Late in Lawrenceburg

Tonight while out and about, I took a few photos of a small town called Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  Lawrenceburg is just a few miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio. It sits on the Ohio River and is now known for it’s casino, Hollywood.

These photos were taken on the top floor of a parking garage overlooking the city.  I set my shutter on thirty seconds, the maximum allowed by my Nikon D3100.  The long shutter allowed as much light to enter the camera.  This caused the street lights to have a twinkle and any passing car to be one red or white line.

It was cold tonight and waiting thirty seconds for the shutter to close was a bit painful. (It also takes about thirty seconds after the shutter closes for the picture to be processed.) However, the steam from the factories flowed across the city and made for a foggy background.

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Steamy fog

Lawrenceburg at night

Smoke tornado

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91 responses to “Late in Lawrenceburg

  1. Great series! Seems I’ve been missing lots of gorgeous posts while I’ve been writing too much this month. I have some great catching up to look forward to eventually! The smoke is my favorite element in these. Thanks for braving the cold to capture such crisp and amazing shots. 🙂

    • I’ve wondered where you have been. Yes, the smoke makes the pictures interesting but the whole time I was taking these photos, I was thinking: “What on heavens are they spewing into the sky?” Hopefully just steam and nothing more.

  2. Awesome! I love the capture of the steam and the fog. Ya know pre-hurricane it was foggy and the water from the roofs were causing a steam and stream affect. My little ancient digi cam was no where near good enough to capture that effect and I was wondering how your talents would fare out in capturing that. You probably would of took some stunning photos of that crazy weather!

    • Thanks Ina! I really want to visit Croatia. I hear wonderful things about the country. In particular the city of Split I hear is beautiful. One day, I’ll make it!

  3. You have done a fantastic job of taking photos in the dark – I really struggle because the shutter time is so long – and I get all shaky with my hands. As you say .. it gets nearly painful. Good on you.

    • Thanks viveka. The key is to have a tripod or put the camera on a surface. You can’t really hold the camera or it will turn out blurry. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I just put the camera on the edge of the stone wall. Then, I set my timer on the camera so that there wouldn’t be any shake when the shutter opened. I don’t touch the camera at all during the shutter time.

      • That’s the way I do it … do it too – a wall or a fence, but still not easy. My little fantastic Canon – I can’t really have a tripod too. Sometimes it works fine – just worked about Stockholm in the dusk (dark) and those photos came very good. Thanks for coming back to me.

      • They will posted on Friday – and then 2nd part on Monday.
        Have loads of photos under Chicago taken this years.
        Simrisham and Landskrona tags too.

  4. Funny in some of the city shots it almost looks like a model, like you are looking at miniature cars. Especially “twinkle” “garage” and “bedtime”.

  5. I also enjoyed the pictures and you got some great shots. The fog and the twinkle really caught my eye. I also use the timer and tripod. Don’t have a remote clicker yet. Need to get more time to take pics.

  6. What I especially like about these shots–aside from their technical skill and crispness–is that you chose to shoot small town America. How nice for a change! While I love seeing all the photos pouring into sites like WP from around the globe, it’s nice to be reminded of the beauty and interest our own communities can hold…Along those lines, some of the most arresting photography I have seen in a long time has been created by a young man who toured former industrial sites in the US (and abroad) for a thesis project. His shots of Gary, IN are simply stunning!

      • His photos are online, Seth. They’re on Flickr, under his Flickr name of Terra_Tox’is’, and are open to public view. The shots from around the globe, including the US, of various industrial sites, most of which are no longer in use, and are under the heading of Branner, as in BrannerGary, or BrannerItaly…b/c “Branner” was short-hand for the project. I have encouraged Bryan, the photographer, to share them more; many are just amazing.

  7. LOVE these! The lights look great – I find it so hard to take night photos and you captured the city perfectly. =)

  8. I love the starburst effect on lights…my husband’s Sony NEX 5N does that well also. Do you have a preferred photo editing method? We have photoshop but haven’t used it too much. Cheers, Tracy

  9. Seth, these are just great! In particular, the third pic, ‘Lawrenceberg at Night’ really blew me away. There’s something about the specificity – I don’t know, the singularity – of each of the white houses that knocks me out. You are really good.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Ah, Lawrenceburg. I had no idea this neat little town was tucked away somewhere in Ohio. Your photos capture so much of its simple beauty, I love it.

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