Happy New Year

Hello all. I hope this new year finds you well. I thought it was way past time I got on here and wrote something. Or at the very least posted some of the pictures I’ve taken recently.

Like the rest of you, life seems to get in the way of our hobbies and free time. So when I found myself in the middle of a snow storm (which this winter is every other day) and free time on my hands, I grabbed my camera, jumped in the car and hit the streets.

One of my favorite places to visit and my first stop, call me weird, is the old slaughter house. Many of you seem to know it, as the response to my image on Facebook was overwhelming. Thank you for that. It seems to be a Butte landmark yet you can hardly find a thing about it on the web but everyone seems to have a story tell. It is creepy yet beautiful at the same time. Even more so against the backdrop of Timber Butte. But that’s my opinion you decide.

Butte Slaughter House copy

Butte Slaughterhouse Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/4.8 ISO 100

It was after work and I knew I only had a limited amount of light left so I jumped back in the car and headed to another favorite spot of mine the Bell Diamond mine.

Snow on the Bell Diamond copy

Bell Diamond, Focal Length 32mm, shutter speed 1/250, Aperture f/6.3 ISO 100






When I arrived I wasn’t disappointed. The view made the snowy, slippery, treacherous road worth the drive. I have never seen the mine enveloped in clouds and snow. I was pleasantly surprised. There was something so calm and peaceful up there that day. My camera did have a little trouble focusing in on the headframe because of the snow but all in all I like the way it turned out. After snapping several more for safety it was back in the car to see what else I could find.

Gallus Frame B&W copy

Lexington Mine, Focal Length 105mm, Shutter Speed 1/250, Aperture f/7.1 ISO 100

As I crested the hill driving back the way I came the Lexington came into view. Again another headframe surrounded by clouds and snow the appearance was a little eerie. So out of the car again, camera in tow, to try and do justice to what I was seeing.

As you can see it was starting to get dark. I didn’t mention that on the way to the Bell I stopped several times to take pictures of things that never made the cut. Such is the life of a photographer. All I can say is I’m thankful for digital photography. You wouldn’t believe the number of images that get deleted. So I took a drive through Walkerville. Didn’t see anything on that trip that caught my eye and headed down Excelsior.

Old Mine Yard copy

Anselmo mine, Focal Length 50mm, Shutter Speed 1/250, Aperture f/7.1, ISO 800

Driving down Excel I saw the Anselmo and had an Idea. I hate that there is a tall fence around it. It makes it extremely difficult to get decent pictures of the whole yard without the ugly fence. So in my brilliance I decided to climb on a bench and with one hand hold the barbed wire open and shoot with the other hand. Yes folks I make it look easy. Actually I’ve been wearing long sleeved shirts to hide all the scratches from the wire. But hey I got the shot. I couldn’t get a decent shot of the headframe but I love how the colors of the buildings in the yard stand out. I think they are more interesting than the headframe anyway. Something with me and old creepy buildings I guess.

As you can see my ISO was up to 800 and that means it was getting pretty dark. Back through the snow to the car I went. Now to get them off the camera and into photoshop. That’s for a whole different blog. Or not, it would probably bore you to death.

I was glad life gave me the opportunity to get out that day and I hope to get many more in the years to come. Please feel free to comment on any of my images. Let me know what you like seeing and what you don’t. If nothing else I aim to please.

On a side note these images will be loaded on our site in the near future and are all for sale. Until we talk again. Stay safe and stay warm.



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