That is what it was at 7:25am on Feb 3 of this year, a crystal clear morning that I decided was ripe for photography. The object: the canal section of Holyoke, MA. The canal section is a flat area of canals and old mills that remain from the first planned city in the United States. I would have shot more, but my fingers were numb despite putting my gloves on after every few shots. Comment and constructive criticism welcome. Oh yes, this was all with my D50, Sigma 18-200 3.5/6.3, and an UV filter. All were shot handheld. Holyoke's First Canal (so-called because it was the most elevated of the three), with the tower of Holyoke City Hall in the background: NIKON D50    ---    18mm    f/7.1    1/200s    ISO 200 Next, City Hall tower by itself. That is a Merry-Go-Round roof to the left. NIKON D50    ---    95mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 200 A view north of the canal to a hill across the (hidden) Connecticut River. Note the airplane on a stanchion...hallmark of a mill converted into a reception hall called "The Wherehouse". NIKON D50    ---    200mm    f/6.3    1/250s    ISO 200 A view in the other direction. I really like this shot because of the geometry...the "blue/blueish" horizontal aspects contrasted with the "red/orange" verticals. NIKON D50    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200 Here are three of the mills along the Second Canal: NIKON D50    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 200 NIKON D50    ---    175mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200 NIKON D50    ---    65mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200 The Second Canal is lower in level than the first (and the Third lower still). That was deliberate to allow water flowing downhill to power the mills. This picture shows the outlets built into the mill that funneled the water thru the mill from the First Canal to the Second Canal. NIKON D50    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200 Of course, where there is water there are bridges. Here are two shots of the railroad bridge and electrical overhead stancions that span two streets beside the Second Canal. Just to the right of this bridge is where Holyoke's railway station was, along with two or three of it's first hotels...now long gone although the shell of one remains. NIKON D50    ---    155mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200 NIKON D50    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 200 Since its beginning the mills and light industry of Holyoke have been manned by immigrants...first the French, then the Polish, and finally the Irish. Today the city is 50% Latino, and they have found good use for many of the naked sides of buildings in the Canal District. Here are just two examples: NIKON D50    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200 NIKON D50    ---    40mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    ISO 200 Finally....this office building faces the Second Canal and is still in use for several small businesses...but I shot it primarily because of the really bizarre abstract reflections on this particular morning...not a great shot, just interesting. NIKON D50    ---    78mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 220 Hope you enjoyed this little tour. I love photographing architecture, especially when it "tells a story". Let me know what you think.