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Ghost Light by kkart Ghost Light by kkart
This past weekend myself along with one of my shooting buddies headed out to the eastern plains of Colorado to do some hunting for some good old "rural decay" as I call it. We wouldn't come away empty handed. We found this old abandoned farm and decided to double back to photograph it at sunset. I was thinking that this place may be really lit up against the setting sun and I bet right (for once) The light was completely crazy lighting up the barn that you see here and illuminating the sky behind it, turning it this glowing iridescent indigo blue.

How I took it & processed it--- I don't have an ultra wide angle lens and used my 18-200mm for this capture. When I was standing at the lower bottom of the road up to the barn, I noticed that by going as wide as I could, it really accentuated a forced perspective with giving the impression that is shot wider than what it actually is. So going with that and the composition, I took the shot. I actually hand held this capture with only using my CPL and no grads...didn't really need a grad thanks to the light. As far as processing goes, almost entirely done in Lightroom with slight HDR masking in a few areas to bring out the texture & local contrast in the wood of the barn. The road was untouched for this. While it may give the impression of an HDR look and feel, the textures you see are just how my camera captured them. I was rather worried about about the telephone lines but that worry proved unfounded. If anything I am still shocked this place even had power at one time. It has been abandoned for an awfully long time. It sure was gorgeous though!
---John

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Buntcone Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really like the orange glow of the sunset against the old shack, nice! :D
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DaRkAnG3L99 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
this one definitely has an eerie-ness that draws you in =)
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pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
me like.me live in maine where many of those old barns are.I love them!
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot, love the capture of some great light!:clap::wow:
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Den12 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I love the warm light and the cold icy blues. Just wondering do you use a film camera?
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jamalmehr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Why do you always depict the most beautiful scenes in DA?!
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angelic-jean Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great work
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maayjuliano68 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is a wonderful work of art:)
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Oh my!
What a beautiful image!
Great piece of work! :clap:
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sharkash Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
smooth colors... nice shot. thanks for sharing
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
hey thanks!
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
This is really cool and I just wanted to say that I very much appreciate the technical/processing section of your description. I know it takes time and effort to include it and I wanted to let you know the effort did not go unappreciated. Having said that, I can't believe that the grasses and things on the roadway are unaltered by HDR or other methods! They have so much texture! Nice shot. I love decay, whether it be urban or rural or whatever, I think old things falling apart are so cool.

I am happy to say that I have finally entered the world of Nikon SLRs with the purchase of my very own, admittedly old, D50. I have had it for four days and have averaged 100 shots a day so far. That will drop off some and many, or most, are not winners but it's still fun to finally be playing with my own camera. I look forward to more of your stuff, possibly from this day's shooting....
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I figure that hey if it helps others then why not. Glad you like it!
Ahhhh the old Nikon d50, a good camera though and one which is quite worthy. Just remember the most important thing is lenses and get the best that you can afford as they last a lifetime. KEH.com www.keh.com is who I use, they sell a ton of used lenses which are all warrantied and will save ya cash too :)
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Hey thanks a lot! I will definitely check them out. I have a brand new prime 35 that I love and use for most things. The camera came with the kit 18-55 and 50-200 plus a sigma 70-300. Any thoughts on these? I think I might sell the two nikkor kit lenses and keep the sigma and my prime. I'll use the money from the other two and save up a little for a nice nikon tele eventually. I think the sigma will satisfy my zoom needs for now. It has a nice macro function that extends its focus range while in the 200-300 zoom range. I just tried it on a cactus I have and it seems to have pretty decent clarity for a 6mp camera body. Here is the link if you are curios...
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PerryGallagher Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
FMITH!! This is amazing!! You are brilliant my friend!!
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noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
cool, there is always that mystery to urban/rural decay
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Excellent work! :clap:
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matteo-c Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
Colors are telling a story in this image. I only would just remove the wires to achieve a deeper sense of immersion. Very nice shot.
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Personally I like the wires myself in it. I debated about taking them out but intentionally left them in as it plays a huge sense of irony that a place which has probably been abandoned for over 50 years has power lines running to it
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matteo-c Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   General Artist
Nice choice then, mine was just another point of view :)
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Like it John,cracking location :thumbsup:
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td365 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Fabulous light John! I have to admit, I'd like to see it with a closer crop, I think the barn against the sky in landscape might be more dramatic and really highlight the orange and blue. Just a thought. :)
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
I have several different vantage points :)
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td365 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
I figured you would. :) Any chance you'd share one in landscape?
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah they are upcoming but if you want a sneak peak, I posted one this morning on G+ [link]
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td365 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
MUCH better ...at least according to my aesthetic. ;)
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
beautiful, love the blues of the skies and warm tones of the sunset. sad to see old houses decaying, too much of it around here too :(
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really great photo! :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
totally cool ..great find good shootin
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andrewsgirl123 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
awesome, john!!!
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kkart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hey thanks!
Been a long time, how are ya?
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andrewsgirl123 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I know its been a long time. I watch you alot on facebook. I am so busy that getting on here is hard. I'm going through some hard times.
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