Abandoned Amusement Parks in Asia "QUANTUM SHOT" #523Link - by A. Abrams Spirited Away, or Spirited for Good? They may be closed, but they're still a lot of fun! We've already covered a couple of parks close to Seoul. (image credit: Olivier Malosse) French urban explorer Olivier Malosse visited the once-famous "Koga Family Land" Park in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Sad toys hang around - and a bunch of ferocious rabbits haunts the premises: Spectacularly overgrown roller coaster - and "Okutama Ropeway" still offers great view from the cabins: (images copyright and courtesy Olivier Malosse) Rust in the Mist - "Takakanonuma Greenland" Park Another highly evocative location is actually quite famous among urban explorers - the images are well-known, but still worth seeing. Here is a misty ride 250km north of Tokyo (for those who want coordinates - 37°49'02.16"N 140°33'05.78"E): (images credit: Spiral) Would you trust these rusty rails with another ride? (image credit: JensofJapan, via) (images credit: Spiral) (images credit: Wesley) ...
How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography A Post By: Darren Rowse The following tip on getting digital images to look like Lomo Images was submitted by DPS reader – Frank Lazaro. You can see his photography at his Flickr page and see some of his Lomo shots here NB: most of the shots in this post can be enlarged by clicking them. update: once you’ve read this tutorial and had an experiment with the technique head to our Forum to share some of your results. From the first time I saw a photo that looked like this, I wanted to shoot one of my own. But, for the longest time I couldn’t figure it out how people took photos look like this. Low and behold I went out and bought 2 of these babies. I searched and searched and after trying several different Photoshop methods, I finally came up with my own using a mix of different techniques. Get Free Weekly Digital Camera Tips via Email Here is my step by step on how I take a digital photo and make it Lomoified. Getting Started – Creating a Vignette Now you have a vignette.
Siberian "Ghost" Cities Scare "QUANTUM SHOT" #659Link - article by Avi Abrams Siberian Nearly-Abandoned & "Ghost" Cities Could Be the Worst Halloween Scare Ever We'd like to call them "ghost towns", but they are clearly not abandoned. Amazingly, people still live in them, go to work in the harshest possible conditions (paradoxically making it the richest and mightiest industrial area in Russia) and then come "home" to relax in inhuman weather, non-existing infrastructure, in dangerously dilapidated buildings... Truly, this is an "abandoned, terrifying, ruined environment", multiplied to the N-th degree! Judge for yourself: (Norilsk, Siberia - images credit: Schegloff) Just in time for Halloween: no skeletons, witches, or giant spiders - instead, something real and more terrifying - witness the life in Cherepovetz City (the name loosely translates as "City of Skulls"), the center of the Russian North-West SeveroStal industrial zone: (image credit: Elena Chinarina) Welcome to Norilsk - the Very Definition of Cold Hell
Abandoned Houses of Super Villains "QUANTUM SHOT" #646Link - article by Avi Abrams Even the ghosts inhabiting these houses are sad and miserable We admit, there is a certain beauty in decay (see our article), but the houses shown on this page hold not only historic and architectural value - they are also fascinating in a "Despicable Me" sort-of way: they all housed at one time the most notorious villains in Earth's history. (Stalin's "Blizhnaya Dacha" - "Near Cottage" - in Kuntsevo, Moscow) Some of these residences are still standing, some are neatly maintained, while others are falling into disrepair - and today we have a rare opportunity to peek inside them and, perhaps, shudder: Stalin's Summer Residence in Kuntsevo, Moscow Often called "The Court of the Red Tsar", this is a closely guarded, fully-intact house of Joseph Stalin, in which he lived continuously after the death of his second wife (suicide, no less). (bottom right image: note the couch - this is the bed on which Stalin died in 1953) (images via 1, 2) (images via)
Abandoned Castles of Russian Countryside "QUANTUM SHOT" #452link Perhaps even haunted. They certainly look the part Not many people think of a sleepy Russian countryside as a place for gothic-styled castles, but here they are - proud, beautiful, one-of-a-kind architectural gems, unjustly forgotten and sadly abandoned.... Apparently some Russian architects of the 19th century visited Europe often enough to be influenced by medieval castles and French-style palaces. 1.Muromtzevo Masion, between Murom and Vladimir One Boitzov's wealthy client, V. Today it's an extensive maze of imposing buildings and overgrown gardens, a sad but strangely compelling place: Khrapovitsky emigrated to France with the first sign of Bolshevik trouble, and his palatial grounds were left to decay ever since. (images credit: Natalia Bondareva) 2. One of the last owners of this castle was Sergei Morozov, who allowed many prominent Russian painters (including Levitan) to live in this house. (photos by Elena & Dmitry Terkel) 3. 4. Here is Eltzin's dacha nearby: ...
Beauty in Decay: Photography of Urban Exploration The Abandoned and the Rusted-out Carcasses of Things Long Gone seem to be a fitting theme for this week - much of doom and gloom has occurred in economy, and most people are concerned about the future. So we're just going to play on these apocalyptic sentiments, and serve you a bunch of depressing pictures... Sorry. We were quite impressed by explorations of Julie Shiel , and her eye for colorful abandonments - so we asked her a few questions, and here is what she has to say about her art. (most photography is offered as prints for purchase on her site ) Photo taken in the abandoned town of Centralia, PA, which has an ongoing underground coal fire - an inspiration for the movie "Silent Hill" and the book "Strange Highways" by Dean Koontz, among others. "I find beauty in decay. This is a rusted lock on the back door of an abandoned International truck Simply beautiful. "Most people will never see these places, although they often have a long and interesting history. (image credit: danila85 )
Strange Towers of the Third Reich Not just phallic symbols of power; they actually served a practical purpose. These concrete towers were unique AIR RAID SHELTERS of Nazi Germany, built to withstand the destructive power of WWII bombs and heavy artillery. Their cone shape caused bombs to slide down the walls and detonate only at a heavily fortified base. Cheaper to build above ground than to dig bunkers, they were quite effective, as it was possible to cram as many as 500 people inside. Plus the "footprint" of such tower was very small when observed from the air, so it was very hard for the bombers to ensure a direct hit. (photo credit: Ivo Schenk. First appearing in 1936, they were quickly dubbed "cigarette stubbs" or "sugar beet heads". (photo credit: Norbert Hämmerling) Hitler was quite impressed by Winkel's concept and blueprints, and ordered full engineering and production support. (image credit: Michael Grube, Lost Places.De) (images credit: M. Entry was through a hatch door: The shelter was secured with a heavy lock:
Afflicted: 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums “Open” for Exploration With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy . Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions. In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. After decades of overcrowding in both asylums and sanatoriums, the invention of antibiotics and behavioral drugs, and an evolving understanding of mental illness rendered these massive compounds obsolete. Although these spots may be spine-chillingly eerie and seem rife for exploration, be forewarned. 1. Image: Weylyn /Flickr Image: Motya83 /Flickr 2. 3.
The nuclear plant that was never finished I recently "discovered" with great surprise this amazing site on google earth, and was equally amazed by its story. The unfinished "Crimean Atomic Energy Station" (Ukrainian КримськаАЕС, Russian КрымскаяАЭС) was supposed to be a new nuclear power plant for the region of Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea. It's construction started in 1976 when Crimea was part of USSR. What exactly happened is unclear to me, it seems that the construction lasted almost forever (more than 10 years). Between 1986 and 1989 the station was inspected following the Chernobyl disaster, and was found to be located on a geologically volatile site. Construction of the facility was summarily abandoned. All the construction equipment was left on the site, I suppose that the situation of the weakened Soviet union plays a role in this messy situation. The building of the nuclear power station entered into the Guinness book of records as the most expensive reactor construction in world history.