Is there a particularly conducive time of the year for Urbexing around ? Are there “Urbex prone seasons” ? Personally, and to paraphrase John Ruskin, I consider “there is no such thing as bad Urbex weather, only different kinds of good Urbex weather.”
I previously admited my fondness for old cemeteries, in this blog. It should come to no surprise then, I am also fond of abandoned hospitals, asylums and sanatoriums. Not quiet for the same reason though.
To me, abandoned medical institution, introduce an entirely different level of curiosity and intrigue compared to regular abandoned house, as they symbolise brief moments of passage in people’s existence. Almost an obligatory transition in the course of normal life.
Maybe also, because as R.W. Emerson once stated “Society is nothing but a hospital of incurables.” Continue reading “Abandoned Hospitals”
First Aid Kits
“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst“, or so the saying goes.
One of the given of almost any Urbex is the potential danger in which the action occurs.
This is true legally of course, from a safety point of view as well (see here).
Our Urbex playgrounds are usually fraught with dangers and perils. From falling objects to unstable platforms, the risk to one’s health are a bit higher then when let’s say, you’re partaking in flower macro-photography. Continue reading “First Aid Kits”
Tack Sharp Urbex
Because the opposite of sharp is dull, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive (bordering on a disorder I guess) when it comes to picture sharpness and crispness. As a matter of fact, unless there is an obvious artistic bias to make a blurry image (and I mean really, really obvious), nothing turns me off an image more, then an out of focus picture.
As a matter of fact, I like my pictures soooo focus, sooo tack sharp, they’re serrated. (pun fukin’ intended!!) Continue reading “Tack Sharp Urbex”
Through the looking glass
Using the correct lens is critical to Urbex photography success.
The size, f-number and even the weight of the lens you use will determine your image’s forces and weaknesses. It will induce the image’s distortion, saturation, depth of field, bokeh and, dare I say it ? Probably its soul, no less !!