Monday, January 19, 2009

Urban exploration revisited with Pam Lopez and fish-eye lens

I had the honor and the privilege to go urban exploring with Pam Lopez (PL Portraiture) today. We met in the OPS photography forum and have since become friends.
It was very cold but we had a blast. She took this first picture of us. It is in an abandoned hospital.

Here she is at the City Methodist Church
(In the heart of downtown Gary, Indiana stands a monument to God. It is City Methodist Church and it has been left to decay. The property is owned by the City of Gary, and there are apparently plans (or at least an idea) to turn the church into a performing arts center. In the meantime this historic church sits and suffers the indignities of the elements as it awaits redemption. The question is: will salvation come to this church in time. Read the rest of the article here) (update on article - the church will not be refurbished)

Pam just received her "fish-eye" lens for her Nikon - since she wanted to capture details she used her regular lens and I shot all day with the fish eye. Here is a different view of the picture on my blog header.
Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread. Now that I am without you, all is desolate; all that was once so beautiful is dead.” Conrad Aiken
This fish-eye lens was so much fun, of coarse I know it will not work on every subject but it did good here.

We ended the day by coming back to my place and Pam showed me how to set up the studio for High-Key. She took some shots of me and some of Isabella. Those I'll save for another post.

Thanks Pam for all of your help - it was a great day. Now I have to go thaw out some.


Amanda said...

Awesome shots! That church is so beautiful. I love old abandoned buildings,there's something so eerie and so exciting about them. Looks like you had a fun day.

snaphappee said...

These are wonderful!! Thank you for allowing us to share in your time with Pam!

Mel said...

oh wow! what a fun day! I love them all, those fish eye shots are great some day I am going to have to rent one!

Jennifer said...

Amazing to use fish-eye lens! Wonderful you get to meet with Pam in person and send the day with her. And with her big help with your studio!

Happy day! May what you need for yourself.


Tess said...

Oh I love that fish-eye! Looks like y'all had a great time!

PLPortraiture said...

OMG! LOOK how the fisheye pics turned out!!!!! WOW!
Now I HAVE to come back so "I" can use it! heheheh WOW!!!!

Sandra, it was SO BEYOND a TREAT meeting you and Dave finally in person. Ed and I had an amazing time.

I melted as soon as I got home. LOL

Jen said...

Looks like a fun time. Love the pics with the fish eye!

Eric L said...

Looks like a great time! Love the first one.

So,when do you get your fisheye?


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