Open door

Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 25 January 2019 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

We traveled to a small collection of abandoned commercial buildings near the Virginia / North Carolina border. The fronts were all padlocked or nailed shut, but many of the backs and sides were wide open. "Come in and explore," this calls to me.

Processing note: I have always sized my photos to about 900 by 600 pixels because when I started with Aminus3, this seemed to work best. Recently, Aminus3 has been recommending a 2400 pixel width. Starting today, I am sizing to approximately 1200 x 1800 pixels (appropriate for a 4x6 paper photo). Let me know if you see any positive or negative impact.

SONY SLT-A77V 1/20 second F/10.0 ISO 400 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

Welcome to all. I began blogging Retained-Images in 2004 at It is gone now.

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

It is always sad an abandoned house and yet this one has preserved pretty bricks on the front

25 Jan 2019 5:52am

yoshimiparis from France

hummmm it's an invitation to enter this ...

25 Jan 2019 7:22am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Well composed image of this interesting sujet.

25 Jan 2019 7:53am

Devi from Chennai, India

a wonderful image..The pathos of a discarded home is obvious !! As for the size. I resize mine at 880..since it gets uploaded quickly. Let me try your ratio ... 1200 x 1800.This image looks great !

25 Jan 2019 10:13am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Looks good to me. The only trouble with portrait framing on aminus is that unless the image is very small you have to scroll to view it all. Sometimes that can be a good thing though not often I think

25 Jan 2019 11:10am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition and tones . Since aminus has recommended higher pixels I present them in 1280x800 now .

25 Jan 2019 12:48pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really attractive for photographers

25 Jan 2019 2:48pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Indeed open doors !!
Photogenic ;-0

25 Jan 2019 3:14pm

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Hello? Is there anyone at home? The door is open!

my pictures are 2400x1600 px or 1600X2400px

25 Jan 2019 3:32pm

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

One window closes another door opens, great peep through.

25 Jan 2019 6:55pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Something is sad about old buildings, they have a story to tell. I appreciate the information about sizing.

25 Jan 2019 9:46pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I wonder if some critter lived under the house. It looks like a food bowl by the opening.

25 Jan 2019 10:19pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ce regard en rond ces escalier la fenêtre et la plaque de bois cette entrée mervielleux
Belle journée

26 Jan 2019 2:41am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & textures!
L O V E L Y !

26 Jan 2019 5:48pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so beautifully composed

looks like it was a beautiful structure at one time

27 Jan 2019 2:13am