David Terao  

Abandoned by David Terao

May 2022 - Abandoned

May 2022 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at the Cresson Sanatorium and State Prison in Lilly, Pennsylvania. Originally built in 1913 as a tuberculosis sanatorium on 500 acres of land, this huge complex has over a dozen abandoned buildings and underground tunnels that can be explored. I took this image using a 17mm tilt-shift lens in portrait mode, shifting the lens from left to right to get a super-wide, panoramic image. I processed the image in Lightroom to stitch the pano, crop the image and make tonal adjustments and in Photoshop (to fix some stitching errors). Shot with a Canon R5 on a tripod with five stitched images using an exposure of 1/30 sec @f/8.0 and ISO 800.

10 comments posted

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
I love old buildings. The most interesting thing in your image is the peeling wallpaper on the ceiling and walls and the wonderful image on the wall leading to the office. I like how you were able to photograph the scene in wide-angle, showing more of the scene. Nice job straightening the pole on the left. Not sure why, but I prefer the original white balance of yellow tones. Kind of a sepia effect which works well with old building. Great job!   Posted: 05/05/2022 23:34:16
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Phyllis. I was going back and forth about the color balance. I'll have to look at the warmer version again. Thanks for the input.   Posted: 05/06/2022 04:42:49
David Terao   David Terao
Based on your suggestion, I took another stab at color toning the image by warming the highlights and cooling the shadows in Lightroom. I think I like this version better. I'll have to look at it again later after my eyes have a chance to adjust.   Posted: 05/06/2022 05:56:00
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Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I love old buildings, too. You have wonderful details and lighting. I love the peeling paint, especially by the window. Your focus and exposure are spot-on. I actually like the color cast you have in your first processed image. It makes the mural the focal point and then my eye wanders around the rest of the frame. Nicely done!   Posted: 05/06/2022 09:21:57
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you for your input, Cindy. I'm liking the first one better than my edited version, too.
  Posted: 05/12/2022 06:01:32

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
I do like the first image, but given the second version, I ponder something, as follow: As the right side of the image, with light shines in, it could be tone toward warm, and left half, where shadow and darker, would be "cool" bluer tone. Just a thought, provide a version of contrast/opposite, wonder if you'd like it?!   Posted: 05/11/2022 20:36:06
David Terao   David Terao
Yes, Charlie, that is what I tried to do in my revised image (in response to Phyllis's comment). I warmed the highlights and cooled down the shadows. I need to experiment some more with the image's color toning...maybe stronger warm tones.   Posted: 05/12/2022 06:06:09
Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
  Posted: 05/12/2022 10:18:44

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Abandoned and dilapidated buildings attract photographers! But, they are such sad photographic subjects. I prefer the colder color and darker shadows of the original.   Posted: 05/18/2022 21:57:05
David Terao   David Terao
You are so right!   Posted: 05/19/2022 06:42:08


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