Photo: "Blinding Perspective"

Construction on the Hartsville Nuclear Plant came to a halt midway through the process, leaving the plant looking other-worldly. It's full of abstract shapes, rebar poking out from cement, steps leading to incomplete floors and some beautiful patterns around the lower ring of the unfinished cooling tower. This particular tower had been completed and stood a few hundred feet tall, looking down on the disarray below. 

Photo: "Operating Room"

 
 

The California Hospital for the Chronic Insane at Agnews was constructed following the Kirkbride plan and opened in Santa Clara, California in 1888. It was the third mental health facility in the state of California at the time. Sadly, a short 21 years later, most of the hospital was damaged during the 1906 earthquake, which wound up killing 101 patients and 11 employees. 

Dr. Stocking was superintendent at the time and he helped develop a new plan for the hospital, following the cottage plan. Buildings 3 and 4 were constructed in 1908 and designed as wards for men (Bldg 3) and women (Bldg 4). Both these buildings connect to Building 30, the clock tower building, was also known as the "Treatment" building. The building contained three drug laboratories and 2 dispensaries, an electro-theraputic treatment room, hydrotherapy room, photography lab, large solarium, nurses' rooms, massage room, dental ward and operating room. Naturally, the basement of this building also contained a morgue. 

By the 1940's, Agnews suffered overcrowding, as did many mental health hospitals in the country, and three new wards of a Spanish Colonial Revival style were constructed to accommodate the influx of patients. The hospital began to grow well into the 1960's when much of the campus was repurposed to treat mentally retarded patients and by 1971 that was the primary function of the hospital. 

In 1995, Agnews was scheduled for closure and the hospital now site abandoned and for sale. 

Photo: "Panther Creek Falls"

During my last trip to Oregon, I shot my first landscape pano with a 17mm tilt shift. The conditions were right for filters to be unnecessary, the only downside of this lens is the inability to use filters, so I snapped a horizontal image and shifted the lens upward to capture the second image. Stitching was done in Photoshop, using a single click. I then brought the image back into Lightroom for final editing. 

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Photo: "Wash Away"

 
Valley View, Yosemite National Park 

Valley View, Yosemite National Park 

 

Last Saturday, I made an impromptu visit to Yosemite in search of some new fallen snow, which never quite made it down to the valley, but the mountain tops were beautifully capped, which was good enough for me. It felt so amazing to be back in nature. I definitely need to do this more often. 

Photo: "Fog Blanket"

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Last night, I had intentions of shooting sunset at one of the local beaches. I watched the wispy clouds all day hoping they'd stick around and rushed back to the city in the afternoon, but as sunset neared, the clouds disappeared and the fog rolled in too thick for my original plans. 

Today, I never intended to shoot the sunset, but once I noticed a less dense fog creeping over my house in Twin Peaks, I figured tonight, I'd embrace it. I grabbed my bag and rushed out the door and arrived at the Twin Peaks lookout just in time to capture a few shots of the city basking in a pink glow. 

I hung out and waited for blue hour, which happens to be my absolute favorite time of day for photos, and captured this image while chatting to a marketing rep from+pashadelic. From the lookout, I didn't notice City Hall was lit up in rainbow colors, so that was a nice surprise when I began editing the images.