Your shopping cart is empty.
Nov 13, 2019
Abandoned House in Sparta
I didn't have time to edit this photo before I did my post on the Halloween workshop in Sparta. It was fun shooting this quirky little abandoned house on...wait for it...Adams Street.
Take a careful look at the house.
It's an odd duck.
Uncle Miltie said it used to be a plain home and the turrets were a later addition in an attempt to turn it into an old Victorian. It does look a little strange. The turrets look like witch's hats - not quite right.
Whenever I see an abandoned house, I always wonder what the story is.
We didn't venture into the old gal. The porch was falling in, along with the stairs in the back and everything else. Falling through the stairs could ruin your day.
We did go into the old root cellar for our photoshoot with Milt. That was a blast.
First, everyone gathered in the kitchen at Frognolia and we made a heart - a bloody, icky heart. It started as a celery root but, hey - at the end of the day, it looked like a bloody heart to me!
Take another little piece of my heart out, baby...
Milt took the heart over to the old house in a bucket.
When we got there, he tore his shirt and made it look as if he had torn his heart right out of his chest.
And check out those cool mud wasp hives behind him on the wall. It was the perfect atmosphere. We were using a multicolored light as well, so some of the colors are post-processing while others were in-camera at the scene.
We were all crammed into the hot, humid basement of the old abandoned house, tripod-to-tripod. It was sweaty and cobwebby!
But it was also a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed editing these - working on getting a haunted look.
This is the photo of Milt with a few Lightroom edits I made before putting it in Photoshop to finish it:
I shot that one near the end after I had packed up my tripod, so it was hand-held at ISO 800, 1/50th sec, f/4.5, 65mm. These kinds of photoshoots are tricky even with the tripod.
If the camera's on the tripod, you can compensate for the darkness by slowing down the shutter speed. But it's hard for a person to hold perfectly still for long.
I didn't want to go too slow on the shutter speed or he would have been blurry. That means pumping up the ISO a bit is the best option for the situation.
I had the f stop opened up too, which makes the depth of field (DOF) shallow, so you have to be careful to get the eyes in focus.
Photography = patience and lots of trial and error.
And I love it.
Did you have a great Halloween? I hope so!
See you between the raindrops!
Christmas is coming up quick! Need some prints? Find lots on my website here.
The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.
It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.
This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.
Become a member and be the first to receive new content and special promotions.
This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.
Click on any Image to continue
The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.
This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.
To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!
Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.
SAVE 20% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER!
Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!
This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!