Life After Death

I recently took a trip to a disused gas turbine engine research facility with Shando, Sophos9 and Lovely-Like-Custard. Unfortunately I wasn’t really in the mood to take photos, which is a huge pity in a place like this. I took plenty of them, but generally they were handheld rather than bothering to take the tripod out, and looking back at them now I can’t get the motivation to process many of them. There’s also a selection where I guess I was lazy as they seem to be pretty badly out of focus.

Perhaps it was the 2 1/2 sleep I had the night before, or perhaps it was just one of those days.

At the end of the visit everyone had packed up and we were ready to work our way back out of the grounds when I noticed the plant in the above image in one corner of the huge room that I was in. As we stood around, a few people having a smoke, shooting the breeze and so on that normally happens when everyone knows it’s the end of a trip but nobody has really vocalized the fact we’re about to leave, I decided to grab my camera again quickly and take a few brackets of this scene. It was one of those times when it just felt right to go and take the shot, and after a day of being unmotivated I really thought I couldn’t be bothered with it, but am glad that I listened to my urge and not my mind as it turned out to be quite a nice shot in the end.

I’m not sure that nature will have the time to reclaim this place before it’s turned into a supermarket distribution center…but it’ll give it a good try I’m sure.

16 thoughts on “Life After Death”

  1. I hate when I go out to photograph things and I’m just not in the mood… I do the very same thing. Leave the tripod in the car before, forget to pay attention to the settings on my camera, not take enough time to think about and compose the shot.

    Then I get home and start going through the photos and I’m just even more unmotivated to process them due to the glaring errors and the fact that I KNOW I can do better!

    That being said I really like this shot! Great work 🙂

    1. Everyone has off days I guess…at least I’m not being paid to do it – imagine you have an off day during a wedding shoot!

  2. OK, so I like this one a lot Mike. The processing on the greenery is perfect and allowing most of the rest of the image to be under or over exposed gives great highlight to the growth. Really good!

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