Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to take part in a photo walk around EC2. For those of you who don’t live in Lodz, which I think is a large majority of my followers; EC2 is a coal power station based in the city about a 10 minute ride from the city centre, it is one of four in the city and now one of two that have been decommissioned. Ec2 was decommissioned at the end of March this year due to its age and the fact it had not been kept up to date. Originally built in 1951 its design copied that of its sister station EC1, which has also been decommissioned.
It is not very often places like this will open their doors to the public and there were also limited spaces on the tour as well. I signed up as part of the Lodz Fotofestiwal, that I had also taken part in the weekend before.
I suppose my one mistake was not taking a tripod. Of course I knew it would be dark inside and had prepared myself that, I knew I would need to take pictures at a high ISO and just presumed I wouldn’t be able to take a tripod. I was wrong.
Yet not taking a tripod actually was a blessing in disguise of a curse. If I had taken my tripod I would have been taking long exposure shots with small apertures to capture every detail. This sounds great yet there was limited time in each area and this would have left me with a few shots to take and few compositional experimentations. Without the tripod I was free to look around past the wide angle shots and traditional compositions to find something different. There were times when I was coursing myself while shooting at ISO3200 and f2.8 to get the right exposure. This has however extended the pleasure of the walk to the editing of the pictures, as I have some quite challenging images to edit.
This was an image I had envisioned taking, a view down the long hall with a furnace (or some other machine) as the subject. I am not sure I would have had time to take this image with a tripod as I was being hurried at this point by the guide and my wife. A tripod I will admit would have been helpful but even with a long exposure I wouldn’t have gotten as clean an image. In this scene there were my fellow photographers that due to way I have taken the picture are no longer visible.
This picture was created with 10 exposures for two reasons; one to layer them up and reduce the noise, the other to remove my fellow photographers standing around in high visibility jackets. I did both by layering the exposures and aligning them before converting them as a smart object. I then used the Median Stack option in the layers menu to merge the layers removing any trace of humans. There was one area that needed some extra attention with the clone stamp and then normal editing resumed.
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