Friday, December 9, 2016

Panoramic Oshkoshiana

Once I fixed the clicker of the Oshkosh Populist, I reloaded it to explore it's mission to document Wisconsin's most level county.

A good part of the reason it's so level is that at least half of it is covered by water. I started with a bike ride and stopped at this spot on the causeway on the Wiowash trail over Lake Butte des Mortes where there's a large colony of water lilies.

Leaving the trail at Highway S, I rode back over Hwy 41 on Sunnyview Road to document the biggest hill in Winnebago County, the Landfill. (The highest natural point is a ridge about fifteen miles southwest, almost in Fond du Lac County.)

I've always had a little trouble staying within guidelines, including my own, and if Jeff Bridges can use a Widelux everywhere he goes, I didn't think it would be a problem to portray the entire width of the back porch.

The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is a major event each week and one of the delights is to get a giant bouquet of flowers that the Hmong farmers seem to specialize in, and who says you can't do closeups with a panoramic camera.

But back to the original assignment.  A few blocks from my house is a former industrial area that still includes a few manufacturers, but mostly distributers and warehouses. This one reminds me of one of Pinhole Day colleage Lena Källberg's Swedish Facades series. I have no idea what First Supplies are.

Where an old factory was torn down not too long ago, a mini-storage unit replaced it and this featureless facade with clapboards that you'll have to zoom in to see seemed like a good choice for the panoramic treatment.

Unlike many rivers that towns were built on, the Fox River's valley is so gradual that you would hardly notice. Here's the entire stretch of the north bank of the Fox between the Ohio/Wisconsin Street and Jackson/Oregon Street bridges.

Turning to the left, thinking of fellow LUMPer's Earl, Marv and Tom, here's the Wisconsin/Ohio Street Bridge brilliantly lit by the morning sun. (you might notice the Mercury Marine Engineering Lab there on the left of the previous photo and the right of this one)

The Paine Lumber Company built a series of six identical townhouse buildings in the 1920's just south of the factory for their employees. They are now all each painted a different color.  I was surprised to find that a single unit was the right aspect ratio to fill my frame.

Halfway between the University and my house is East Hall field, formerly the site of an early dormitory, but now the site of soccer, rugby and softball fields and this stand of giant Oaks along Jackson Street.

And finally, you can't get any flatter than Lake Winnebago.

All with the Oshkosh Populist. .26mm pinhole 35mm from 24x72mm frame.

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