Cindy Lynch  

Welch Spring Hospital Ruins by Cindy Lynch

June 2020 - Welch Spring Hospital Ruins

June 2020 - Cindy Lynch


About the Image(s)

Back in 1913, an Illinois doctor named C.H. Diehl bought Missouri’s Welch Spring for just $800. Dr. Diehl believed that the spring water had healing properties and that the cool, pollen free air coming from the adjacent cave would be beneficial for people with asthma, emphysema, and tuberculosis. To tap this clean air resource, Dr. Diehl built a hospital over the mouth of the cave. I used Camera Raw and Curves to open the shadows and adjust the colors and contrast as well as darken the edges. Settings: f/16, 1/100 sec., 44 mm focal length and ISO 2200 (ISO set on automatic which I didn't need to do because I was using a tripod and it was sunny).

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6 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
I have a thing for old, decayed buildings, but find them a challenge to captured photographically. You successfully captured this old hospital built over a stream and now overgrown with vegetation. I particularly like the rusted metal bars in the windows of the stone wall as it adds a creepy character to the scene. I like that you cloned out the sign in the window. Although your post processing of the vegetation adds color to the scene, I almost like the coloring of the original scene equally as well because it keeps that creepy feeling throughout the image.   Posted: 06/02/2020 07:36:39

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Looks like a dungeon to me. Find a gaunt, bearded, scruffy friend to stand inside looking out with bony hands grasping the bars. I like the textures on the wall at the right.   Posted: 06/02/2020 16:10:21

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Reminds me of a painting from one of the old masters. I like everything about it. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 06/08/2020 10:31:02

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
nice work,
Image the lower left vegetation, a bit darker, to gradually bring up the light toward the 'gate'.   Posted: 06/17/2020 17:52:59

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
The initial photo is flat and uninteresting, almost forbidding. But you transformed the scene with your editing to show the colors in the greenery, the patterns in the rock wall of the hospital and the reflections in the water. I especially like the little rock stairway to the left in front. Very interesting scene and it keeps your interest.   Posted: 06/17/2020 23:15:00

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It is a very special kind housing structure in a unique location. I like the detailed tree leaves, grasses and rock formation. I feel the patterns and contrast on the hospital wall could be enhanced a little bit to be stand out from surrounding trees.   Posted: 06/23/2020 00:20:30