Monday, January 4, 2010

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The Tollgate House

For several years now my wife and I have been going out on New Years Day and playing tourists in my world. This year I choose a place that we've taken for granted all our lives and it is only a few miles from our house. This place is called The Tollgate House.

The Tollgate House is located in LaVale, MD just a few miles west of Cumberland on Route 40. It was built during 1835 - 1836 and was the first one to have been built on the National Road, and it is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The structure of the building is the original one and it sits on its original location. Tolls were taken at this location until about 1900. It is now the last remaining Tollgate House on the National Road in Maryland.

As for this image, I over exposed the photo about 2/3 of an f-stop. The ISO was 400 taken at 1/250 sec at f/8. The camera was a DSLR and I used an 18 - 105 lens in Aperture Priority mode. In Photoshop Elements I converted the image to B&W and cropped it for the square look. I gave the image an older look and, after resizing it, I then added a smidgen of sharpening to compensate for the resizing.

All of the photos I take on New Years Day are of historical places, as there are many in my world, and this place was long over due. This was my first photo of the 2010 and it was taken on a cold, snowy, wintery day. And that, in my opinion, made it easier for conversion to a B&W image.

Yeah, this is my world on New Years Day in 2010, and you are welcome to it.


  1. Great wintry shot of something we see so often we forget it's importance in our local history!


  2. Thanks Mindy for your kind words. Always good to hear from you.