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Urban Decay - Bourton mill

Discussion in 'All Other Images Forum' started by stanm, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. stanm

    stanm Active Member

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    This was originally a mill which has been used for various purposes over the years until it shut around 15 years ago and has been allowed to fall into decay while the council ponder what to do with it

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  2. Kevin Fox

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    Hmm, something isn't sitting right here with me. Maybe the lack of shadows or the even lighting throughout. Most decayed buildings aren't lit like this. I love all the detail and colors, but something isn't right. Is it an HDR?
     
  3. stanm

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    you expect abandoned buildings to be drab and dark but this one is just the opposite, flooded with light and covered in grafitti and I shot for HDR to bring out the intensity of the colours.

    This was shot back in the summer and not long after planning permission was granted for a small housing estate and from reading a blog looks like demolition began in December so looks like a great shooting location is now lost

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  4. Stemmy

    Stemmy Old Hand Super Admin

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    your HDR needs a rework to me. You have ghosting on the right of the image where the images have not blended correctly. You can dial this out when creating the HDR.

    It looks speckly in the blacks which is usually from over sharpening ? If you have done this to cure the right hand side try hitting the remove ghosts button in your HDR settings, unless it is camera movement. Im assuming you used a tripod ?

    There doesn't seem to be any true blacks in the image, i think that is whats missing. The idea of urban decay is dark and gloomy and dingy which would assume blacks and dark colours.

    I think an image is there it just needs a rework.

    What are you using for HDR ??
     
  5. stanm

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    thanks for looking Stemmy.

    The image is a blend of 3 using Photomatix with the deghosting option enabled and the shots were handheld - the only way in to this place was through a hold in the fence at first floor level and then down a 20 ft vertical ladder so not an option to take a tripod down. Shutter speeds were 1/15 to 1/30 at 10mm, so handholding should have been OK

    Here is a rework of a single shot

    Stan

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  6. Stemmy

    Stemmy Old Hand Super Admin

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    Miles better but I might even dial it back even more to create the atmosphere.
     
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    Had a play with the single image
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  9. Stravinsky

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    I love shots of that kind of subject
    Ive often found it difficult to get the right balance with HDR and in the end when I used to do it I was dialing it down considerably trying very hard to make it so people didnt know it was HDR

    I like the last one better, for sure
     
  10. lundrog

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    Cool subject. Was that the only thing in the area worth shooting?
     
  11. stanm

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    That is just a small part of it and I have lots of other different shots. It's gone now though to make way for housing

    Stan
     
  12. lundrog

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    Do you have a online gallery? Or are you willing to post a few more?
     
  13. Ogofmole

    Ogofmole Old Hand Moderator

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    I like your edited version after the Stemmy comments, have you also tried this in monochrome with more contrast.
     
  14. stanm

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    too many to post really but this is the flickr album

    have not but might have a look

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    Thanks for sharing the album. Neat
     

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