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7 Comments | Report
libbsguajardo
 
libbsguajardo October 18, 2016
Wow its so creppy i love it!
KurtW
 
KurtW October 22, 2016
Very well seen. Impressive.
adavies
 
adavies October 22, 2016
Very cool...eerie! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Spooky-ooky challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/spooky-ooky-photo-challenge-by-adavies
ScenebytheRoad
 
ScenebytheRoad October 22, 2016
Great scene/mood
keithart Platinum
 
keithart October 23, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
keithart Platinum
 
keithart October 23, 2016
This is fantastic, perfect subject for a film set in a horror movie. Love it.
sundargopalakrishnan
 
sundargopalakrishnan November 24, 2016
rustic.... and beautiful
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image at Eastern State Penitentiary on tour with one of my photography groups. Eastern State is one of the oldest pennitentiaries in the country opened in 1892. Several of its wings have been opened to the public and others like this one have to be photographed through Iron bars
Time
This image was taken around 2pm so the sun was high in the sky, but the great thing about Eastern State is that there is never really bad light.
Lighting
The range of shadows and light in this shot made it nearly impossible to take without blowing out the highlights or creating too many shadows. So I had to create this in HDR with 3 exposures. I love the dark eerie feel of this place and was trying to capture that feeling in this image. I wanted to capture the dark, dank dirty feel of this wing and loved the way the light pulls you through the hallway to the end. The only thing that would have made this perfect for me would have been a silhouette figure in the light at the end of the hall.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D7100 with Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6. and a tripod as I was taking muliple exposures to capture the full dynamic range.
Inspiration
I was originally drawn tp this spot due to the the fact that I was blocked by the iron gate from going down this wing, When I studied the scene I originaly focused on the metal stairway but realized that was only part of the story. The dark and dirty feel with the light in the background told the whole story.
Editing
Yes, I used 3 exposures set 1 stop up 1 stop down, and used photomatix to process the HDR.
In my camera bag
I always have my trusty Nikon D7100 with at least 2 or 3 lens, usually the Nikkor 16-85mm and 70-210mm. Depending on where I am going and what I will be photographing I may take a wide angle 10-20mm or 105mm macro lens.
Feedback
Eastern State Penitentiary has so many photographic opportunities it is a must visit for all photographers. This was a great spot for some HDR experimentation which is not something I usually do. So my advise would be to experiment and play with different techniques you never know what techniques will become part of your photography tool box.

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