By tabularasa88 in Abandoned,New York,Road Trip,Tabula Rasa,Urban Exploring
The coming days will feature, in somewhat haphazard order, a series of photos from a recent trip to New York. There won’t be much in the way of description or narrative embroidery. Suffice it to say that it’s mostly from abandoned locales around the city. All these words, they numb the soul. Let’s look at some pictures instead?
From an abandoned asylum.
We had battled traffic and made wrong turns on the way to our chosen vantage point, a park on the Jersey side of the Hudson, to attempt a New York skyline shot. We got there just before sunset, and an incipient drizzle made setup and shooting hurried and tight. This is what I think is my best result, with a decent balance between the light from both sky and city.
Some places are fun to explore but much harder to shoot for lack of light. Enter artificial lighting, a fun, yet frustrating, part of urbex. Short of lugging around professional lighting rigs (Not exactly the choice for mobility and discretion) we need to get creative. We’ve used flares and glowsticks, but most often the choice is the humble flashlight. I’ve found that this type of lighting is its own urbex subspecialty: getting a decent exposure without glare, hotspots or light streaks is a unique challenge most photographers don’t usually have to contend with. A case in point is the swimming pool at a shuttered high school we recently visited.
A massive room which held both an olympic-sized pool and diving board was cavernous enough to almost swallow up the lights of even our tactical strength flashlights. For these shots I needed my own light as well as the help of the Idiot Photographer, who lit things further away with her own torch, as well as stacking images together to combine the best-lit parts of several exposures. The results may not be the most awesome pictures ever, but I still like them for the effort that they took to realize.