A Patchwork Quilt of Rust Images

by Susanne Pacey
(Port Hope, ON, Canada)

The Hidden Beauty of Rust

The Hidden Beauty of Rust

I took a number of shots of rusty metal at the Brick Works in Toronto. When I got them into my computer I saturated them with colour to see some awesome transformations. Then I picked my favourites and put them into a collage using Picasa (a free editing program - just google Picasa if you're interested - you can do an amazing number of things with it!).

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Apr 24, 2013
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by: Ron

Terrific collection you compiled for the collage. One of my favourite subjects also. >Ron<

Apr 24, 2013
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rust patchwork
by: Sharon Thompson

Drop dead gorgeous!!!!! Beautiful colours arranged in a very pleasing way and such an unusual source of images for a quilt design. Wonderful work.

Apr 24, 2013
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Patchwork
by: Pamela Perrault

This is, of course, a very pleasing image, but more than that, I love how something as ordinary as rust becomes beautiful "fabric" in the hands of the photographer. As a quilter, I would buy and use those fabrics myself. Beautiful image!

Apr 23, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Julie

The variety of colours and textures is just amazing! What a lovely idea to put them into a collage. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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Elevator Out of Order

by David Feick
(Woodstock, Ontario Canada)

This old warehouse elevator was in the Harvey Woods building in Woodstock, Ontario. We were fortunate to be able to photograph this building's interior before it is refurbished into affordable housing.

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Apr 29, 2013
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Wonderful! NEW
by: Julie

I love this shot! You've made a very careful composition that leads the eye around the image. I especially like how the grid that's on the windows is repeated as a pattern inside the elevator. Terrific textures everywhere! Thanks for sharing.

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The Colours of Time

by Pierre Falzon
(Pickering, Ontario, Canada)

This was taken on a bus trip in Tuscany. We stopped at a shopping mall and next door was this abandoned house. What a relief from the hustle and bustle of the mall!

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Apr 23, 2013
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by: Julie

I'm with you! :-) I would have been here instead of at the mall! The colours are just amazing in this. Thanks for sharing.

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Garden Gate

by Lorna
(Saskatchewan, Canada/Jalisco, Mexico)

Looks like a application of paint didn't restore this old garden gate in a small Saskatchewan village.

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Apr 30, 2013
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Some things... NEW
by: Julie

Some things, paint can't fix! ;-). I love the colours on this, and the little "window" that we get to peek through.

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Last Seat, Last Lesson...

by Doug Gray
(Guelph, ON, Canada)

Taken in a long ago closed industrial plant now under demolition. :-(

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Apr 29, 2013
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Division of space NEW
by: Julie

It's sad that this building is set for demolition. Looks like a real gem.

You've made an interesting composition here in terms of how you've divided the space. The large amount of empty space in the bottom left reinforces the sense of abandonment about the building. Nicely done.

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Please Flush

by Larry Monczka
(Port Ryerse, Ontario)

This was taken in a long abandoned factory. The light was very dim so a flashlight was necessary to open up some areas of the picture space during a long exposure.

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Apr 07, 2013
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Love it! NEW
by: Julie

Just terrific, Larry! Made me laugh out loud :-). A great find, and a great shot, especially considering how difficult it can be to get light painting just right.

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Safe With The Ages

by Linda Feick
(Woodstock, Ontario, Canada)

We found this old safe at the Harvey Woods photo shoot we went on. It was in pretty bad shape, but it was a photographer's dream!

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Apr 30, 2013
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Floating NEW
by: Julie

The post-processing has given an interesting effect here. It looks like the dial on the safe is floating against the background. A little surreal! It's certainly highlighted those interesting textures. Not sure I'd trust my valuables to that safe any more :-). Thanks for sharing!

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Attic, Abandoned

Attic, Abandoned

Attic, Abandoned

Image taken during a drive through country roads, Lake Erie.

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Apr 24, 2013
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by: Anonymous

What a find you came across, in its apparent dilapidated state, and well captured. Would like to see the entire structure. Where abouts in the Lake Erie area is this place? Going up that way in a couple of weeks and would love to see and photograph it.

Apr 24, 2013
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by: Dave

I like the attic detail of this beautiful old relic. I have also photographed it and hope to shoot it again before it disappears forever. I agree with Julie on her comment about the haloing. Other than that, its an excellent shot.

Apr 22, 2013
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Great story! NEW
by: Julie

You've captured a great detail in the roof of this building that really tells the story of abandonment. I love all the details in the wood, brick and shingles. Be careful about over-sharpening, though. A bit of a halo has developed in the sky around the roofline as a result.

The overcast day adds to the mood here, and works to bring out more richness in the muted colours of the building.

Nicely spotted! Thanks for sharing.

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Abandoned school in Detroit

by Norah Jancik
(Toronto, ON, Canada)

My camera club had an assigned topic of Urban Decay.My son and I were looking around Toronto and he said if you want real decay why don't we try Detroit. We spent a very interesting weekend looking around Detroit.

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Apr 24, 2013
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abandoned school in Detroit NEW
by: Denise

Your photo is great to look at, try focusing a bit more... Ok... Have a great day...

Apr 23, 2013
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by: Julie

This is a really interesting find -- seeing the books and blackboard that you typically see in a school, but not in their usual state. Nice light, too. Thanks for sharing!

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Anybody Home?

by Ron Chalecki
(Hamilton, ON,Canada)

This long abandoned location is between Milton and Acton ON. It is reputed to be haunted. I myself heard footsteps from a ramshackled barn behind this house. Anyway, took this shot from an open window as I found the interior intriguing with its vestiges from the past.

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Apr 26, 2013
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by: Ron Chalecki

Hi Julie: Thanks for your generous compliments on the image...much appreciated. I sure hope these places aren't harbingers for MY future. LOL I just like the potential subject matter they provide, and the textures. Thanks again.
Regards, Ron

Apr 25, 2013
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Nicely done! NEW
by: Julie

This is very well done. I like the way the areas of light move me through the image. I don't know why the old and dilapidated has such appeal to us -- maybe we can see something of our own future in it, and so feel an affinity. At any rate, this image has lots of appeal. Thanks for sharing!

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Youth and Decay

by Kim Stevens
(Cape Town South Africa)

Youth and Decay

Youth and Decay

These children live in the decaying former male migrant worker hostels in the township of Langa (Sun) near Cape Town South Africa

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Apr 25, 2013
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YOUTH AND DECAY NEW
by: Anonymous

Love the story, picture is awesome...

Apr 24, 2013
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Old and new NEW
by: Julie

There's an interesting juxtaposition of old and new here. The image has a strong story, much of which is told through the expressions on the kids' faces. A great capture. Thanks for sharing!

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''peeling wallpaper''

by PADDY HOWES
(south africa)

PEELING WALLPAPER 1.

PEELING WALLPAPER 1.

In an abandoned diamond mine, the managers' houses still have the original wallpaper. They are photographic gems...but I fear they will not be here for much longer. Each year they are decaying into the earth ...paddy

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Apr 24, 2013
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Excellet. NEW
by: Ron

Superb image and well composed. While it's interesting to venture into abandoned structures, you have to think of safety. This venture paid off though, as the image is great! >Ron<

Apr 24, 2013
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by: Julie

Wonderful textures on the walls! I am glad you are preserving the beauty with your photos before it is gone.

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Up & Down

by Paige
(Toronto, ON, Canada)

© Paige Rice

© Paige Rice

Dilapidated Building will be turned into a future condo

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Apr 01, 2013
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Thanks NEW
by: Paige

Thanks Julie I appreciate the comments ;)

Apr 01, 2013
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Division of space NEW
by: Julie

Paige, I really like the way you've divided the space here into alternating dark and light quadrants. It might be nice to see a little more detail in the shadow areas to keep our eyes moving around the whole image. Great shot! Thanks for sharing.

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CONDEMMED

by Manfred Meilinger
(Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada)

Found this beauty in a back alley. Enter at your own risk!!

Cheers
Manfred

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Apr 20, 2013
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Newly listed! Bright windows! NEW
by: Julie

...but needs a little TLC ;-). Yeah, it doesn't look too safe, but those places can sometimes be full of photographic treasure! Thanks for sharing.

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The toaster that never gave up !

by Denise
(St-Calixte, Qc., Canada)

took this picture while walking on a path in the woods.. Found it very original... Breakfast everybody !!

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Apr 23, 2013
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Hmmm NEW
by: Julie

Some things really make you wonder... :-). Maybe the squirrels like toast for breakfast! I like this shot. It gets my imagination going. I like how you've framed the toaster with the tree. Thanks for this one!

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GalaXIE

by Dave Vandermeulen
(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)

This is a closeup of the rusted, moss covered hood of a Ford Galaxie at a wrecking yard near my home. It is a 3 image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro. I chose to process it as an HDR to really bring out the colours and textures in the rust and moss.

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Apr 25, 2013
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GALAXIE NEW
by: Anonymous

Maybe show a bit more, of the car hood... Have a great day... Good picture..

Apr 24, 2013
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Return to Nature NEW
by: Julie

This one has just about completely returned to Nature! As a result, the letters look quite incongruous, making for an interesting image.

I think I'd prefer to see the image cropped a little from the top to eliminate the dark edge there. What do others think about this? Is it a good frame, or a distraction?

Thanks for sharing the image!

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Old Church

by Mark Shaner
(Glouster, Ohio, U.S)

This is an old Church that dates back into the 1800's most of the stones in the grave yard in 1800. I like to hunt old buildings and take photos a part of our history.

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May 03, 2013
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Old Church NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I took pictures of the inside lot of writing on walls damage.

Apr 24, 2013
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Great Find NEW
by: Rn

I love coming across old derelict structures, and this old church is a superb subject. Did you check inside at all, to see what it had to offer? Great image. >Ron<

Apr 23, 2013
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The wood! NEW
by: Julie

Wow - the wood on here is amazing. I can't believe it's in as good shape as it is! What a remarkable building. Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us.

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Deserted Factory at River's Edge

by Arlene Foster
(Port Hope, ON, Canada)

This factory has been deserted for many years.
It still sits along the bank of the Ganaraska River in Port Hope
as an example of Urban Decay.

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Apr 26, 2013
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Nice find! NEW
by: Julie

This looks like an interesting old place, in a pretty spot by the river. It would be great to see it without the tree branches at the top, since they overlap the building a little. I know it can sometimes be tough to find a clear spot for a view, short of wading into the river ;-). If that's a living tree, then it might be good to go back in the summer, and use the branch with leaves as a frame. A soft green border could be pretty. Thanks for sharing your find with us!

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A Total Wreck.

by Wendy Reeve
(Motueka, NZ)

In a town that has less than 200 years history and that prides itself on 'keeping beautiful', urban decay is hard to find. Then I spotted this car outside an old Depot. It has been there a while I think.

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Apr 20, 2013
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200 years of history NEW
by: Julie

I think the 200 years are right here in this car! :-) But there is beauty of a different kind here. Great find! Thanks for sharing.

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Vines at the window

by Coralie Smith
(Motueka, New Zealand)

Clean me up please

Clean me up please

We struggle to get urban in our small town let alone decay. However we have one blot on the townscape and I would like to put photos in the local paper not on a website to shame the person although I imagine his neighbours have tried everything and failed.

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Apr 21, 2013
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Character NEW
by: Julie

Well, the place has "character!" At least it provides photographic material. ;-)

The blacks are very dark here, turning this almost graphic. The story seems to be more about "old and weathered" though, so keeping the contrast a little softer might play into that story more.

Thanks for sharing! Maybe the owner will see it, and give it a paint job ;-)

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Rusty Colors

by Gloria Rosner
(Irvington, NY, USA)

I took this picture in the last few months. I don't even remember where. When I was reviewing this picture to enter with my photography group I came across this one. I really like the rust and colors in it.

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Apr 30, 2013
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Colorful NEW
by: Anonymous

Really plays with the eyes, great movement and composition.

Apr 30, 2013
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Beautiful NEW
by: Harry

Just is a great photo. I agree with Julie about the line across the top. Really like the yellow line across the bottom left. It ties in the composition. Great work!!

Apr 30, 2013
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Beautiful NEW
by: Harry

Just is a great photo. I agree with Julie about the line across the top. Really like the yellow line across the bottom left. It ties in the composition. Great work!!

Apr 30, 2013
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Love the colours! NEW
by: Julie

Wow! Those blues and cyans are gorgeous! I thought at first that I was looking at a water line, but that doesn't appear to be the case. It doesn't matter what it is -- it's beautiful! I'm not sure that you need that extra light line across the top, but that's a subjective call. Thanks for posting this one!

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Color vs Dull

by Mabel Au
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

A contrast between the old and new ...
An abandoned yet colorful rusty ship vs the dull color of the Toronto downtown skyscrapers.

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May 01, 2013
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Big Difference NEW
by: Anonymous

Sharp image of the rusty ship against the misty image of modern city leaves room for imaginations.

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Color vs Dull NEW
by: stan

This picture brings me back the memory of good old days, peaceful and quiet. The color scheme presented is just a perfect fit to my memory, getting blur because of old age.

Apr 30, 2013
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Mist NEW
by: Julie

I love the soft warmth that the mist gives to this image -- nicely punctuated by the pop of colour from the ship!

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CRUMBS OF TIME

by LUIS A VERA
(LAFLIN, PA)

I WAS TAKING A WALK ONE EARLY MISTY MORNING,(WHICH ARE QUITE FREQUENT IN MONROE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA) ON THE CAMPUS OF EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY WHEN I NOTICED THAT ONE OF THE DORMS HAD REACHED IT USABLE LIFE AND IT WAS BEING DEMOLISHED. IT WOULD HAD BEEN JUST A MUNDANE SCENE FOR ALMOST EVERYONE ELSE BUT FOR ME IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL AND KIND OF SAD MOMENT. THIS HAPPENS TO BE THE FIRST DORM WHERE MY OLDEST SON STARTED HIS COLLEGE DAYS.

MANY COLLEGE LIVES HAVE THEIR HUMBLE START HERE. I WORK CLOSE BY AND I WALK THE CAMPUS OFTEN. IT WAS HERE WHERE MANY PARENTS GAVE THAT FIRST GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK HUG TO THEIR KIDS AS THEY DROP THEM OFF TO START THEIR FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE. IT WAS ALSO HERE THAT WITH MUCH HAPPINESS PARENTS PICKED UP THEIR KIDS ON WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS...

THESE WALLS, MOLDED SOME, MATURED SOME, AND DEFEATED OTHERS...BUT THE CRUMBS OF TIME IS ALL THAT REMAINS...

NOW AN EMPTY SPACE REMAINS...A NEW DORM WILL SOON GO UP AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AND SHARING WITH ME THIS SPECIAL PHOTO

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Apr 21, 2013
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Memories NEW
by: Julie

Sounds like this photo has a lot of personal memories for you. Thanks for sharing it with us, and its story.

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