Easily my favorite UrbEx location to date

By |2012-10-29T15:03:26+00:00Oct 27th, 2012|

The story

Ahhhh, Belchertown State School. I’ll never forget first walking into this auditorium with my good ol’ comrade, +Bob Lussier. Our jaws dropped, we looked at each other, and just nodded. We killed hours here like it was minutes. This is a 27-exposure tone-mapped HDR shifted pano image taken with my trusty 17mm T/S lens. I took it back in 2010. Bob and I made subsequent visits here – some more fruitful than others, but none were as fun or as memorable as this first time. While I’m surrounded with a lifetime of amazing things to shoot here in PDX, this location in Massachusetts will always have a fond parking space in my heart. Le sigh.

In terms of processing

The tone-mapping for these brackets was done in Photomatix Pro. Stitching of the three panels was done with Autopano Giga.

This is a combo of Gum Bichromate, Thermopylae and Return of the King, all blended in Perfect Effects 4 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.2

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  1. Rachel Cohen October 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Brian, this is awesome! I would love to have seen that in person!! Beautifully processed!! :)

  2. Matt Macias October 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    This shot is epic! That is a ton of post processing work and it paid off!

  3. Beth Brooks October 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    It looks like a giant herd of zombies rampaged throught there…COOL!

  4. Mere LaRocque October 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I have this thing for old buildings….  I would one day like to see the Ghost City of 1001 churches in Turkey. I would also like to see Detroit and Chicago's wonders too.

  5. Himel Soren October 28, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    wow it's cool…
    The destroy picture.

  6. Juliandave Borlagdan October 28, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    great one

  7. Ron Fleishman October 28, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Maximum colors in an otherwise dreary place. Well done.

  8. Ramya rav October 28, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

    which place is this ? soooo different…………….:D

  9. Trong Hiep Phan October 28, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    in bad condition

  10. Amy Heiden October 28, 2012 at 2:40 am - Reply

    I never did get to see this place, but it looks cool in this photo.

    I do think we should plan a UE trip…

  11. Bob Lussier October 28, 2012 at 3:39 am - Reply

    What great memories you just brought back! And such a great shot.
    I definitely have to revisit my Belchertown stuff.

  12. Mosim Inamdar October 28, 2012 at 4:17 am - Reply

    looking dangerous….

  13. Salim Alamki October 28, 2012 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I like this pleace 2 do action film.

  14. Katarzyna Kurkowska October 28, 2012 at 4:48 am - Reply

    fajne zdj?cie takie prawdziwe

  15. Lennart Johansson October 28, 2012 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Great photo, mysterious touch in it too.

  16. Firas Bejaoui October 28, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    soo beautifull

  17. Kathy Porupski October 28, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    You shoot in the coolest of places! :-) What an amazing capture and place.

  18. Shelly Gunderson October 28, 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Great textures and light in this.

  19. Jarrod Erbe October 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Incredible.  Any advice on finding and getting access to these types of places?

  20. Ramya rav October 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    its your photography?

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