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Abandoned Detroit train station at night

 
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Mar 30, 2008 15:40 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm a newbie here and a newbie to photography as well. I wanted to share my first attempt at taking and p'shop-ing a night pic. This is the old abandoned train station in Detroit. Since I first saw this at night, I've always wanted a picture that captures both the beauty and sadness of seeing a work of art like this go down the tubes. Even though this isn't the official critique forum, I welcome positive and negative feedback. I already know I want to go back and try again to get a more centered picture to get more of the building. The camera I'm using is a Canon S2 IS.

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Mar 30, 2008 16:07 |  #2

that's kind of spooky. i like.


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Mar 30, 2008 16:42 |  #3

Thanks bry. That's exactly what I was going for. When you see it in person, especially at night, it's REALLY spooky. There are almost no working street lights around it, it's not in the nicest place in the world, and even in darkness it has a 'presence' that is difficult to describe. That presence is what I'm trying to capture.


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Mar 30, 2008 16:46 |  #4

Nice start.

Stop by the Michigan thread and introduce yourself.

How many from Michigan?


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Mar 30, 2008 19:28 |  #5

I like pics of places like this. I think you did well to capture the mood.


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Mar 30, 2008 21:45 |  #6

"Escape from Detroit"

I half expect Snake Plissken (external link) to come running out of that building...


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Apr 05, 2008 02:51 |  #7

Try a longer exposure next time, also i would try to get the whole train station next time. And also try composing the picture so that the whole train station is in the picture.


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Apr 05, 2008 05:37 |  #8

I like that dude, what a train station! Ours over here are crap!

It looks really old and creepy, dare you go inside? I think not!

Very nicely taken dude, well done i like it.


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Apr 11, 2008 23:27 |  #9

Thanks for the positive feedback. I fully intend to go back and try to get it all next time. Plus next time I 'shop it, I want to try to maintain the contrast in the broken windows - that's a part that really makes the mood of the building.

And I'd love to go inside. Something about the razor wire fence though........


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Apr 12, 2008 17:52 |  #10

i like it good job


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Apr 12, 2008 17:53 |  #11

can you get inside?


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Apr 12, 2008 18:22 |  #12

Not bad for a first share. I like the subdued colors in this shot. LOL about Snake Plissken - I love that movie! Welcome to the forum Stig. About the photo, as with almost any building shot, it is best to keep the verticals vertical and the horizontals horizontal. Thanks for sharing!


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Apr 13, 2008 12:04 |  #13

Hey nice photo,the lighting is very good, I was just thinking of going to Detroit and taking some photos of the old train station as its arcetecture really fascinates me. It would be very cool to go inside to take some photos but errrr not to shure about that!




  
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Apr 16, 2008 00:39 |  #14

mrbojangles13 wrote in post #5315627 (external link)
can you get inside?

Well it's like anything else. It is POSSIBLE (since there are plenty of pics floating around online of people that have done it) Guess it comes down to how bad do you want to do it and are willing to chance getting caught.


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Apr 16, 2008 10:20 |  #15

The Stig wrote in post #5338521 (external link)
Well it's like anything else. It is POSSIBLE (since there are plenty of pics floating around online of people that have done it) Guess it comes down to how bad do you want to do it and are willing to chance getting caught.

Nice first shot!!!!

I go to tons of these locations and love exploring the insides.
Ive been spotted on numerous occasions inside abandoned structures.
For the most part if they see your not vandelizing the area, or causing any damage they just kick me out. The camera helps here alot since they see u as a harmless photographer.
Dont forget that ID if u do decide to go in, so that they dont bring u to the station and just give u a tresspass summons..

Great shot and keep at it, Al


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