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House in Oakhill Road by ash House in Oakhill Road by ash
Another shot of that old house in Oakhill Road, complete with seriously cool baying demon statue thing on the roof. Here's the other shot: [link]
Putney is a weird mixture of these old victorian buildings and horrible faceless blocks that they put up in the seventies, presumably in the name of progress and New Internationalism. Some of the older buildings were also destroyed in the second world war. Many of the ones that remain, like this one, are fantastic. They really give Putney a distinct character. In the height of winter walking down my street is a bit like being in a grainy black and white horror movie .. or at least that's how I imagine it. Back to reality, it seems it's not possible to photograph this house without a BMW or two in the drive -- which says something about how much it's worth ... probably close to a million pounds? Convert that into South African Rands, for a laugh :) (Smile) Fortunately not all of Putney is that expensive..
Putney, London, March 2003
Canon EOS 300, tripod, Fuji 100 ACROS, FS4000US, NeatImage, levels & tone in PS7
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2003   Photographer
An image you could eat with a spoon!
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2003
Oh yeah: I'd love to know the exposure you used

So would I :) (Smile) I can't remember, I keep meaning to take notes and always forget (probably I should make a note about it). I bracketted, this was the middle exposure. It was something like 20 seconds. Usually with night shots I struggle to get enough depth of field, even at 30s, so I end up shooting a bunch of shots at 10s, 20s, 30s on something like f/5.6 or f/8. The shorter exposure was closer to reality (darker), but this one had more shadow details.
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skepeffe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2003
It's way too early. I can't figure out what to say anymore other than "and Bingo was his name-o" Why? I liked that song as a kid. :\

But I do love this along with the others, and Lord knows I'll give actual constructive comments next time..after three in the morning. ;) (Wink)

Can't wait till more. :) (Smile)
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ash Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2003
I get the same feeling when I walk in the rich sudo-victorian neighborhoods in the US

Yes I've never seen any first hand but I do have the impression that some parts of the US (eg. Boston? dunno) have a similar style. South Africa has a little but not very much so for me it's all still quite new.

How about U.S. dollars for a laugh, twice as much as the pounds sterling

hehe, well in South Africa it's 15 million rands, which could buy you ... let's see ... probably 2 or 3 luxury three bedroom apartments with 180 degree sea views on the hillside overlooking Fourth Beach at Clifton, Cape Town's most glamorous beach ... or a sprawling six bedroom mansion on a private estate with tennis courts, stables and olympic size swimming pool ... or 50 midsized three bedroom family homes in a good suburb ... or a fleet of 100 BMW 325is ... need I go on.

if only you knocked the door first, i'd take the BMW out first. so then u could take pic of my house without the car

LOL

my only criticism would be some visible compression artifacts on the top section

yes, that's NeatImage droppings rather than jpeg artifacts. NeatImage does a good job of removing the high frequency noise (look ma, no 'grain'), but at the moment leaves a bit of low frequency chunkyness instead. I think this is probably because I haven't 'trained' it enough.

you are expanding you photograhic ambitions a lot these days, huh? i remember days when there was only street photography

heh, yeah. I've always loved all kinds of photography (and in fact I'm quite new to street photography, I've been shooting landscapes for much longer), but was on a serious street phototgraphy mission for all of last summer. The winter has been hard with almost nothing to shoot and no light to shoot it with, so I've been focussing on other things (bad pun). Now the good weather has returned I'll probably be shooting a lot more street again.

There's a house on the corner near my place that looks almost identical, and is hauntingly lit at night. Plus it's abandoned to boot

Great, where is it? At least we could shoot it without be afraid that the owners will see us and call the cops :) (Smile)
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dougbtn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2003  Professional Photographer
....but it will be if you wait a few years ;-) (Wink) Demon houses should have BMW's in the drive, they would belong to estate agents after all :-) (Smile)
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kalayl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2003
When I first saw this shot, I thought, "hey, Ash has been cruising around just down the road from me" - There's a house on the corner near my place that looks almost identical, and is hauntingly lit at night. Plus it's abandoned to boot, with noone living there, giving it that "Somebody come and buy me quick and get my insides warm again"-look. This is a nicely exposed/composed/etc shot. Actually I just had another look and they're not that similiar, the houses I mean, lol. Great photograph anyway!
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stevesm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2003
Fantastic tones. I'd love to know the exposure you used. :-) (Smile)
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99gnome Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2003
great shot and (if you allow this remark) you are expanding you photograhic ambitions a lot these days, huh? i remember days when there was only street photography ;) (Wink)

anyway - remarkable shot. i really like the slight overexposed lights and the effect when you scroll the picture: haus on the haunted hill goes richy rich =) (Smile)
greys are remarkable and i think the car is great. it knocks you out of the victorian feeling and shows "here lives a rich man. leave him alone."
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redux Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
as usual with your shot, the tonal range is amazing. gorgeously rich blacks, and lovely grays...
the atmosphere is truly superb. the light is interestingly weird, with the combination of the light over the doorway and the streetlight hitting the walls. great sharpness as well. my only criticism would be some visible compression artifacts on the top section...
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nasigoreng Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2003
if only you knocked the door first, i'd take the BMW out first. so then u could take pic of my house without the car. :P (Lick)

nice shot.

it does look pretty scarry

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bookdiva Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2003
How about U.S. dollars for a laugh, twice as much as the pounds sterling.

Excellent capture of light and tone, as your b&w photos always are. Lots of great textures going on in this, too, love the light flare...well done. Nod
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foureyes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2003
AAAAH,....this is a fantastic B&W photo,....the tones are perfect !!!! I love it !!!
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hert Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2003
Great composition, exposure and overall mood. I get the same feeling when I walk in the rich sudo-victorian neighborhoods in the US.
Houses like the one in this photo are sometimes converted into run down apartment complexes, then it isn't just the house that is scary.
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miss-digital Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2003
lol, I was just thinking this shot could really work a old creepy haunted dont-come-near-me vibe if there wasnt an inviting modern BMW in the driveway making me wanna be friends with the owners!

hehe, South African girlie ;) (Wink)
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