Burden Iron Works


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This man made water fall once feed the Burden Iron Works. The upper falls is from a dam of a large pond of water holding back the Wynantskill river. The water pours over the dam and heads into a natural chasm sluice way with shear walls towering 100 feet or so. The water flows very quickly, dropping about 900 feet in about a quarter mile.

The history of this man made water fall goes back to a time when Troy was the Industrial giant of iron and steel.   In the early 1800’s, a Scotsman, name Henry Burden built an Iron factory at the end of this water way which was powered by a fantastic large water wheel.  During its heyday, (pre Carnage monopoly), it produced revenues of $400 million a year from a patented machine that made horseshoes and nails. During the Civil war, iron from the mill was used for plating on the first iron clad ship, the USS Monitor.  Another interesting tidbit is that a student at RPI (local college) name Ferris spent a lot of time looking at the large water wheel and designed his Ferris wheel which was debuted at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Lots of history in this patch of land, and it all began with water…..this dam and waterway…partially secluded and holding onto its secrets from a hundred years ago from hundreds of daily commuters traveling only 50 feet from its roar.

It seems that anytime you are around water, you end up doing stupid things to get yourself situated for a good shot. Climbing around the the banks, on leaves with a fresh snow, was dicey. I was using my D4 and the 70-200 f/4. Tripod was not available, so I was handholding at 1/10-1/15 sec, glad for the VRIII on the new lens. I also grabbed a few shots braced by a one inch sapling.  The sky was overcast, so metering was very good, I just need -.7 EV adjustment.