Saturday, June 6, 2009

The old thinking room


This is a shot I took a little while back in an old abandoned military building. I believe that good lighting is so important and can bring appeal to most any subject. Our eyes love to see shadows, contrasts, depth, and a range of tones and highlights/shadows. Good lighting is eye-candy. I like the debris and dilapidated look of this scene in itself, but the natural lighting coming in from the side and from the frosted glass windows in the back wall created a wonderful dynamic. I had given this a sepia-like tinting but left the wonderful yet subtle colors coming through the back windows intact. I actually have this print hanging in my livingroom as a 20x28" print framed behind museum glare-free glass. My son Kyle tells his mom that "Dad has a toilet hanging on the wall" hehehe He says he likes it too :)
This print is available in my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16411884

7 comments:

sandra said...

love the contrast

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drollgirl said...

this is beautiful -- one of the best shots i have seen from you!

i did a painting of old toilets that i saw at a marina junkyard. it is huge, and not everyone loves it, but i do. :)

Delwyn said...

Morning gary

I am enjoying you technical/professional tidbits...and am learning from them...
As a happy snapper I have lots to learn, but I think some of what makes a 'good' photo is instinctive...as you say 'the eye' loves to detect variations and contrasts and we can follow that lead...

I love the subtle background colour coming through this image.

The Au colloquialism for toilet is 'dunny' - isn't that a great word...

Happy Days

Gary Heller said...

Thanks for your comments all. Drollgirl, I would love to see that painting of yours. Is there a link to it on your blog or some way I can view it?
Delwyn, I love you Aussies!! Really, always did. I do like that name for toilet, must remeber it. Dunny. The Dingos got yo baby!
Thanks so much for your comments and correspondance.

James Parker said...

Howdy, Gary. I don't know why I've never visited your blog, but it was my loss. You have marvelous photography and interesting commentary...I won't be a stranger.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

You know how sometimes you see a photo and know it couldn't possibly be any better? Well that's this shot. It's fantastic.