The Ruins

I loved the movie A Simple Plan, which was made from a book of the same name by Scott B. Smith, so when I heard he was writing a scary horror novel, I was pumped.  I think the first day The Ruins hit bookstore shelves, I bought it.

Now, this is Movie Title Wednesday and here I am talking about a friggin’ book! Well, of course The Ruins was made into a movie, and while it was a lot of fun to see it for those of us who are huge fans of the book, the film was just so-so. But if you aren’t into reading and just like a good popcorn horror flick, then check it out. The concept is fun, a little different than the norm.

However, if you love books, it’s a great read. If you don’t know this about me, I’m a huge book fan. I gobble them up. One year I discovered Dean Koontz and probably read 30 of his books in 12 months. I love that supernatural/sci-fi genre of storytelling.

This image has a bit of that feel to it for me. I think if you were walking up to this place by yourself, as the sun was going down…you’d probably get some chills, perhaps a few goosebumps, and likely turn around. Although I know a few of my urban explorer buddies would just whip out a couple of cannons and blaze ahead.

The building above is from my abandoned dog track series. My cohort Rick pointed out the actual track itself earlier in our outing, so I made sure to walk out there and see what I could see. Basically dirt and some cement borders that disappeared into overgrowth in a lot of spots. But looking back towards the building from the track was an awesome angle. You guys probably know how much I love roads and paths disappearing into the horizon, so this was kind of my money shot. Long, lost road, desert, broken glass windows…and of course, clouds in the sky.

Because for me, this shot would have been about 40% less exciting without the sky looking the way it did.

Lots more to come from the dog track…being there for around three hours was a perfect amount of time to just walk around slowly, see angles, explore and then even go back over it all one more time.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    You’re rocking the black and whites from the dog track, man. Love the the track leading into the frame, and the sky is awesome!

  • http://ramblings.chriswray.net Chris Wray

    Mike, I like the long shot. The foreground of the track is as interesting as the derelict building. Really nice processing. Silver Efex?

  • Mike

    Thanks guys!

    @Chris – Phototools + Silver Efex…although I probably could have just done it in PT. I just love the High Structure filter so much.

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  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    I love the shadow coming across the road and the dramatic sky… That place looks like an UrbEx fantasy land!

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    B&W was a great call. I also like how my eye is shown the way. Very cool!

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Great shot, Mike! I love the B&W! Awesome perspective!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    I like how the dirt road originates in the corner and pulls the eye to the building. I’m really enjoying your B&W work lately!

  • http://www.flickr.com/nolansternphotography Chris Stern

    Mike, I am loving the B&W photography you are putting lately. I agree the high structure preset in Silver Efex Pro is one of my favorites…it adds so much to the photo as seen in this photo. Well done!

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Mike, this is awesome. I hate you. 🙂

  • Mike

    Thank you all so much, especially Bob with all his hatred. The guy gets to shoot in amazing, abandoned warehouses and mills, but mates me for a dog track in the desert 🙂

    The grass is always greener 🙂

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Or whiter here today. 18 inches of show. Not a lot of dynamic range 🙂

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    This might be my favorite image from the track so far. I walked out there but should I guess I should have went a little further around the bend.

  • http://www.heathercaptured.wordpress.com Heather

    they should do a zombie movie shoot there. Seriously. Love this pic!

  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    I love the punchy monochrome conversion on this, Mike!

  • http://ericleslie.com Eric Leslie

    Wow, this is one the best shots out of your blog! I absolutely love this!

  • http://www.vivecakohphotography.com Viveca Koh

    Those clouds are gorgeous! Excellent B&W shot Mike 🙂