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Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Riverside Park


The original Riverside Park was located in this area, right where the Potomac River and Wills Creek come together. In the photo, you can see Washington's Headquarters that was at Fort Cumberland, and the lower sets of buildings are professional offices on Greene St, one of the older streets in Cumberland.

The larger building high on the right is the Masonic Temple and the larger castle looking building to the left is the Allegany County Courthouse. Both of these buildings sit on an area where Fort Cumberland once stood, now known as Prospect Square.

The large tree on the right is no longer there. It was one of the oldest trees in this area but was taken down due to a virus that was destroying it.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. ISO was 400 at 1/90 sec and f/16. In Photoshop Elements I converted the image to a B&W photo and cropped for the square look. I had purposely overexposed the image just a little to give it a high key effect and kept that look in the B&W image. A touch of sharpening was added after resizing for web viewing.

No matter where you walk around in Cumberland you can find something of an historical nature. I hope to show some of the lesser known, but equally historical, buildings in future posts on this photoblog.

Yeah, this is my world in Western Maryland and you are welcome to it.