Grain Elevator in Brant, Alberta

This past Saturday, Brei and I took a quick road trip about an hour south of Calgary to the extremely small town of Brant, Alberta so that I could take some photos. You might be wondering why on earth I would choose to travel to this tiny town…according to www.ghosttowns.com, Brant is home to a large number of abandoned old buildings and I thought it would be cool to check them out. However, upon arriving in Brant, we found it to be mostly occupied. There are probably about 100 people still living there but it was far from abandoned and there didn’t appear to be a large amount of abandoned buildings as the ghost towns website advertised. So…I made the most of what was there. The most prominent structure was the old grain elevator situated right along the train tracks so I snapped a few shots of the elevator and the few train cars that were lying around. Below is the first photo I’ve processed. It’s a pretty simple image…big ‘ol grain elevator with a sunburst along one edge…but I like it. Sometimes simplicity is nice.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 14mm, F 20, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, color correction, contrast, clarity, sharpening in Lightroom, original sky masked in using Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware. Let me know what you think!

rob - April 13, 2010 - 10:42 am

I also really like this shot.. This is a near perfect image… super simple looks awesome… I love the color of the grain elevator and the wicked little slice of sun coming off of one side…

Cool man.. Excellent Work.. Funny thing we were in Nanton all day Saturday… Theres way more effd up buildings and creepy shit going on around Nanton and Stavely than there is in Brant.. Next time check it out… Theres even that airplane museum in Nanton.. might not be a bad idea to check it out.

Mike Olbinski - December 18, 2012 - 10:25 am

My God, this is so amazing dude!!!! I feel like it’s glowing or something, it’s got this angelic thing surrounding it!

Digging the off-tilt kind of style to it as well…fantastic work.