A Troubled Past by Danny Clarkson

Well while Mum was at work today I decided to go for a bit of a wander with the camera and where do I end up? The gaol of course!!! This is the ‘B Wing’ in the ‘New Building’ of the Old Adelaide Gaol. When I say new, it was new at the time but the whole gaol has been out of service since 1988.


Cannon 500D (RAW)
Aperture Priority Exposure Program
18 – 55mm IS Kit Lens (18mm)
_-4, -3, -2 and -1
f 8
ISO 100

Merged exposures in Photomatix Pro using Detail Enhancer option. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop (sorry but I can’t be anymore excat as to what I did as it was a LOT of trial and error!)

Any comments, advice or criticism would be greatly appreciated


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  • chijude
    chijudeabout 5 years ago

    Danny I used to take my Legal Studies students on an excursion to this place – we used to get some great old guides who would have the kids hanging off every word with the stories of what went on!! Some of them refused to stand on the trap door of the hanging tower. I found the saddest thing was the unmarked graves.
    I like the shine off the walls and the way you have caught that ceiling grid. Well done.

  • Thankyou for the great comment chijude. Unfortunately I didn’t do a tour but it is certainly an eerie place. I admit, I am one who won’t stand on the trap door. Glad you like it.

    – Danny Clarkson

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 5 years ago

    Well done Danny, an excellent shot and beautifully processed to maintain the grim atmosphere.

  • Thanks alot for having a look and your comment Bob, Glad you like it. It is certainly a grim place.

    – Danny Clarkson

  • LTPhotography
    LTPhotographyabout 5 years ago

    Great image, composition and processing

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    So cool Danny, wonderful processing and fantastic depth.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


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    kennedya1about 5 years ago


  • SD Smart
    SD Smartover 4 years ago

    Excellent result. Very balanced and realistic HDR work.

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 4 years ago

    Splendid composition. Excellent.

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