As I stood here on this staircase, the first thing that popped into my mind was that I had to get my Canon 15mm Fisheye lens mounted to make this shot fit what I had envisioned. There was no other glass that would fit the bill here. Because the stairs had a natural curve to them, I knew the fisheye lens would embellish that curve in an over-the-top, hyperbolic way. This visual trick also played really nicely in further giving this scene a bit more of a creep factor, given that it was an abandoned mill. By accentuating the curve in the stairs, I feel like the shot takes on more of a foreboding element.

And all of this goes back to the importance of knowing your gear… not just the technical aspects of it but also the creative aspects of it. I see nothing wrong with switching lenses for just one shot if it means that the shot will reflect what you had envisioned more accurately.

Of course, none of these images would be possible without the help and generosity of my very close friend who I miss a ton – +Bob Lussier. Get out here so we can go shoot some falls, dude!

Google Maps Location Info
42.70719, -71.15257

In terms of processing
This is a nine exposure tone-mapped #HDR  image, processed in Photomatix.

Stylization was achieved by combining the Arkham, Grunge Goddess, and Tonal Contrast effects – all within Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.1

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