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