Beware the Stairs… Update! #FF – James Brandon

This is another shot from the burnt apartment building I went into the last week. I was a little hesitant to climb them, but it was all for naught… they were safe. The entire floor upstairs was completely burnt… it was completely exposed.  I can’t wait to get back to shooting some rurex… There isn’t much here in Helena. I do have a couple ideas though… it’s just this damn weather! Anyways, here is the daily shot. Enjoy!

Beware the Stairs

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 10mm, ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures


After reading Scott Frederick’s comment, something really hit home. I’m a huge movie buff… I love to watch them and something I’ve learned in doing so is that a really good movie doesn’t waste a single scene. Every part of the movie is integral… all the fat has been trimmed off. I think the same thing should probably apply to the pictures we take. If possible, we should trim the fat. I think that is partly what separates a good image with an extraordinary image. That being said, there is some ‘fat’ in this image. I couldn’t trim it down, because that would ruin the composition, but maybe I should have waited a little later in the day, like right before dawn before I took it. That way, you would be able to see the burnt walls and there would be a little more color to the sky… instead of a blown out white spot at the top of the stairs.

That being said, what do you think?

Follow Friday (#FF) – James Brandon

Also, an update on my Follow Friday: Today my #FF is James Brandon. He’s an excellent photographer based out of Fort Worth, Texas. He loves Chipotle, iced tea, and his wife Kristin… but, not in that order.  He posts articles on Digital Photography School (DPS) and is an editor for Don’t ask me how he does it all! He is def. a jack-of-all-trades photographer. He does portraits, weddings, landscapes, urbex… you name it and he shoots it (with a camera)! I especially love his HDR photography. As I’m just getting started in photography, I find myself looking at his blog on a daily basis for inspiration!

Favorite Articles:

Part 1: Setting Up Your Camera For HDR Shooting

Part 2: HDR from the Field to the Computer

Part 3: HDR Post Processing

Favorit Images:

Armour and Swift | Niles City | Fort Worth Stockyards

Taken from December 13th Post: Annexation of Niles City

Hilo Hawaii Church

Taken from September 23rd, 2010 Post: Sunday Morning Service

Taken from June 27th, 2010 Post: Topaz Labs Review

Taken from July 30th, 2010 Post: The Station on Highway 19

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January 14, 2011 - 7:49 am

Scott Frederick Great shot from a great location. May I ask what is at the top of the stairs?

January 14, 2011 - 7:55 am

Chris Wray I like the textures and forms. The stairs and burned wall almost become an abstract pattern. Great subject matter.

January 14, 2011 - 7:57 am

Jesse Pafundi Love the comp on this, you nailed it

January 14, 2011 - 8:04 am

Heath O’Fee Great textures, and I like how the composition leads the eye both up the stairs and down the hall in the left of the frame.

January 14, 2011 - 8:31 am

Chris @Scott – It’s the top floor to the apt. building. The walls are up, but the roof is completely missing. That’s why it’s blown out there… maybe I should have named it ‘Stairway to Heaven’ 😛

@Chris, Jesse, Heath – Thanks guys! I had a few beers and it was late when I posted it… hence the textures. I tend to play a little bit more with my images when I’m a bit out of it! 😛

January 14, 2011 - 11:40 am

James Brandon Thanks for the #FF Chris, I appreciate it. Can’t wait to see some more work from this apartment, cheers and have a great weekend!

January 14, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Chris No problem, James!

January 19, 2011 - 8:38 am

inheritance tax found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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