Monday, 14 April 2014

Urbexing at the Sutton Bridge 'Art' gallery

The 2nd site I climbed into last week was very close to home.

I had been in the building when it was still open to the public and was a business, safe to say it looks a bit different these days.

Firstly I think local 'artists' have been in and have tried to exhibit their best work.

Secondly, someone thinks the place is now a hotel as it looks like someone has been living here. There is a make shift bed on the floor with a pillow and I found left overs from a previous nights tea.

The site of this explore was a bit disappointing as was the first site in Elm earlier in the week.

I climbed through the window and was only greeted by 2 rooms that are accessible. Someone has boarded up another door way, maybe ill find out what's behind at a later date.

Not much to photograph either apart from the 'art' on the wall.

The lenses of choice for the day were; 24-105, 16mm Fisheye and 70-200.

On to the gallery

 
The end of what???
 
 

Who throws a shoe?

 
A chair to admire the work.
 


I got some funny looks climbing out of the window and walking off down the road.

Thanks for looking.

Ben

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Twice in one week......woah i must be lucky!

If only I was that lucky.

However I have been Urbexing twice this week.

1st on Sunday and then Wednesday.

The 1st was in Elm at the site of an old garage. I first drove past and noticed this a few months back when driving from my sisters to Stowbridge to shoot the B&B. I had my nephew Josh with me too so I thought I would try to season him to the fun of exploring, I still don't think he's convinced.

The garage site is made up of 3 small buildings that to tell the truth are empty and rather uninteresting.

The only things I found were a pile of Yellow Pages from 2002, a another pile of 'jazz' mags strewn across the floor of another building and in the largest building were a few car Nissan parts scattered around and some badges on the wall.

On to the pictures, all shot at high ISO of around 1600 ISO, due to the low available light inside the buildings, not to the mention the overcast sky, roll on summer, oh yeah, I live in England so it will only be raining any way.

I was quite fond of this Toilets sign, maybe I needed to go.




This looked safe.
 
The parts room


Time for tea!?

Where did I put my keys?

My favourite shot of the day is of a lean too on the side of the parts building. The place was full of overgrown vegetation but the light was shining through the broken window at the end.

Perhaps later today or tomorrow I will write up the 2nd explore of the week.

Fun!

Thanks for looking

Ben

Monday, 7 April 2014

Alone and unloved in Sutton Bridge

I was walking out close to home one morning in February when I come across this sad bear sitting alone and unloved leaning against a wall on the side of the road.

The minute I turned the corner and see it sitting there I knew I had to go and get my camera.

I had not long had my new 70-200 and so it had to be the lens of choice, in fact its still the lens of choice for any photography at the moment; it's such a great piece of glass.

Why someone would leave this out for the rubbish I don't know.....bless it.

It just wants to be loved.








Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Kings Lynn Mart at night from West Lynn

Bryan, a friend at work said he wanted to take some shots across the River Ouse of the Kings Lynn Mart. Its good to shoot with a friend so I joined him in west Lynn at 7pm on a Tuesday evening.

The weather was dry, however it was a tad windy so some of the shots take this night were binned due to not being sharp enough.

I made use of my new Sigma 70-200 and mounted the camera and lens on the tripod with my, ever increasing in weight, camera bag hanging from the middle for stability in the wind.

Ive edited all the shots and have converted them all to black and white as the colours of the street lights are too orange and I just wasn't a fan of the colours of the big ride at the fair against the orange lights of the street lights. Plus I do like black and white!

All shots were taken at ISO 100, f/8 and shutter speeds between 6 - 15 seconds.


 
 
 
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Spending my birthday in Sheringham with my wife, the dog and of course my camera.

Thursday 27th February, my birthday, Laura and I took Ella to Sheringham, Norfolk for a walk in the sea air.

As always my camera was hanging round my neck.

We walked up a hill/cliff next to the golf course to where half a dozen benches are situated next to a look out post for the coast guard. Its a good view from which you can see for miles along the coastline on a clear day.

At one point as we were walking along the muddy and puddle strewn trail to the top of the hill the wind picked up and grey clouds rolled in, we were thinking we were about to get very wet, luckily the clouds blew past and out came the sun again. Laura would of well moaned about the rain if it did come down....phew! 2 minutes of peace!

The day was nice, followed by a curry on the way home, yum!









Thursday, 27 February 2014

Freelensing Nude With Laura

It's my 29th birthday so ive got a day off from work, that in itself is worth a yay........YAY!

Last Friday night I fancied a bit of photography and was wanting to try out Freelensing. Freelensing in simple terms is taking your lens off your camera and holding it a small distance away from the camera/lens mount and taking a photo. The reason to do this is the crazy focus plane you can achieve.

The problem with the method though is exposing your camera's sensor to the elements and the dust that's floating about everywhere. There was no way I was exposing my 5D for extended lengths of time but luckily I have a 'few' cameras laying around these days so the trusty old 450D had its moment in the spotlight.

Talking of spotlights I have recently picked up a small continuous light with barn doors from a colleague at work who had loads of camera accessories in a car boot sale box. Its an old piece of kit that gets really hot after being on for even only a few minutes however it gives out real strong source of light that is modifiable using the barn doors.

Back to Freelensing.

The gap between the camera and lens needs to remain very small however the beauty of the method is that the lens can be tilted in whatever direction you want. Depending on the direction of tilt is what is in focus in the picture. This method can also allow you to gain focus on two separate areas of the photo.

This is my first go at trying this out and let me tell you now, its not easy; the slightest millimetre change of the lens/camera gap will totally change what is in focus, this takes some getting used too.

Luckily I persuaded Laura that she didn't need any clothes on for this shoot.......WAIT....before we go any further its not one of "those" types of shoot.

I got Laura to lay on the bed and set up the light source on my tripod to my left at a right angle. The light was set up just above bed height and the doors closed slightly to concentrate the light on to Laura's face.

I really like these images and its definitely something im going to try again.

Let the fun begin.












Saturday, 22 February 2014

Why do you always find chairs when exploring? Part 2

Im planning on finally emptying my hard drive of 2013's images and Ive just remembered that I created this post in December 2013 http://www.benchapmanphotos.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/why-do-you-always-find-chairs-when.html
How can I leave a part 1 out there and never follow it up with a part 2.

So its 9pm on a Saturday night, im sat round my Sister Amy's house and its time to get it done. Lets hope it not too rushed but im taking pictures so often at the moment that I want to share, I need to get these shots ticked off the list.

The site of this explore is in Coldham near March, Cambridgeshire it had so many different rooms to go in and out of, not to mention a bungalow next door to the left and 2 houses surrounded by overgrown gardens to the right.

The entrance was inviting.
 
The door was open too!
 
Inside the first room were a number of things to focus on.
 It would take a lot more than turning this handle now to turn the power on, all the copper wire has been taken.



 Shame I didn't find the gun.
 
This doesn't work very well.
 
 
As well as chairs all over this place there were also bikes scattered around.

 
 
I didn't follow these rules......what a rebel.



How can someone leave photos? How dare they?
 
This guy made me laugh!

Why the surprised face?
 


 
 Great light shining in here.

Mixed a few tunes while I as there, the place was banging!

 
My favourite subject and shots of the day were of a chair I found in a very distressed room, the place had been proper smashed up; holes in the wall and broken glass everywhere.
 
The light however on the chair really caught my eye. I wanted to capture the chair bathing in the light from the broken window but also the shadow and darkness surrounding it.
 
I could not decide which was my favourite edit, so here's both.
 

 
Ive already got my next post lined up, ive been getting creative with an old film lens and my old 450D.
 
Thanks for looking.
 
Ben