I think this will be the last one in this mini series from the old farm-house on Hwy 17. The other two posts are here and here. I have had a ton of fun processing these, trying different techniques and methods.
This image was inspired by Rob Hanson’s newest, amazing and in-depth hour-long HDR Processing Technique tutorial. Link to it here. I can’t wait to try it on some landscape brackets.
As always, feel free to leave a comment or a critique.
Quick post today with the second shot from the abandoned farm-house of Hwy 17, just outside Blind River, Ontario. Here is a quick link the earlier post from this place.
Every time I look at this image, I’m amazed how trashed it is. Can you tell I haven’t done a lot of UrbanEx? I do know when I go by there again, I’m going to spend a bit more time shooting. There are so many details in this house that I missed last time.
Its time for some HDR on this site. It was one of the reasons I started this blog. – to get better at tonemapping. I have watched guys like Mike Olbinski, Brian Matiash, Bob Lussier, and Jacques Gude for a while now. Since I started this “blog” my list of sites to visit has grown quite large and new ones are added all the time. There are some really amazing photography on all those sites. I will have an updated my blog roll list to show that very soon.
On to todays RuralEx image. Ghost towns or abandoned factories are hard to come by in and around my town. But on Highway 17, just outside Blind River, Ontario, is a couple of candidates. 2 abandoned farm houses, just about 100 feet from the Hwy, a couple of miles apart. The image above is the stairs to the second floor just inside the front door of one of them. I have wanted to shot that place for a long time, so a few weeks ago, I finally had a chance to do something about it. The next couple of posts will be brackets from this house.
I would appreciate any comments or hints about how I can improve. My tool box is Photomatix Pro, OnOne suite 5.5, LR 3 and PS CS 4.
So I was out shooting with my buddy Ken Bennison last Sunday at Killarney Prov. Park, Ontario. Absolutely beautiful place. Lots of rocks, trees and lakes.
On a day with ideal conditions, killer shots are there for the taking.
Well, last Sunday was not one of those days. It was way to windy to get any good shots of the lake (I have to get me a 10 stop ND filter). The trees were all over the place. The light was not really playing ball either as it got hazy late in the evening. We had hoped the wind would die down and the light to improve, so we could start shooting, but it never really happened. So instead of admiring the view, which we had already done for some time, I decided to wander off into the bush to see if I could find something else to shoot.
I saw this shot as an opportunity to practice some HDR. As you can see its just a pile of rocks with an old withered piece of wood leaning up against it. I shot a few sets of brackets and moved on. It was not until tonight when I imported the images into LR that I realized what I had shot. I thought it was kind of cool looking, and I also kind of hope you see what I see.
You don’t, huh? Darn it…
Well, lemme splain. I was whipping pretty fast through all the shots in LR because I did not expect to have anything worth sharing. But something made me go stop and go back to take a second look at the brackets I shot at this spot. Then I realized that the piece of wood looked like a fossilized head and neck of an old prehistoric bird. The shape of a bird’s head was there, it had the eye in the right place, the beak was in the right place too and it was long and slightly open. It even looked like it had something in its beak for crying out loud, maybe a small fish. – Cool!
The green mos on top of its head looked like it belonged there. Something I totally did not expect. Needles to say, if I go back there and it hasn’t been disturbed, I’m going to try to get some different angles and apertures on this “old bird”
It is not a spectacular shot in any way but it was a huge surprise to discover this, and since our outing was pretty much skunked as Ken put it I thought it could be fun to process the brackets and post the result here. As it turns out, looking through the rest of my shots, I found another rock feature that has the shape of another animal. Maybe I’ll post that later.
Let me know what you see.
Thanks for looking.
A new post is way overdue. That’s what happens when work takes up all your free time.
This shot was taken in Espanola, Ontario. Same day as my last post, but earlier in the morning. Its a silhouette of the towns paper mill which dates back to 1899. With all that history, there must be some gems hidden from view that just begs to be bracketed. I wish I could go explore the plant, but that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.