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More Abandoned Buildings
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Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7763 W: 88 N: 19042] (85441)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax K3, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
Exposure: f/0.7, 1/21 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-03-03 22:45
Viewed: 743
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please view this on the BETA version, many more details can be seen ABANDONED.

Getting back to my favourite subjects, more abandoned buildings, this time while driving along the Fjords in north western Iceland.

This one, as with a lot of the abandoned buildings in Iceland, came as a complete surprise. I was driving along the twisting and turning roads of the Fjords, and this little beauty was just waiting to be captured by my camera.

Of course I had to pull my car over to the side of the road and investigate. It was locked and I couldn't get inside, that was a disappointment at first. However, when looking through the windows I could tell there wasn't really anything worth seeing anyways, it was basically an empty shell.

What I love about this one is the steep angular rusted out roofline. Whats even more interesting is the view of the building from the opposite side, please take a look in the WS.

Also, the 2nd WS photo could possibly be the best of the 3 photos. Perhaps I should have posted that as the main, it has a great overview of the building sitting in its environment with the fjord in the bg.

I went with this closer in shot just so you can get a better view of the building itself.

So why do i love abandoned buildings? Its their hidden secrets, their hidden untold stories, their mystery...what is the history/story here? We will never know.

Hope you enjoy these 3 shots

PaulVDV, papagolf21, maloutim, Fis2, snunney, holmertz, ChrisJ, Royaldevon, pajaran, ikeharel, jean113, jhm, alvaraalto, Cricri, adramad has marked this note useful
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Bonjour, cher Craig,
Merci de nous offrir ces prises de vue mettant en évidence ces vieilles maisons abandonnées (c'est toujours triste) d'une excellente façon (particulièrement une présentée en atelier).
Ce toit façon tente permettait à la neige de ne pas s'accumuler, du moins, je le suppose.
Je suis avec grand intérêt vos pérégrinations.

Hello Craig,
To me not the fact that it is abandoned but the shape of the building is very attractive.
Also the location where it is built of course.
It looks like standing on the edge of a cliff.
Presented from a good angle with a great view of the fjord and the mountains at the other side.
Pretty natural colours.
I understand your doubts about which photo to choose as the most important. I would not know either.
Best regards, Paul

Hi Craig,
Interesting architecture with this roof, vivid and pleasant colors, a perfect light capture, a photo well composed with also the view of the beautiful landscape, tfs.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11966] (91892)
  • [2018-03-04 0:03]

Hello Craig ,
Abandoned , may be , but almost still well maintained ...
This is a very good subject , with attractive shapes , and , as you say , the red rusty roof is an important feature here .

Hello Craig,
Very nice capture of this typical barn in Iceland.
Perfect pov and light management as well as sharpness. Nice framing and many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2018-03-04 0:52]

Witaj Craig!
A very nice abandoned buildings.
Nice place, view makes impression.
Good house for a tourist base.
I like frame and colors.
Well done.
Nice sunday.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2018-03-04 1:23]

Hi Craig. Your post made me excited, especially your last words that speak of the past, of those who lived here and their stories. I also often think of this when I visit abandoned places. It is really a pity that this house is abandoned, I would go there willingly for a few days. Absolute peace and a magnificent overview that i can see in your WS. A post that struck my heart.Thanks a lot and have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Craig,
There is enough of the surrounding scenery seen in this photo to make it a reasonable main upload, although the WS2 is an even more typical postcard. In this one the contrast of orange, green and blue is more straight on. It's really quite a nice little building with a very original design. Maybe whoever lived here realized that scenic beauty wasn't worth the trouble of such an isolated location.
Best regards,
I took a roll of B&W photos of the abandoned solar power plant, but they were all very uninteresting and bad. I tried to make a few scans but my scanner was in a bad mood (it's 10 years old) and they didn't turn out well, so I decided even you could do without them. Trust me.

Hello Craig,
I think I prefer your main posting though both workshops have their merits. I like slightly angled point of view, which does shows us some of the surroundings. But, what strikes most are the lighting and the excellent colour contrasts. Very good rendering of the textural detail in the rusty roof and the weather worn timbering.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2018-03-04 3:01]

Hello Craig, Maybe I prefer the Workshop photo with more landscape. The hut is nice with this steep orange roof but it looks like just simple holidays home. More strange that it is in such remote area. How to live there? What to do?
But was it worth going for the second time to Iceland, so far away from Vancouver? I would like to go there but it is for me difficult without a car and as I have heard, very expensive. I chose maybe similar place but much farther :) and probably also expensive. I have bought already the tickets.

have a nice Sunday


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2018-03-04 3:22]

Hello Craig,
A really cool photo once again, this house doesn't even look so old, but I understand why it is abandoned, who would want to live in such a tiny house with these steep roofs? I would be bumping my head all day long. ;-) The rusty roof adds a great colour contrast and the calm fjord and the beautiful shapes of the mountain make a fantastic background.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2018-03-04 3:39]

Hello Craig,

This abandoned A frame cottage has a stunning location. Just a pity that there is no shopping centre nearby which is probably why it has been abandoned although it would make a great fully self contained holiday home. I see no electric wires so perhaps it needs a generator too. Good sharpness and marvellous warm cold color contrasts. Tfs!

Hello Craig,

Three excellent shots showing the character of the abandoned building and its beautiful location. I can see why you struggled to choose the main post!
The building is definitely something to be photographed! It has such sharp lines, strong textures and a coloured roof that is just so brightly unexpected! Set against the fjord and the mountain, it can't be improved upon!
I just wonder why there are so many abandoned houses in Iceland! Were the owners fishermen and couldn't sustain the living! I would love to know why the house has just been left!

Have a good Sunday,
Bev :-)

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotogrfaijama u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura. Lepa stara kuca i priroda. Steta sto je napustena i prepustena prirodi.
Zelim vam lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photographs in the workshop, a beautifully displayed place and architecture. Beautiful old house and nature. It's a shame that she is abandoned and left to nature.
I wish you a nice day for rest, all the best.

Hi Craig,

The distance between the house and the mountain is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the abandoned hous or building. The light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Oi, Craig!

A foto principal e o workshop #2 são ambas muito boas, mas acho que teria colocado o workshop como foto principal, por mostrar mais amplamente a paisagem. A foto que você escolheu está com luz e contraste muito bons, deixando o laranja bem bonito (assim como todas as cores). A água está com um aspecto bem interessante, bem calma. Deve ser um bom lugar para deixar o tempo passar haha
Bom trabalho!

Hello Craig, that very steep roof line suggests the regular occurrence of heavy snow.
I like the very straight lines of the house contrasting with the beauty of the natural landscape.
The orange coloured roof immediately catches the eye in the thumbnails.
Regards Jean.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2018-03-04 8:46]

Hello Craig,

Our group has this type houses signed as vacation houses for six people, in a group of 25 houses.
But to much maintenance.
Great architecture image.
Colours and are pleasant to look at.
An excellent panorama view, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice Sunday,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2018-03-04 9:42]


quelkle vue de cette maison sueprbe quel toit en triangle et la pent du toit sueprbe iamge et effet en tout cas la neige ne doit pas tenir sur ce toit génail.
Bravoe t amitié

Hello Craig,

These desolate, abandoned building look really good on your pictures.

Best Wishes,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2018-03-04 20:35]

I like both photos, the main photo and this one in WS, the location of the house is really beautiful, I can imagine it was left beacuse of harsh climatic conditions in this place, very well captured
regards Ryszard

Hello Craig
Looking at the three excellent pictures I don’t agree with the conclusion abandoned. Empty, deserted: all right but with a few pot of paint and a nice IKEA-interior this could be a splendid cottage for the summer. But of course I don’t have the close view you had. But I certainly like the design with rectangle and triangle shapes.
Have a good week, groet Rob

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2018-03-05 8:20]

Hi Craig
C'est tout simplement une superbe image, cette vielle maison bien placer près de l'eau, dans un paysage merveilleux a beaucoup de charme, superbe les deux WS, les couleurs et la note !!
Belle soirée

Hello Craig,
I can understand your fascination for abandoned buildings. There is the mystery about them, sometimes clues left around by the last occupiers, the sadness and melancholy that they generate...
This looks a gem indeed. It would be a perfect place to spend a holiday, alone with nature ! (Perhaps too lonely if it was abandoned !)
I love the elegant, graphic architecture, the way you have made the rusty roof look like gold, and the scenery by the lake is just out of this world !
WS2 is very attractive too
WS1 just shows the difference the sun can make to beautify a place !

I was once inspired by your "abandoned" photos, to post a place in ruins too (my pics 237-238). There wasn't too much mystery for me about them, as I more or less know the story behind, but I am glad I did it. At least there will be some kind of record, whatever happens to the place :-) That is if TE doesn't fall into ruins itself , Ha ! Ha !
Kind regards.

There's something suprarealistic in your images of abandoned buildings in Iceland. Well, I would buy one and turn it into the perfect home, the surroundings are perfect!


Hello Craig

I think I agree with you about the Workshop 2 photograph: that would have been my choice. But you've given us three images for the price of one, so I'm not complaining! This building is certainly odd: looks like a wooden and corrugated iron tent. I guess the steep pitch is to throw the snow off, but it also looks as if it has a lot of windage, and might be blown over during the next gale!



Hello Craig.
A great and original composition, I am surprised that great sloping roof that reaches the ground, contrasts with the adjacent building with the flat roof, spectacular the grandeur of the landscape where they are located.
A magnificent range of colors, in some tones, very attractive.
Good management of brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I love.
Have a great day.
Very best regards.

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 34 N: 4648] (25804)
  • [2018-03-08 0:28]

Great environmental picture, Craig. The light is stunning and really brings the scene to life. The smoothness of the water is very good too. You wouldn't say it was abandonned from this picture, it actually looks quite nice. Thanks for sharing this one too.


Hi Craig
You really have an impressive collection of remote and mysterious places in Iceland. You could probably think of a book showing all the abandoned things and houses around the world!
I love the shape of this house and how it fits in the landscape. The wider shot in WS is great but I think this is the best main upload as it immediately grabs attention to say this is about the house as the main subject, not just as a compositional tool in a landscape shot.
Great colours and light too.
Have a nice Sunday

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