Not that I necessarily came from this particular room but rather, this particular genre of photography is the one that really got it all going for me – especially as it relates to my presence on social media.
I owe this shot pretty much entirely to my good friend whom I miss dearly as he lives on the ass-opposite side of the country now,. Bob is an awesome photographer who shares the same passion for tone-mapping these abandoned and forlorn environments with me. He also is the man with the plan, as it were, and had ready access to these locations – and never hesitated to share that access.
In recent months, the majority of my work has revolved around landscape and nature scenery. It’s what is most accessible, abundant and available for where I now live. It offers me a whole new opportunity to learn a style of photography that I have rarely had exposure to and it has done wonders in terms of teaching me how to see differently.
However, with all that said, I still truly do miss shooting this type of abandonment photography with all of the grittiness, grunge and overall skewed tonal range. It is easily my favorite style of photography and I wanted to take a minute to share an oldie-but-goodie that I processed this weekend. This shot was taken back in 2010 during one of my first visits to this mill and I remember it fondly because of how much fodder this location offered.
Thanks again for all the friendship, Bob. You’re welcome out here anytime.
In terms of processing
This is a nine-exposure tone-mapped image using Photomatix. I took it with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 17mm Tilt Shift lens.
Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 3. I applied a minimal amount of Lord of the Rings and Tonal Contrast. Most of the heavy lifting was done with a custom FocalPoint 2 mask, rendering the background slightly ouf of focus. Both products are by.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.
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