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Derelict Diner

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by jloden, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    New Jersey is of course famous for its many roadside diners. We have more than our share where I live (there are at least 4 within 5 miles!), and not all of them make it. There's a long-abandoned diner on an otherwise vacant, overgrown lot a couple miles down the road from me and I finally got a chance this weekend to head out there around sunset and try a series of photos of the "Derelict Diner" as I've dubbed it.

    Oddly enough, when my wife and I pulled up we ran into two other guys with the same idea - what are the odds we'd pick the same night to show up? One of them was shooting a Sony NEX too, which is the first one I've seen in a long time.

    I will probably go back to this spot again in the future, preferably at sunrise instead of sunset. Due to the direction of the light sunrise would almost certainly look better. I also left feeling like I only scratched the surface of possibilities :smile:

    Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!

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    A little random, but I found a cracked Robin's (I think) egg in the parking lot that made for a neat image given the setting of a broken down old diner parking lot.

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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Wow! Anything else on the road?
     
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  3. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Indeed there is - we live on Rte 22, and there's quite a few places that have seen better days since 22 took a major hit when I-78 opened. 78 being mostly parallel and a wider, faster road made 22 lose a ton of traffic so there's old motels and abandoned or dilapidated buildings scattered about.

    One lot up from the diner is an old rusting car in a vacant lot that I think will make an awesome subject in good light. It's times like this I walk away feeling like the limiting factor is my skill behind the camera versus having a good subject! :redface:
     
  4. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

    239
    May 10, 2012
    North Carolina
    Lynne Ezzell
    Very cool! I love shooting abandoned buildings! I can see great possibilities with that location. HDR perhaps?
     
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  5. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I don't have any HDR software to try it, but I bet it would look great with this subject if not overcooked.

    I'd bet interior would be really interesting to shoot too; I could see through the door that the old stools and counter and all are still there. I didn't want to trespass though so I stuck to exterior shots.
     
  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    @jloden: There is a genre of photography called "Urban Decay", which within the past few years has caught fire (so to speak). If you are drawn to this sort of image you ought to Google and see examples and even find groups or specialize in Urban Decay.

    I think that most "Urban Decayians, Decayites, et cetera" feel that the holy grail is always the interior and will actually break into the structure for their "art".

    Gary
     
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  7. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Thanks Gary - I do find some of the "Urban Decay" style intriguing (in small doses at least). So far I haven't settled on a 'favorite' genre(s) though... for now it's all new to me, so I just go around pointing a camera at anything that looks interesting :biggrin:
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    That is what it is all about. Remember that while it may look interesting to you, you have to capture the image in a fashion which makes it look interesting to others. There are photographs everywhere, it is up to us photographers to see them.

    Gary
     
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  9. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Yeah, still working on that part! :wink:
     
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    The best way is to shoot, shoot again, and when you think you're done shoot some more.

    G
     
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  11. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    You and I have the same style, point the camera at anything that looks interesting and hope for a cool image! :)
     
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  12. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I was thinking about this some more and decided for kicks to pop back into LightRoom and see what I could do with the clarity slider to give it a taste of an HDR-ish "grunge" look. Maybe a little overcooked - I usually find I overdo my adjustments in PP the first time I look at something - but it was fun to play with.

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    Not sure if that one is too de-saturated... I was going for a really drab tired look but it might be overdone. Tried another one with slightly bumped up saturation level I think I like a little better (opinions welcome):

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  13. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Thanks for sharing. This is the genera I love. Wish I could make it out to shoot along your strip of Rte 22. I'd have been inside in a moment for the great still-life shots.

    Remember: Take nothing, leave as you found it, and don't move objects for a shot.
     
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  14. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I forgot to mention, it might not be easy to spot in the photos but a good chunk of the greenery there is poison ivy, so it rather discouraged getting closer. I know they say you have to suffer for your art, but :eek:
     
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  15. SeveNx7

    SeveNx7 Mu-43 Regular

    44
    May 20, 2012
    SeveN
    Great pictures. Its a style thats very dear to me. I grew up in paterson around factories and railroad warehouses so when i first picked up a camera i was naturally drawn to these areas.
    Looks like i'll have to take a trip to rt 22...
     
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  16. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great photos - love old diners! :biggrin:
     
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