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Great time shooting and teaching in Cleveland this weekend. My knees ache from abuse so I must have been active. I saw this building on one of my last trips into town but only had a few minutes to shoot. I went back yesterday and got some more of the exterior details. I couldn’t find a way in, which may be good considering it didn’t look real stable inside.
Happy Monday folks
OK Maybe I’m enjoying all this old rust a little too much, but it’s so much fun!
I will admit that I “tweaked” the leaves a bit using Nik Color Efex Pro 4′s Indian Summer preset. The green leaves just didn’t go well. In a week or two it will look like this anyhow so I’m not a cheater, just a time traveller.
Another shot from our weekend shoot at McLeans Wrecking Yard. The shot itself is OK, kind of cool I guess but that’s not why I’m posting it. Let me tell you the secret of this shot.
It was a 5 bracket HDR shot processed in Photomatix Pro 4.
It was adjusted HEAVILY in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 – including a lot of heavy contrast work, the sunlight filter and a few others.
It was sharpened up and tweaked in LR4.
It was SHOT AT 1600 ISO.
There is ZERO noise removal applied.
And that my friends is the beauty of a modern sensor.
We had a great weekend with my good friend Rick Sammon and his wife Susan when they came to Southern Ontario for a two day workshop. Rick spent the first day giving a very inspiring photo-essay of his favorite images as well as a brilliant Speed Lite class. It’s amazing what you can do with a single light.
Day two was even more fun. We headed back to the wrecking yard (see previous photos) and taught an HDR class. We were in for a nice bonus when our model from Saturday agreed to join us on Sunday. The class loved being able to practice shooting on-scene model photography. The weather even cooperated.
At the junk yard, I noticed this typewriter piled into one of the rusting car shells. I had to grab a shot. I think it has a cool, spooky look to it. Kind of fitting as we come up on Halloween.
Have a great week everyone. I hope you’rs starts as well as mine ended.
Sometimes you plan where you want to go shooting. Other times you see something that makes you abandon your plans without a moments hesitation. That happened to me this weekend while driving down I90 heading to downtown Cleveland. I was going to shoot a few signs and detail pieces for a project I’m working on when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this HUGE derilict brick building.
I yanked my car over 3 lanes (no lie – but hey I looked first) and pulled off to explore. At first I was dissapointed due to the large fence around the structure…until I noticed the semi-truck sized hole on the side. Bingo. I grabbed my gear and went hiking through the undergrowth of broken glass, weeds and carrion until I could find the right angle.
I didn’t have time to go in – not to mention I wasn’t dressed for urban exploration. However on my next trip I plan on getting a little dirty. I’m glad I’m not a neighbor of this old wreck (it was a Hugo Boss warehouse for years) but as a photographer I love finding places like this. I have more shots to share later.
Have a good Monday everyone.