When I get a new tool or learn a new trick, I have a tendency to use the heck out of it for a while, and then it sort of fades back into the toolbox. The novelty has kind of worn off the Snapseed at this point now that I’ve gotten to understand it a bit more. I’m thinking of making a tutorial at some point soon though.
That being said, I did enjoy taking some time to wander downtown Kent yesterday to see what I could shoot before I went to work.
I had meant to spend the better part of the day just landscaping, but the weather did not want to cooperate. The intermittent rain made mowing difficult, but the clouds were breathtaking. I found myself pulling over to take photos as I was driving around for my errands. As always, the best place to get good sky panoramas is the Kent State airport.
A few weeks ago, my friend Ian messaged me about planning a group expedition to Helltown, an actual ghost town not too far away from Kent. , Helltown (formally Boston, Ohio) supposedly a completely abandoned town, left to rot as the paranormal set in. I did some digging online and learned that the government had purchased the land through eminent domain to add to the area’s parks, but never bothered to do anything with it. Since then, rumors of everything from ghosts, to mutants, to Satanists have grown to surround the area. It had all mostly been debunked, but it still sounded like l could get some creepy photos out of it.
With all that in mind, Ian, Paisley, and I headed out to Helltown. I was assuming that the rumors would oversell this place, but I figured I’d at least get to see something resembling a ghost town, but even that was more than we saw. The “abandoned” homes were few and far between, surrounded by what looked like a healthy, small town. Even if the town was much more inhabited than we expected, we still roamed around the area, looking into all of the various “paranormal hotspots” that were referenced online to see if we could find anything.
While we didn’t see anything haunted, I still held out hope that I would find something ghostly on the photos once I got home. Sadly, everything I edited in post was all free from the paranormal. I guess that means we’ll just have to keep looking.
I got a viewing screen for my GoPro for Christmas and I had to go play with it a bit. Too bad I got called into work early while I was shooting and only managed to get a handful of shots.
The screen itself allows me to use it almost like a point-and shoot in single shot mode, which is how I used it here. I can’t wait to use it more though, since it will let me actually frame shots instead of just trying to point it in the right direction and hoping for the best. Being able to delete videos will help with data too.
Putting the panoramas from something with so wide a lens was interesting. It gave me some interesting results in Photoshop before I cropped it.