Smoke Break?

I’ve said this before, but one of the coolest things about this whole social networking thing is meeting so many other like-minded people who share the same passion for HDR photography that I do. Twitter has been a gold-mine for finding and connecting with these wonderful people, and I feel very lucky to be a part of the community as I’m able to draw daily inspiration from my tweeps.

I would never have thought to take this photo if I hadn’t connected with some great urbex photographers recently. Although I don’t think I can really classify this shot as urbex since this spot is far from abandoned, it definitely has a nice grungy, dirty feel. As soon as I saw this scene I immediately thought of the work of Brian Matiash, Bob Lussier and Jacques Gudé. The grungy barrels and brick, and especially that single old chair, reminded me of the great work all three of these photogs produce on a daily basis. So, this shot is my homage to them…thanks for the inspiration, fellas!

Oh, and as for the title of the post…while in the process of taking a set of closeup brackets of the chair and barrels, I was almost hit by that door being opened by two cooks coming out for a smoke break in the alley. I conceded the chair to them after my last exposure was done 🙂

Canon EOS 50D, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L, 17mm, F 16, ISO 100, 5 Exposures

Mike Olbinski - October 20, 2010 - 7:09 am

I need one.

And I like this.

Matty - October 20, 2010 - 8:50 am

Love this, Heath. This definitely feels like a Jacques Gude to me, and that is a big compliment.

Dave Wilson - October 20, 2010 - 9:40 am

Praise indeed! I would give my left arm to be compared to our pal @fotofreq. Nice job, Heath.

Heath O'Fee - October 20, 2010 - 10:00 am

Thanks, Mike!

Matty: You are truly much too kind, thank you so much for that very kind comment.

Dave: Agreed…I’m thinking maybe I’ll just hang up the tripod and call it quits, ’cause it doesn’t get any better than that!

Robert - October 20, 2010 - 10:43 am

I like this, you should do more stuff like this…

Also, try out Tumblr for networking with other photographers.. Its a rolling blog with tons of crazy photography.

Word Heath.. Keep up the good work.

Jim Denham - October 20, 2010 - 2:17 pm

Love this shot Heath. Those guys can definitely influence the types of shots we take and you have done them proud with this one!

John Tammaro - October 20, 2010 - 6:14 pm

Great shot Heath and not a bad bunch of guys to use as inspiration.