Images from the attic of one of the cottages fill this third post of photos from the Traverse City State Hospital. Geometric shapes and lines filed the frame of most of the photographs in the attic. My favorite attic photo is the one above. I like the way the triangular shapes draw your eyes to the light streaming into the window at the far end of the room. A tripod was essential to my success up there. All of these images were bracketed to capture the wide dynamic range between darkness and light. These photos were then converted using Photomatix Pro software into HDR images. Because it was rather dark, timed exposures were necessary.
The 8 mm fish-eye lens on my Fuji X-Pro2 camera created very engaging attic photos of an otherwise uninteresting space. Lens corrections have been made to the first and third images to remove distortion normally associated with a fish-eye lens. The second and fourth have not been corrected. Often the intended use of a fish-eye is bend straight lines at the edges of the photograph for effect. You can see the differences in the same perspective in the two photos directly below.
The shape of this area below created great opportunities for the fish-eye lens. I found the area in the photos below visually interesting with such a wide perspective. The holes in the domed roof created spots of light that seemed to sparkle on the walls and floor. Not only were there holes in the roof, but there were places in the attic that were not safe to walk because of rotting floorboards. Our guide was careful to inform us where to walk to be safe in this area. We were certainly very fortunate to visit the attic on a day when the temperatures were in the mid 70’s.