Photoshop CS 5

Freewheel burnin’….

I think I’m enjoying this little diversion from Urban Exploration (started with yesterday’s post), and I do hope you folks are digging the change-up as well.  I grabbed this particular set of bracket right outside the place we meet for church, which would not have been possible had I not had my camera and tripod with me.  Once again, goes to show that you should ALWAYS have a camera with you, because you never know what cool stuff you’ll run across as you dash through life.  I post-processed this bad boy to Judas Priest’s Freewheel Burning.  Get it, church, Judas, Priest, burnin’… It’s all tied together, no?

Who controls the key?

Walking through the woods around the abandoned Soviet Nuclear Missile Base Z, never quite sure what I might run into, was exhilarating.  It goes without saying that coming across an intact nuclear storage bunker was quite surreal.  The side you see here is the back side of a 100 meter long storage bunker, covered entirely with trees and dirt.  Anyone flying over this thing back in the day would have had a dang hard time finding it, I’d wager.  Sure wish I could have gotten in to see what the inside looked like.  Come to think of it, I wonder how many RADs this place would register on a Geiger counter these days?

… and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

I decided to make a short visit to Krampnitz Kaserne, an old abandoned military German military base in the Potsdam area of Germany.  For those not already familiar with this photographer’s wet dream, you can read more about its history here at the Irish Berliner’s website.  I’ve shot there place several times, 99 percent of the time solo (a bit dangerous, so be careful if you decide to do this, as there are lots of ways you can get hurt here if you’re not careful); much like wreck diving without a buddy, or parachuting without a reserve chute, it can be both scary and exhilarating at the same time, but that’s not why I go solo.  I go solo because I control the pace, lingering in one place or another as long as like to visualize my shots and to make every shot count!  When I came across this particular room, I was immediately reminded of the scene in from Alice in Wonderland where Alice has gone down into the rabbit hole, and ends up in a room with several doors of varying sizes, including a small door behind a curtain.  Of course standing in this space then had my mind racing over several songs and movies, including the  “Matrix” (love that flick).  In particular, I thought about my favorite scene in the movie, where Morpheus invites Neo to take the red pill, stay in Wonderland and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.  It’s all about having control!  Control over your own life, and your own destiny.  Don’t let “The Man”or anyone else do that for you!

To process today’s shot, I listened to Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, Blue Man Group’s awesome rendition of the same song, as well as the super awesome rendition called Rabbit Hole, by Living Legends!  Check all three tunes out.  I think they are all fantastic in their own way!

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