Uploaded: March 17, 2012 03:09:29


Was taken to this incredible place yesterday, between two news shoots in the Port Richmond Area of Philadelphia.
Extending 875 feet into the river, Pier 18 was used for loading of coal and ore from river barges to railroad cars. As recently as 1968, the pier sprouted a six-story steel tower called a McMyler side car dumper, which has been demolished.
It was once the primary terminal for Pennsylvania’s vast coal output.
In 1981, a Historic Resource Protection Plan by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission described elements of the Richmond Coal Wharves site as candidates for historic status, including piers like Pier 18.
This was a scary place and I would not recommend going there alone--but what a haven for graffiti artists and photographers!
(Used my new Canon 24-70mm L lens. Fantastic!)

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/100 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 34.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Tiia Vissak March 17, 2012

great colors, details & pov! #1450064

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe March 17, 2012

Great use of the lens Michelle - Fantastic storytelling capture! #10041439

Lynne Morris level-classic March 17, 2012

Fantastic capture Michelle and great history too, bet your loving that lens.:)

Gord MacEachern March 17, 2012

Great capture Michelle, I hate graffiti unless it is in a place like this, not the place to be hanging out at midnight, lol..
You will love your new lens, like mine it will instantly become the lens you never leave home without. #10041470

Jack Gaskin March 17, 2012

GANG BANGERS & DOPERS at the least...

Jack #10041574

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe March 17, 2012

Wow...amazing place Michelle. Must be really scary at night! Enjoy your new lens! #10041695

Robert R. Goodman level-addict March 17, 2012

Hi Michelle,beautiful color my friend.Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic March 17, 2012

Great find and capture Michelle. Thanks for the description. Beautiful work.
JP #10041865

Ann Coates level-classic March 17, 2012

Don't you wish if they were going to paint something, they would paint something beautiful to the eye, instead of this rubbish. Certainly an interesting place you visited and an excellent capture here Michelle. I'm envious of your new lens - enjoy it. #10041942

Kevin OToole March 17, 2012

I like the composition and the deep depth of field. I can't belive there is a tree growing in the midst of that desolation. #10042097

Anthony G. Comella March 17, 2012

Wonderful capture - a bit of street art!
Terrific history - we never stop learning. #10042211

Patrick Rouzes level-classic March 17, 2012

Not surprised you went there, Michelle! Uour colors, clarity, perspective, moody lighting & comp are magnificent, my friend! As always, Super info on Philly! #10042368

JO ANN CLEVELAND March 17, 2012

Very intresting, hope you were with a crowd! lol

jo ann c. #10042386

Barbara Waldoch level-classic March 17, 2012

Wonderful shot, Michelle! #10042534

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe March 18, 2012

LOve all the colors in this awesome capture,Michelle!! #10042908

Neal D. Hatcher March 18, 2012

Fantastic capture -For sure not a place for a night time stroll #10043500

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe March 19, 2012

Love the depth and bold colour in this image. There's a similar place here on Maui but hubby won't take me back there for safety reasons. #10044062

Thomas E. Hinds March 19, 2012

Wonderful urban scene, Michelle! Love the depth, color, and comp! #10045342

Jill Odice level-classic March 20, 2012

So colorful! I like how it just seems to go on and on! #10046540

Rona L. Schwarz March 20, 2012

I LOVE this one, Michelle! Fantastic depth and marvelous detail and clarity. Of course the bold colors and design really help, but I love the composition. Bet we see this one again! And even though I shoot Nikon, my 24-70 f/2.8 is my most used lens - you will love it! #10047112

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 21, 2012

Love the extreme sense of depth and fabulous splash of color. Great Composition Michelle. #10047919

Guy D. Biechele level-classic March 23, 2012

Awesome location and photograph, Michelle! Love the composition, depth and color. A real eye-catcher! #10050542

Irene Colling level-classic March 28, 2012

A wonderful capture of shape and color.

Excellent image Michelle. #10064283

Pat Abbott level-classic April 20, 2012

Great shot! What an interesting place! #10101476

Tammy Espino May 01, 2012

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #10117013

Ann Coates level-classic May 01, 2012

Congratulations on your superb finalist award Michelle. #10117044

Mukesh Srivastava May 01, 2012

Great colors and compo!!! Huge congrats for the Finalist Win, Michelle!!!! #10117085

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe May 01, 2012

Congratulations on your awesome finalist, Michelle! #10117098

Thomas E. Hinds May 01, 2012

Congratulations, Michelle, on this wonderful Finalist! #10117176

Stefania Barbier level-addict May 01, 2012

congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!! #10117337

Danny B. Head level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Great capture! Congrats! #10118046

John Rivera level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Fabulous capture here Michelle!
Congrats on your finalist! #10118153

Lindley Johnson level-classic May 02, 2012

What a fabulous urban image, Michelle! Congratulations on your terrific finalist. #10118169

Carla Capra level-classic May 02, 2012

Wow, lov'n this one.
Congratulations. #10118381

Guy D. Biechele level-classic May 02, 2012

Really wonderful image, Michelle! Congrats and good luck. #10118515

Emile Abbott level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Congratulations on well deserved finalist, Michelle. #10118633


What an amazing Finalist Michelle, big congrats!

jo ann c. #10118638

Patricia A. Stalter May 02, 2012

Glad to see this in the winner's circle!
Pat #10118728

Marijana Fajgl level-classic May 02, 2012

Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Michelle! #10118757

Eivor Kuchta May 02, 2012

An outlet for lots of creativity, I suppose. Great capture and dongratulations on your finalist, Michelle! #10118868

Lydia Williams level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Quite a capture, Michelle! Congratulations! #10119043

Lucy Abrao level-classic May 02, 2012

Great colors in this capture and POV, Michelle. Congrats on the finalist too.
Lucy #10119160

Mitch Spence level-classic May 02, 2012

Superbly done urban abstract, Michelle. Congratulations. #10119325

Tamara K. Walker level-classic May 02, 2012

I would give you a finalist just for being brave enough to go there and a gold for the picture. Congratulations. #10119591

Neal D. Hatcher May 02, 2012

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist #10119715

Carol Eade level-addict May 02, 2012

Great shot, Michelle, congratulations on your finalist! #10119865

Phyllis H. Burchett May 02, 2012

BIG congrats Michelle on your finalist! #10120051

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Michelle. Good luck. #10120078

Rona L. Schwarz May 02, 2012

Oh I remember this one well, Michelle! Such a well-deserved Finalist - beautifully composed with amazing depth. And a brave soul to go with it. Congrats on this awesome Finalist - hope to see it with Gold in the next round! #10120167

ALLEN O. HOWARD May 02, 2012

This goes straight into my favorites Michelle! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #10120261

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic May 02, 2012

A huge Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Michelle. #10120272

Kim Andelkovic May 03, 2012

Congrats Michelle :-) #10120339

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 03, 2012

Love it! Congratulations, Michelle! #10120886

Nancy (Peaches) Harker May 03, 2012

Congratulations on your awesome finalist, best of luck in the next round!!! #10121028


Congratulations Mickey!! #10121457

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic May 04, 2012

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10122628

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic May 06, 2012

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Michelle! #10126450

Merna L. Nobile May 06, 2012

Well here we are, through thick and thin. It is a joy to be able to be supportive and to congratulate each other for another month of magnificent photographs during May, 2012. I send all of you my very best, Merna Nobile #10126532

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