Destruction. Debris. Decaying structures. I’ve always enjoyed seeing photos of abandoned hospitals and other buildings. There’s just something intriguing about seeing a place that was once a prime example of human civilization look as though our species has been evacuated from the planet.
While I didn’t find anything quite that drastic, the past few weeks I had noticed an old distribution center that was in the process of being demolished. I knew before long there wouldn’t be much left, so I made a point to find time to go shoot. The weather had been nice, so I was hoping for an easier time than the last few outings. Of course we had freezing rain and 40º temps the day I went for a visit. At least it made for some interesting frosted windows and icy fences.
The main thing I wanted to get a look at was the security gate station. Anything with danger and warning signs is bound to be good to photograph. Even though the booth and the items inside it wouldn’t normally be in motion, it’s strange how still everything seems when there’s no one around, and the area has been left to rot.
This is the first time I had the camera on full manual, typically I’d been shooting in aperture priority mode. I felt I had enough time and my fingers weren’t too cold that I could take the time to adjust everything myself. Despite the sun not being out, there was plenty of light to keep the ISO down and use a fast shutter speed to compensate for my less-than-still arms and balance.
Because of the solid gray sky, I had some difficulty processing the images. If I wanted to see any hint of the clouds, the rest of the image was too dark. Brighten up the whole scene and the sky was blown out and all white. I used the graduated filter and adjustment brush in Lightroom to help compensate for this. While it helped a lot, I’m not convinced I wouldn’t have been better served opening the images in Photoshop, being able to more carefully select just the sky to make adjustments.
Overall, I think this was the most fun I’ve had with this project yet. I had an interesting subject and area to capture, the time, and less frigid climate to be able to really focus on what I wanted to do. That said, I’m really looking forward to all the changes coming this spring and the opportunities they will bring.
More photos from this are on my flickr site.