Get the Free Good Newsletter

Click Here!
To learn more about the newsletter


Room 217

As you might know by now, my mother-in-law loves images of doors. She asked me to photograph one last weekend when we were visiting the Stanley Hotel. This might be one of the more famous (infamous) doors I have ever had the opportunity to photograph. It is the door to room 217. The great thing about being an independent, impressionistic photographer, I have the freedom to make the door as creepy as Kubrick did.

Capture Notes:
Nikon D300
Nikkor 17-35 2.8 AFS
Gitzo Traveler
Markins Q3T

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Processing Notes:
Capture (5 Images)
Photomatix (Raw Conversion, HDR, Tonemapping)
Nik Color EFX Pro (Bleach Bypass – selective touch of desaturation excluded the door)
Nik Color EFX Pro (Tonal Contrast – selective boost saturation included only the door)
Nik Define 2.0 (Automatic entire image)
Photoshop (Curves adjustment global)
Nik Color EFX Pro (Vignette big-n-soft)
Sized for web
Nik Sharpen (Display 30% adaptive selective to the door)

The Stanley Effect

No better way to spend Valentine’s day than staying in a haunted hotel. After taking a 90min ghost tour, one that happens to have a stop near your room, you are expected to enjoy your dinner and get a good nights sleep. Well, that didn’t quite happen. I am still deciding if I really heard the sound of turn of the century nannies moving their steam trunks across the floors in the rooms above us. No kidding. I’m not 100% sure, but I am about 90% sure that is what I experienced.

You can read more about the Stanley Effect by clicking here.

Nikon D300
Tokina 11-16 ATX Pro
Gitzo Traveler

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 11.5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Metered Shutter Speed: 2.0s

Processing Notes:
Capture (4 Images)
Photomatix (HDR/Tonemapping)
Photoshop (Curves adjustment – color cast, global contrast)
NIK Color EFX Pro (Tonal Contrast selectively applied to hotel and foreground)
Photoshop (Vibrance/Saturation boost)
Photoshop (Resize)
NIK Sharpener (Display 40% adaptive)

Tip: When working at night, especially cold nights, I have found that using mountain bike gloves does a good job of keeping my hands warm while still retaining their dexterity.