In true "macjake" style I tried to boldly and perhaps sneakily get a few shots of what can only be described as "warts and all journalistic imagery". It was inevitable that it would not quite work as I planned. I wanted to just slip inside the gate of the old derelict Shoreham Cement Works and get a close up of these old windows and the dirty walls, but I was only a 100 yards into my quest when I was confronted by a large burly security guard, who would not let me enter what he described as a "danger zone". I tried to convince him that I was only going to step inside the gate and rattle off a few shots, but he would not budge, so this is the result of a 300 mm lens shot from the roadside entrance. For those who want to know, yes it is HDR!
You can see a monochrome study here -
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serp2000 (41658) 2014-02-28 1:36
Good tribute to Craig indeed! But your monochrome version looks more dramatic ;)
But we know about a negative charisma, when the horror is more attractive than beauty and flowers. (So Jason and me are fans of the haevy metal, for example).
Excellent technical work! TFS!
best wishes from Russia!
snunney (88357) 2014-02-28 2:23
A song of the same name by Rainbow immediately comes to mind. Shows how old I am:-) I like this shot very much, warts and all. An superb example of a successful HDR image. Great work.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-02-28 2:25
I admire 'macjake style' as he used to present, as it. It is also a superb catch despite the distance. A well balanced light achieved by HDR. Good image quality with fine depth of colours. Superb work, which is something different. Very well done. Tfs.
macjake (59956) 2014-02-28 2:48
haha...thanks a million for the dedication!
Oh Man, i know exactly what you went through here, been there and done that!
It sucks when security turn you away, happens to me alot, but i still try to go back when they're not around or when they're not looking.
You would have been able to get some great shot's if he'd let you - even this one from across the street is pretty damn good! We can see the broken windows, the smashed glass, the corrosion, its awesome.
Imagine this place at night time too!
fine shot from top to bottom, and with a great story too. Keep trying!
lousat (81098) 2014-02-28 2:48
Hi Brian,absolutely great! What a HDR,coming from a poor scenery but truly fascinating in the same time.Your work in PP is fantastic,this is a great gift to the HDR fans like me,i add this pic in my favorite list as an example to don't forget.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
jhm (142808) 2014-02-28 3:04
I am no black and white fan but your monochrome picture is simple wonderful, clear and superb.
But also these picture with the wood facades make these picture likewise lovely
Perspective and depth be superb.
Excellent detailed picture with a high sharpness made.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-28 3:38
Hello Brian - Although this is a fine shot I love the monochrome one. The textures are superb as is the shadow play and imo the sadly, derelict building looks perfect in B&W.
I think you've done a good job with the HDR here it adds a touch of spooky fantasy to the image. Pity that the security man gave you uphill but at least you cae away with some good work!
Warm regards rosemary
Nicou (127818) 2014-02-28 5:32
quelle compo et vue quel jeu d'ombre et de lumirèe avec ce traçage, la pancarte en début d'image la perspective sueprbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Gigidusud (17615) 2014-02-28 6:46
Great dedication haha ha! Nice scene with splendid light and dramatic atmosphere. I like the HDR effect here! Well done!
Have a nice evening.
williewhistler (15265) 2014-02-28 8:00
I really like the final effect that you have created,the derelict old building is a perfect subject for the HDR treatment with the inclusion of the sign a big plus for me.
A lovely tonal range and technically spot on,a cracking shot.
All the best,
rychem (26790) 2014-02-28 8:36
I agree with Lousat, it is a great job and excellent PP work, simply a beautiful photo of the old and ruined buildings
annjackman (20539) 2014-02-28 9:10
I think that I recognise the windows on the right from one of your other pictures. The HDR treatment really works well on this subject. The light and textures are incredible and there is so much depth. I might have considered cropping out the sign to give it an even more dramatic look. Nevertheless absolutely superb and one that I would love to have taken (and processed).
Inspiring stuff Brian!
Kind Regards, Ann
Ninello52 (7572) 2014-02-28 9:48
If the exterior is as interesting as it can be imagine the inside! Too bad they can entrere! However, your photo is very beautiful, with excellent contrast and a beautiful light that gives body to the matter!
Best Regards, Nino.
Noel_Byrne (26567) 2014-02-28 10:07
An odd comparison here, but have you ever seen the movie Silent Hill? In it, a siren sounds, and the town changes in a dark and evil place, and as we look across the scene here from left to right that is exactly what this reminds me of. The left bathed in warm light (but sinister all the same with those black windows) and as we move across, the color and light is bleached out, as if the warmth of the sun does not want to be in this place. Beautiful textures in the ironwork of the windows and gate, and the blue gate is a really nice additional touch of color to the living side of the frame.
Quite a cold and spooky shot, just the kind I love!
All the best
Royaldevon (32603) 2014-02-28 14:30
I suppose the dark mac, tilted hat and thick sunglasses alerted him to your secretive quest! How could this be just an innocent photographer!
Seriously though, this view into the old building supplies enough mystery in its own right. You have excellent guides, the HDR gives mysterious lighting, the details suggest neglect, as the locations in spy films and the f/g warning sign just clinches the whole mood!
A really thrilling shot!
Have a great w/e,
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-28 18:46
Well, for a shot that wasn't your first choice, it sure is a good looking bit of work, Brian - though I'm normally not a huge fan of HDR unless it's nearly invisible, the treatment here actually adds a lot to the 'haunted' feel of the place, especially on those three rear windows which seem to be glowing mysteriously! And of course the fence in FG, with the same effect. A moody shot that really evokes feeling - thanks!
PS - just had a look at the monochrome, and I can't decide which I like more - the texture and light are richer in the B&W, but the colors and mood I think are more striking here. Not a bad problem to have!
jjcordier (78372) 2014-02-28 22:38
Le HDR est très efficace pour ce genre de photo, quand il est bien maîtrisé comme c'est le cas ici. Une très bonne photo dans le "Craig style"!
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-03-01 3:43
I am not massive fan of HDR but you used it very wisely and it worked more like a make up for the photo enhancing the colors and the structures. I like it a lot. Very good POV and nice tight framing. The blue gate adds interesting contrast and the light mixes with the shadows in intriguing way.
jcpix (13726) 2014-03-01 15:46
Hey there Mr. BDDDMr.T,
You sly dog, creeping around stealing pictures undercover...feeling kind of Bond'ish, are you" :) You've done Craig proud. Sounds like they might want to update the warning sign to include photography as well!? I can just envision you standing at the distance you mentioned, taking the shot and then running off while poking fun at the guard..."Ha, got it anyway, fool...suck it!"
Love what the HDR has done for this one, the light is spooky cool...warm and soothing in the foreground, and faded mysterious in the background. And it just wouldn't be me if I didn't comment on how much I love the textured and deeply blue colored fence. There's definitely an air of haunting atmosphere and the excitement of the unknown...just what exactly lies behind this perimeter?? Based on what you've described, I'd take it as a challenge to return and see just how far you can take it. Good luck! ha
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take it easy amigo.
Cheers from the drenched desert,
Yep, finally got some rain after about 2 1/2 months....no one knows how to react, or drive!?
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-02 0:42
magnificent subject and really masterful use of HDR to build kind of gloomy and dangerous atmosphere.You did it perfectly!
I like the way you composed and close-up the scene as well how excellently you used light&shades to enhance the graphics of the image.
Have a nice sunday
Graal (99474) 2014-03-02 23:46
amazing effect here after the HDR pp. Good composition. Interesting comment in note. Photo I like.
Have a nice week.
adores (39870) 2014-03-28 16:19
I have the feeling it must be worth a really good visit:)! I like both versions, with the HDR you got very nice details. I like the pov and the atmosphere you captured!
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (49288)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-02-28 1:05
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