Eric at Dawn in Centralia


These photographs were taken yesterday in Centralia, Pennsylvania, where the Philadelphia-area photobloggers got together for a group shoot and some lunch. We had a great turnout and an amazing time talking, hiking, gawking and taking pictures.

Centralia is a ghost town now - it was once a thriving community but was consumed by an underground mine fire that started in 1962. You can read the extraordinary story here:

The major motion picture "Silent Hill," a horror film released last week in the U.S., was made in Centralia. You can read more about the film here:

We were cursed with gorgeous spring weather - not a cloud in the sky - so the atmosphere wasn't exactly spooky! But this just begs for another trip in rain or snow, which I'm guessing causes quite a bit more fog and smoke as the cool precipitation hits the warm ground. The earth is noticeably very warm - you can actually feel it through your shoes in many places.

These were my two favorite shots of the day. I'll post links to my fellow photobloggers' sites as soon as I get all the information together. Special thanks to everyone on the trip for a spectacular day! I really enjoyed everyone's company and look forward to the next outing.

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens with circular polarizer. First image: 51mm, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/100s and aperture f/7.1. Second image: 34mm, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/1250s, f/8. Multiple curves adjustments for contrast and saturation, color balancing for tone.

Another reminder to nominate your favorite photoblogs in the 2006 Photobloggies! The nomination process ends Monday, May 8th at midnight EST.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!


Beautiful picture..
I like it how you captured the fog..
Just like the most of the other pictures..

I just wonder, if you don't mind me asking,
How do you capture the fog so well?
Do you use some special techniques?
Enhance in photoshop?

I'm just starting with photography (7 months now)
But you're work is very inspiring to me.. I like the colors in your photos..

Keep up the good work :-)

Posted by Pieter-Henk at June 4, 2006 1:07 PM
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