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Hard Hat

By Merlin_k    
Yesterday I went on the hard hat tour of EliSs Island hospital. And discovered they do a photography tour. Yesterday was hard, having to keep up with the tour, hand held camera, many changing light scenarios. But the photography tour I will be allowed to take a tripod and lighting. Giving a lot more time.
I¬’m after advice of how to improve the pictures when I have more time. All comments on the attached very happily attached.

Tags: Hospital Architecture Ruins Desolate eliisisland

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banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
11 Mar 2020 12:04PM
Its hard to critique all 18, so Ive chosen two and uploaded mods of the original and v6.

Both are just a little more edgy, contrasty, and theres a mono version of each. Mono suits this type of shot quite well I think,

I would not have gone below f/11 just to avoid any possible sharpness fall off due to diffraction, but it doesnt seem to be an issue.


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Willie
chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
11 Mar 2020 1:36PM
Wow, what a place, you lucky thing !!
You have given us lots to see and I think you have done really well hand holding.
The one that intrigues me is the image of the Mortuary, some good light in there and the textures are to be adored.
I think once you have your tripod etc you will get some good stuff from this location.
I find V13 fascinating.
I like the corridor images simply for the light hitting the ground from the windows.
Some nice stuff to see in V12 and from V15 nI would have gone up close to the bowls with that fab textured wall behind.
A macro lens would be useful too, especially to have go at the washer and washing machine. I would have tried a few HDR images there.
Lots of opportunities...endless.
Merlin_k 14 39 13 United States
11 Mar 2020 2:47PM
I wouldnít have thought about taking the macro lens, thanks.
Merlin_k 14 39 13 United States
11 Mar 2020 2:54PM

Quote:Its hard to critique all 18, so Ive chosen two and uploaded mods of the original and v6.

Both are just a little more edgy, contrasty, and theres a mono version of each. Mono suits this type of shot quite well I think,

I would not have gone below f/11 just to avoid any possible sharpness fall off due to diffraction, but it doesnt seem to be an issue.



I was very aware of going for a low f setting, just hand held and lack of tripod meant I was already pushing iso to silly levels.
Your mods definitely have more edge, Iíd be interested in what you tweaked other than contrast.
Agree to mono, definitely suits these. However I think I was really lucky with the light and I love the colors from the sunlight through the dingy windows.
Sorry for uploading so many (but I did have 150 to chose from 😁Wink
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2020 4:53PM
The place looks like a photographer's dream location. Unless your return coincides with the time of your visit on the 9th, you are going to have to reconsider your lighting. Here, you did very well. In fact, I like the images where you used the light to your advantage, i.e. versions 4, 6 and of course your lead image.

Bear in mind that you will be attempting to capture the atmosphere of the place, so you could try choosing areas where there is particular interest, not just images that might have been taken anywhere. Use unusual features to bring its quirkiness to the fore, such as the old woman's face in version 15, the people on the staircase in version 13, and the cupboards in version 11. As well as taking the bigger picture, as you have here, go in close, use different or unusual angles, and accentuate the details.

(Versions 7, 8, 9 and 10 are the same).

Enjoy your next visit.

Pamela.
Merlin_k 14 39 13 United States
11 Mar 2020 6:19PM

Quote:The place looks like a photographer's dream location. Unless your return coincides with the time of your visit on the 9th, you are going to have to reconsider your lighting. Here, you did very well. In fact, I like the images where you used the light to your advantage, i.e. versions 4, 6 and of course your lead image.

Bear in mind that you will be attempting to capture the atmosphere of the place, so you could try choosing areas where there is particular interest, not just images that might have been taken anywhere. Use unusual features to bring its quirkiness to the fore, such as the old woman's face in version 15, the people on the staircase in version 13, and the cupboards in version 11. As well as taking the bigger picture, as you have here, go in close, use different or unusual angles, and accentuate the details.

(Versions 7, 8, 9 and 10 are the same).

Enjoy your next visit.

Pamela.



Those are no cupboards. Thatís the mortuary and those are the storage racks.
Hopefully the lighting will be similar, the tours are in the morning so I should get that lateral lighting coming through the windows but it will depend on the day. I think I was lucky on Monday.
Not sure how I uploaded four of the same image. Iím going to blame the iPad. Sorry about that. I canít see how to delete mods individually.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
13 Mar 2020 2:51PM
A couple of thioughts...

My kit doesn't include any lens lumps like your 24-105 (I'm always amazed by the size and weightof that Canon standard lens!): those things weigh as much as two or three prime lenses, and my own choice would be a 24 and an 85 (my usual favourites), plus a 20 (or wider, if you have one).

If you take a tripod, you won't need lighting for illumination, though it might be useful for balancing sunlit and shadowed areas. My choice would be not to take anything: after all, iwth a tripod you can take multiple exposures and use HDR to get detail in deep shadows and bright highlights.

Frame the images carefully, and where the geometry matters, make sure that hte camera is true and level to avoid loads of processing.

And I'm envious - it looks like a great place to play!
Merlin_k 14 39 13 United States
14 Mar 2020 12:41PM

Quote:A couple of thioughts...

My kit doesn't include any lens lumps like your 24-105 (I'm always amazed by the size and weightof that Canon standard lens!): those things weigh as much as two or three prime lenses, and my own choice would be a 24 and an 85 (my usual favourites), plus a 20 (or wider, if you have one). !



Well great, now I need to look at buying some new lenses 🤣 (yes, the 24-105 is a bit of a brick). And now youíve got me looking at the 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye.
The 85mm L series is a little pricey.
One option would be to hire, or take my current lenses but see what others are using, then have another trip there with what I have learnt.
So many decisions.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
16 Mar 2020 3:56PM
I'd avoid zooms, myself. But I know an awful lot of people who use them!

The 85mm f/1.8 is one of the bargains in the Canon range, and only a little slower.

Also, keep an eye on Sigma, whose Art range sets standards that only the very latest Canon glass come near.

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