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Challenge: Abandoned Buildings VI (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: near Chateau Snaffles
Date: Dec 27, 2020
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/20
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2021

A local abandoned house, decrepit and falling down. I've shot it before for challenges but not recently. Energy is everywhere, it comes off of everything and leaves a trace of it behind even after many years; I explore places like this to pick up on that energy. I sense tremendous sadness and waste in many houses like this. In the room beyond the floor is still littered with books and magazines. Someone used to love to read, once.

pp: shot NEF, crop, resize, HSL, NIK

[Jan. 9th, 2021 07:53:43 PM]

Thanks for all the great and insightful comments - glad I'm not the only one who felt and saw the sadness and despair here.

Regarding suggestions to move the barrel and place items atop it....no. When I enter a structure like this, especially a house,I shoot it as I find it. I always do my best to minimize any kind of signs of intrusion, out of respect for the property. That way, should anyone see my tracks in the snow and follow them to see if any damage was done, then they won't see anything amiss.

Also, in the interests of safety, I stay close to walls and doorways and only venture into rooms if they have a fairly sound floor underneath! The floor in the room visible beyond this one is rotted through, so it's safe to assume that this floor is also potentially unsafe.

Place: 1 out of 39
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01/12/2021 10:30:00 AM
be careful. They might come back..:)

congrats for a well deserved image!
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01/11/2021 01:15:56 PM
Wow, this certainly does meet the challenge, they even left their things when they abandoned this house.
Very well shot image. A well deserved blue.
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01/11/2021 05:27:16 AM
Many congrats, Susan. It's a great take on the challenge, I love the textures and the lighting.
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01/11/2021 04:40:39 AM
Beautiful photography Susan. Congratulations on your First place.
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01/11/2021 01:34:08 AM
Hey Susan, congratulations, my vote to you tied with the red! Great find.
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01/11/2021 12:46:33 AM
many congratulations on your blue ribbon and for an excellent take on the challenge ..
its interesting that you felt the energy .. as a photo i dont see it like that .. but i wasnt there .
ppl move on . and the things they leave behind are often just things ..
there's so much more than material possessions for us to value in this life ..
but thats just my take atm ..
dont get me wrong . this is a wonderful statement .. abandoned for sure .. :)
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01/11/2021 12:25:15 AM
Very cinematic. Very well done.
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01/11/2021 12:13:23 AM
WTG Susan!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2021 08:50:49 AM
This really defines this challenge. I really like it. Deserves to ribbon.
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01/09/2021 09:52:22 PM
Yep yep. Definitely nobody calling this place home anymore! Good handling of the lighting.
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01/09/2021 03:51:45 AM
I like looking around here. This was clearly a literate family!
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01/05/2021 04:42:56 PM
past life for sure .
it really brings it home that a lot of the things we really value .. of a material nature .. maybe not as important as we think ..
as time moves on and our lives evolve will we value that 'thing' that means so much to us now at some future time .. often not at all .
this is a great image btw .. :)
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01/05/2021 04:06:47 PM
Great job on the colors and texture. When I see abandoned buildings, I think of all the lives who lived there and the history surrounding the structure. 10
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01/05/2021 10:16:13 AM
That formerly cheery color on the walls makes this sadder.
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01/05/2021 06:51:35 AM
Great subdues colour tones, fitting to the scene.
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01/04/2021 08:56:45 PM
you know, I would have stood the wood cask up and thrown an old towel on it.or an old Teddy Bear, then you have a story .But should be 6/6.5..I actually like this image it talks to you .Go Back Re shoot and keep the image handy for an archival challenge ...
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