Abandon Hope

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

The immortal words from Dante’s Divine Comedy seemed a fitting title for this shot taken at the entrance of St. Albans Sanatorium. Called the Grand Staircase, this beautiful piece of architecture has no doubt shed most of the allure that it once commanded. Covered in countless layers of stain and paint, the staircase is but a shadow of its original self. Yet the loneliness of these steps rising into the dark echoes across the past century. The tour of St. Albans Sanatorium was filled with icons like the staircase. Moments in time burned into the wood and plaster yet forever forgotten.

This was the first real opportunity I had to get the Canon 6D out into the wild and I have to say that I am really impressed with it. Besides the occasional fumbling around with a few button locations, it was very much like using the Canon 60D I am accustomed to. I have never used a full frame body before so I was amazed at how much of a scene was lost on a cropped sensor. One other stand-out difference is the depth of field it creates. For example, this image was shot at 50mm and f/5.6. I could never have achieved the DOF here using my 60D at the same f-stop.

Google Map Info: 37.139722,-80.578055

Gear: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7

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  1. Scott Wood January 29, 2013 at 8:02 PM #

    I have looked at this image 4 or 5 times today on the different social media sites and I have to say, I don’t think I can tire of it, the subtle tones and DOF are very captivating. Very well done my friend.
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  2. Mark Summerfield January 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

    Another nice tight graphic composition, Curt. This looks like it is going to turn into a great series.
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  3. Len Saltiel January 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

    Terrific composition and mood Curt. Nicely captured.
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  4. Chris Nitz January 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

    I like the simpleness of this, yet the depth that there is. Nice work.
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  5. Jim Denham January 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM #

    You’re making me want a 6D! Love this framing and the story behind it Curt! Well done!
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