peanut depot

peanut depot 001

peanut depot 001

 

Did you attend the Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk last weekend? A friend, Chris Watts and I joined a group in Birmingham, Alabama. This year we met on Morris Avenue in front of the Peanut Depot. Morris Avenue is paved with old cobblestones from the late nineteen century, and Peanut Depot has been located and roasting peanuts there well over an hundred years. They still use antique roasters, and a time honored method of not adding any oils or preservatives just the way they did when they began back in 1907.

 

peanut depot 002

peanut depot 002

 

I felt that some of the color in the first two were distracting, especially the view outside of the window in the second image. I felt that since the scene was so dark to begin with the colors competed with the subject. So I used Silver Efex 2 to selectively add the yellowish color of the letters, and the reds of the brick while toning down the rest. This combination also brought out a little of the blue of the customer’s shirt.

 

peanut depot 003

peanut depot 003

 

I believe that I could have been happy spending the whole day inside of the Depot shooting pictures. The available light created a very dramatic lighting with these dark shadows. While shooting inside I raised the ISO of my camera to 800 to help accommodate the lighting. I would have liked to have played around with some low powered fill lighting just to see the difference.

 

peanut depot 004

 

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to share some other images that I took during the walk. This was the fifth year that Scott has hosted this event. Each year not only have I had an enjoyable learning experience, I have also met several wonderful friends. If you have never been before, you may want to consider it next year.

 

peanut depot 005

peanut depot 005

 

 

peanut depot 006

peanut depot 006

 

 

peanut depot 007

peanut depot 007

 

 

peanut depot 008

peanut depot 008

 

 

peanut depot 009

peanut depot 009

 

 

peanut depot 010

peanut depot 010

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Jan Winther October 17, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    What a great location!! Wish i was there. I would be itching to bracket in there like crazy… Great series of shots, Phillip.

    • Phillip October 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks Jan. I enjoyed shooting there. I’ll hope to return sometime.

  2. DaniLew October 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I love the gritty B&W of #1 and the dark tones in the rest of your images, Phillip.

    Pete Collins just posted on NAPP that he went back to Birmingham for the PhotoWalk; I was trying to pick you out of the crowd of walkers at the Peanut shop in his post.

    • Phillip October 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks Dani. So you saw the group shot. I’m right in the middle with blue jeans shorts. There’s a couple kneeling in front of me. Pete’s a great guy. I’m glad that he choose to return to Birmingham to host the walk.

  3. Len Saltiel October 18, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Cool series of images Phillip. I particularly like that first one. The details, textures and light are great.

    • Phillip October 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you Len I appreciate it.

  4. Victoria October 19, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Very nice photos!

  5. Edith Levy October 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Fantastic shoots Phillip. Unfortuantely I couldn’t join a photowalk this year as I was out of town attending a family function. Hopefully next year.

    • Phillip October 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks Edith. Hopefully you’ll be able to make it next year!

  6. Otto von Münchow October 21, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    A great series from the Peanut Depot. As always it’s interesting to read about your approach to the shoot. I like the way you move around and exploring the premises. My favourite is the second photo, I really like the way you processes it in Silver Effex. Also the peanut depot 005 is great with the light reflecting upon the guy.

    • Phillip October 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you Otto. I’m really glad that you mentioned the second picture. It is my wife’s favorite too. While, I really liked it I had questions since I wasn’t hearing too much feed back. Anyway, this is the one that I ended submitting into the contest. It is really hard picking one picture. It like asking someone which of their children is their favorite. The fifth one I found interesting too, and was wondering where the light was coming from. I believe that it is from inside of the roaster. There is a small tube that he will unplug and then with a small device pull out several peanuts to test. In the picture he tasting one to see if they are ready.

  7. Andrew Graeme Gould October 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    What a memorable series of images, Phillip. Sounds like a fun meet up, but in my case, the closest was in Argentina, I’m afraid.

    • Phillip October 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Thanks Andrew. Well in that case, next year you might consider heading you own group. With your knowledge, I’m sure a few of you friends could get together and have a great time.

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