Baptism by URBEX

What  better way to christen my very recently purchased Sony NEX-7 (decided not to hold out for the Sony A7R given, for one, the lack of a super-wide angle lens at launch) than with a few brackets of URBEX goodness.  This is but one of the buildings on the now abandoned sanatorium and hospital complex just waiting for an explore.  It’s my understanding there are all sorts of great subjects to explore and shoot there, including lots of medical equipment.  Apparently it is also one of those places you don’t want to go alone.  I used to explore some of those creepy places alone in Germany, but nowadays I’m all for having someone there to experience it with me.  After all, I don’t have to be faster than the creepy crawlies, I just have to be faster than the dude exploring the place with me, right?

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I took the time to head back to Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP), in Philadelphia, PA, this time with my Nikon D700,  my super wide-angle lens, the Nikkor 14-24, and my trusty Really Right Stuff tripod.  Admittedly, that kit is significantly heavier than rolling with just my iPhone, which I’ve been doing for many months now, but I think ESP is one of those places that justifies the hassle.  I’ve got a few other shots I’ll post over time, including one of Al Capone’s cell (he was a “guest” at ESP in 1929, for those of you who may not know).

Tow Away Zone

Here’s another URBEXy shot from my recent explore of Baltimore.  Have to admit there were some cool times in some of those seedy alleys where I wished I had brought my Nikon D700 and at least a super wide angle lens along.  In fact, I had the same feeling during my visit, the week prior, to Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) up in Philadelphia.  Well, don’t worry.  I’ve lined up a return visit to ESP for tomorrow, this time with with the dSLR and a few lenses.  Looking forward to re-exploring and re-shooting with the big rig!  Looking forward to getting something out on the site this Monday from that shoot!

The Keep

When I go out shooting, I don’t just look at the obvious. I look for what lies beneath. Much like a sculptor who sees the beauty and mystery hidden deep within a piece of marble, it’s not what’s there that usually matters most to me, but rather what my mind’s eye sees. One of the reasons I love iPhoneography is that I can shoot, process and post what I “see” in the moment, rather than waiting hours or, more often than not, many days to recreate what I saw.

Little house on the prairie

I’ve been pretty busy lately so I’ve not been keeping up with my website.  Spent the today roaming around a civil war battlefield, shooting and processing several keepers with my iPhone along the way. This is probably one of my favorites of the day, which I posted to Instagram from the front lines, as it were. For those interested in keeping up with me on Instagram, where I post fairly regularly, you can find me there as @JacquesGude if you like.

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