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Old Feb 13, 2010, 9:11 PM   #1
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Went for a half day drive this morning to Nanton, Alberta. A small farming community of hard working folk that live off the land. What interested me about this place are the barns scattered over the landscape.

Here's a few from the drive.

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Old Feb 13, 2010, 10:12 PM   #2
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Very nice. Were you using HDR on the B&W shots?
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 10:13 PM   #3
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that first shot really has a lot of character. really nice.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 10:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. Actually, I do not use hdr but rather have created a similar look by just using the layers, contrast, burn and dodge tools. The time it takes to create that look in cs4 without using the typical hdr/photomatix techniques is about an hour. But what I found to give me a solid basis to work with is having the exposure/contrast/sharpening/saturation levels correct 'in camera'.

Also, you notice how tack sharp an hdr image is..., I found that by doing a focus test on my 24-70 via the AF Microadjustment feature 'in camera', my lens was "back focusing" with the 5dmii factory setting of +/-0 thereby creating soft images. After the test was performed, the lens focused spot on, on a controlled point after setting the microadjustment to +6 (forward focus). Now my images are tack sharp and I couldn't be happier.
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Old Feb 14, 2010, 3:30 AM   #5
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Very nice, I really like #1
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Wow, very nice! #1 is my favourite too!
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Great shots. My favorite is actually #2. The detail in that is amazing. It really helps when you have a good camera and a good subject. Im curious about the building. I see a sign over a door. What kind of building is this? A place for keeping meat? And finally, any inside shots?
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Outstanding as always, I am amazed at the detail in each photo! I love the window, I want to look in!

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Thanks for the added comments. Bynx! you pretty much guessed it right on. It's an abandoned slaughter house.

I walked around inside but it was such a mess and nothing appealed to me to photograph so I just looked around.

I spotted this place from a distance and made my way over to it but before I jumped the fence, I drove to a nearby neighbour to ask permission to access the property and the woman there told me what the place was.
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