Desert Urbex: 5DS R In-Camera Art Vivid HDR Draws First Blood « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Desert Urbex: 5DS R In-Camera Art Vivid HDR Draws First Blood

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This image was created on the first day of Denise Ippolito and my busman’s holiday at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Namibia. I used the Induro GIT 304L tripod/Induro BHM1/-mounted Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens (at 18mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop in-camera Art Vivid HDR +/- 1 stop around a base exposure of .6 sec at f/16.

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF on the center of the right hand door frame and release/re-compose slightly. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Doorway & stairway in derelict building

5DS R In-Camera Art Vivid HDR Draws First Blood

We were late on the scene lamenting the usual first morning of the trip blues tune. For the first 20 minutes I could not see an image as we muddled around through two buildings. I hated the zillion footprints in the sand and I am not a fan of the 20 stop range of some of the in the building through the window to sunlit desert scenes. When I found this room with no sand on the floor and not a window to the outside world in sight, I was off and running as my creative juices began to flow.

I did find myself wishing for the 100-400II for more than a few images. I am bringing it along with the 11-24mm on our afternoon photo session. You should be seeing some close-up detail oriented and/or abstract type images if I can get back online successfully again.

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10 comments to Desert Urbex: 5DS R In-Camera Art Vivid HDR Draws First Blood

  • avatar Belinda

    “I hated the zillion footprints in the sand”

    Yes, sadly it’s so often the case, people ruin the beautiful place they came so far to photograph by leaving litter and trampling everything in sight.

  • avatar Kathleen Graff

    Nice image, Artie. I especially like the blue sky reflected in the door windows (?) laying under the staircase. It’s the same blue as the lower walls of the entryway. And I agree with Jackie, beautiful (oak?) floor.

  • avatar Jackie M

    Nice depth, love the floor. The floor is the first thing that caught my eye, then the stairs and door laying on the floor after that I started checking out the walls. Like the filter effect! Sounds like your in good hands, Jackie

  • avatar Ron May

    Was this in the hospital?

    • avatar Neil Caithness

      Ron, I don’t think the hospital has a staircase going up to another level. Also the corridor in the hospital is much wider. I think this is the quartermaster’s house. Note the border pattern between the two colours on the wall – these were hand stenciled to simulate posh wallpaper and only found in the more up-market houses. I have pictures of one house that has the whole wall done. In the 70’s there was still a chap who came to Luderitz every few years to reapply the stencil, like the travelling piano tuner.

      • avatar Ron May

        Actually, I do believe it could be, as I have pictures of the remains of one, but it is full of sand unlike this one and it is in the middle of the building. If you look closely at Art’s picture, you can see the remains of green paint in the corner, similar to some that I have from other rooms in the hospital, although, you are right, I don’t remember seeing any “stencils” in the hospital rooms or offices. Hopefully Art will tell us where he took this pic.

      • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

        Not the hospital. Second house in from the left at the end I think… a

  • Is there a way to pull off the art vivid look thru Photoshop, or maybe one of the Nik Filters? I love the staircase and the diagonal lines behind the door.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Doug. Not really in Photoshop unless you are either really good or you are Denise. Some of the HDR programs could come close but again, you really would need to know what you are doing and/or experiment a lot… a