Richard Sprott, APSA  

Dead of Winter by Richard Sprott, APSA

March 2020 - Dead of Winter

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Lock keepers house,late winter on the C&O Canal near Great falls, MD. I see this place often and at all seasons. It always seems especially desolate. This image expresses the loss the house exemplifies.

11 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
You have some nice areas to roam Dick. This would be an excellent spot to nail this same image in other seasons and weather.

There is a lot of history in those cut stones. I assume it goes back to times of the canals being the only mode of shipping in some areas. Your C&O Canal could become a real historical photo project. Your editing is very fitting of the essence of the place.   Posted: 03/03/2020 09:06:54
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
When I was shooting 4X5 I produced a large number of images along the canal with a view to producing a coffee table book of B&W images.Others beat me to it!   Posted: 03/05/2020 16:37:08

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Jerry's idea to make a seasonal body of work on this site is a great idea.
I live in the same Maryland suburban area. Many of these ruins are completely accessible to anyone, which has pluses and minuses. It can inspire an interest in history and archaeology, but it can also damage ruins.   Posted: 03/04/2020 16:12:35
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
An interesting challenge. This site is much more difficult when the trees are leafed out and the current temporary trail is not there. It will be fun to try.   Posted: 03/05/2020 16:39:03

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Interesting location and story about the history of the area. These abandoned places speak to us about our past and how things have changed. It's unfortunate that someone beat you to publishing a book about them. Nice shot.   Posted: 03/07/2020 10:48:32

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
It screams of times past.I wonder if you brightened up the stones some and put a light vignette around them if that might not focus the eyes on your main subject?   Posted: 03/08/2020 17:17:36

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Old structures always make for great photos. Including the stones laying on the ground in front of the structure adds a lot to the image. The building and chimney are nice and straight. Good job.   Posted: 03/09/2020 21:21:03

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I love exploring old historical sites and I've never been along the canal system. If those stones could only talk, what a story they would tell. I would love to see this in B&W. If we don't keep capturing our history it will soon be gone. Nice job.   Posted: 03/13/2020 13:41:59

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Photograph spells desolate. Brown dirt. Stark leafless trees and crumbling building. Good capture and composition.   Posted: 03/14/2020 19:49:59

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Pamela asked for this in b/w. Here it is with simple de-saturation, slight adjustments to overall brightness and a very slight touch of sharpening. I think this is fine for the winter shot, but for a body of work of all seasons, I think color would be best.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:51:11
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Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
Did you do this on your phone?
I intend to do it that way soon. Meanwhile I would certainly boost the contrast .
Dick   Posted: 03/16/2020 19:40:37


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