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Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

Photographing an abandoned Silk Mill in Scranton – September 2020

Recorded in September 2020.

Holy cow a new episode! Finally. Sorry for the wait for those that are subscribed to the podcast. I’ve recorded dozens of episodes that may well never see the light of day – I sort of explain why in this episode.

These images were taken on Ilford’s HP5+ film using the Canon AE1-Program, developed, and enlarged into prints by me at home on the same day. I set out to this location (which was quite the place in the early 1900s) with the express purpose to create some well-balanced and properly exposed negatives so that I can test and learn in my darkroom with confidence. Some of the frames, I believe, meet those goals while others were over-exposed.

Please enjoy the episode, subscribe if you’re not already, and enjoy also just a few of the scanned negatives below.

5×7″ print on Ilford’s paper
Handful of prints, drying

I have tons more photos to process from this day. Hopefully I’ll spend a rainy (or, soon enough snowy) day finishing up this batch.

Architectural decay – July & September 2020

Photos of dilapidated buildings, like these two, can be stared at for hours figuring out their histories. What vehicle had that oil leak? Why the plywood? Does that light work? Isn’t anyone missing that dumpster?

Both photos were shot on the Olympus Stylus 35mm point-and-shoot on Kodak Color Max 400 and developed and scanned at home by me. The Stylus is a lovely little thing and I plan on bring it on quick trips (when we start doing those again).

Shattered window panes – July 2020

I haven’t been shooting very many photos in the last few weeks. Partially because life is very busy and also due to the pandemic. This photo, taken on a nature walk, was shot on the iPhone of an abandoned railroad building from the early 1900s.

Mic & Nics

Photographing Mic & Nics – January 2020

Recorded January 15, 2020

You may recognize this building. I wrote about how I practiced my light metering with it. Well, I also recorded myself on a different day shooting it with very expired film.

The filmstrip

In this episode of the podcast I chat about using a shutter release with a film camera for the first time and my joy in finding compositions of a rather bland building.

50mm – f/1.8 – 1/4000s – ISO 100
50mm – f/1.8 – 1/1600s – ISO 100

Misc. 50mm – December 2019

I’ll remember these photos for a long time, as they were captured on the day I purchased my first film cameras.

Architectural – October and December 2019

Nashville, TN, Frankfurt, KY, Binghamton, NY.

Testing the iPhone 11 Pro Max – November 2019

For behind-the-scenes audio of these photos please subscribe to Photowalking with Colin.

In this post I was testing the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s cameras while walking around Honesdale, PA at lunch time. I wish I had had more time on this day as I was just hitting my stride.

Boca Raton Resort, Florida – November 2018

We traveled to the east-coast of Florida for a work engagement in early November. Boca Raton reminds me of Hollywood. Even the local grocery store had valet. I punched up the colors on these images because I felt the entire place was punched up.

Jim Thorpe – May 2018

Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky – March 2018

You’ll have to forgive me, as it is going to take some time for me to get through all of my photos from our trip to Kentucky in late-Winter. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you may have already seen a few of the photos I’m going to share here. But there will be many that I haven’t shared yet as I’m just now finding some time to go through them.

Eliza and I visited this distillery just outside of Downtown Louisville because we wanted to visit Bulleit Bourbon. It turns out that most bourbon brands are offshoots of other, much larger, companies. In this particular case, Bulleit is housed within a distillery with a much longer history.

I don’t have the time to catalog all that we learned on our trip (I’ve attempted to write a post that sums up our trip a few times already and have failed several thousand words in) but I can say that I highly, highly recommend the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to anyone that enjoys whiskies.

Carriage House, Hill Section, Scranton, PA – April 2018

I found this little gem just a few paces from my new office.

The Anthracite Center, Carbondale, PA – February 2018

I seldom get the chance to drive through Carbondale at night. It was nice to see The Anthracite Center lit up.

Warm February Evening, Downtown Scranton – February 2018

It has been nice to have a short respite from winter these last few days. Walking downtown in the evening, without rushing to my next destination. I’m looking forward to spring weather.

Three photos from Downtown Scranton – February 2018

The weather is just beginning to break here in the northeast. We just had 4″ of snow on Saturday evening and tomorrow should be somewhere in the 60s Fahrenheit melting any memory of it away. This causes me to stir and I begin walking around hitting my shutter button at anything and everything. I can’t wait to get the drone out of the closet, get a kayak in the water, and start enjoying the reasons we live in this area of the world. Spring can’t come soon enough.

AV on Penn, Scranton, PA – January 2018

So many great buildings downtown. Like this one that now houses AV on Penn.

Brisk late-afternoon photowalk, Downtown Scranton, January 2018

I saw the sun hitting the tops of the buildings and quickly ran outside for a brisk photowalk.


Cedar Ave. Scranton, PA – September 2017

Keystone Observatory from above – September 2017

Clark Telescope, Keystone Observatory – September 2017


Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh New York – September 2017

Recommended. Great brews, space, branding, view.

Bank Towers, Scranton, PA – August 2017

LEVY, Penn Avenue, Downtown Scranton, PA – August 2017

Ben Franklin Techventures, Bethlehem, PA – August 2017

The Carbondale Grand Hotel & Conference Center, Carbondale, PA – July 2017

Central Railroad of Pennsylvania and New Jersey Freight Station, Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA – July 2017

I captured this one on a recent afternoon constitutional. I hate seeing buildings like this waste away to nothing.

Franklin Court, Scranton, PA – July 2017

I hastily snapped this walking back to my car from July’s NEPA JS after-gathering at Ale Mary’s.

Bank Towers, Scranton – July 2017

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Bank tower, Scranton, PA – November 2016

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Off Penn, Downtown Scranton – December 2016

learning commons

Learning Commons, Marywood University, Scranton, PA – November 2016