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Coal Breaker Boots

Abandoned St. Nicholas Coal Breaker Mahoney City PA Urbex Photography

Nikon D5000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 10mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1 Second Exposure, -2EV

The abandoned Coal breakers of PA are some of the ultimate urbex scenes, I’ve been to.  After 5+ hours in the car yesterday we were able to visit 2 in one day.  This shot is from the 2nd breaker we visited and I must say this was the better of the two.  I wanted to start off my Coal Breaker Series with a shot that represents the workers that once put in long, hard hours here.  These boots were made for walking, but since the 1960′s they’ve just been sitting here in the coal breakers locker room.  I am in awe over some of the HDR brackets I grabbed at this location and as a group, we definately plan to be back very soon.  This particular breaker deserves more than one full day of shooting and since we were only able to spend 2 hours here, our second trip is already in the works!

I went for a single NON-HDR image that I processed through Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.  This software complete me when it come to B&W conversion.  If you haven’t yet used it, I suggest you try it out. It’s only $100 until July 5th!


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June 29, 2011 - 9:53 am

Eden - Awesome!

June 29, 2011 - 9:54 am

Brian Furbush - Very cool man, really dig the composition and the heavy vignette.

June 29, 2011 - 9:57 am

Chris Wray - Very expressive. Great composition, Scott!

June 29, 2011 - 10:02 am

Dave DiCello - Wow, this is excellent Scott, I love the details, the B&W is perfect

June 29, 2011 - 10:12 am

Chris Frailey - Great capture Scott. I finally bought Silver Efex this week. Looking forward to trying it out.

June 29, 2011 - 10:52 am

Jim Denham - Fantastic composition and perfectly processed! Love the one shoe pointing at you and the wear on the toe! Excellent!

June 29, 2011 - 11:04 am

Curt Fleenor - Great image Scott! The detail and b/w conversion is awesome!

June 29, 2011 - 11:12 am

Jason Hines - Those look worn in and comfortable! Great shot and processing.

June 29, 2011 - 11:26 am

Hans - Fantastic shot! Such great detail and truly tells a story.

June 29, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Chris DeAngelis - Love the tones. SEP2 rocks! Great conversion!

June 29, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Chris Wray - Very expressive composition. Great tones and lighting.

June 29, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Toad Hollow Photography - I find myself overwhelmed a bit emotionally looking at this picture, Scott. To say this is incredible would be a big understatement. Who were the men who wore those? What was life like for them back then? There were no fax machines, cell phones, DVR’s…. it seems like a time from another eon, but in reality this happened not that long ago. Compelling and dramatic work here Scott, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for your next post!

June 29, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Sarah King - Really awesome

June 29, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Chrisdmrf - Really dig this shot, processing is excellent, B & W rocks it. really tells a story

June 29, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Joe vigilis - Another fine piece, Scott. Are you returning to this site as a group? By invite only? I am always looking for new places to shoot. From L.I. NY…any suggestions for HiDRa’s, as I call ‘em. PA must have quite a urb-ex locations. Thanks.

June 30, 2011 - 9:45 am

James Howe - Nice black and white image! I like the exaggerated perspective created by the wide lens and the way it makes the toe of the closest boot seem extra large.

June 30, 2011 - 10:23 pm

Bob Lussier - Scott, this is such a great shot. I’m starting to get jealous of the Coal Breakers!

July 1, 2011 - 10:56 am

Justin - Where is the located at? Great image, I’m looking forward to the series.

July 1, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Captain Kimo - I can’t imagine why boots would be chained to a bench but this is an amazing find and beautiful processing with excellent detail!

July 5, 2011 - 10:51 am

Keith Carey - Wow! you made the dirty shoes to a good clean classic shot! I love it! How did you edit this kind of shot?

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July 5, 2011 - 10:52 am

Keith Carey - Wow! you made the dirty shoes to a good clean classic shot! I love it! How did you edit this kind of shot?

July 6, 2011 - 10:45 am

Scott Frederick - Incredible feedback on this shot. One of my favorite shots, thank you! :)

May 25, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Karl Sieger - Have you been to the Locust Summit Breaker near Ashland PA?

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