Here’s another photo from my trip to Pennsylvania not long ago. I had to squat down in a relatively small concrete crawlspace to get this. But the twisting paths of all those pipes created an art form in itself, a sight worthy of a shot or two.
Beyond the issue of ethics (which I’ve touched on in this post), getting memorable shots of abandoned or run down sites presents challenges to technique as well. Here are three tips to help you get better shots in these settings.
- Use an aperture setting of at least f/8, though f/11 to f/16 can be a bit better for some large scale or very close-up shots.
- Bring a flashlight for aid in focusing. Camera auto-focus systems are keyed off of contrast in a scene, so you may need to illuminate some areas of deep darkness.
- Once you’ve focused, switch to manual focus mode so that your focus point remains the same. This will allow you to fine tune your exposure settings without losing your focus lock.
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