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    Abandoned Grunge

    Was poking around a little village close to my cabin yesterday morning and found an old abandoned saloon. Was able to get inside just enough to insert camera. Shot a handheld 3 shot bracket, and processed as HDR. A grunge effect seemed appropriate.


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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    A bit of a different look for your work, but I absolutely love it. Well done.

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    I am not a fan of HDR, Kevin, but your use of it here does seem to enhance the scene. I think it has worked pretty well on the rear white wall.

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    Hard to imagine that this was not a staged shot (but who could manage such grungy perfection???) - way to see this and create this dynamic composition! I want to zoom in on all the little details...

    I am also not an HDR fan but is does work well here.

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    Thanks, Ruby, Greg and Shane.

    I do a fair amount of HDR, but only in the form of "exposure stacking". Here, as you noted, I resorted to the tone processing that is frequently thought of as HDR, and is a look that I liked for a while but quickly got sated on. But here, I thought it lent itself to the grunge style, and I'm glad you agreed. I knew it wouldn't be for everyone. Thanks for viewing and commenting, guys.

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    Kevin,
    It is a very nice picture of a abandoned place. It is very different what I expected for a saloon. It seems more like a hotel reception.
    Very well done.
    Congratulations!
    Antonio.

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Quote Originally Posted by Panama Hat View Post
    Kevin,
    It is a very nice picture of a abandoned place. It is very different what I expected for a saloon. It seems more like a hotel reception.
    Very well done.
    Congratulations!
    Antonio.
    Thanks, Antonio.

    You are not at all mistaken. I talked to the man who lived next to this building and he indicated the building was never used for anything other than a "bar". I used the term saloon because I thought it might be more understandable to our international members. The décor makes no sense at all given the building's use, but that just made it more interesting.

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Hi Kevin. Nice image. I like the way you processed this picture.

    Karm

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Quote Originally Posted by Karm Redland View Post
    Hi Kevin. Nice image. I like the way you processed this picture.

    Karm

    Thanks, Karm. To get the "grunge" effect, I just took the image through 2 successive runs through LR4, pushing up the clarity, contrast and vibrance, and fiddled with the exposure and highlights. Here's SOOC:

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    Excellent piece of work, although perhaps not my taste (my taste being tainted by the overuse / misuse of the grunge look). This is one of those “diamond in the rough” shots that come to life with a bit of tender loving care.

    It works well, what more can one say?

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Thanks Kevin for sharing how you did it. I've done grunge but only on pics that were already pretty grungy. I'll try you technique.

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyDiver View Post
    Excellent piece of work, although perhaps not my taste (my taste being tainted by the overuse / misuse of the grunge look). This is one of those “diamond in the rough” shots that come to life with a bit of tender loving care.

    It works well, what more can one say?
    Thanks, Manfred. "Grunge" sits right alongside HDR with heavy tone mapping in my personal pantheon- I was mesmerized at first and tired of it quickly, but don't want to throw it out completely. I think it will deserve an occasional consideration.

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    Hi Kevin - thanks for explaining how you got the grunge look... I am a sometime lover of grunge also and this image is a perfect model.

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    Re: Abandoned Grunge

    Thank you, Susan. It was fun to play with.

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