high prices to get across. The town was renamed Fort Steele in 1888, after legendary Canadian lawman Superintendent Sam Steele of the North West Mounted Police solved a dispute between a settler who had unjustly accused one of the local First Nations men with murder. This dispute had caused a great deal of tension between the town and the native people. Sam Steele found the real killer and the innocent man was set free. Both the town and the First Nations people were so grateful that they renamed the town Fort Steele. Much to Steele's dismay, the "Fort" part of the name comes from the N.W.M.P setting up a station in the town, whereas the town itself was never a real fort. As the economy declined after the end of the gold rush, Fort Steele eventually became a ghost town. In 1961, the province of British Columbia bought the site and converted it to a heritage town.
Fort Steele offers many interesting activities to observe and participate in. Some of the activities include an old style theater show, horse drawn carriage rides and 1800's household activities such as blacksmithing demonstrations, ice cream making, gold panning, leather working, and several other demonstrations. Other attractions include an old style candy shop, a store with old-fashioned goods for sale and a full service restaurant. The town also has several vintage buildings on display."*
For more images from my recent trip back to Canada, they're available on my travelogue.
I hope you like the shot,
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Davidh34 (838) 2007-08-22 6:08
Loving this!! Great composition and conversion to B&W. It has a timeless feel to it, which I guess was the aim? Good work
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-08-22 6:12
Excellent photo!, very good option of B&W, and great composition.
Old mood very well captured by your photo.
fanny21 (867) 2007-08-22 6:16
Superbe B/W! La qualité de la photo est parfaite et le cadrage idéal. J'aime également le cadre gris qui entoure bien le tout.
anes_lc (14968) 2007-08-22 6:19
great b&w composition Dan.
well done.i like the POV
andante (7092) 2007-08-22 6:22
Dan, great image, very nice range of grays going on here... the details are very sharp, but, IMHO, since the frame is gray it is not adding to the image, actually if the frame is white will standout more.
dlevy23 (2018) 2007-08-22 6:44
Hello Dan, this is a great photo. Nice for using a B/W. Excellent composition and POV.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2007-08-22 6:52
great one Dan, I like the way you shot this, esp. in b/w, well done indeed, good job
diafani (1143) 2007-08-22 6:58
Nice shot. It captures a crystalline quality of the atmosphere. It's high altitude, and dry, I imagine. I'm not sure if the wide gray border adds anything. As a framed print it would look good, but here it's just wasting pixels.
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-08-22 7:49
Hi Dan, I'm not a b+w freak, but this is a wonderful shot. I love the timeless appearence. You made a great job here. I hope you're having a great time in your country. Best wishes, Nino.
Cormac (26565) 2007-08-22 7:53
Hi Dan! This is really a great shot! The composition is quite perfect, with the tower on one side and those curving train tracks on the other side. I like the black & white conversion too, which really suites the subject, and helps to give emphasis to the lines. Great work!
BlkDaffyDuck (385) 2007-08-22 8:07
This is a very nice shot.
Black and white is a very good choice and your framing is perfect.
marioana (2256) 2007-08-22 8:17
Wow. Great composition and detail. Really good job on the B&W work. Great POV and composition. I really like the quality of the light. Good job, well done.
Best regards, Steve.
Albrecht (11281) 2007-08-22 10:29
Well chosen B&W and a nice frame too. I like that simple and good compo.
gabrielpat (7163) 2007-08-22 12:10
a nice work.many greys and details.a shot "out of time".
PJE (20758) 2007-08-22 16:05
Very nicely composed photo Dan. I think you achieved a wonderful balance in this frame. The photo has a YES feel to it...meaning all the elements came together very nicely!
gneufeld (15890) 2007-08-22 16:46
This is real nice! Great use of black and white -the composition and perspective is excellent - I like how the train track leads into the scene drawing attention to the water tower. Nice framing too. Great work and thanks for sharing. Gerald
euryan (8440) 2007-08-22 18:26
This photo is surprisingly similar to mine. I really like the B&W tones. The composition is excellent and your photo doesn't suffer from the same problem as mine. In this photo the water tower breaks the line of the horizon and protrudes into the sky, making for a more dynamic photo with a connection between the ground and the sky. The thing I didn't like about my photo was how the guy is bending over, as if ducking under the mountains. I wish he were standing up straight to break through the horizon and fill up just a bit of the sky. Anyway, this is a very good shot.
P.S. I've been away from TE for a long time as well.
dvlazar (6662) 2007-08-22 19:08
Im checking out this photo from your response to the recent b&w shot in the gallery... its got a great tonal range.
Classic composition and well presented, A+ .
singuanti (15250) 2007-08-22 19:18
Hi Dan. This is one of the better b/w conversions I've seen in a long time. That sky really screams for some attention with its wispy and swirling look. The composition and depth are both perfect. Most impressive work Dan!
mphotographies (1976) 2007-08-22 20:02
I like the modulation of tones, from dark to gray hues, in conveying texture, details and shapes. The B&W format sees more of 'stillness', the abstruct visualisation of lines, shapes makes it a more important effect to the overall image. Hmmm the 'gray' framing, well I would prefer to have it in white. The gray kinda blends with the tones of the image which lessens the impact IMO...in popular view, a very good presentation!
All the best!
zeca (19762) 2007-08-22 20:16
Very nice composition! I like the way you did the framing on the scenery and subjects. The light is very nice and the black and white is a very nice option to present it. Well taken!
ktanska (28729) 2007-08-22 23:31
A beautiful railway scene with old time charm. Light construction of the rails is apparent and the water tower looks quite little. Good high contrast.
kensimage (8565) 2007-08-25 8:46
Well done, Dan--you have the tones just right for a sunbaked desert scene. You brought out a lot of contrast even though it was midday. The place really preserves the feel of another era, at least as you have shown it to us, which is what counts here. Nice clouds near the horizon, too. Regards, Ken.
keribar (43841) 2007-08-26 21:40
A very professional, perfect BW shot of an otherwise simple subject. Excellent. Could be a poster. - Friendly regards - Izzet
eza1701 (3345) 2007-08-29 8:12
This is a great mono shot and I bet it would be a great colour shot too. The composition is excellent and the contrast is just perfect.
cam (9043) 2007-09-07 16:38
This is what I called a traditional view of the far west.
A composition well thought and balanced,the rail on the right, with a slight curve at the end introduce us to the water tower on the left, which is filling the sky.Talking about the sky,I could not mention its dynamism, counteracting the timeless immobility,conveyed by the use of B&W.
Just a little too much sharpening for my taste.
Have a good WE
abulafia (4900) 2007-09-16 22:44
This is good! Nice setup with the water tower and the tracks that just passes through the picture.
The tones are very nice, there are some real nice dark areas in the sky and in the shadows of the tower and rail. Perfect for B+W.
frostymon (191) 2008-04-08 18:37
I see this black and white suffers from the same affliction mine do...a sort of noisy pixelated sky. maybe it's just the effects of "saving for web". at any rate, this is another one of my favorites of yours. it is an excellent composition and a really fitting frame treatment.
- Copyright: Dan Walsh (danielswalsh) (13599)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM, @ ISO 400, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Summer in Canada (2007)
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 6:00