Abandoned Factory – Part 2

So, I’m finally posting more photos from the abandoned battery factory.  I would have posted some sooner, but I’ve been sick with a cold and cough, which I’ve convinced myself has nothing to do with the fact that I was trudging through this contaminated factory a couple of days earlier.  🙂

This time around, I’m not including EXIF data for the photos that went into these HDR shots.  I’m not sure if anyone was really looking at that.  If you liked that information, though, just let me know and I’ll go back and add it.

The photo above is one of my favorites from this second batch.  I absolutely love the lighting!  I think it was just a lucky combination of HDR and shooting at the right time of day.

In this shot, I was hoping to capture a little of the old and the new — invoices from when this was still a business, and caps from cans of spray paint used now to cover the walls with graffiti.  What do you think?  Do you think this shot works?

A larger room shot in the same location as the papers shot above.  I think what drew me to this shot was the contrast of the vibrant graffiti with the drab, dingy papers on the floor.

Believe it or not, this was in the same room as the b&w shoe shot from my last post!  Quite the contrast, I’d say.  The colors on this graffiti were just exquisite.  To the left, out of the shot, was written “THE DEVIL CAME DOWN TO GEORGIA”.  Unfortunately, there just was no way to get it all in due to a post that was in the middle of the room, at least not with the 17-35mm lens I had on me.

So, now for something completely different.  I saw this walking from the large, open space into the room with the devil and the shoes.  The shaft of light completely caught my attention.  I loved how it was illuminating the pipe on the opposite wall.  What do you think of this one?  The shot above was the feeling I had in mind when I took the photo — simple, graphic, monochromatic.  Was it worth it?

If you’d like to see more images from this shoot, please check out the set on my Flickr site.

Thanks!

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Abandoned Factory – Part 1

After a short-notice invitation from a friend, I went on my second urban exploring adventure yesterday.  I’m intentionally not going to share many details about the type of place or the location, except to say that it’s an abandoned factory on the Southwest side of Atlanta.  I will say, though, that I learned after the fact that it’s a contaminated site that’s on the EPA’s Superfund list.  Yikes!

ISO 400, 19mm with 4 exposures of 1/6, 0.6, 2.5, and 10.0 sec at f/11

Unlike the abandoned school that we visited in February, we didn’t have to climb through any windows or search for an entrance — we just walked in.  Also unlike the school, this location was pretty much a big, wide open space, with a few rooms here and there.  There was an upstairs, with a cafeteria, etc., but I pretty much kept to the main floor.  I guess I’ll have to go back again so I can explore the upstairs.  🙂

ISO 400, 25mm with 3 exposures of 2.5, 10.0, and 30.0 sec at f/11

I still have plenty of photos to process from this excursion, but so far, the photo above is my favorite.  The moment I converted it to b&w, I felt like I had something special.  This was taken in a shower/locker room area where the workers must have changed from their normal shoes into shoes that they wore just for work, because there were several shoes (not sure about pairs) in this room.  It was one of the few places in the building where there was any remaining connection to the people who actually worked at the factory.

Another one of my favorites so far is the one below.  I just love how the colors play off each other, as well as the position of the desk compared to the main graffiti on the left wall.  There’s just a lot of visually interesting stuff in this one.

ISO 400, 30mm with 3 exposures of 0.4, 1.6, and 6.0 sec at f/18

If you’d like to see the rest of the images from this shoot, please check out the set on my Flickr site.

Thanks!

The Goat Farm – Part 3

February was a month of photo outings just about every single weekend.  March, however, has proven to be the opposite.  I don’t think I’ve had a chance to pick up my camera once this month, and the month is almost over!  I also got so sidetracked working on my images from the abandoned school that I never finished working on the photos from The Goat Farm — until now.  🙂

If you haven’t seen my previous posts on The Goat Farm, it’s an artists’ community located in an old industrial neighborhood in Atlanta.  To call the buildings dilapidated is probably a compliment — some have just downright collapsed.  All of this, of course, makes for fascinating photography!

ISO 640, 25mm with 3 exposures of 1/320, 1/80, and 1/20 at f/11

My second post on the Goat Farm was focused on the little, impromptu coffee shop that exists on the site.  Yet again, I find that my favorite photo has come from that coffee shop.  I’m just in love with the photo above.  I don’t know why, but I find myself going back to it over and over again.  I encourage you to look at the larger version of it on my Flickr site by clicking on the image.  I think there are just great details in the shot that only come through when viewed larger.

I don’t think the following shot is one of my best from the day, but I wanted to share it because it reminds me of Frank, the rabbit, from Donnie Darko.  Anyone else think that?

Anyone else see Frank from Donnie Darko?

The next shot is the result of some experimenting with the onOne Perfect Layers app, which allows you to add layers to photos you’re editing in Lightroom.  I guess in hindsight, it’s silly that I bought it, since I have Photoshop and can do layers there, but I guess I got other useful tools as well out of the onOne bundle, and it gives me the freedom to not be tied to Photoshop forever.  Anyway, this shot is layered with a couple textures.  I just really wanted to give it an aged look.  Do you think it’s overkill, or does it work?

ISO 400, 30mm with 2 exposures of 1/160 and 1/80 at f/6.3

Lastly, below are some broken windows on one of the many warehouses on the grounds that were not safe to enter.  I loved the way the sun highlighted the texture and age of the windows, and how the blue sky peeked through where the glass was broken.

ISO 400, 30mm with 2 exposures of 1/320 and 1/80 at f/11

I wasn’t using a tripod due to the location, so some of the shots were shaky.  I managed to do HDR with just two of the images, and it still turned out well.  If I had been shooting JPG instead of RAW, I might not have been able to pull this one off with just two shots.

Of course, if you’d like to see the rest of the images from this shoot, please check out the set on my Flickr site.

Thanks!

The Goat Farm – Part 1

The Goat Farm by gail des jardin

Two in a series of doors I shot recently at The Goat Farm, an artists’ community located in an old industrial neighborhood in Atlanta.

I used to live just down the street from this place, yet I never knew it existed.  It’s really an interesting complex, with some of the buildings having collapsed and others well on their way.  There’s a really low-key coffee shop on site, though I’m not sure if it’s open to the public since the complex itself is considered private property.  I’ll be going back in a couple weeks for an evening shoot, which will definitely be a challenge, but hopefully a rewarding one.