A selection of HDR images from my first visit to this abandoned house in Lingerbay on the east coast of Harris. It’s well off the beaten track, at least a mile from the nearest road. The house sits close to the shore and was probably built in the days when arriving and leaving by boat was a more common form of transport for the residents than by road or track. I’ll probably return for some moonlit shots during the winter months. Some of my favourite interiors feature personal belongings of the former inhabitants – apart from some broken furniture and an old twin tub parked in the corner, this place was fairly well stripped out but the main window at the front of the house framed a great view of the nearby shoreline.
Through the kitchen window
Technical info: between 7 and 10 exposures were used to create each of these images. Shooting in one stop increments over such a wide range allows me to capture a far greater level of detail than I could ever record with a single shot. This particular scenario (darkened interior with bright light entering through one or more windows) is beyond the capabilities of most digital cameras e.g. if a single exposure manages to capture a decent level of detail through the window, the darker areas of the scene will tend to go to pure black. If you then adjust the exposure to reveal detail in the shadows, you ‘blow out’ the lighter areas, turning the brighter sections of the scene to pure 100% white, which contains zero percent detail. In other words the scene has a very high dynamic range – far greater than the capabilities of the camera’s sensor. A perfect candidate for using the HDR technique, where the whole object is to try and deliver an end result that better represents a human’s interpretation of the scene than the camera’s less sophisticated digital sensor.
Looking through the same window again from deeper inside the house
Sheep carcass in the hallway
Cast iron stove is still the focal point of the living room