The Story Behind the Photo: #6 - Grain Elevator Roof Vents, Churchill, Manitoba

June 14, 2012  •  2 Comments

Note:  I previously published installment #6 as a Note on Facebook but wanted to re-publish it here to "migrate" the series to my Blog. If you would like to read the previous five installments, please visit my Facebook Notes Page Here.  And if you see any images on my site that you might want to have as Installment #7, please let me know!

This image was recently downloaded from my iStock portfolio and I thought it would be a good candidate for the next installment in my "Story Behind the Photo" series. See the previous 5 installments in the Notes section of my page.

This was a good example of an interesting and unique image that happens though a happy coincidence of luck and circumstance.

Grain Elevator Roof, Churchill, Manitoba
Way back in university, our class took a summer field trip to study climatology and other geographical goodies (including polar bears) in Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson's Bay.

One part of the trip was a tour of the local grain elevator....a key industry in the town, as it supplied grain transported from the Canadian Praires to many foreign ships.  On the tour, our guide who was trailing behind us, told us to keep going up to the top of the stairs.

Well, taking him literally, I led the way to the VERY top of the stairs, opened the door and found suddenly that we were actually on the ROOF of the structure - the edges of which you can see in the photo (note there are no protective rails!). 

The scene you see in this image, is the scene I was greeted with from the doorway....dust blowing around, the clouds were pretty cool looking and the shadows of the vents and the vents themselves...it all just looked so neat, I had to take a photo.

Shortly after pressing the shutter, our now freaked out guide was yelling at us to get back inside and down to the level we were supposed to be at. I had perhaps 15 seconds of time, if that, on the roof to see and take the image and I know that I was the only one in our group to capture this moment and get what I think is a very intersting shot!

I hope you think so too!

Tech Details:  Shot on Kodachrome Slide Film (probably 64 ISO)(you youngsters can Google "slide film" to know what I am talking about!) on a Canon AE-1.  Scanned to digital.  Available royalty free on my iStock site and as prints on my main web site (click on image above to go there).


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2.Christian J. Stewart Photography
You got it Nancy! It was indeed from then, but please don't let on how many years ago that was!
1.Nancy Hunsley(non-registered)
Just checking out your blog and read the heading. My first thought was, did Chris take this way back when we were there for the field camp? Reading more, I found out the answer. Cool picture and memories that it brings back.
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