It's Week #48: Abandoned

This week, your challenge is to photograph the “abandoned”! It’s one of those challenges that call for an emotional connection. Tap into the story you would like to create, and let your camera be the conduit for your terrific tale.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Use your paintbrush! (metaphor from my opener). Craft your story. Think about what world you want to show your viewer. Have fun with it.
  • Try an HDR method. HDR (high dynamic range) photography is a great method for achieving even exposure in your shadows (dark areas) as well as your highlights (bright areas). Usually photographs tend to only get one of those right at a time. This method is great to bring out detail in cracks and craggs, especially in an abandoned building setting. This blog post covers different techniques for achieving HDR and faux-HDR. If you want to just dip your toe in, you can create an HDR photo on your iPhone, but we encourage you to use the bracketing method at least once to really understand the principle. (Once you’re through, check out this blog post documenting the 10 stages of a new HDR photographer).
  • Think outside the box. What would be a unique idea that no one else would think of?

Looking for more inspiration? Check out three of our albums from the past: Black and White52Frames Abandoned Tzuba Hotel Photowalk, and 52Frames Tel Aviv Central Bus Station Photowalk, and our own Adam Salberg with this wonderful photo essay. And, of course, The Googles.

Extra Credit: Abandoned Building

For some extra credit joojoo, break in legally enter (*cough*) an abandoned building and see what great compositions you can create. Shout out to my friend Rebecca Bathory, who takes incredible, chilling shots, of abandoned places all over the world, check her out.
Have fun with it and of course, check out the Googles for some inspiration.

Some VERY helpful tips, from fellow framer Adam Salberg:

•Know the laws wherever you’re shooting, and don’t break them unless you’re prepared to deal with the consequences.

•In old buildings beware of rotted floors and other potential hazards (broken glass, rusted metal, wild animals, etc). The first floor tends to be a lot safer than higher floors, but remember there might be a basement (or multiple basements) below you. Be smart and be careful.

•If you’re going to be more than shouting distance from civilization bring a buddy with you. Make sure you both have fully charged phones. Flashlights and water are also useful.

•People seem to be pretty antsy lately after the events of the last few weeks. Try to understand how other people might react to seeing you lurk through the woods with a large bag, or suddenly seeing you moving in and out of places where they don’t normally expect to see people. Be prepared to explain yourself.

•Respect the space – don’t start moving a ton of things around to stage a photo for yourself and ruin the experience for the next explorer.

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Have a challenge idea for 2016?