Sloss Blast Furnace

I’m absolutely ecstatic to be able to share an all-new multipart series focused on an amazing destination. This past week, JoDee and I visited Sloss Furnaces, a “preserved ruin” in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Once a thriving iron smelting facility, it’s now a museum of industry that shows the historical roots of the “magic city.”

For this trip, I used several photography techniques, each of which I’ll illustrate in this series. I hope you enjoy seeing Sloss Exteriorthis vintage place through the Twilit Lens’ eyes.

Shown above is Sloss’ crown jewel: the blast furnace. I used an 8 mm fisheye lens set at f/11. The beauty of the fisheye is two-fold. First they’re a very artsy lens that can consistently capture the sheer scale of a scene. Second they’re very easy to focus: depth of field is amazing, from a few inches in front of your lens all the way to infinity.

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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