Corners Of My Mind

I was a little taken aback when I found heard that we’d have someone posing for us during our excursion to St. Albans Sanatorium. While photographing people is something that I would like to do more of it is by no means my strong suit. For some reason, I was quite relieved to find out that the model was also one of the other photographers. Don’t ask me to explain it, I just was.

Since we split up shortly after we hit the door, I only participated in a few of the shots. It turned out to be a really fun experience. Denise came ready to go costumes and all! I came away with two images from this room that I like. I’m still working out how I want to present the second image because it is a departure from any technique I’ve ever used.

Another nice thing about this trip is the opportunity to flex an urbex muscle or two. This was my first bonafide urban exploration. Now that I’ve had time to look through my shots and see some of what other captured I know I missed a lot. I had a great time and honestly would love to do it again sometime. It was a welcome break from landscapes especially during this time of year.

On the processing side this one took a bit of time. Not that it was difficult but because I don’t produce these kind of gritty images very often. I basically just began throwing presets at it in Perfect Photo Suite to see what happened! In the end I used 5 different presets at varying intensities in Perfect Effects and masked in a layer from FocalPoint.

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. Erin Duke February 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM #

    I must admit, as soon as I saw this image, before I even read the story, I knew this was taken in a sanatorium. The image is so perfectly processed and her pose representative of everything I would imagine from such a place. Great stuff!
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  2. Jimi Jones February 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM #

    Powerful image, Curt. I like the focus and soft color of the shot. The image delivers the story very well.
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  3. Scott Wood January 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    Wow, this is awesome. As mentioned, this image tells an amazing story. Very well done.
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  4. Rich McPeek January 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

    Great shot Curt! Well done!
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  5. Chris Frailey January 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM #

    Wow, this really adds to the feel of the photo. Nice job Curt.
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  6. Chris Nitz January 31, 2013 at 8:30 AM #

    I dunno what it is about this, but man does it tell a story. I keep thinking of the countless horror movies I have watched and how so many of them have scenes similar to this. Nice work.
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  7. Edith Levy January 31, 2013 at 8:29 AM #

    This is really wonderful Curt. It tells such a compelling story. Well done.

  8. Rob Hanson January 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM #

    I really like this, Curt. Not as gritty as you might think, and I love the subtle coloration. Nice job.

  9. Len Saltiel January 31, 2013 at 7:27 AM #

    Really nicely done Curt. A bit eerie feel but I think it really works.
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  10. Jim Denham January 31, 2013 at 7:23 AM #

    I think you represented the scene well Curt – nice grittiness, but not over the top. A little sense of friction both with the contrast of the image and with the model’s behavior! I like!
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