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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

This weeks B&W photo focuses on the old Cumberland Cement and Supply building in Cumberland. From approximately 1921 through 1984 Cumberland Cement operated from this location. Then in 1984 the owner purchased Super Concrete in LaVale and began business there as Cumberland Concrete.

This is a view as seen from Henderson Avenue across the tracks that run behind the building.


I took this photo from a moving vehicle with a 5 megapixel point & shoot camera while going east on Henderson Ave.; the settings were 1/400 at f/5.0. I then converted the photo to black & white in Photoshop Elements, cropped it for the square look and gave it some basic edge vignetting, and finished it off with a little sharpening. As usual, you can click on the photo for a larger view and then hit your back button to return to the blog.

To me, the view of this building in B&W gives it some character and a more vintage look of it's original style than color would have. I love the way older buildings look in B&W and even with a P&S camera one can create interesting photos; something anyone can do, that is, if you are looking to do so. Each photographer has their way of creating images and this is one of the ways I like showing what life looks like in my world.

There are a number of interesting scenes and older buildings in my world that look good in B&W and the old Cumberland Cement and Supply building is just one of them. This, too, is part of my world and as such, you are welcome to it.