Musket Hammers

On October 30, 2017, in Massachusetts, by admin

Musket Hammers (click to enlarge)

Here is the last detail image of the Musket Organ at Springfield Armory National Historic Site.  I have dozens more of these detail images, but this will be the last I post here.

Click on the image and see blemishes and different grain patterns on the stocks and metal parts (and dust accumulation on the sights).  Notice the 1862 engraved to the left of the each hammer.  I did not notice those when I was taking the images.  I wonder if they indicate the year the musket was made?

It is amazing how many neat images one can get from the Musket Organ by zooming in more and more and changing angles.  I think zooming in on the musket stocks themselves would yield some nice textures for use in photoshop.  Closeups of the hammer and trigger would make a neat “industrial” type image.

Soooo many possibilities; one could spend most of a day here.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site: N42 06 27.73 W72 34 52.95


Flintlocks, Springfield Armory

Repeating Muskets II (click to enlarge)

Here is another of the many detail images available when photographing the Musket Organ at Springfield Armory National Historic Site.  Another classic repeating pattern composition taken by looking along the length of one side of the display.

Besides the larger pattern of the muskets, there are many detailed repeating patterns: barrels, stocks, hammers, sites, and clamps.  Much like photographing railroad tracks, you see these repeating details converge upon each other as they fade into the distance along the left edge of the image.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site: N42 06 27.73 W72 34 52.95

Musket Organ (click to enlarge)

We spent a few days in Springfield on a recent trip to western Massachusetts.  Being a National Park aficionado, I had to spend time at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.  Photography wise, the big draw at the armory is the so called Musket Organ shown above.

The first afternoon I spent about an hour at the armory with my wife.  Of course, this was nowhere near enough time for a photographer, so I returned the next day while my wife was doing other things.  I spent close to three hours in the armory looking at the displays but mostly photographing these muskets.  There are just so many detailed compositions in this rack of muskets that I could not stop working my camera.

This is the third national historic site in Massachusetts that I have visited that would keep a photographer happy for hours on end.  Along with Springfield Armory, Saugus Ironworks and Lowell national historic sites are worth a day apiece during any tour of Massachussetts.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site: N42 06 27.73 W72 34 52.95