Posted on Nov.04, 2010, under Michigan
(Nikon D700, 16-35mm at 22mm, ISO 200, Exposure 1/250 sec @ f/11)
Ok, maybe it’s not really a garden path, but a path none the less. This shot was taken at Traverse City Commons, also known as the old Traverse City State Mental Hospital also known as the Northern Michigan Asylum. The hospital buildings and grounds are being converted from decaying hulks into retail shops and residential condos. A few buildings have been converted, but there are many others that are still in rough shape. The image above shows one such cluster of buildings.
Processing on this image consisted of two main changes, cropping from horizontal to vertical, and conversion from color to black and white. The picture was shot with my 16-35mm lens and I originally thought that a wide shot would be interesting. While processing it, however, I noticed that the path made for an interesting element and the wide shot didn’t emphasize it enough. I cropped so that the image focuses more on the path that leads to one of the buildings. I converted the image using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro. After getting a basic conversion, I used some control points to brighten some of the vegetation as well as the path. I finished the image off with a bit of a vignette.
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