Friday, January 25, 2013

The House on the Hill

House on the hill House on the hill stretched canvas print

Enter house on the Hill Enter House on the Hill stretched canvas print

These two photographs are from a recent road trip with fellow friend and photographer George Argento. George teaches video and multimedia at New York University. He likes to go out shooting old abandoned places as much as I do and so we hooked up and headed up to Dutchess County, New York.

George plotted out a few points of interest that we loaded into our GPS but the real fun and discovery comes from hitting the backroads between points. On our way to a farm, which turned out to be a bit too new and not very interesting, I spotted this old abandoned house on a hill of wild overgrowth off Cemetary road in Germantown. We parked, made our way up and grabbed some shots.

It was a bitter cold day, which turned out to be fortunate because the spot where I grabbed this photo of the house on the hill was actually a a swampy area that had frozen up enough that we could walk up to the house. Nothing too interesting inside the house, although we did manage to frighten a family of squirrels as they did us.

These two photographs were handheld 3 exposure HDR images. I have my Canon 5D mk2 setup to take three bracketed shots each 1 1/2 stops apart. They were aligned and blended in Photomatix Pro and later finished up in LightRoom and CS6.

The color process is a cold and somewhat split toning effect that I feel brings a pleasing color visual as well as keeping with the eerie mood that we saw that day.

These are available as framed, metal or stretched canvas prints. the stretched canvas really seems to compliment these well, my preference.


Julie Magers Soulen said...

I really like the second image. All of those twisting vines on the old house makes it really interesting. I don't think I'd like it near as much in the summer with leaves. I had never heard of a hand held HDR. I'm going to have to try that! Thanks Gary for a great expedition!

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Abi said...

Thanks for sharing these images! Your subject matter has a kind of 'haunted feel' and makes you wonder what kind of happiness used to reside there during better times.

Thanks again and keep up the good work!

Amey said...

Wonderful Images and captures! Love the eery / haunted mood felt.