If You Build It? – Score Shack

Today, another installment of my ‘If You Build It?’ series from the abandoned baseball diamond in Seebe, Alberta. You can find the other images in the series here, here, and here.

I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of this little shack used to be, but I’m guessing it may have been where the scorekeeper used to sit during the game. It took a bit of creative maneuvering to get my tripod and camera into a decent position to take this shot. The door to the shack was not being particularly helpful, and I kept getting smacked in the face by some unruly little trees, but in the end, I was relatively happy with this composition.

I decided to go with a pretty dark look when editing this image. I really wanted to emphasize the deep shadows and bright highlights, and make sure that the chair and lone paintball strike were the focal points. To achieve this, I selectively applied the ‘Midnight’ and ‘Tonal Contrast’ filters from Nik Color Efex Pro on top of my usual application of a number of filters in Phototools. My processing for this image was definitely inspired by urbex HDR master, Jacques Gudé (aka fotofreq). If you’re unfamiliar with his work, be sure to check it out!

Canon EOS 50D, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L, 17mm, F 8.0, ISO 100, 5 Exposures

Tobias George - January 5, 2011 - 7:24 am

Love the processing! Definitely reminds me of Jaques.

Mike Olbinski - January 5, 2011 - 7:29 am

Love that chair…there is just something about a lonely old chair sitting in a dark room that is awesome. I have a few chair shots coming down the road from my recent trips.

Great job Heath!

Jesse - January 5, 2011 - 7:45 am

This is such a cool spot you found and love the series. Really dig the processing on this and the Jacques inspired darkness.

Brian Matiash - January 5, 2011 - 7:49 am

Interesting play with light and shadow. The overall placement of the chair is excellent, too. Solid job, Heath.

John Sotiriou - January 5, 2011 - 11:21 am

Super post processing, Heath. Great job!

Viveca Koh - January 5, 2011 - 12:27 pm

This is VERY tasty indeed Heath! The view through the window could almost be a picture on the wall, and I love the way you have highlighted the chair with light…

Chris DeAngelis - January 5, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Love the woodgrain detail of the chair. Great job with the shadows to bring your eye right to it!

Bob Lussier - January 5, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Love this Heath! The processing is top notch. Love the composition.

Heath O'Fee - January 6, 2011 - 7:59 am

Thanks so much for the responses, everyone! I had a ton of fun processing this one, so I’m glad you all liked it!