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Ruins Through The Viewfinder 
2nd-Nov-2008 08:43 pm
I took more pictures yesterday when they reopened the riverwalk behind the Bibb Mill (or what's left of it) and managed to fly under the radar of the security people to get some of these images. Hey, I had to, they're going to have to tear it all down soon and there won't be anything left of interest to photograph and a lot of it looks amazing from the right angles. These images were perfect to process through the viewfinder, and I'm very pleased with the results.

By the way dancewithoutme - I got you a brick from the section that overlooks the river. That's where the fire began and where the wall surrounding the tower on the south side collapsed. It's safe and sound here at home with me and I'll keep it until the next time you come home. ;-)

As of 5:00PM EST today (11.02.08), it is still burning. We drove past it on the way to the grocery store earlier and it was still putting out a few wide plumes of smoke. Since the catastrophic fire on Wednesday, there have been no less than two fire trucks on the property constantly spraying it down 24 hours each day. They have not stopped yet, and still it burns somewhere deep in the basement.

3rd-Nov-2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Utterly beautiful...I don't know how I can thank you enough...not only for the brick, but for these breathtaking pictures.

Sorry I was not able to make it down - I am (still) ill with strep. GAH.
3rd-Nov-2008 02:07 am (UTC)
No worries, babe. If you want the hi-res versions of these, I'll zip them up and upload them for you.

3rd-Nov-2008 04:24 am (UTC)
You're amazing. Seriously.

3rd-Nov-2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
3rd-Nov-2008 11:25 am (UTC)
These are awesome! Do you have a tutorial for this? I saw there was a link to a now-dead journal so the link is, well... also... you know.... dead.
3rd-Nov-2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Through the Viewfinder: A Tutorial.

There is also a process you can use manipulating sterile lens layers in Photoshop and changing the blending mode.
3rd-Nov-2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures.
4th-Nov-2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I thank you.
3rd-Nov-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is... I don't know what to call it... surreal.

Great photos, Brad!
4th-Nov-2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
This was as close as I could get to showing what it is like in person. Thanks, D!
4th-Nov-2008 06:39 am (UTC)
That is such a shame that place burned down the way it did. sad... very sad. Some of your pictures just look creepy as hell man.
4th-Nov-2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Indeed, but that what exactly what I wanted to capture.
5th-Nov-2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Love the pics! Love you!
Would it be possible to get me a brick also?
5th-Nov-2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
If I can get under the fence again when no one is looking, yes!
18th-Nov-2008 06:40 am (UTC) - gah
I am just now catching up on stuff... so I'm way late... what's new?!
Only you can make such a tragic event look so majestic.

I just wanna add...

I wanna be like you when I grow up!

How do you get the view finder effect? Is it a frame you add while you are editing?
18th-Nov-2008 02:46 pm (UTC) - Re: gah
It is a rather complicated process whereby you basically use the viewfinder apparatus of an older camera that has accumulated dust and scratches and such and use it as a lens filter for new images. The contraptions you have to build for this effect are very complex. I use viewfinder imagework in Photoshop CS3 and manipulate them until they start looking like what I see in my head.
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