Making Portraits in the Old Purdue Power Plant
In the spring I was able to go into the old Purdue Power Plant with John Underwood a Purdue photographer who has been with the University over 35 years. We were making pictures of the various textures that were all over the building. It really was a beautiful building in a way that only photographers think so. For some reason we like to photograph the old and decaying. This building that will soon be demolished was just that. Before we left for the day John who is a phenomenal portrait photographer had a couple of extra photos to make. He saw a portrait to be made, and made one of one of the photographers in our party. It was a very spur of the moment portrait with no extra lighting, but it just goes to show you that you can take the portrait photographer out of the studio, but he will still find a portrait to be made.
Editing This Photo in Lightroom 5
I wanted a look that was befitting this old space that we were in. I used the light HDR Look by Matt Kloskowski to start here. From there all that was needed was a small exposure adjustment. A crop to get rid of some of the distracting elements was all that I needed from there. This was a very easy photo to edit.
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