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Eagle Place Brownfields – Massey Ferguson – Brantford

I am always fascinated by the sheer size and scope of abandoned buildings. Returning from Ridgetown Ontario this past weekend (shooting a wedding) I made a short stop in Brantford to visit family and friends. It was during a visit to a local photography studio, Empirical Photographic Arts that we decided to infiltrate the site and document this fifty-acre Greenwich/Mohawk site that included the former Massey Ferguson Farm machinery manufacturer. This blighted site has been a danger to the community for more than 30 years but after eight years of significant effort, the site is on the verge of being remediated. It is anticipated that the rehabilitation and integration of this site into the community will be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the entire surrounding area. Time will tell… but until then it is a standing edifice to Brantfords prosperous past. I plan on returning.

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Randi Scott - You’ve got a nice touch with the HDR

Some darn fine shots of the old ruins too

Randi Scott
aka Brantford Selections

Abigail Derkach - Hello,
I looove the pictures of the Old Massey Ferguson, Brownfields building !! I’m trying to find places in Brantford to take neat wedding photos and would like to know how you got into this place? What are the contacts? Also if you know of any other neat places in Brantford to take wedding photos in December?

Thanks !

Marie J - Great photos, and what a great opportunity!!
I may have the opportunity to photograph the same site.
Did you have to use an external flash, or was there was enough light?

Strange that you mention Ridgetown, I haven’t heard about that place since I was a child. My mother was born and raised there, before later moving to Brantford.

corey - I would love to see more pics of the old massy site as I grew up in eagle place and wonder what it looked like in side and would love to go for a tour through it.

John Prentice - Hey Mark! Love the rim lighting on the sixth photo! Looks great.

Rob - Your first shot is my fav, sweet work with the hdr processing.

Adam Miasik - Hey Mark,

I’d appreciate it if you would return the boots you borrowed from me. Geeze!

Jeff - i’m usually the same, just try to make an hdr from one raw file, but it makes a world of difference when you do it properly… my photomatix must be an older version.. no support for mrk II files…. btw, next time you go urban exploring don’t forget to give me a call… i feel a little neglected 🙂

Mark Ridout - Jeff,
it is actually my first attempt at true HDR using three separate exposures and Photomatix Pro3 to tone map the images. I will keep trying different techniques until I am comfortable with the process….until then i am an HDR noob

Jeff - looks like a smokin’ place to do a shoot Mark! Love the hdr’ish images…

Wayne Simpson - Great find Mark, that place looks like a gold mine for great images! Love the one of the boots and nails!

Wayne

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