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Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio

On the weekend of April 13th & 14th I hosted my first photographic workshop with Sherry Butts at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. This is the prison where the Morgan Freeman movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed. The prison was built between 1886 and 1910 and ceased operation in 1990. The exterior of the building was given a Romanesque style to have a castle like appearance. The Eastern Cell Block of the prison is the largest free standing steel cell block in the world at six tiers high!

In the reformatory’s 94 year history a total of 154,00 inmates would pass through the gates. Of this number over 200 inmates died during incarceration, including two guards that were killed during escape attempts. The prison is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts and one certainly gets an eerie feeling walking among the cell blocks and other areas of the facility.

I am really looking forward to making a return visit with another photo tour group. To be added to the contact list be sure to reach out to me with your email address by clicking here.

Below is a selection of various scenes throughout the prison. To view a larger collection of photos be sure to visit my Ohio State Reformatory gallery on my website.

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

The Hospital, Ohio State Reformatory (Sunrays added in Luminar)

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Prisoner’s Cell, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

East Cell Block, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Prisoner’s Cell, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Hospital Entrance, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Triangle Room, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Library, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Solitary Confinement, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Inside Looking Out, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

West Cell Block, Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory, Manfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

West Cell Block, Ohio State Reformatory

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Rusty Old Wreck Interior
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm Zero D Lens

Without a doubt rusty old dilapidated automobiles look great with a touch of grunge processing added to them. On Thursday June 21st I visited a nearby auto wrecker to photograph several old abandoned cars and trucks. I was quite fascinated by the state of decay inside this particular old car.  Using my amazingly wide and razor sharp Laowa 12mm Zero D Lens on my Nikon D800 I set out to create this extreme wide angle, interior view. The above image was created from one RAW image file. In Adobe Camera Raw I made adjustments to the Clarity, Contrast, Shadow, and Highlights slider and also tweaked the Vibrance slider as well. I then opened the image into Photoshop CC and went straight for my Nik Color Efex Filters to apply my simplified grunge processing technique. First a treatment of Detail Extractor was applied, which in Photoshop I reduced the opacity of the layer to roughly 70%. Secondly I applied a touch of Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast filter. I then saved the image as an 8-bit TIFF and created my watermarked low-res JPEG for web use. I spent no more than 10 minutes on optimizing this image using the two NIK filters for a simplified, but incredibly effective grunge look.

 

WORKSHOP NOTES:

I was pleased to sign up 3 additional participants for the Lake Superior Wild & Scenic Photography Retreat in October over the last couple of weeks. There is now only 1 spot available.

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