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Interior of an Abandoned Pumping Station near Millburn, New Jersey (HDR) by Jay Hirschfeld

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Taken by
Jay Hirschfeld Jay Hirschfeld
Explore score
0.38 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 01, 2009
Date taken
Dec 01, 2009

GigapanMagazine.org Will open in a new tab or window Volume 3 Issue 5

One of the most difficult panoramas i've made, just because of the location and extreme exposure differences from one corner of the room to the next. A 360-degree, triple-exposure HDR image that took three shooting attempts over the last several months to finally get correct. Tonemapped in Photomatix, Stitched in AutoPano Giga, cropped and corrected in Photoshop.

The abandoned pumping station I found a couple years back near South Mountain Reservation in northeast New Jersey looks like it's been there for about 80 years or so and abandoned for at least the last 20-30 of it. The inside is completely covered in graffiti, and the building itself is completely rotting away. That said, as soon as I stepped inside the first time I wanted to create this photograph, happy I finally did.

After additional research, it seems that the burn marks found on the ceiling are lasting remnants of a fatal fire at the station.

For more information on the pumping station, please check out:
www.youdontknowjersey.com/2010/08/south-mountain-reservation-pumping-station Will open in a new tab or window/
And a video found here (taken around the same time as this photograph, so the interior actually looks remarkably similar, if not identical, to this photo):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5KH90nECcM Will open in a new tab or window
An article about this piece as well as the Gigapan technology used to create it can be found here:
millburn.patch.com/articles/thinking-big-works-for-short-hills-artist Will open in a new tab or window
UPDATE: A 35" x 90" 360 DPI print of this image was given a merit award at the PhotoSpiva 2010 Photographic Competition in Joplin, MO, which took place March 6 - April 25, 2010. Thanks to the juror, Deborah Klochko, and all the great people at the George Spiva Center for the Arts!

Gigapan Comments (6)

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  1. Robert Schneider

    Robert Schneider (February 18, 2010, 12:38PM )

    Awesome!!!!!!...brings back fond memories of hanging out with friends in the 70's and getting stoned.

  2. E MacKay

    E MacKay (December 09, 2009, 07:30PM )

    Great shot. btw, thanks for commenting about my wall. It must have taken forever to hdr it. How many pictures did you take? It looks like a lot of work. I tried doing an hdr and couldn't get it to work right. Tried it one way but I think I had to do it the way you did it.

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 04, 2009, 07:46PM )

    Fantastic shot. Have you seen gigapan.org/gigapans/36909/ which is similar in subject? I love these post-industrial scenes.

  4. Zoran Efremov

    Zoran Efremov (December 02, 2009, 07:30AM )

    This is nice. Its another almost 360 from the unusual place. Just keep going.

  5. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (December 02, 2009, 03:09AM )

    Very impressive, Jay. I'm sure all that post processing took a lot of dedication, but the result is certainly worthy of the effort. I personally prefer my New Jersey scenes a little more bucolic (e.g., www.gigapan.org/gigapans/26328/ ), but there's no denying that there's plenty to explore here. Keep up the great work!

  6. Michael Hussey

    Michael Hussey (December 01, 2009, 09:54AM )

    Very well done...

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