urban decay / modern ruins photos

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by ohiotrespassers, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. our website is dedicated to documenting modern ruins & urban decay.
    we have photographs of abandoned hospitals, prisons, factories &
    asylums in the midwest. the site was created with photoshop & dreamweaver,
    please check it out & let us know what you think;
    http://www.ohiotrespassers.com
     
    ohiotrespassers, Mar 5, 2004
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    Mister Max Guest

    (ohiotrespassers) posted:
    Too fancy for me!

    First a splash screen to waste my time.

    Then a screen that doesn't mention any of the words in the subject except
    "urban".

    I didn't know where to hunt for decay/ruins, so I left.

    - Max

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    last name are not.)
     
    Mister Max, Mar 5, 2004
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    Hecate Guest

    Lost the first screen, it's an annoyance. You don't need it unless
    you're doing something like warning that it's an adult site.

    I like the idea but I found a lot of the images too light/fairly
    washed out. The theme you have chosen calls out for dark, brooding
    images with plenty of atmosphere and I didn't see any of that in the
    images I looked at. In particular, the German witches graves looked
    like they were taken on a sunny day and conveyed an image of
    lightness, not an image of the foreboding you would expect given the
    subject matter.
     
    Hecate, Mar 6, 2004
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    The Data Rat Guest

    Very nice and what a great subject! This could keep you busy for the rest
    of your lives!
     
    The Data Rat, Mar 6, 2004
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    supchaka Guest

    Not bad, one thing you REALLY need to do is make all of the "albums
    work the same. They dont link the same, one pops up a new browser
    others don't. Some just have a back button to the previous page. Yo
    need to get some uniformity.

    The dixmont gallery ia probably the best, you dont have to hit back 10
    times to get back, you can just close the window. The built it PS we
    gallery automation would better IMO than anything you have up.

    It has some potential though


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    supchak
     
    supchaka, Mar 6, 2004
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    Eric Gill Guest

    (ohiotrespassers) wrote in
    I've always been interested in such, having grown up in Oklahoma where the
    ruins of Route 66 were always popping up.

    However, there are scarier places:

    http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/page2.html
     
    Eric Gill, Mar 6, 2004
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    Stephan Guest

    Interesting subject, incredibly boring images

    Stephan
     
    Stephan, Mar 7, 2004
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    Adrian Guest

    It's an ambitious endeavor and as much as I admire your effort (and
    access!), I'd like to see the photos with more of a concern for
    composition, technique and light quality.

    A couple suggestions: upgrade your camera asap, it seems to be a
    relatively low megapixel resolutions (2 mp?), coke bottle optics and
    the worst offender - direct flash! Get a solid tripod and try using
    your camera with long exposure inside dark rooms and you'll see a
    dramatic difference in light quality and room modeling. Treat your
    photography of objects and rooms as if you were doing a "portrait,"
    thus light quality is the defining factor. If you don't understand
    this yet, don't worry, just look at other photographer's work.

    I'm impressed with the thorough writing and background knowledge. What
    you're doing is an important historical documentation, thus, you
    shouldn't squander the opportunity with sub-standard photographic
    documendation. I know you may be able to go on site only when your
    schedule permits and probably can't always wait for the weather (and
    atmospheric light quality) to be "optimum," but a couple hints might
    help. Many photos seem to be very flat in contrast, try kicking up
    contrast in photoshop. Also, try and model buildings with side
    lighting (that is, shoot when sunlight is low on horizon in either
    morning or late afternoon). Buy a supplemental flash (or a couple of
    them) with "slave" triggers (if you don't know what this means, ask
    your camera shop sales person, they can help you with this) so you can
    illuminate rooms and exteriors with a bit more aesthetic quality.

    Check out the following photographer's work and imagine what THEY
    could do if they had YOUR access:

    http://www.jeffbrouws.com/readymades/index.phtml

    http://www.thenocturnes.com/troypaiva.htm

    Here are a couple of my photographs of ruins, btw:

    http://www.amenfoto.com/gallery/modestoandvalley/greenhouse_lamps_shell.html

    http://www.amenfoto.com/gallery/mexico/isla_mujeres_condos_2.html

    Hope this helps.

    Adrian

    "The Pen is Mightier Than the Pendejo."

    ttp://www.amenfoto.com/
     
    Adrian, Mar 7, 2004
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