A little while back I posted a couple of photos here and here from the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prairie, a little community in Monroe County about 8 miles north of West Point. A friend of mine told me about it and suggested that I go check it out and see if it would be a good place to photograph. On my first trip I got a couple of good photos, one of which I just linked to. However, I made a critical mistake on that trip of not checking my camera settings properly to make sure they were ideal for HDR photos, most important being the ISO. When taking HDR photos it is a must to get the lowest ISO setting your camera will allow (my A6000 is 100). Any ISO above 400 will start introducing a ton of noise that will reduce your sharpness and make for a really muddy image when you put your multiple images together (remember, I take at least 3 exposure for every HDR image). My camera on that day was set to Auto ISO because I had recently photographed an event in low light where the light levels were constantly shifting and I needed the camera to switch ISO accordingly to keep up with the movement of the people (it was a play) so as not to get blurry images. When I went to edit my images from Prairie, I realized that many of them had really high ISO's and caused terrible images. So in the end, the first trip to the old plant turned out to be just a scouting trip.
One of the places I discovered on that first trip was this old abandoned building that I spotted from the highway. I took a few pics of it in my short time there on the first trip, but didn't get to explore it like I would have liked. On my second trip, however, I discovered there was more to it. Knowing that it was at least 3 stories high, I searched for a staircase on my return trip and found it towards the back of the building, so naturally, I explored each floor and took lots of photos (more to come). I was able to get to the top floor of the building, which you can see here, where there was only beams left on the roof, allowing the light to come through (it was almost sunset), so I got some really nice lighting. It was so much fun to explore and to even be able to get some photos of Praire from above at sunset which I will post in the coming days. I had to go throught some weeds to get to this building (I even got a tick for my troubles) but it was well worth it to get to explore a piece of history.