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It’s not very often that I allow myself the opportunity to photograph abandoned buildings. I’m the type who prefers to avoid the whole trespassing conundrum that oftentimes surrounds this genre of photography. However, when my husband and I had the chance to photograph this old abandoned sugar mill on the Big Island of Hawaii, we went in feet first!

This building is relatively open; there was no fence-hopping, no signs … so I felt safe walking right on in. :) The outside was pretty spectacular as well, especially with the amazing rain clouds we had been seeing during our stay. Inside it was a big open room, with a few smaller rooms behind that looked like they had seen better days. I think Brian was in heaven … he loves this type of photography and it was a nice change of pace from the long-exposure waterscapes we had been photographing during most of our trip.

I processed this image as an HDR using Lightroom & Photoshop, and then pulled it into onOne Software’s Perfect Effects to add some stylization (along with the subtle tilt-shifty blur effect in the background).