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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Lockhouse 75


In staying with the C&O Canal theme, if you stay on the North side of the Canal, at the view from last weeks post as seen here (Canal Winter), and walk up the Canal about 100 yards this is what you will see this time of the year. This is Lockhouse 75. You can see what the Lockhouse looks like standing next to Lock 75 at this link - Lockhouse 75. You will also get an idea of the size of Lock 75 itself.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed at 1/125 sec @ f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I cropped for the square look, converted the image to a B&W one and added some vignetting, a touch of aging and re-sized for web viewing. I then finished off with just a touch of sharpening.

If you had come across this scene during the late 1800's to early 1900's you would have done so most likely by horse back or by walking. You would not have been able to get to this place to see this view by any other means. You would have had to cross fields and railroad tracks to get to this spot. Today you can drive there as this is just off of Route 51, five miles south of Cumberland, where you can park and visit this Lockhouse, and the Locks, and walk the Canal in either direction, and it is well worth the trip down memory lane; a trip back in time, if you will.

Yeah, this is just another example of my historical world and you are welcome to it.