Ahhhh, grand ol’ Belchertown School. This is as good of a place as any for budding UrbEx photographers and enthusiasts to cut their teeth on. Sadly, the last time I tried shooting here, every single doorway was sealed shut with gator glue…. and there was about six feet of snow on the ground. But, that’s neither here nor there. :)
The positioning and alignment of this shot was very methodical and intentional. My initial knee-jerk reaction was to hug the right wall and shoot the room more head-on. The problem was that this did not leave much to the imagination. It was a good way to accentuate the crusty goodness of the wall, but it left the image feeling flat overall.
So, I left the tripod and walked around the area a bit. I was looking for a better way to convey the overall feeling of the room. I wanted to add some more dimension so that viewers can understand how cavernous this auditorium actually was. It wasn’t until I got to this particular location and at this angle that I knew I had found my shot.
It’s important as photographers to give your viewers a good idea of what you want them to see. If you have an agenda in mind of how you want your viewers to perceive your shot, it will make this task much easier and straightforward.
By angling the camera this way, I was able to show the additional rooms and doorways (and rooms beyond those doorways), while also conveying the textures that I had originally been drawn to. This particular angle also doubled in creating leading lines to help aid the eye through the frame and right to the freaky cartoon dude on the far wall.
All in all, there is a lot of eye candy being served up in one frame but if you take the time to align it all in an orderly buffet line, it will work out quite nicely for you.
In terms of processing
Nine exposure brackets taken with the Promote Control and my 5D Mark II. The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L lens was used to get the shots. Tone-mapping was achieved with Photomatix and stylization was achieved with PhotoTools 2.6 (the predecessor to Perfect Effects 3) by .