The Abandoned House, in the Pembina Valley
As a photographer in southern Manitoba, I’m often amazed at just how many incredible spots there are. These locations aren’t always the easiest to access however. But with little light pollution around, the night sky always appears impressive on a clear night with a beautifully painted foreground.
Hidden in the Pembina Valley near Miami, Manitoba is a very unique property that’s rarely been photographed. It’s not visible from the road, and requires some walking to access it. It is on private property, and I did receive permission to capture this incredible piece of history.
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Starting with the light painting, I use my flashlight to add light to the pitch black building. There never has been power or water to this old yard site so it is pitch black. And with the nearest neighbour probably a 1/2 mile away, it makes for a very peaceful (and somewhat spooky) place to photograph.
With the light painting complete, I change the settings on my camera which is on a tripod very carefully to not disturb it. The slightest movement will make the editing process nearly impossible to match up with the night sky.
With the settings adjusted, I take a number of frames focused on the night sky. These are combined in a program to enhance the clarity of the sky and makes a big difference to the final image. The light behind the house in the distance is Morden, Manitoba.
At this point, the house frames are edited, blended, and combined to light the house up fully in Lightroom and Photoshop. The sky is then added in to make the final NightscapeMB image below…
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