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Old World Grunge…

by on Sep.19, 2011, under Life, Photography, Street

I was walking around the CBD at lunchtime taking a few images and came across one of those rare (well perhaps not so rare since I found two in a row :)) old cobblestoned alleyways from times long past.

These were really just long dark tunnels, with old cobblestone paving and old wooden rails along the walls – lets face it – it was basically pitch black inside and bright sun outside so I was never going to get an interesting single shot with any detail anywhere… so… Looking at the scenes I felt it cried out for some really grungy HDR treatments – you know the kind normally associated with over textured, over saturated, over glowing, over everything’d psychedelic HDR images. With many scenes – especially ones which include nature, the sky, clouds, plants and other things like that, this sort of over processed HDR look just looks too way out there and so wrong for me. However for some subjects – particularly plain architectural scenes and especially of old grimy, grungy and dirty things, I think that look can suit and enhance the subject.

So without further ado I let things fly and…

Sydney of Old

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm sec at f/11, ISO 100

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 5 sec at f/11, ISO 100

I’m sure it won’t be to everyones (or even anyone’s :)) taste but I’d love to know what you think…

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