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Posted By: Duncan J Murray, 12-07-2006, 03:48 PM

These are some photos I took for a photography competition for a building which is soon to be closing down. It's called the Radcliffe Observatory, one of the first hospitals in the U.K., and I went around at about 11pm taking some snaps. The actual old bit of the hospital will be preserved, so I also shot some of the interior I found interesting and thought would probably go with the bulldozers.

All shots taken with Pentax LX, A50/1.4, Manfrotto 709B tripod and Superia 400 film. Comments and critique are very welcome.












































Thanks for looking,

Duncan.
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12-07-2006, 05:16 PM   #2
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Wow, I didnt know that you were still allowed to

use film ....

great use of color in these. Did you manipulate the color in post-processing or use filters? or are these as you saw them?
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External color throws me.
Were there HP Sodium lights outside?
The magenta one was a car going by I guessing?
Really liked the chandalier/shadow composition.
2,3,6,7 I liked your alternative perspective.
What if any filters or PP?
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Hi Duncan, your series of shots photographing this hospital has a unique approach. I could not comment much when I first saw your photographs as I was being caught surfing on internet while my juniors working so hard in my hospital.

It is great that London hospital is so enriched with history - sculptures, fountains, antigue style lamps, even flowers at the front of hospital.

Fuji 400 is a great c41 film (though not pro film but great to use at ease for travel and avoid the tripod most of the time). It is clear that your photographs emphasised the mood and "history" very well in your depiction of a "should-be-derelict hospital".

All the hosptals I had worked in are NOT like the one you had photographed. I do think there SHALL be so many ghosts wandering in the hospitals and some of the eerie feelings might come from your shots.

2nd - I really love that angle - shooting from below the table (not sure if you did not want to get caught by that guy sitting on the bench or you wanted to frame the shot like that - unique)

4th - the shadow of the lamp in the right upper corner manifests itself as a statement itself - sad, derelict, remains. It is a great composition.

5th - That statue was such an impact following by a nice shallow depth of field, it somehow projects an image of a hotel front reception rather than a hospital

7th - The corridor looks like it leads to a mortuary

Great series of photographs on a difficult subject. You are sure a great social documentary photographer


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Thank you for all the comments - it's nice to get feedback.

kmccanta, yes - I'm still using film! To the surprise of a lot of people I know. Not to mention that I can't afford a dslr at the moment, but also that I think film is generally very underrated. I didn't use any filters. Shooting colour negative always requires some form of colour correction, whether by the scanning software or in photoshop. Generally the only post-processing I do is in curves, I set the black and white points, then adjust the contrast, and gamma of each channel to my satisfaction. This time I threw some abandon away (along with a bit of sharpness and tone) to get saturated images that fitted the 'mood' I thought was appropriate. I used to think that increasing contrast and adjusting colours in PP was wrong, until I realised that it was just part of the process. I draw the line at using the 'saturation' slider, though - that's just not right!

Hi clarence, I'm glad you liked some of the composition. What do you mean by external colours? I the lights varied immensely - the corridor shot obviously had two different types. Can't remember which one is green and which one is orange... As I said to kmccanta, I didn't use any filters, but was injudicious with my curves in photoshop. In the end I just try to match the colours to my imagination. The magenta one had an ambulance come by with its bright blue flashing light. I was hoping for a mess of blue flare and glare, but unfortunately the A50/1.4 was much too composed to do that, and I instead got a nice straight line I upped the blue hugely in curves (not sure whether the scanner just tried to neutralise it - as the stripe was the brightest colour), which caused a bit of upset with the other colours. The different perspective was mainly due to a very small tripod!

Roentarre (sorry for this seemingly impersonal reply to everyones comments - I'm not sure I'm confident in directing which reply goes to which post as I'm new here!). Thanks for the comments - nice to see someone else here from the medical profession (I'm a final year medical student, although I'll stay that way if I spend anymore time on photography forums!). Yes, the hospital has a lot of history, and it's quaint in its own way. Unfortunately most of it is decaying semi-modern excuse for a hospital - funding for it has been cut as soon as the idea for a new hospital appeared, it was hard to photograph most of the hospital in a light that wouldn't highlight this. Ha! 'that guy' is me! At 11pm at night there is hardly anyone around (the hospital not having an A&E). I see what you mean about the light's shadow - it does look sad doesn't it? Funny how you notice things afterwards (especially with film). The front of the hospital does look grand - funny you should mention a hotel, because in the background the ambulance crew appear to be checking in their 'guest' (probably someone who arrived at our main hospital in Oxford, and then needed the neurosurgeons, who are at this hospital) - I think it's incredible they still use the front entrance to take emergency patients in! It's unfortunate that you say the corridor leads to a mortuary as that is the main entrace! It's not that bad really! Actually, it isn't as dark as that - but when I took the photo I wanted to emphasis the reflection of the light on the ground.

Thanks again for all the encouraging comments - I have a question, though - did I overdo the colours?

All best,
Duncan.
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Duncan, By external colors I was referring to the lighting on the outside of the hospital building. The destinct orange cast reminded me of high pressure sodium lighting.

As to the colors, they are to your taste and that is what counts most. My preference is in a different direction as I don't necessarily photograph architecture, more nature and organic things.

Thanks for participating in the forum and am looking forward to more of your posts.
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LOL

QuoteOriginally posted by Duncan J Murray Quote
Roentarre (sorry for this seemingly impersonal reply to everyones comments - I'm not sure I'm confident in directing which reply goes to which post as I'm new here!). Thanks for the comments - nice to see someone else here from the medical profession (I'm a final year medical student, although I'll stay that way if I spend anymore time on photography forums!). Yes, the hospital has a lot of history, and it's quaint in its own way. Unfortunately most of it is decaying semi-modern excuse for a hospital - funding for it has been cut as soon as the idea for a new hospital appeared, it was hard to photograph most of the hospital in a light that wouldn't highlight this. Ha! 'that guy' is me! At 11pm at night there is hardly anyone around (the hospital not having an A&E). I see what you mean about the light's shadow - it does look sad doesn't it? Funny how you notice things afterwards (especially with film). The front of the hospital does look grand - funny you should mention a hotel, because in the background the ambulance crew appear to be checking in their 'guest' (probably someone who arrived at our main hospital in Oxford, and then needed the neurosurgeons, who are at this hospital) - I think it's incredible they still use the front entrance to take emergency patients in! It's unfortunate that you say the corridor leads to a mortuary as that is the main entrace! It's not that bad really! Actually, it isn't as dark as that - but when I took the photo I wanted to emphasis the reflection of the light on the ground.

Thanks again for all the encouraging comments - I have a question, though - did I overdo the colours?
All best,
Duncan.
It seems that I have been throwing insulting comments to your local hospital. Oops. In the pic resembling a front hotel reception rather than a hospital entrance, there was this black car deliberately out of focus. You claimed it was an ambulance - it looks like a high class car rather than an ambo. Ambo should be white with red sirens or appearing like a van. Is that an ambulance taxi then? The my comments about a corridor leading to mortuary in fact reflects hospital entrance to inpatient ward was a bit too much. Sorry

And no, you did not overdo the colours. I like the way they are. photography means "to paint with light". So it is fine by me.

Glad to see medical related forum member here too. I am still trying to pass the specialist entrance exam here. And do not feel bad coming to furms at all. It is about a balance of work and hobby since I have no life here: worked 152 hours on site for last two weeks and 6 overnights on call. You take care!
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