I was recently walking through the city while taking a photo detour to work. I went past Fabryczna train station that has recently been demolished. Next to the now demolished train station are some old tenement apartments which have always seemed abandoned and recently have had their windows bricked in. All these buildings are in the process of being demolished to make way for a new development in the city including a new train station (we already have 4 and this was the fifth one)
As I was walking through the park I noticed as I looked up at the tenement block a shattered window and beyond the window was a lovely painting still hanging on the wall. My hand went to my pocket I whipped out my phone, I looked at the screen and could not get in close enough to get the window and the picture. I snapped a few pictures and then dug into my bag and got out my G10 that I carry with me at all times (some may ask why when you have a smart phone and use Instagram).
With the G10 I was able to get the angle that I needed and snapped a few pictures thinking of different ways I would edit them.
In the end I used the mobile pics more as an image diary with Instgram editing the picture using Pixel’o’matic.
My original idea was to create a HDR but when reviewing the images, a single image was strong by itself. I first processed the image in Camera Raw. I made some local adaptations, burning in the picture for example. I made some selective contrast adjustments and once loaded into Photoshop made a lens correction , reduce noise and sharpened the overall image.
The image is just want I was wanting when I looked up at the window. It does leave me questions about, who used to live here and why they left the painting.
I will be coming back here again.
This has shown me that there are some great things in having a good camera phone ready at a button but this convince does not match up to the ability of a dedicated camera.
What do you think about the image? What do you think about the limitations I found? What would you have done in the situation? Let me know or anything else you want to share in the comments box below.