Today’s Photo Challenge word was AMBIVALENT, and the shots were selected to tell a photojournalistic story of wealth vs. decay:
These images were captured using a photojournalism style called commentary, where the photographer develops 2-3 photographs, each with a strong message, to tell a specific story.
The first photo in this series is a picture of the Georgia Governor’s mansion in Atlanta, viewed from the side gate area on Woodhaven Rd NW. It shows a pristine setting with groomed trees and hedges on a perfectly landscaped knoll, beautiful and secluded. The second photo is of an abandoned home at 2338 Coronet Way NW in Atlanta, showing the results of leaving a property to waste away for over a year. These two homes are under 4 miles apart, both within Atlanta’s city limits, and when viewed side-by-side they tell a story of wealth and decay. There is a stark contrast between the care taken with one home versus the other: the Governor’s mansion enjoys security and opulence, while the abandoned home on Coronet way, across the street from a children’s playground, represents a part of Atlanta that is rotting away, going to waste from lack of care and concern.
The Governor’s mansion was shot with a medium telephoto lens, spot-metered in camera, aimed at the mansion, through the trees. The exposure value was increased by +1EV to bring the dark foliage up to Zone IV, and the shot was captured with a 5 shot bracket at ±0.3EV (+0.3EV used).
The house on Coronet Way was shot with the same telephoto lens, and a Wratten #8 K2 (yellow) filter to boost the contrast detail in the collapsed carport roof. A fill flash was used, and the flash was set to FP (causing an elongated flash peak duration, thereby allowing for high shutter speeds and high speed sync), and power was cut by -3GV. Multi-segmented metering was used (a.k.a. Robbie was too lazy to spot-meter, so he used his experience looking at different Zones and made an educated guess) with a +1.3EV to bring the contrast of the carport back to Zone III, and the upper exposed attic to Zone II. The shot was bracketed at ±1EV in 0.3EV intervals, with the +0.7EV selected. Post-shot, Google NIK Silver Efex Pro 4 was used to add Kodak Tri-X film grain.