Photographer's Note

This is an abandoned mine across the lake from where I live. I don't know when this particular mine closed, but it was a while ago. I'm pretty sure they just keep it around for the photo ops. :)

Anyway, the copper rush started here in 1840 or so, and by the end of 1929 the Keweenaw Peninsula was the 2nd largest copper producer in the world, with 8.2 billion pounds extracted since 1845. Then the depression hit and the deep-shaft mines couldn't compete with strip mines in the west, and they all shut down.

This resulted in a massive depopulation of the area (Calumet, for instance, had about 40,000 residents at one point and now has not even 2,000). But the area has become a college town and is thriving in a different way, although perhaps not such a profitable one. :)

PP info: Taken with a Hoya polarizer and also an R72 infrared filter, then raw converted and decomposed into RGB. The green channel was selected as the best b&w reproduction, so I took it and applied a blue toning. Finally I resized and sharpened.

I felt that this was a mild IR treatment, and still said more about the mine than about the infrared, so it was suitable for TE. If you want to see some more intense IR, then check out my TrekLens gallery:

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