Burnt to a crisp

On my way home from a funeral today, I stopped by Butte, MT. Butte is home to one of the largest open-pit mines in the nation. It used to be a booming little town in Montana, but ever since the mine closed, it’s just gone down hill. There are quite a few abandoned buildings, a few of them partially burnt down. Perfect for me:)

So, I drove through the town and stopped at the first building I came across. It. was. AWESOME! Everything was ‘burnt to a crisp’. I walked into this room and I knew immediately I had to grab a bracket. Everything you see in the picture is how I found it. A table with a chair right in front of it.  A very burnt typewriter on the table along with a lamp to it’s right.  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t suppose to be there… I mean, the building could have fell down at any moment, right? Well, probably not. Plus, I was by myself. Now, I understand that I live in Montana, but who knows what/who is in there. Turns out, no one. Good for me. So, I popped off a few brackets. Here is one of them. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think! Too dark? Not enough color?

Burnt to a crisp

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 12mm, ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures


Scott Frederick.
@Scott is a photographer based out of Philadelphia, PA. He’s been nothing but an inspiration and a great help in my HDR photography! He posts an image almost everyday on his blog and he occasionally writes for CurrentPhotographer.com. If you’re following him already, then you already know what I’m talking about. If not, follow him and you will!

Here’s an image of his… my favorite! I grabbed it off his Facebook. For those who aren’t able to see the shot below, try going here.

A Change of Seasons

Scott Frederick's 'A Change of Seasons'

Sneak Peak for tomorrow: A cool HDR image of a train engine I ran across the other day!

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January 7, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Scott Frederick This is flippin’ awesome and not talking about my image you’ve included. The fact that you are producing HDR’s with this much mood is awesome dude! I’m glad you took the knowledge, understand it and are running with it. I’m very appreciative of your mentions of me and my work recently. Keep up the great work buddy!

January 7, 2011 - 2:45 pm

Jesse Pafundi This is great man. Really really nice job. Keep up the great work, you are improving daily!

January 7, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Daryl “Hepcat” Meek First, I agree about Scott’s work. And it’s especially cool for me, having seen many of the places he shoots, since I’m kind of local! lol

As for your shot, I love it! I mean, the subject matter is just awesome. So much texture throughout, provided by the fire. And you didn’t overdo it.

The only thing I think I would like to see, and keep in mind that it’s personal preference, would be a little bit of color brought out in the lamp and typewriter, to make them grab you a little more. I always like to see a little color thrown into a shots this dark. But again, personal preference!

Great work!

January 7, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Hepcat Don’t get me wrong, I love the shot as is, too! And honestly, if I hadn’t read the comment about the typewriter being there, I doubt I’d have even thought about it at all.

I’ll be honest though…the more I look at this shot, the more I like it…the more I take in. Seriously, great work!

January 7, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Chris @Hepcat – Thanks man!

January 7, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Chris @Scott Frederick & Jesse Pafundi – Thanks guys! It’s always nice when people appreciate your work. Thanks for your wonderful comments.

@Daryl “Hepcat” Meek – Thanks for you comment man! I’m jealous you guys get such a nice playground to play with over there! Someday I’ll make it over there… you just wait. I did add a little color to the lamp, but I made it very subtle. I didn’t even try on the typewriter, but I’ll give that a whirl this evening. Thanks for the tip. I agree about your color comments. I would have loved something with color in there! It really draws the eye, especially in a scene like this. But, this was my first shot in the building and truth be told, I was a little scared at the moment. The combination of floors falling down under my feet and meth-heads attacking me from the shadows was probably overwhelming any drive for me to drag things around. Plus, this was natural and usually everything that burns turns black… so I guess it will have to work. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and thank you even more for your comment!

January 8, 2011 - 1:45 am

Scott Frederick Congrats on the HDR Spotting Feature my friend. By the way this image came from Facebook? The crop is all wacked! LOL :)


January 8, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Chris @Scott Frederick – Thanks, Scott! Fixed the crop problem. Sorry about that.

January 24, 2011 - 10:00 am

Anonymous Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

January 24, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Chris @Anonymous – Thanks.

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