Careful where you step! Also, new before/after functionality!

Recently, I’ve decided that one of my projects is going to be ghost towns. Being from Montana, there isn’t a lot to photograph, especially in winter! Sure, I know that a good photographer takes advantage of his/her surroundings, but let’s face without a mean truck (I drive a Honda) and a snowmobile (I don’t have one), you’re pretty much screwed. So, I have to take what I can and make the best of it. Enter, Marysville. Marysville is about a 30 minute drive from where I live… and the roads are paved/maintained. It’s the first on my list of about 45 ghost towns in Montana, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. There are about 7-10 old structures that are barely standing. This was the first building I went in. There wasn’t much that grabbed my attention so I started to leave. Then, I realized there was an upper floor that I hadn’t found a set of stairs for. I looked up and saw something blue. After further inspection, I realized it was a door and it might be a good opportunity for some brackets. Enter, my possible death… at least a broken bone or two! Did I mention that this building was barely standing? I found a way from the back (that bright light in the back – which is a huge mound of snow). After crawling up, I made my way carefully to the front of the building. A couple of broken floor boards later, I had my brackets. It’s def. not my best work, but it’s not too bad. I really like the blue door and walls!

Lesson Learned – Clean your lenses! See those water marks on the before image? Yeah, those are a pain in the rear to remove. I have a few brackets that are like this and it’s been hell to fix!

New functionality – If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve added some before and after code to give you guys a way to see what I’ve done. Slide it. Play with it. Let me know what you think!

Careful where you step!Careful where you step!

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm, 10mm, ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures

Apparently, you can’t have a caption when using this. Also, I had to adjust my watermark up a little… that was weird.

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January 19, 2011 - 7:44 am

Jesse Pafundi Love this shot. That light from above the roof is fantastic.

I’ve been trying to find this exact plugin. Is it a wordpress plugin by any chance?

January 19, 2011 - 9:18 am

Steve Beal The shot is really nice, I love what you did in processing. I battle with sunspots (especially when shooting with a tilt/shift) – in a situation like this I would be spending a lot of time in PS removing them. I wish there were a few ghost towns in New York :)

January 19, 2011 - 9:30 am

Chris @Jesse Pafundi – Thanks man. I will post a little tutorial tomorrow on how I did the before and after. It’s really pretty easy.
@Steve Beal – Thanks, Steve! There was nothing I could do about the sunspot on this shot. Sunspots seem to be the bane of my existence right now. Out of my 9 exposures, they were all white… no detail in ANY of them… I even went as far as to fake it by putting another pic I had of trees in there, but it just didn’t feel right, so I didn’t. Oh well. It makes me feel a little better because it really was just snow back there, so in real life, it was what I saw too… but still, sunspots suck! 😀

January 19, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Chris DeAngelis Love the textures of the wood and the pop of color from the door and moss. Really cool plug-in! I cant wait for the tutorial!

January 19, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Chris @Chris DeAngelis – Hey, thanks for stopping in, Chris! I’m glad you like the image. As for the tutorial, I can’t wait to write it! 😀

January 19, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Chris Wray This is a very cool shot! My The blue door and paneling makes the photo. Love the slider plug-in! Heading to WP to get that nifty gadget right now! It’s a great tool for tutorial before/after comparisons. Also, admirable job on the water spot restoration!

January 20, 2011 - 2:52 am

Chris @Chris Wray – Hey, thanks for the comments, Chris! Appreciate it. Let me know if you can figure out how captions work… other than just putting some text directly beneath the [/beforeafter] segment.

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