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Steampunkt Decay



Walking along the Astoria waterfront, This unusual machinery, I saw a steampunk Dictator, ordering an Army of decayed Soldiers. ...
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Walking along the Astoria waterfront, This unusual machinery, I saw a steampunk Dictator, ordering an Army of decayed Soldiers.
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Eyeconic
 
Eyeconic July 08, 2016
Brilliant - love the colour shift to monotone sky
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman November 06, 2016
Amazing image! I love the story of steampunkt dictator and his soldiers, I can see it! Congratulations.
T4sh4
 
T4sh4 May 18, 2017
Wow, this is very unique!
klaudiawolanski
 
klaudiawolanski October 29, 2017
amazing!!! what's lens you utilise ??
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shawnvoloshin October 30, 2017
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Ultra wide
lizsalazr
 
lizsalazr January 08, 2018
Neat!
Egoryan
 
Egoryan February 04, 2018
I call this style "aesthetics of disgusting"

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot while on a photo safari in Astoria, Oregon USA. Astoria is a well used film location for the likes of Spielbergh, and has an incredibly eclectic feeling to it, especially with the views of the old abandoned Fishing industry.
Time
Shot this in the afternoon time, at around 1 P.M. I did a walk about the previous morning, and took some framing shots of this with my Iphone, because of the facinating uniqueness of the whole shot. went back the next day, and funny enough, was there, but forgot some items, especially my shroud, which i use for the 170 and 150 MM filters on my ultra wide lens, to block from any possible sun artifacts, which is always the worry with ultra wide lenses.
Lighting
As i said before, Lighting for this shot was difficult, Because i had to actually remove my shirt to cover the lens filters, which amused most bypassers. Also, as i had to pretty much wait a few hours before the light was set where i wanted it, with the right amount of cloud exposure. the day before when i scouted the area, The shot had a much better neutral grade, so I had to increase my filters to a 15 stop. I loved the cloud formations, they bubbled, which went well with the shot.
Equipment
Nikkon D5500, with a Nikkor 14-24 Ultra wide lens, The Sensei Pro Filter adapter specifically designed for the ultra wide lens, The Lee 150 MM Super Stopper (15 stops) a .9ND Lee Medium Gradual filter, All set on my fathers old D55 Manfrotto Professional Tripod, using a corded shutter remote. OH, and a Liverpool FC jersey as a sun block *chuckles* YNWA
Inspiration
As I was walking along the Astoria paths the day before, this place stopped me dumbfounded. I could see this great idea hitting my brain as I looked at the machinery that was left on the cement pedestal, and I could see this General, overlooking his soldiers as they stood at attention. Then, the scene was in low tide, and i wanted to see it in a different level, so I took a frame shot, and decided to return the next day. I am so very glad I did, the Clouds were much better, and I again saw this marching zombie wooden army waiting to be commanded by this Steam punk engine General. So I took a few hours, and played. it was extremely fun this shot. I love making images that stop someone, because they are unique.
Editing
yes i did. the one key addition was i wanted it to have this feeling of a stage from a movie, So I increased the clarity of the image, then toned down the background into Grey tones. This brought out the clouds, and the wicked movement they created around the center piece. I layered the colors in the foreground, because i loved how the texture of the posts popped out against the smoothness of the Prolonged exposure of the water. its almost glass and fog like in comparison. I absolutely LOVE making images from the real world that look lts on stage, or a painting. because in all reality, thats exactly what we are doing when we present it to your eyes.
In my camera bag
I have a huge Lowepro bag, that seems to not fit everything I carry. it always feels like I'm a soldier hiking with full gear on. With that pack, I always bring my Nikkor 55-300mm, my Nikkor 200-500mm, and my "go to" lens Nikkor 14-24 Ultra wide lens, (How I love that lens!) Add the Lee Little, Big, and Super Stoppers, the medium ND Grad filters, the 4-5 back up batteries, Lens cleaners and cloths, extra Memory cards, I'm usually good to go for anything.
Feedback
I find that the most important piece of equipment is your imagination. See what your end shot will be before you even take it. then, play. find the uniqueness in the shot, where others may pass by not even seeing the imagery. Patience as well, wait for the right moment, you just cant force something out. That is why I like long exposures. it creates the right framework to just take your time, and see.all in all, enjoy the shoot, it should be fun.

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