Cannery Workbench – Glen Haven, M.I.

These  new-fangled camera/phone contraptions seem to come in handy sometimes. Like when you find yourself in a museum-type situation.

Sweet Dee Reynolds: “Just so I’m clear, you guys don’t actually think that things are going to come alive because you’re spending the night in a museum, right?”

Dennis Reynolds: “I’m sorry, we’re simply opening ourselves up to the possibility of an amazing adventure this evening. Is there something wrong with that? Now, whether that means, uh,  Charlie running into his ancient spirits or us having to just, you know, run away from security guards all night, either way, it’s going to be a really, really great time.”

Kaitlin Olson & Glenn Howerton – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally re-touched in Photoshop)


62 thoughts on “Cannery Workbench – Glen Haven, M.I.

  1. I have found the camera in my Droid to be the best one in the house. I have really pleasantly surprised with some of the results. Sometimes it is the best tool at hand.

  2. I just love this shot of the key in the box. It just looks so old, not the the subject but the way you present it. Love it!
    Have a great Monday! xo

    • Agreed, Mr. M!
      And the nice thing about having the camera built-in is that I pretty much always have it with me (one of the few downfalls of a DSLR is that it doesn’t ride too well in your pocket)!

  3. I’m grinning reading the comments above about the camera. I droll over the high tech ones, but my Droid is such a loyal pal! I dig the nostalgic look here. It reminds me of an old baseball glove. Sharing this on my page.

    • Thank you so very much, El! That is incredibly kind of you – I sincerely appreciate it!
      And agreed! I love my DSLR, but I have to admit it’s not the kind of thing I can always just throw in my back pocket and carry with me everywhere I go! And (at this point) my camera phone has nearly as much resolution as my DSLR… which is pretty wild. Not nearly the same amount of creative control, but still… for a point and shoot… not bad!

      • My pleasure! And you summarized it exactly. Plus, now with Photoshop, it’s so easy to clean up a pic taken with a DROID. Also, as bad as this sounds, if I drop my phone in the ocean, as I ALMOST did last week, I wouldn’t be quite so distraught as if . . . well. Giggle. I can be a little klutzy!

    • That is wonderfully kind of you (as always, B.F.)! Thank you!
      They are indeed cobwebs! I was pretty happy they showed up. Well, I was pretty happy anything showed up, really (it was kind of dark in this room and I tend to be pretty shaky without a tripod or something to rest my camera on)!

  4. Excellent colour & tone for the chosen subject. The phone is only as good as its user.
    When they turn those ear phones into cameras we will be in trouble. How will we keep the earwax from smearing the lens ? 😀

  5. I talked to a photographer this past spring and he was frustrated with all of the iphone people thinking they were also photographers. It kind of made me less motivated to take pictures but I see his point.

    For example, considering I am a professional nose picker and I see a 5 year old picking his nose all wrong, I get frustrated. I just want to walk up to the child and say, “No! Like this!.” 😉

    • You bring up an interesting concern, and I can see his point… to a point! On the one hand it can be frustrating someone can basically close there eyes, punch a button and wind up with a pretty interesting result. On the other hand, though… a tool is a tool is a tool (and can be used or abused accordingly). Equipment doesn’t necessarily define the photographer (in my humble opinion), it’s the photographer’s vision (and manner of sharing that vision) that do. I only ramble-on like this because I hope you were not too discouraged by that conversation… killing creativity bums me out worst of all.

      • I’m with Bob on this. I too hope that you won’t let that photographer stifle your creativity. photographers don’t start out with the best kit. In my youth I started out with a Brownie 127. I’ve used a wide range of cameras since. You can be creative with any form of photographic device. Carry on making images – Cartier Bresson didn’t have an SLR!

  6. Old tool boxes are always fascinating – I think I’m going to have a look at what I have hiding in the shed 🙂

    I understand Japanese Ghost’s thoughts on photographer v iPhone… Cameras and Camera phones each have their place. I’ve made it clear a number of times at the football club that a compact camera will do everything they need at the awards ceremony yet they still insist on me wheeling out the beast. On the other side of the fence an iPhone or a compact camera will really struggle with fast action sports. Choose your Weapons 😉

    • It’s an interesting debate, isn’t it, Martin? On the one hand I can understand the frustration – I can literally hold my phone behind my back and hit a button (and after pressing one or two more) more often than not wind up with pretty decent results. And along those lines anyone can ‘Google’ hundreds of ‘instant’ results for pretty much any image they have in mind (I think that probably lowers some people’s appreciation for craftsmanship, etc.). That being said, a camera phone is a tool… tools can be used and/or abused. I’ve seen beautiful images come out of an outrageously expensive / complicated rig, and beautiful images created (literally) with a cardboard box and a punctured piece of aluminum.
      Taking the argument a step further, it’s easy to forget with the advent of photography there were probably some very frustrated painters out there, too. In my humble opinion it’s the individual vision of the photographer (and her / his results) that make (or often in my case) break the image.

      • I’m pleased to say Bob that I’m not frustrated – for every person there is an ideal photographic device. For the vast majority of people that iPhone will do everything that they want and if they use it in an artistic manner then they will be choosing, to a certain extent, their brush, canvass and medium. Equally, when I choose to use an SLR I do the same. Each will provide the means to be artistic – sometimes with a top end SLR there are just too many options to get in the way of the creativity! I really must go and get some film for my Box Brownies and see what they can do 🙂

        • Absolutely, Martin! I’m a huge fan of SLR’s and the creative control they offer… but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel that makes other devices irrelevant (weather they are ‘simpler’ or more ‘complex’). Although, to be honest, if I had my choice I’d probably be heading in the other direction… maybe a nice late 1800’s view camera with a Voigtländer for example. Or just the lens, even… (I think I might be able to build a working box (maybe).

  7. There was a contest to spend a month living in the museum 2 years or so ago – I think it was Chicago’s Field Museum, and I so, so (kinda) wanted to do it. Could you imagine what it would be like? If one didn’t have to work, or commitments, or family, or…all the other great stuff that makes life worthwhile.

    Great, nostalgic image.

    • That would be pretty wild, Peg! On the one hand it sounds like fun… on the other… I get all whiny when I’m forced to leave my apartment, so… I’m not so sure I would have been victorious!
      You are always so very kind, Peg – I thank you!

  8. This is a great piece of work here SIG
    I especially like the ageing effect, as if
    the colours have faded with time 🙂

    I hope that your evening is a wicked one 🙂


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