22 Nov 2015

Pool Party

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.





  • Sometimes Interesting
    December 1, 2015 Reply

    I think your use of the flashlight adds to the spookiness and aura of the place. More light might expose more detail, but that which is left in the dark is also left to the imagination. 🙂

  • Sometimes Interesting
    December 1, 2015 Reply

    Also, “the trees are on fire.” Ha!

    • tabularasa88
      December 1, 2015 Reply

      Seriously, I have flashlight envy now.

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