The silos in Buffalo, NY are one of the city’s big attractions. I set out the other day to find one with a good vantage point that I could photograph at sunset. I found the Cargill Pool Elevator, the only silo found in Buffalo Harbor, and decided it would be a good subject for my sunset shot one evening. I went out to the location two nights ago to photograph the sunset but the clouds took over and the sun did not come out that evening. I will put this on the list for future sunset shots in the area.
The elevator was completed in 1925 by a co-operative of Canadian wheat farmers. It changed hands a few time since it was built. Among the owners was Pillsbury. Cargill purchased the facility in 1964 as a holding facility for grain. The company eventually left Buffalo, abandoning the building. They allowed it to stand idle and became delinquent in property tax payments. The City of Buffalo placed it on the auction block. This elevator, like the others in the area, was deeply affected by the 1959 opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Customers no longer saw value in unloading grain in the elevator and reloading it to rail cars bound for eastern ports.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 33 mm. The camera was set on Manual Mode with the aperture set at f/5, shutter speed at 20 seconds and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability and my cyrp neutral density filter set on 6. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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