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Scranton Lace Factory, Scott Frederick Photography, Urbex, HDR

Nikon D5000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 16mm, f/8, ISO 200

The Scranton Lace Factory Exploration was one of the most relaxing ones yet, mainly because the owner granted me permission to be on the property. These buildings will eventually be turned into some sort of artist community space and I’m glad I was able to spend 5 hours inside before the interior is demoed.  This shot was taken in the breezeway that connected the two large buildings. When I entered this space I was drawn to the light and textures in the scene.  I’ve been in the habit of framing my compositions on an angle, as I would normally try to frame head on!  But sometimes you have to change things up when given the opportunity.  One of the pleasing things about this composition for me is the view outside of the broken window, which shows the window frame to the other building across the way.  I think it allows the eyes to wander around the image just enough, to not be drawn directly to the door. This would of been the case had I shot this head on.  Next time your framing a shot head on, try another shot at a slight angle.  You might be pleased with the results enough to actually process that one instead!

After tone mapping these brackets in Photomatix Pro, I used onOne Software’s PhotoTools and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 in perfect harmony.  If your not using either of these programs or haven’t experimented with using them both together, I strongly suggest you try them out and utilize my discount code “ScottFrederickPhoto” to receive a discount off your purchase.

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October 20, 2011 - 9:32 am

Dave DiCello - This is outstanding Scott. The processing is perfect, not overally great, has a true urbex feel to it. But then again, you are the master!

October 20, 2011 - 10:28 am

Kris Koeller - I’m really enjoying this series. so many great, atmospheric places to see.

October 20, 2011 - 10:57 am

Edith Levy - Fabulous shot Scott. Your right I do like the angle and the view outside the broken window really adds to the shot. I love the textures as well.

October 20, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Curt Fleenor - Wonderful textures and subtle changes in lighting. The one small window does add an interesting aspect to the wall of glass. I don’t use Nil but I am a firm believer in PhotoTools, it makes a world of difference in my work.

October 20, 2011 - 1:35 pm

A.Barlow - You always seem to find the most dusty, run down locations to shoot. I’m amazed sir. Nice job.

October 20, 2011 - 1:44 pm

LensScaper - You’ve really captured the character of this corridor. Your thinking about POV was spot on – the view out to another building adds an extra dimension and is perfectly placed in the frame. I’ve never tried HDR (yet!), but it is images like this that persuade me that certain images take a quantum leap when the technique is applied.

October 28, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Bobby Bradley - I love this processing. This looks like a great find of a location.

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