The mineral wealth of Baja California has proven to be an elusive dream for many. Near Santa Rosalia, attempts to mine copper have come and gone for about a century.
A French company founded the mine in 1884, but closed in 1954. The industrial facilities -- located in the very middle of the town -- were never dismantled. Since 1954, this facility fell into disrepair, but has recently been in the process of rebuilding as the result of a Korean investment.
We were northbound on Christmas Day 2011 and drove past. I did at least get out of the car to shoot this, but we were losing the light (you can see the sun is heading down) and we needed to make Guerrero Negro (~130 miles) by nightfall. (One does not drive in Baja after dark -- not because of bandidos, but because cattle will sometimes sleep on the highway!) So I did not get to explore the details and look for better POVs.
Still, I am not unhappy with this image. It is another that "I am not finished with," as the amount of detail to be brought out in PP has surprised me. All the linear elements can be highlighted or darkened, and I am still searching for just the right crop.
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rigoletto (34269) 2013-06-27 13:46
your subject is controversial again: this is no castle, no meadow nor a sculpture in the waxy museums of europe. it is the ugly industry taken under the worst light possible. i am guessing, you only shared it because it is different (?)
you probably were attracted by the pale tungsten blue but daylight photos made with tungsten tones look "frigid" to me :))
you already did the great work to highlight the shadows and bring out details, i just "heated it up" (see WS), sacrificing the blues and replacing it with a "sick" yellow/green...
ummm, for further croppin, i can't see a particular place to do that.
and wow! 2500x2500! you pushed the limits!
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1988)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5000
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-27 12:45