It's Week #18: Abandoned

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Photo by: Sara Seldowitz – Week 34: Wabi Sabi (2015)

Ever notice how there’s something about old, abandoned buildings that makes you take a second look? Is it because you saw something move out of the corner of your eye? Maybe it’s a feeling of sadness that you get, empathizing with the abandonment of what you are seeing. This week, your task is to capture this emotion, and tell the story of abandonment.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Craft your story. Then think about how best to document it based on what you’ve learned so far in the project. Extra headspace, perhaps? Low key? Think about what world you want to show your viewer, and enjoy the creative experimentation!
  • Magic hour can give a great ethereal sort of look to your abandoned shot. Not sure when it is? Use this website to determine Magic Hour in your location.
  • Break into an abandoned building! Obey your local laws, and please don’t do anything that is unsafe! At the same time, figure out how you could go about documenting these cool sites that may be near your house, both safely and legally.
  • Got that beautiful, decaying empty room? Take it a step further –what would a lone lamp look like in the middle of the room? A woman floating in the air? An analog tv with the current news playing?
  • Abandoned needn’t be a building, room, or thing. It can be an emotion. Convey your story.
  • Think outside the box! What would be a unique idea that no one else would think of?

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Abandoned” and “Wabi Sabi” albums from 2015. And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 

Extra Credit: HDR

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at HDR! HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and is achieved by combining a series of images with different exposures, so that the extreme light and dark areas in your photo are all exposed properly. HDR can easily look “overdone” but if you use it just enough, your photos will really pop! Here’s a handy tutorial to get you started, or a more basic primer. Check out this “Coffee & Critique” where Yosef teaches his methods of achieving beautifully natural HDR!

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015