Manor House GT – Shutter Detail

Here's a close-up of the awesome old skool craftsmanship in the manor house library. This shot was enhanced by the lovely morning light coming in through the windows. I was really taken with the contrast between the light outside and the way it was falling on the pretty metal work. Goes to show that in [...]

By |2011-03-08T22:03:07+00:00March 8th, 2011|Featured|7 Comments

Manor House GT – Different Faces

This image is typical of the rooms in The Manor - tidy and swept. Ready for the contractors to come in and get busy. Interestingly there were a couple of paintings on the window, probably set up by a previous visitor. Not an overly interesting subject, but easy to process using Photomatix and Nik filters, [...]

By |2011-03-06T19:13:01+00:00March 6th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

Manor House GT – Servants Quarters

Right at the top of the house were a couple of rooms that were still left with 'things' in them. This was the only one with a bed though. The setting indicated that this was probably servants quarters at one point. There was even a bell above the door outside. The room looked as if [...]

By |2011-03-05T13:33:22+00:00March 5th, 2011|Featured|3 Comments

Manor House GT – Up Stairs

Another quick post as its Friday and I have to have a quick turn around. I've seen many great pictures of staircases, but never been anywhere that I've been able to grab great images myself. Consequently in this location I went into staircase overdrive. Here's the view looking up from the ground floor. Click the [...]

By |2011-03-05T13:34:13+00:00March 4th, 2011|Featured|2 Comments

Manor House GT – Rent Note

Those were the days eh! Three years rent £13! This was on top of a pile of papers left in the Great Hall (which I have now found out was a library). Thing like this I hope are kept, it shows a good deal of history about the place, there were many other artefacts laying [...]

By |2011-03-03T20:51:47+00:00March 3rd, 2011|Featured|6 Comments

Manor House GT – Neither Up Nor Down

I'ts funny that I often complain on here about not having any inspiration to process images. The advice from others - GO SHOOT. Recently I've been in good processing health and for some reason I've managed to rattle through these images really quickly - I have about 10 in the bank all ready to go.I [...]

By |2011-03-01T12:35:55+00:00March 1st, 2011|Featured|5 Comments

Manor House GT – Dinner Is Served

Not sure why I chose the title for the image, possibly as my dinner was ready after I'd finished processing. I don’t know about any of the other photographers, but when I get home I cant wait to get my shots onto the PC and look at them full size, rather like a child on [...]

By |2011-02-28T19:52:18+00:00February 28th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

Manor House GT – Main Hall

My urbex colleague and I had been planning this one for a couple of weeks. We had originally thought about doing a south coast industrial location, however he wanted to go somewhere totally different as he's a fan of  'old places' . An early start was planned - 4am kick off for the 2 hour [...]

By |2011-02-27T20:59:06+00:00February 27th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – The Great Hall

My penultimate trip to Hellingly (probably). This is almost where it all began for me and many others, my affair with photography, urbex and processing images, heck, I even met my other half at an asylum! Whilst taking the images, I'm totally in the zone, thinking about what to shoot and how to frame images, [...]

By |2012-01-07T12:00:10+00:00January 30th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Runwell Hospital – The Kitchen Sink

This may not in fact be the kitchen sink, it looks more like a cleaners room! I liked the setting of this room, the five main parts of the shot work well together - cracked paint, window, sink, mirror frame and radiator. I've taken a slightly different route with the processing on this shot. I [...]

By |2011-01-21T17:54:56+00:00January 21st, 2011|Featured|3 Comments

Runwell Hospital – Out Of The Blue

One cold November morning Howzey and I went to the asylum. It was frosty on the ground still and we couldn't initially find our way in, the entrance that had been used before was boarded, but with a bit of looking and climbing we gained access. This was an early kick off and I'm glad [...]

By |2011-01-20T01:26:24+00:00January 19th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

Mortuary P – The Slabs

Here's one from the vaults - I was looking through some of my older photos and came across this one which I have processed before but thought it would be fun to have another go now that there are different skills in the bag. This is a mortuary at a hospital fairly close to where [...]

By |2011-01-19T01:07:42+00:00January 19th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

ECVB – The Pipes

Here's an image from ECVB - the derelict power station in Belgium. This is truly one of my urbex high points. The site is massive with loads of rusty pipes. Its on a grand scale too - over 10 floors I would guess.I was exploring alone, in a foreign country knowing that there was security [...]

By |2011-01-18T01:15:49+00:00January 18th, 2011|Featured|2 Comments

Dungeness – FE119 – Gone Fishing

A welcome return to Dungeness images. I seem to have hit everything I wanted on this day out - images that I am very happy with that are in focus and fairly well composed. What really makes this set though is the light. Its not really something that I have thought about that much before. [...]

By |2011-01-14T01:07:37+00:00January 14th, 2011|Featured|3 Comments

Dungeness – ND110 First Day Out

Last week I got hold of a ND110 filter- that's a 100 times reduction in light through the lens. The principal  reason for this was to get some nice shots of milky water. Unfortunately by the time Viveca and I got to Littlestone the tide was out, so the water was a bit far away. [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 12th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Dungeness – Hammer Time

I spotted this sinister Hammer on top of one of the pulling machines. Covered in grease and oil, the head flattened I immediately sawa photo opportunity. It had character, obviously used for a very long time and had no doubt weathered some storms. Often when I take a photograph I immediately  know what to do [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 11th, 2010|Featured|3 Comments

Dungeness – The Dormant Monster

Another in the tractor series. This is pretty heavily processed - HDR and quite a bit of Nik. the original was not all that different though. Despite thinking that on the first visit all of the machinery was defunct I was surprised to see that they had all moved, so this either happened in the [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 9th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Dungeness – The Cog

Another trip to Dungeness. This time the weather wasn't so kind to us. It was bloody freezing! Forecast was for sunny spells, but they didn't mention the rain. We were well prepared with lots of clothes, but were still a little chilly. I began to get a bit fed up because of the rain, constantly [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 8th, 2010|Featured, Uncategorized|1 Comment

DadiPark – Run Aground

The final destination on my trip to Belgiun was Dadi Park a disused kids amusement park. I actually found this place quite depressing. There must have been many children who spent summer days here with their families, enjoying the slides, boats and bumper cars. However the bumper cars probably weren't in the boating lake at [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 4th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Nocton Manor – Going Up

Stairs always present an challenge for me - photographically interesting with lots of light and shadow, but generally in an enclosed space. It's often hard to get the shot that one is after unless there is a really wide angle lens at hand. My widest is a 12mm which on my crop sensor equates to [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 3rd, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Abbey Mills – The Steampunk

Another from the archives. I visited this place some time ago. Its a Victorian sewage pumping station believe it or not. All the grandeur that has now given way to functionality in the modern world, overblown visual enhancements are no longer required. This was a truly amazing explore, bright colours and beautiful ironwork. An early [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:36:51+00:00November 2nd, 2010|Featured, London|3 Comments

Filature EDP – Printing Blocks in Disarray

Another from Filature. This room was full of printing blocks, lots of them with associated newspaper cuttings atttached indicating what was inside. The image wasnt particularly inspiring to start with, but I think I've done a decent job of bringing it to life. I'm getting towards the end of my Belgium photos so will have [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 26th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

New Forest Self Portraits

I went down to the woods to see Mum this weekend and got up early (ish) on Saturday morning in the hope of getting some good sun-rays through the trees. I hadn't figured on the trees being in the valley and therefore not getting the rising sun so decided to have a mess around with [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 25th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Quick post before heading out to The New Forest to see Mum. Had this one in the can for a while now and been saving it up for when I need to get something out. This was taken on the last visit to La Porte - all of the floor is covered in pigeon poo [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 23rd, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

ECVB – Take Control

So - last night I was struggling, however I did manage to knock this image out as well as April 1950 in the previous post. Getting this image 'just so' wasnt easy though, the contrast between the saturation of the rust and shine of the silver was hard to balance how I envisaged the image. I [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 20th, 2010|Featured|2 Comments

Hasard Cheratte – April 1950

Must admit that I've been having a bit of a writers block recently. A lot of the images that I have are not u to the standard that I would like them to be. I feel as if I need to get out to the places that I've been again and take the shots with [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 20th, 2010|Featured|1 Comment

Pyestock – Emergency Exit

After a bit of a flutter of Pyestock action on Flickr I decided to have a root through my own shots and see what I could find that was of interest. I came across this shot of the inside of Cell 3. I remember well trying to get this framed correctly and having trouble exposing [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 18th, 2010|Featured|1 Comment

SNBC – Disused

Another quicky from the train depot. I really liked this train and knew that the prop at the front would come up well after processing. After watching Fotofreq's HDR tutorial I delved into Nik's filters for the first time. I'm amazed at the filters, it makes things SO much easier to get the effect that [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:50+00:00October 16th, 2010|Featured|3 Comments
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