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Friday, 25 May 2012


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I think #1 is my favorite of your photos.

Why do you need to push the GF1, it is equiped with a capable 1/4 thread in the right position to attatch the tripod to it. In fact your freinds S2 isn't that capable in high iso either, but he shlepped a tripod to the gig, eh, indoor, dark building = tripod.

BTW, great place for some nifty panorama work.

Greetings, Ed

And, yes some thifty masked noise correction in Noise Ninja can sure improve matters a great deal especially if you have a RAW file at hand (the 16 bits give Ctein more data to play with). You could even go as far to make a RAW HDR and use the freeware (giftware)


to combine things.....in which you seperate the darks from the mids from the highs and combine the layers in Picturenaut. You could try if your and my mail holds a 14 Mb RAW, would be more then happy to give it a try.

Greetings, Ed

Mmmm. Decay porn!

Thanks for this, Mike - I really like the first two pictures. I'm one of those freaks for whom decay, detritus and the discarded really works. And you've got some great pictures there of that.

Although, as you can tell, I prefer my decay without people in it.

On a tangent: When I started taking photos of this kind of thing, I had no idea what this oeuvre is called. So I made up my own name: "Discardia", which I define as the things that humans have abandoned without any care.

The buildings of old have a certain grandeur about them that persists even in decline. I shudder to think what our particleboard office parks and shuttered big box stores will look like decades after their closing...

I hope you add that 1st shot to the "images to print" list!

Ever see this: "http://www.detroityes.com/home.htm" ?

It can almost make you cry.

Wasn't it the joke brand? And who makes the Pabst Blue Ribbon all the nuevo hipsters drink?

What a neat place to shoot. And, don't kid yourself Mike, you got some good ones.

Looks like you're scouting locations for the next French Connection film.

"Why do you need to push the GF1, it is equiped with a capable 1/4 thread in the right position to attatch the tripod to it."

Read the post again....


I'm so envious of your outing, Mike. The paint peal is particularly pleasing.

@ Philip:

"Discardia" ... I like it! My friend Jim W. often refers to it as "Ruins Porn," but your label sounds much classier.

Good for you, Mike!

Ironically(?), nobody has mentioned the beer which you could get on the east coast back in the early '70s. It was decent preferably in bottles not cans. Ah, but was it pre-virtual?

I liked Phillip Storry's take: Decay porn. It certainly is a favorite photographic subject. Abandoned factories, prisons, insane asylums, slave cabins, steel mills, train yards and stations. Oh, yes, and naked women in bizarre poses in abandoned buildings.

It seems such a clichė to me, but I still seek them out and shoot them myself. I find it very difficult to walk past peeling paint or crumbling brick withpout grabbing the camera. Guess these kinds of shots are no more a clichė than landscape, classic nudes, still life, or people looking funny in black-and-white on big city streets.

I quite like #1. You should put it on a print sale with your loaner Canon Printer.

Then we can compare your printing to Ctein's.

Aren't we photographers lucky that paint peels? Homeowners not so much. The drainpipe rocks.

Ha. At first glance, I thought the guy with a tripod was under a dark cloth.

I love "peeling paint porn", and on-site framing, too. Thanks for sharing the nice shots.

A brewery that used to make PBR? Talk about a hipster paradise. You should have done all the shots with Hipstamatic or instagram. At the very least could you add some grunge and borders please?

Just made some similar shots of a grand dame in decline. I think this building is testament to military waste, it being a shuttered Air Force facility in Rantoul,IL named "Whitehall." The tragedy, if there is one,is that the building appears to be built to withstand a nuclear strike, all reinforced concrete with a reinforced concrete roof. One room is 200 feet long and 60 feet wide, all clear span. Just shut down and forgotten. It's developed a marvelous patina, and the sense of weight and calm when you're inside is palpable. http://knize.smugmug.com/Travel/Illinois2012/whitehallrantoul/23186004_FsCrfL

Hi, can you please tell me how one can get access to the building. Is it open to anyone who walks in or do we need a permit or a ticket? Any help would be most appreciated.

Oops and fellow oops so to speak......:-). My old friend the Gilux reporter 2 (or 3 I haven't got a clue) currently resides in a bag at the carrier of my bike. Now that can be a problem when I decide to take a car.....I have to remember to put one in the trunk of the car as well.

Greetings, Ed

And the offer still stands :-).

Hey, Mike, nice photos!

I particularly like photo 1; the verticals are vertical and the level of contrast looks natural, so I can immediately suspend disbelief and place myself there in your shoes. The reflection on the floor is balanced nicely by those interesting finger-like supports beneath the ceiling. As a result, the photo is elegant and restful to look at. Nicely seen.

In photo 4, I like the splotches on the wall with their interesting diversity of form. And yes, the quiet photographer provides another plane. I think, however, that the left side lacks the interest that the right has, and so, for me, the photo lacks balance. I like the quality of the side-light and the centrally-placed pole, however.

At first glance I thought Jack was holding a trusty Pentax digital spot meter. I know; don't say it. I have two.

Learn to shot/process and post 360's :) And then have a beer on me :)

Could have been so much better, if you want to document a place, learn to use 360's too. Nothing works as well as well done stills and a selected set of 360's.

Call me next time. you are missing a lot.


Nah, not my thing. I'd rather look at YOUR 360s. [s]


I'm still figuring out DOF with the 20mm f1.7 so just wondering how you pick an aperature setting and where you focus for shots like these? (bearing in mind the GF1 like my GH1 gives no indication of focus distance) Ta :-)

"I'm still figuring out DOF with the 20mm f1.7 so just wondering how you pick an aperature setting and where you focus for shots like these?"

For most of these shots I had the camera set on ISO 800 and f/5.6. I don't specifically recall where I placed the focus because it's such second nature now that I'm not really conscious of doing it. I would guess that generally, I focus bang on whatever I want to be in sharpest focus if there's a central point of interest to the photo, or about a third of the way into what I want to be in focus otherwise. I probably grabbed focus on the frontmost post in the top photo, right on the pipe in the second one, and right on Jack in the third and fourth ones.


Hope the building can be "repurposed" instead of torn down. The Beer Line was once a major switching district for the Milwaukee Road (itself long gone), with its Beloit-built Fairbanks-Morse locomotives running down street trackage as it switched the Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and other Breweries.

Is the building open for anyone to shoot or do you need approval first? This is an amazing location! I loved the 2nd & last captures.

We're not 100% certain, but Jack thinks our tour was the last one before construction is scheduled to begin. The whole facility is to be renovated and repurposed.


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