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Old Apr 6, 2010, 4:07 AM   #1
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This photo was taken in East St. Louis IL in July of 2009. This plant closed in the 1950's. All of the equipment left behind has had plenty of time to age under harsh conditions since there is no roof. Only had time to take this one picture, before being escorted out of the building by a security guard with a shotgun pointed at me. This image was taken with a FZ28...
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Old Apr 6, 2010, 6:59 AM   #2
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Seeing the caption, I opened with a lot of trepidation only to find this beautiful age old rusted door (or whatever it is) with lovely patterns drawn by nature taking its own sweet time. Great shot, I love it. Glad you lived to post it!
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I'm new to all this; would that be similar to an HDR photo? The colors are quite vibrant.
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That was a great place to "steel" a shot. Maybe that's why the guard was there.

It looks like it could be used as a cover shot for the next post nuclear video game.

Well done!
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Thank you everyone for your comments. Took me 20 minutes to basically walk, crawl, and climb through all the trees and brush to get to this building. It only took the guard a minute or two since there was a gravel road in the back of the building that I did not see...
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Awesome shot!...memory jump starter for sure...worked with, around, on steel all my life...still do...spent over half my life on steel and water...
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The guard had been waiting there since the 1950's....finally caught someone trespassing
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Old, derelict and decommissioned buildings make for some interesting shots, yours included.

There was a short television series on the Bravo (Canadian) television network called "PhotoXplorers". It was about a group of Toronto photographers travelling around Europe photographing old factories, mines and buildings. They were very careful in gaining entry to the buildings so as not to alert any security presence. Once inside, they photographed the interiors, old machinery, etc. Apparently there is a loose, "underground" movement that does this sort of thing.

I do like the image as well as the story behind it.

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Old Apr 6, 2010, 9:28 AM   #9
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The guard had been waiting there since the 1950's....finally caught someone trespassing
My only regret is that I did not have enough time to explore. You are probably right about the guard. He was a little long in the tooth and had the shakes. The shakes and a shotgun is not a very good combo. Again Thanks for all your comments...
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The shakes and a shotgun is not a very good combo
Now there is an idea: He needed Lumix's "shake-free" OIS????
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