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matthew
04-05-2009, 12:58 PM
Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos.
- Susan Sontag

Things that show the effects of age and abandonment are often fertile sources of inspiration for photographers. For this assignment there's no single subject or technique, but instead let's look at the overall theme of 'decay'.

Sometimes it's difficult to create new images to match a particular theme, so please share your favourite images. Naturally, new photos are always encouraged.

Ravenwing
04-05-2009, 05:58 PM
Well, being as how decaying buildings are near and dear to my heart, here's two from the last couple of weeks. Both with the E-520 and 50-200, click 'em for larger versions and the exif info. Comments and criticism always appreciated.

http://www.pbase.com/ravenwing/image/110976039.jpg (http://www.pbase.com/ravenwing/image/110976039)

http://www.pbase.com/ravenwing/image/110976043.jpg (http://www.pbase.com/ravenwing/image/110976043)

Jim Flinchbaugh
04-05-2009, 08:26 PM
http://j-flinchbaugh.smugmug.com/photos/469256295_n7rJG-L.jpg

http://j-flinchbaugh.smugmug.com/photos/482425774_cHQYi-L.jpg

Great minds think a like, eh Nate? :)

JackAZ
04-06-2009, 04:01 AM
A gate I spent many childhood years going through, over, and around; apparently there's no longer a need.
http://photocamel.com/gallery/data/2533/P3069750_640.png (http://photocamel.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=34061)http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/%5Burl=http://photocamel.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=34061%5D%5Bimg%5Dhttp://photocamel.com/gallery/data/2533/P3069750_640.png%5B/img%5D%5B/url%5D

matthew
04-06-2009, 10:27 AM
I do love abandoned buildings:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/506623815_sbWH8-L.jpg

Old flowers have lots of possibilities:

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/506571283_Xt34D-L-1.jpg

http://matthewpiers.smugmug.com/photos/506571293_P7k9f-L-1.jpg

tomsi42
04-06-2009, 02:17 PM
Here's two from Cambodia:

http://tomsi42.smugmug.com/photos/502813247_g7o7w-M.jpg

http://tomsi42.smugmug.com/photos/500408668_hxB53-L.jpg

Tom

thebinaryman
04-06-2009, 02:31 PM
Nothing special here, but I think it fits the theme well. One of my first shots with the 35mm macro on the E-410 a while back:

http://www.markptak.com/imghost/decay01.jpg

Tony Finnerty
04-06-2009, 06:19 PM
This is a crossmember on a mill once used to crush talc ore in Warm Spring Canyon, which opens into southern Death Valley. Taken about 2 weeks ago.
http://flipperty.smugmug.com/photos/502291534_j6DCF-L.jpg

I have a lot of photos of 'decay' from that trip, but I'll show just one more, from the same abandoned mill:

http://flipperty.smugmug.com/photos/502291733_35i3n-L.jpg

bilzmale
04-07-2009, 01:32 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3648/3420819620_d8de6ddf5f_b.jpg

jekostas
04-07-2009, 03:05 PM
Apologies if this doesn't quite fit the subject, I just liked the photo.

Tydive
04-07-2009, 05:27 PM
It seems like we all like to take shots of decaying items... I just hope no dentists get into this thread :eek:

Here is a shot from my trip to Corsica, this is a door to the citadel in Ajaccio. They are still using it as a military base. Taken with the Kit 14-42.

http://tydive.smugmug.com/photos/485404525_AxqXo-L.jpg

Jim Flinchbaugh
04-07-2009, 09:16 PM
Now there is s pair of doors with character. Very cool

CharlesT
04-07-2009, 09:32 PM
Here's two, both taken today...

http://charlest.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p294027859-4.jpg


This one almost got ME in the process. I had just got done taking a picture, took one step back, then saw this land literally inches in front of me where I was just standing!! Close call to say the least. :shock:
http://charlest.zenfolio.com/img/v7/p942046337-4.jpg

ikemann
04-08-2009, 06:03 AM
i must say that i have been enjoying this assignment -- there is a lot of decay in this region of poland and so i was feeling like everything was the perfect subject. too much to show really.

i snapped this one today while i was walking home for lunch. in terms of equipment, i had my e-520 and only the 35mm macro with me. i wasn't quite sure how i wanted to compose this shot so i took a few stabs at it. i knew that i wanted the peeling paint, the door handle and the building marker plate. anyway, comments/critiques are always welcomed and appreciated.

cheers.

Will in Tejas
04-08-2009, 06:39 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2682712007_edee661116_o.jpg

Jim Flinchbaugh
04-08-2009, 05:59 PM
Here's one from a walk this morning. Poor thing didn't make the winter

ikemann
04-09-2009, 07:42 AM
will --

i love the old gas-pump :). my great uncle used to have one of those in front of his old a-frame house in geary, ok. i remember his always being brightly painted -- thanks for the walk down memory lane.

jim --

what a gruesome scene. certainly no comments on death here, but at least there is some legacy for the poor thing -- even if it is on an online photography forum.

cheers.

Tydive
04-09-2009, 09:00 AM
Now there is s pair of doors with character. Very cool

Thanks Jim, they really grabbed me as I was walking by... I wish I had the skills to do them justice.

Will in Tejas
04-09-2009, 10:59 AM
Thank you ikemann. Two of them still stand in the little town where I live.

wisertime
04-09-2009, 02:50 PM
http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p152297985-4.jpg

http://wisertime.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p152297985-4.jpg

aflatfoot
04-11-2009, 10:19 PM
Sometimes decay leads to re-birth.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3543/3305093875_782e16891a.jpg?v=0

taos07
04-12-2009, 01:37 PM
Abe Lincolns hat.

iSquirrel
04-13-2009, 07:28 PM
I had two takes on the subject. One was human decay, the other a run down industrial bridge.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Pyranha905/Photography/SU223660.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Pyranha905/Photography/bridge1024x768.jpg

optika
04-21-2009, 07:04 PM
Here it is, it was already posted in the photos section...

http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15189&d=1239922052

swintonphoto
04-21-2009, 10:52 PM
I took this in an abandoned farm house in rural Nebraska.

http://www.jonathanswinton.com/photos/99229984_KmzHs-L-1.jpg

OldJim
04-22-2009, 06:57 AM
Decay, abandonment? I don't know if this works or not.

http://jbusigin.smugmug.com/photos/518374984_gWEXG-XL.jpg

carisi
04-24-2009, 08:33 PM
captured, devoured, and abandoned....

http://carizi.smugmug.com/photos/520159807_usZNK-XL.jpg

FireSerpent
05-02-2009, 08:30 AM
Wow Carisi! That is one impressive and devoured fly!

Here are a couple of shots from me in an abandoned die cast factory.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a183/FireSerpent/PUREFactory1/P4261752.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a183/FireSerpent/PUREFactory1/P4261381.jpg

6tsix
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Ship wreck pulled up from lake Ontario. now resides out side of Vineland Ontario.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3306/3493893007_eb0b4f2143.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3568/3493896393_4625c2fae9.jpg?v=0

carisi
05-03-2009, 10:37 PM
Fire serpent...that devoured fly looked pretty creepy....reminded me of a zombie with the half eaten eye....lol....great shots you've got there, man!...are the ladies paid models???...the composition and lighting are extraordinary....did you use flash? and which one?.....thanks for sharing your skills!

Ddaside88
06-10-2009, 07:51 AM
Some shots from the "back 40" at the farm.

Diana

MacBern
06-22-2009, 04:26 AM
One of my fave places to shoot, ruined hotel that looks like the Overlook from the shining :)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2468/3536792229_3d65781f97.jpg
Cairndhu Stables

<img src=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/3421526999_e1bd66f6c5.jpg?v=0>

AnnF
06-30-2009, 04:18 PM
Here are mine.

Ann

E-1
Car in pond in back of neighbor's farm, Tennessee.
Coyote that got run over not far from Lodi, California.
Wheels hidden in woods near my yard in Florida.

BobT
07-01-2009, 05:30 AM
A corroded green pipe
E-3 50mm f2 @ f2 ISO100, 1/1000, 1/800 and 1/400 respectively

InOmaha
07-01-2009, 09:46 AM
Top and bottom of a post.

carisi
07-01-2009, 01:54 PM
Great photos and lovely colour!



A corroded green pipe
E-3 50mm f2 @ f2 ISO100, 1/1000, 1/800 and 1/400 respectively

carisi
07-01-2009, 01:56 PM
Excellent renditions. The vignetting really works for #1!!!!


One of my fave places to shoot, ruined hotel that looks like the Overlook from the shining :)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2468/3536792229_3d65781f97.jpg
Cairndhu Stables

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/3421526999_e1bd66f6c5.jpg?v=0

cRy-Guy
07-03-2009, 05:04 AM
Can I play?

Shot at Arches National Park two or three weeks ago.

http://vldcya.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pJirrkFwPQVDjW4bSqe1BcE7UdUcY8D4POqCcIaDtlvgxSDf vKnKURnaQlLlJ-e3C5mzXZT0elGsftnM8YDwzF-7-qLRmnHrD/P6183987.developed.Arches_Vga.jpg

mfahrur
07-04-2009, 11:09 PM
Love still holds strong while others decay...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2558/3689193186_115f98dae2.jpg\
E-30 with 14-35mm f2, RAW file later processed with Pinhole Art Filter

PdO
07-14-2009, 10:07 PM
A little late to the game, but here's my version of decay.

E-3 / 50-200SWD

barkly
08-07-2009, 03:27 AM
How is this one - A very dead wheel taken with my point and shoot Olympus mju thingy.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g289/vh-grumpy/2009July17Anderloosemorningwheel.jpg

:camera:

rat256
08-25-2009, 04:32 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/3331403231_515d89bc98.jpg

the rusting remians of the gear for recovering the old lizard lifeboat

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2601349918_dd708f9745.jpg

Aveling barford oil fired road roller - still working but deliberately kept in rusty condition to look authentically old!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/2601307180_4acc305a81.jpg

Wheel from a 'knight' veteran car. its now been restored and looks better than new!

rusty photo and wheel photo taken on E1, with kit 14mm-54(45? - I forget) lens. b&w road roller taken on e10.

lenseye67
09-07-2009, 12:31 AM
Sir, awesome pic. I always loved old rusty Gas pumps. Their are quite a few in Pennsylvania where I'm from. Thanks again. Which camera did you use to take the pic?

Take Care and May God Bless!

Ed

FinlandRobert
11-18-2009, 03:04 PM
Time takes it's toll... if you can zoom in, there's lots of growth on the glider.
The bird shot was taken with my Sony Handycam DCR-TRV380 video camera, which only shoots 640x480... does it count? Sometimes, you can only take the shot with what ya got. :D

eddiejclayton
11-27-2009, 04:22 PM
From Shenandoah National Park, it was an old mission.
http://www.ejc3.net/photogallery/places/shenandoahnp_files/coverflow_8_IMG_7680.jpg

NeQo
11-28-2009, 04:47 PM
Omg, i think this topic fits me well :)

Forgotten castle:
http://www.neqo.be/Chateau%20Rolls%20Royce/images/p7204648_border.jpg

Old theatre/cinema
http://www.neqo.be/Cinema%20Theater%20Varia/images/p6283687_2_pt_border.jpg

Abandonned Thermique powerplant
http://www.neqo.be/CTTR/images/p1016129_pt_2_border.jpg

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thebinaryman
11-28-2009, 05:06 PM
Omg, i think this topic fits me well :)

Forgotten castle:

Old theatre/cinema

Abandonned Thermique powerplant

Very cool! I like that style.

barkly
12-23-2009, 03:22 AM
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g289/vh-grumpy/Competitions/2009Deceember5brokencarriage2.jpg

luis391
12-27-2009, 11:34 AM
Now it's closed for several years but was a major movie theater


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/4201367258_aed91aa72a.jpg

flems
01-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Here's one from an abandoned farmhouse the other day. Although my fellow photog and I were inside most of the time, it was damn cold in there (-10 to -20*C). Some of these photos need to be viewed at a larger size to really appreciate them. I've included a link after the photos for any of those who are interested. Hope you all enjoy them. :)



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4239959254_06815047c0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flems/4239959254/)



Flickr set can be found HERE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flems/sets/72157623130566174/).
All taken with E-3 and 14-54MkI combo.

Tony Finnerty
01-03-2010, 09:16 PM
Those are gorgeous! I especially like the lighting in the last four. Your post-processing (I suspect) brings them to life.

jacsul
01-04-2010, 07:27 PM
Shot this a few weeks ago.
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg404/jacsul/016-1.jpg

legast
01-05-2010, 10:05 AM
I just bought a 4:3 camera, so I haven't taken anything interesting yet.

This was done on a $30 Yashica.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2264/2418176532_ddb2357631_o.jpg

And this on a Mamiya 645AFD.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2289/2470473946_709264f479_o.jpg

jacsul
01-16-2010, 06:27 PM
Here's one.
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg404/jacsul/017-1.jpg

doofclenas
01-18-2010, 07:00 PM
Newport, RI...Cliff Walk
http://douthittfamily.smugmug.com/2009/June-2009/P6160601-062109/571304295_pYtPD-XL.jpg

ShepherdLady
02-17-2010, 01:54 PM
I debated with myself, whether to post this or not. It fits with the decay theme...

Sadly this little guy didn't make it across the street.


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4366265868_2f4fd80822_o.jpg

rsoud
08-14-2010, 05:58 PM
from the backyard....