Crystal Mill

It’s Long Exposure Thursday and I’m sharing with you an image I took of Crystal Mill.  This old mill is a 1892 wooden powerhouse on the Crystal River.  It was a compressor station run by a water turbine to drive an air compressor and that used to power machinery and other tools.  It’s now an icon of Colorado and probably one of the most photographed sites in the state.  Crystal Mill is only accessible from an off-road trail.  I shot this with my B + W 10-stop filter to slow down the water around the mill and to create this long exposure shot of the mill.  The B + W Filter tends to bring a warm cast to images which brought in some warmth to the wood.  It’s usually around 2:30pm in the afternoon that the sun shines on the mill and creates a nice patene finish to the aged wood.

This trip up to Crystal Mill we were greeted by the owner’s of the mill.  The grandson was selling lemonade that day.  Not only do they sell a great glass of lemonade, they will give you tips on when the best light is for shooting the mill.  I also appreciate them letting us know the trail to Crested Butte was very treacherous so we went the Lead King route back to Marble, Colorado.  They probably saved us from getting stranded.

Crystal Mill
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