Europe

Cooking up a storm…

I love this old abandoned kitchen at this decaying sanatorium in Germany. I wonder how many people they cooked for in this place. Processing this shot today with the soon to be released Aurora HDR 2018 and already released Luminar Neptune brought back some truly awesome memories of epic urban explorations in Germany, especially in former East Germany.  Try epic stuff there! I’ll post more of those shots here, of course. Oh, and if you want to see what the photograph looked like straight out Aurora HDR 2018, before I added finishing touches, take a look at the image second image in this post.  Some of you may like that version better, but I really prefer the final version I developed in Luminar.

 

Version of photo straight out of Aurora HDR 2018 before Luminar edits

 

The Generator Room

Here’s a shot from one of my explores to an awesomely dilapidated old generator building at an abandoned sanitarium near Berlin, Germany. It’s the kind of place just screaming out for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.  For this shot, I used the new Aurora HDR 2018 to bring the eight brackets together, before finishing things off in Luminar.  I suppose I could have done most of the edits in Aurora, but I’ve gotten so used to Luminar for my final touches. I began recording a screencast tutorial for this one, but then ended up spending more time on the edit and thought you all might be bored with a longer video.  So, I suppose that begs the question: how long a video tutorial is best for folks?  Five minutes?  Ten?  More? Less?  Let me know your thoughts.  Oh, and what software is the best for such screencast tutorials? Screenflow? Something else?

Did you order the Code Red?

For some reason, this scene reminded me of that great confrontation between Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.  That has to be one of the greatest speeches in a movie…ever.  To me, it rates right up there with George C. Scott’s speech to his men in Patton.  What do you all think?  Is it sacrilege to put those two performances in the same league?

Marquis de Sade was here…

Here’s another shot from my last explore at the old East German powerplant in Vockerode.  What a great place to shoot URBEX.  I shot the photograph you see here in a section of the old place that had been used a few years back from about 2006 to 2009 for a freaky Marquis de Sade performance.  They left the floor in there when they were done, and you can see them dancing all over it by clicking right here (warning: this is pretty creepy).  They still film a lot of movies in this place, and some film makers were actually doing a shoot while I was there last.

Shine Your Light on me

Today I discovered a group with whom I had not yet been familiar, VNV Nation.  I was so struck by their music, particularly the song Nova, that I decided then and there I’d be post-processing the photograph you see here to that song.  I listened to the song several times in the car, and then several more times at home while creating this HDR photograph.  I liked the song (and particularly the lyrics) so much, in fact, that I’m listening to the song, yet again, as I write this.  You can find the lyrics to this song under the photograph, if you’re interested.  I’ve listened to the whole album a couple of times now and really dig it.

 

Nova (Shine a light on Me)

I long to feel my heart burned open wide, til nothing else remains,
except the fires from which I came.
Like parted souls, divided for an age, awe and wonder I´d embrace,
and the world anew again.
But now, this picture from me fades.
From steel’s cold hand there’s no reprieve, light the fire in me.

Shine, shine your light on me.
Illuminate me, make me complete.
Lay me down, and wash this world from me.
Open the skies, and burn it all away.
‘Cause I’ve been waiting, all my life just waiting,
for you to shine, shine your light on me.

I dreamt the world, with my eyes open.
But time moved on and then, new worlds begin again.
Oh my heart, in this universe so vast.
No moment was made to last, so light the fire in me.

Shine, shine your light on me.
Illuminate me, make me complete.
Please shine, shine your light on me.
No hesitation, make me complete.

Lay me down, and wash this world from me.
Open the skies, and burn it all away.
‘Cause I’ve been waiting, all my life just waiting,
for you to shine, shine your light on me.

~ Music and Lyrics by VNV Nation

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