Every time Greg (who is now deceased) and I passed The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, we drove on. Neither of us drank wine and weren’t interested in visiting the wineries represented there. So here I was shooting at the venue with my Toastmasters Photography Club–All About Photography.

I started this Toastmasters Club a couple of years ago to combine my two passions. Both have changed and added to my life. When this venue was chosen for our quarterly outing I thought, “Well you’re going to have to shoot whatever is there.” For all my trepidation, I had a great time. I do believe you need to challenge yourself to grow as a photographer.

While it now houses 11 wineries, the factory, built in 1934, was an operating beet sugar refinery. You’ll see pictures of the old buildings with broken windows, etc. Most of them were locked up for safety reasons. Oh, I would have loved to been able to shoot in them. I was told renovations are in the future.

Now, it’s also available for weddings and other events. They do have a nice lawn area and one building, which you will see, is quite usable for a themed wedding.

What did I learn? Never say never. Challenge yourself. You might be surprised at the outcome. Have you found yourself shooting in a place you thought you’d never go into?

 

4 thoughts on “A shooting challenge: The Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg, California

  1. Thanks for this post Anne. It brought back memories of when the building was still accessible and I was able to explore and shoot. There were certainly dangers within, a wrong step and it’s a 2-3 floor drop, but boy was it fun and exciting. I believe the last time I was able to get in was 2013 and had not been back until this year when it was all locked up.

    1. So glad I was able to bring back fun memories Steven. I think you can still get in with permission, meaning jumping through hoops. I think there’s so much more to shoot in the Delta.

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