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Blue Ghost Tunnel

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Blue Ghost Tunnel is located in Thorold, Ontario, Canada. For such a simple structure, the tunnel has a very storied past. It has been known by four different names, operated for approximately 40 years, was the sight of a horrific train collision and sits a short distance from a flooded grave site.

The tunnel's construction began in 1875 by Great Western Railway and was finish a year later. When the tunnel was completed, it was 665 feet in length. In 1882, Great Western Railway was purchased and merged with Grand Truck Railway.

The tunnel was active throughout the 1880s, until a double tracked swing bridge was built a short distance north of its location. From that point forward, the tunnel was used with less frequency. In 1903, the tunnel was the sight of a head on train collison which killed two workers. By 1915, the tunnel had become abandoned and became known as Merritton Tunnel.

By the 1920s, the Fourth Welland Canal was to be constructed. South of the tunnel lay an old abandoned cemetery, which would eventually end up flooded by the pondage area of the new canal. Of the 913 graves, only 250 were removed before the flooding occurred. To this day, there are still watery remnants of the graveyard's tombstones south of the Blue Ghost Tunnel.

For a much more in-depth history of the tunnel, please visit Hamilton Paranormal.

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Homestead

Monday, June 6, 2011

Today's photo is a handheld HDR composition of an abandoned farm house north of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

I grew up only 7km away from this farm and passed it everyday on the bus to high school in Stratford. I never knew the people who lived there, but, if I recall correctly, it was still an active dwelling last Fall. My guess is the property was sold and the new owners just wanted the land for crop production. The barn, which I also photographed, has been demolished and is now a pile of rubble.


10-22mm, 1/40 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

I have another set of three HDR exposures that were captured closer to the house. I decided to back away from the building and try again so the trees would appear to be reaching in towards it. Contrary to general practice, I used Photomatix to enhance the dynamic range of the composition, but in what I believe to be a very minimalistic fashion. I was striving for a creepy vibe and the oversaturated colours seen in most photographers HDR work wouldn't have made sense here.

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Sattler Theater

Friday, June 3, 2011

The front row of the abandoned Sattler Theater, awash in rays of light. This photo was taken in March 2007, during my first visit to the theater. I used a Canon Rebel XT (my first DSLR!) and its 18-55mm kit lens.


Canon Rebel XT (my first DSLR), 18-55mm (kit lens), 1/4 seconds, f/3.5, ISO 400

The Sattler Theater is located near Jefferson Avenue. It was opened in 1914 as a 928-seat movie theater at a cost of $35,000. The theater was commissioned by local retailer John G. Sattler and designed in the Beaux Arts style by Henry Spann. In 1920, the Sattler Theater changed hands and became the Broadway Theatre. Even later it became known as Basil's Broadway. The theater became Muhammad's Mosque 23 in the 1960s, then from 1976 to 1984 was owned and operated as God's Holy Temple. Joy Temple Church had a lease on the building from 1987 to 1996. (source: Forgotten Buffalo)

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Jennifer Haines

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I often receive requests from models to do shoots in abandoned buildings. I suppose it offers the models an exciting change of pace from typical studio modeling. Plus, some models are naturally curious about urban exploration and the interesting environments that can become photo shoot backdrops. Naturally, safety becomes a greater issue when doing these kinds of shoots. Whenever I go into an abandoned location with a first-timer, I take extra precautions to ensure their well being. Generally there are bags of wardrobe, shoes and more to worry about, so that becomes a focus of attention as well.

When model Jennifer Haines saw my self-portrait from inside Buffalo's abandoned Sattler Theater, she requested to have a similar photo taken of herself. Naturally, I jumped at the chance! Besides her striking beauty, Jennifer has extensive modeling experience (on both sides of the lens), so I knew it would be an easy shoot. She did her own make-up, hair and wardrobe and I did the rest.

The Sattler Theater is located near Jefferson Avenue. It was opened in 1914 as a 928-seat movie theater at a cost of $35,000. The theater was commissioned by local retailer John G. Sattler and designed in the Beaux Arts style by Henry Spann. In 1920, the Sattler Theater changed hands and became the Broadway Theatre. Even later it became known as Basil's Broadway. The theater became Muhammad's Mosque 23 in the 1960s, then from 1976 to 1984 was owned and operated as God's Holy Temple. Joy Temple Church had a lease on the building from 1987 to 1996. (source: Forgotten Buffalo)

This photo from the session has received the most amount of positive feedback so far:

Here is the complete set of photos from the session with Jennifer.

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Crash Landing

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

An abandoned plane sits at the front gates of Angel's Ladies Brothel on the outskirts of Beatty, Nevada. This photo was taken during my 10 day southwest adventure with some members of the Toronto Exploration Society.

Our location informants led us to believe the brothel was also abandoned, but it turned out the plane was the only abandonment on the property! ;)


10-22mm, 1/800 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

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