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Exploring the Unknown


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Exploring the Unknown

6 Aug 2012 11:07AM   Views : 298 Unique : 211

Haven't we all passed by some locked up, abandoned building, wondering what secrets lie within? It appeals to curiosity, it appeals to the possibilities of photographic delights unknown.

There are two such small buildings in Atherton Cemetery, two disued chapels lying side by side, unused, somewhat neglected and locked up tight. Within, what delights await us?

Arrangements were made, and a few members of ADAPS congregated to photograph the interiors:

The chapels are Church of England and Roman Catholic repsectively, and both offer an interior almost entirely devoid of light. Tiny blocked windows, decaying paintwork that once was covered by murals, a fine posished wooden floor now covered in decades of dust. This is the realm of HDR, with huge diufferences in lighting levels from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights.
First, a view of the RC interior, shot on a Pentax Q with fish-eye lens, processed in Photomatix and then CS5:

Then, the C0fE interior showing the altar area, using the Pentax K-5 with SMC pentax-DA 12-24mm f4 lens and the same post processing:

All in all, a fantastic, fascinating couple of hours intensly shooting images, totally absorbing. Why not find the owners of some local delight, ask them if you can have access and see what can be arranged? The result is surprisingly often a yes and owners can be quite proud of their decaying structures, even if they can't afford to maintain them.


6 Aug 2012 12:23PM
Incidentally, for anyone who might want to know, on one end of the line-up is me and on the other end my wife Sue.

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