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Hate Brought Waste To You By Humans

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Detroit's abandoned Farwell Building was once a thriving commercial building in the downtown. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1974 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It has sat abandoned and decaying since 1984.

10-22mm, 20 seconds, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR


Bridge to Nowhere

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A photo I captured on a recent exploration of Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant. This was my fifth exploration of the colossal factory and I still feel like I've missed sections of it! The cooridoors and hallways of the 3.5 million square foot factory seem to go on and on forever.

10-22mm, 1/8 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

"The Packard Plant is former automobile manufacturing factory in Detroit, Michigan where luxury Packard cars were made by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana.

The 3,500,000 square foot, plant was designed by Albert Kahn and is located on over 40 acres of land on East Grand Boulevard. It included the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit.

The Packard Plant was opened in 1903 and at the time was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world with skilled craftsmen who practiced over eighty trades. The factory closed in 1958, however, but the buildings remain standing as of 2011, and the city has pledged legal action to have it demolished or secured.

Since its abandonment, it has served as a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers, auto scrappers and scavengers. A number of the outer buildings were in use by businesses as recently as 2007, but no more tenants appear to remain." - Wikipedia


Walking the Mega Zeph

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mega Zeph is a decaying wooden roller coaster at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. I photographed this scene on one of the ride's rickety service walkways.

10-22mm, 1/30 second, f/3.5, ISO 1250

Six Flags New Orleans has been shuttered since it was flooded during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. For over a month after Katrina, the park sat in 7 feet of brackish flood waters, which effectively destroyed 80% of the rides. A majority of the wood from Mega Zeph has decayed and the steel track has severely rusted, with one section of the ride having collapsed.


Six Flags New Orleans: Stacked Star Trails

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Four days ago, I wrote about a star trails photo I shot (on a recently urban exploration trip) near the ferris wheel of the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. Immediately after taking that photo, I shot 20 extra exposures, lasting 1 minute each, of the same scene. My intention was to combine the 20 exposures to create a single long exposure photo using a program called StarStaX. The photo can be seen below.

10-22mm, 20 minutes (stacked exposures), f/5.6, ISO 100

The primary benefit of stacking multiple photos to create a single exposure is the clarity you can achieve in the photo. Particular in this situation, the skies were heavy with the haze of 42ºC humidity. Six Flags is located only 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the downtown core (the famous French Quarter), so the light pollution was also very intense. Stacking allowed me to cut through the haze, so to speak, and achieve a clarity of star trails not seen in my other long exposure shot of the ferris wheel.

As mentioned above, I used a program called StarStaX (written by Markus Enzweiler).

"StarStaX is a fast multi-platform image stacking and blending software, which is developed primarily for Star Trail Photography. Besides star trails, it can be of great use in other settings. StarStaX allows to merge a series of photos into a single image, where the relative motion of the stars creates structures looking like star trails."

One critical issue with stacking photos like this is to minimize the amount of time between exposures. I used my remote sensor to trigger each exposure, which caused a 1-2 second gap between each one. That may seem insignificant, but if you zoom in on the photo, very slight gaps can be seen in each trail. This isn't something most people would see, but it's still a consideration when using this process/technique for star trails.

Overall, I'm quite pleased with the results of my first photo stacking attempt and will definitely try it again!


Six Flags New Orleans: Star Trails

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A star trails photo of the ferris wheel at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park.

10-22mm, 10 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 100

This is easily one of the most difficult and most rewarding star trails photo I've done. I was shooting through a thick haze of 42ºC humidity and fighting the light pollution of New Orleans to the west. The bugs were overwhelming as well. All of this was worth it, to get a star trails photo in one of the top abandoned locations in North America!

Six Flags New Orleans sits on the eastern end of New Orleans. It was completely flooded by Hurricane Katrina and has sat abandoned ever since. The park sat in brackish flood waters for over a month, causing 80% damage to the structures and rides, rendering most of them unsalvageable.



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