I’m really excited about the post today because I like the way this turned out. It’s a happy surprise for several reasons:
- I had been facing the other way photographing the chute from the last post and had my back to this.
- I almost didn’t take the shot because it was shooting into the sun and I thought it wouldn’t turn out well.
- It smelled so bad here I just wanted to leave before I left my lunch behind – it smelled like open sewer coming from under the building.
- It’s hand-held, so I thought there was a good chance it wouldn’t turn out well because of camera movement.
I did do a few things right to get this though. On a previous shoot I leaned that when I’m doing H3DR (hand-held HDR) that often my first and (sometimes) last images are misaligned from the other images. That probably has something to do with pressing the shutter and starting the sequence. So, for this I squatted down, put my back against the wall you can see in the previous post, put my elbows on my knees and shot 7 brackets in case I needed to toss the first and the last. Sure enough, the first image was misaligned with the rest and I only needed 5, so I tossed the first and last from the HDR sequence.
It was an awesome place to shoot (outside of the smell, and the fact I was alone in a ‘dodgy’ place) and I do wish I had a way inside some of these abandoned buildings.