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It's Over: The Last Heat (lots of images...)

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by entropic remnants, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    So, it's over.

    The steel mill where I've worked for 22 years has closed the "melt shop" where now steel is made by melting scrap and refining it into new and better steel grades. No more.

    I went in early AM to catch the last heat melted and followed it down the line.

    Most photos taken with the Fujifilm X100S and some with a Fujifilm X-M1 and Fujinon 35mm f/1.4. If I hadn't bonded with these cameras before, I sure have now. The X100S continues to amaze me and now I'm starting to really dig the little X-M1 also. I heated the heck out of these cameras today -- unlike me they are were not dressed in heat reflective clothing -- and they just WORKED. Images are extraordinary and I can operate them with gloves on, wonder of wonders. Setting AF points is tricky in heavy gloves, but exposure adjustments are easy.

    There's expository text in the caption of the photo over on flickr. Click through to read more about what you're looking at.

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    The Last Heat: Slag Pour by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Bringing up Dummy by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: The Penultimate Heat by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Add a Stick by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Add a Stick by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: EAF Crew by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Second Charge by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Retreat by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Third Charge by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Ladle Preparation by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Sanding the Ladle by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: The Condutor by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Getting Ready by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Casual Macho by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: The Melter Taps by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Melting Manager by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: With Bated Breath by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Reading the Results by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr

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    The Last Heat: Metallurgiical Pondering by Entropic Remnants, on Flickr
     
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  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
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  3. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Wonderfully documented John.

    1. Since you have so many photos you should make a documentary book with them

    2. Can you sneak in after the plant is closed and capture it all "cold". Not telling you to do anything illegal. I just know you like urban exploration and..
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the word "incredible" falls WAY short here. WoW!
     
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  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs

    Thanks! Book will likely be done. As for getting in after... who knows? Anything is possible... ;-)
     
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  6. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy SC Rookie

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    Oct 29, 2013
    Absolutely amazing images!

    The "melt shop" shots are awesome, but the portraits really struck me... thank you for sharing these!

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using SeriousCompacts mobile app
     
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  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    John, amazing photos as always. I get a sense of nostalgia already when looking at the photos. And feel for each face in the photos. Praying and hoping they all find jobs elsewhere.
     
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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Fantastic. A book indeed... theres a big story here and you should tell it :)
     
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  9. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    A simply superb set of photographs. It's just such a pity that the story behind them is so depressing.

    Good luck to all those who are now having to seek their livelihoods elsewhere.
     
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  10. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    A fantastic set of photographs, John. The plant shots are impressive and wonderful, but the portraits are simply outstanding.
     
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  11. biglouis

    biglouis SC Veteran

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    Aug 4, 2013
    Superb series, no other words for it. The human interest in the story comes through in the excellent portrait work. As others have stated it is a underlying the work is the pathos that the steel mill is closing.

    LouisB
     
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  12. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    There are some amazing images here. Thanks for posting.

    -R
     
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  13. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Plus one on everything everybody else said.
    And a double wow for the portraiture !
     
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  14. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Can I add to what the others have said, that the last portrait in the first set, is magnificent. The faint blue catch-light in the eye, is like nothing I've ever seen.

    Can I also say, that to my eye, your growth as a photographer over the last few months has been very noticeable. If you have the marketing skills and ambition for that sort of thing, I think that you have a very strong opportunity for at least a part time career, in commercial photography.

    Great stuff!

    Thanks,
     
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  15. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    It would be a wonderful record and tribute to american industry and the men who worked there. :)
     
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  16. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Thanks for the excellent photos, well done!
     
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  17. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Colin
    Thanks for posting these beautiful and poignant photographs,.
     
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  18. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    These are as wonderful as they are meloncholy. As the others have said, the plant shots are riveting, the portraits really pull the viewer in. My best to you all as you move on from the closing. I'll go through on Flickr later - it's getting late and I've got to run!

    My father-in-law isn't on the internet but I'm going to drag him up to the computer room this week and show him. He worked for Jones and Laughlin and, back in the 60's, was the first person hired to travel from Pittsburgh to the new plant they built in Hennepin IL (It's not the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from there) He'll be very interested in these.
     
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  19. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I showed the first set to my father-in-law today, who used to work for Jones and Laughlin Steel. He sends his best. He's at least half deaf, I'm not sure he understood what photos I was going to show him when I asked him to come to the computer, but when he focused on the first one, his face lit up! He recognized all the equipment but the computer screens, and of course his final pronouncement was, "Those are good photos. He has a really good camera."
     
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