Through the grating and into the past

It takes a certain amount of maneuvering to shoot through glass or through bars, wires, grates and fencing.  You have several options which all involve depth of field.  You can shoot where the wires etc. are in focus and what is in the background is blurred or your focal point can be on what is in the background by shooting between the spaces of said bars and such (especially if there is gap enough) making that subject clearer and the foreground wires etc. almost nill.  Or with the right focal length you may be able to capture both foreground and background.  It just takes experimenting with your settings (dof, aperture, etc.) until you get the image you want.  I recommend manual focusing for this type of capture.

What I did here was use my spot metering mode and shoot as close as I could through the middle of one of the grating openings focusing on one of the pillars between the windows.



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  1. #1 by Lignum Draco on November 17, 2014 - 3:54 am

    Nicely done. Bolt cutters come in handy too. 🙂

  2. #4 by Indah Susanti on November 17, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Different perspective. Great take!

    • #5 by imagesbytdashfield on November 17, 2014 - 9:24 am

      Thanks. Sometimes I just have to find a “way” into some of these abandoned places.

  3. #6 by infraredrobert on November 17, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Nice effect with using the grate to your advantage – yes, it is a dilemma – just how to deal with foreground distractions.

    • #7 by imagesbytdashfield on November 17, 2014 - 9:26 am

      Thanks but as I am sure you know, where there is a will there is a way…some kind of way but a way 🙂

  4. #9 by Dave Phalen on November 17, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Love this series!! Is this building in Columbus?

  5. #11 by marcus dilano on November 17, 2014 - 9:05 am

    I always have issues when trying shots like this.. I was at the Hershey Zoo a few months ago and I had to deal with this same issue when shooting all of the animals. I ended up having to go with the 70-200 and shoot at 200 just to try and have the fence not be a huge distraction. For the most part it worked. But yes, at times even at 200mm my lens would focus on the fence and not the animals behind it. I will definitely try your suggestion of manually focusing when I come across this issue again.

  6. #14 by The Dose of Reality on November 17, 2014 - 10:26 am

    That is a super cool picture…I feel like it would look amazing on a wall!-Ashley

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on November 17, 2014 - 10:42 am

      I’m thinking the same 😉 Will have to get it ready for that.

  7. #16 by Dave Phalen on November 17, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Care to share its location. Might enjoy checking it out.

    • #17 by imagesbytdashfield on November 17, 2014 - 2:24 pm

      It’s somewhere around COSI but no idea of any street names.

      • #18 by Dave Phalen on November 17, 2014 - 9:58 pm

        Thanks, Franklinton was my guess.

  8. #19 by milfordstreet on November 17, 2014 - 11:27 am

    I continue to be challenged by this type of shot but keep on trying anyway. You gotta try, right?

  9. #21 by allentimphotos2 on November 17, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    You’ve created a nice eerie feeling here.

  10. #23 by Antionette Blake (@ambde) on November 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    ^ yes, eerie is right.

    • #24 by imagesbytdashfield on November 17, 2014 - 2:19 pm

      I didn’t/don’t find it eerie but more haunting in a nice way 🙂

  11. #25 by Son of Sharecroppers on November 24, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    I like this: Tim Allen is right about it being eerie.

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