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Old Apr 15, 2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default A Little Country Road Called 'Slaughter'

My wife and I went to Slaughter Road in Middletown, New York the past two nights. Slaughter Road is about a half-mile stretch of gravel road with wide open vistas on either side. It's a good place to take landscape pictures of the rural countryside.

Actually, it was hardly "night" when we went there because there was still sun. And I emphasize that because had we gone there later when it's dark, things might have been different. Slaughter Road according to this website is haunted.

Supposedly, a psycho wrote down names of his intended victims under an abandoned railroad bridge there. And if you cared enough to look, you will find your own name on that list.

We found the bridge, but not the list. Then again, we didn't go looking for it. We were there to take pictures of the countryside and not ghost-hunt. Although we have to admit the spine-tingling tale was what brought us there in the first place.

#1. Slaughter Road.


#2. Dirt path alongside Slaughter Rd.


#3. Pond.


#4. Ranch.


#5. Abandoned railroad bridge.


#6. Infrared version of the bridge to hopefully give you a feel for what it's like at night. My theory is a place looks creepy and then someone invents a story around it. That doesn't mean, however, that there is nothing preternatural about the place...


Thank you for looking! C&C welcome.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 8:36 PM   #2
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Very Nice I like them all espically # 2
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 9:42 PM   #3
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Thanks, badhammer!
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 10:01 PM   #4
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nice series.

i really like the sky in #1, too bad the foreground is in so much shade compared to the golden light in the background.

#2 is probably my favorite here. nice comp and again a nice sky.

and i really like the infrared vision, especially after noting it was haunted, i think it is a great interpretation.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 12:41 AM   #5
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Amazing sky in #1 and #2.. they're all nice, but I really like the infrared version!
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 9:59 AM   #6
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Thanks, Hards80 and maggo85.

My shooting hours are quite constrained. In case you havenít deduced by now -- especially that our countryside pics cannot possibly be taken anywhere near a megalopolis like New York -- my daily commute is a bit of a hike. So I have to resort to "infrared" filters as opposed to actually going out there to shoot at night because I have chores to do, too (and TV shows to watch ). Iím glad to know the infrared filter is doing its job.

I added one more. Twilight is about as late as I can stay outdoors. As you can see, I don't have much of a night life :

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 10:32 AM   #7
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Wow, I love this one vv - beautiful colors, very nice composition... thank's for sharing
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Thanks a lot, maggo85!
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i like this twilight shot too, very pleasing.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 1:19 PM   #10
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Thanks, Hards80. I mounted my gorillapod on top of our car's roof but didn't know the horizon wasn't level. When I saw the thumbnail on my PC I thought the accidental angle looked interesting especially that the horizon looked curved. But when I opened the image the horizon is actually a straight diagonal line. So I used PSE's Distort-Spherical filter to match what I thought I saw on the thumbnail.

I also just cleaned my Sony A350's sensor as it was showing dust specks sky images. I was pleased with how the even blue sky came out with not a speck of dust to boot.

I wish I could say I've achieved a "minimalist" photo but it's a lucky shot. I may not be able to reproduce it at will. I still have to develop a sense for it.
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