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Thread: Ivy Bank Mill, Haworth, April 2008

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    Default Ivy Bank Mill, Haworth, April 2008


    I don't know much about this place, and haven't been able to find anything on the web other than that it was started at the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th century, and it's condition is currently described by the local council as 'ruinous', which is pretty accurate assessment!

    It appears to have suffered a catastrophic fire at some undetermined point in the past, and has since just been left to rot. There's even some machinery left on site, possibly becuase it'd be too dangerous / difficult to remove it - witness the carding engine suspended in mid air between the beams! Access is appallingly easy, which is surprising considering the condition of the place - one of the cast iron pillars on the ground floor is several degrees away from the vertical and is carrying a large chunk of the first floor - sooner or later it's gonna give way and I wouldn't want to be in when that gives!
























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    Just got to love those old oak beams.
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    Wow! Very, very derelict! I love it. Superb photos, andy m. Particularly like that you've used b&w...bags of atmosphere and textures. Great! :)
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    Yeah, great photography there mate.

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    Awesome photography Andy, this type of industrial building set in beautiful countryside is ultimate to photograph and you've captured the atmosphere beautifully.

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    Great pics! It looks nice despite the 'ruiness' state! That carding engine hanging there is well dodgy! Glad you had the guts to get in there! :)
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    Glad you all like the pics, I've been twice now, and it has a certain charm about the place. If anyone does want to visit, I'd go sooner rather than later as I suspect it might fall down before anyone ever gets round to knocking it down!

    The pics have all been gently HDR'd in photomatix - to me, it's an ideal technique for getting a good tonal range where there's a lot of contrast in situations such as this, e.g. internal shots with daylight as well. B & W just works on these, it's not something I do on all my pics!

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    I practically drive past this place 5 days a week, I really should pop in...

    Ca I ask what camera/ lens / lenses you were using?
    I'm thinking my Sigma 10-20mm might do the wide angle shots some justice, you look to be using something fairly wide yourself.

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    I used a Nikon D70 with the 18-70mm lens and also the aforementioned sigma 10-20. Due to the sigma being prone to very soft edges wide open, I closed it down to F11 and used a tripod which has improved things a bit.

    Hope this helps, any more questions, feel free to PM me. :)

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    Really great pics and well done for getting in there when its in that condition. Love all the black and white, its great.
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