Anyone shoot in a scrap yard?

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  1. mark

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    Scouted a scrap yard today. I was planning to ask the owners if I could go in and shoot but I was seriously overwhelmed. So much stuff. So many opportunities. It was hard to focus.

    Anyone here ever shot in a scrap yard? If so how did you seperate the trees from the forest?
     
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    Yes. Go slow. But get the permission first, no place around here will let anyone on the property any more. I\'d love to get back to one place, too bad.
     
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    If it's a junk yard, climb into one of the cars if it's safe, and shoot out the cracked windshield or something.
     
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    If you looking for a good scrap yard come over to my garage!:D

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    Active scrap/salvage/recycling businesses aren't usually very welcoming. They're busy, dirty, sometimes dangerous places whose owners aren't keen on having civilians onsite. I've had better luck at older, slower, half-dead yards. Here in Canada(esp. Ontario), environmental regulations force old yards to clean-up or close, especially the latter if they're in the way of housing developers. I've had better luck shooting on and around old farms, frankly.
     
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    Old salvage yards are fantastic places to shoot, I haven't been in one in years. I love to roam the freight yards, permission is getting harder to obtain though. there is an old PRR railroad repair shop about an hour from my home, I would love to spend a day there.
     
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    I have actually been paid several times to photograph a recycling yard. It is a treat. Be careful, and don't trespass.
    I do figure if you ask they will say no... I had to wear hard-hat, steel toes and safety glasses.
     
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    Get yourself a pair of steel toe cap boots, high viz vest, hard hat, and safety glasses - Then go ask. Working scrap yards are dangerous places and if the guy in charge can see you take safety seriously, you have a better chance of getting in.
     
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    Even on assignment a handler was close by.... and dang those places are dirty! The place I photographs handles all the scrap metal from the Subaru Zero land fill plant here in Lafayette, Indiana. I have also been asked to photograph it from the air twice. You can see a couple scrap-yard images on my home-page www.vincentseye.com
     
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    We have a car scrap yard near to here (S.E. OZ) that has become a bit of a magnet to photographers. The switched on owner now charges $10.00 for you to photograph in there, which suits me fine, as you can easily spend a day in these places!
    I find that you need to walk around for a while just to get a "feel" for the subjects, and they are everywhere.
     
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    Macro heaven!
     
  13. mark

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    I was actually looking for something and they told me to drive around until I found it. Big scrap yard small town mentality. I drove the whole lot. It was great.
     
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    Seperate the trees?! you worry too much, just go shoot.
     
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    And pinhole heaven! :smile:
     
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    Here in Toronto, behind where Elevator used to be on Industrial in Leaside there is a scrap metal yard. They do not welcome shooters. Bob Carnie has been chased out before (more than once). A lot of what they have is shredded and compressed/bent bits that are neat abstactions. Go on a Sunday morning when the sun is rising. A lot of the stuff can be viewed from a rial siding that runs between Industrial St and Commercial Road.

    I would love to get into Cooksville Auto Wreckers, in Mississuaga. There are a ton of vehicles, wierdly enough, in the middle of the City. Regretably, they keep it well fenced both physically and visually. I suspect the soil is contaminated enough no one wants to buy them out yet, for the cost of the remediation.

    I have heard of a scrap yard out Bowmaville/Kingston way off of the 401 that has cars from the 30's and 40's with forests growing up through them.

    Off of 9th line here in west Missisauga there are a few land holdings with good collections of old derelict trucks and farm machinery between Brittania and Derry, that you get a glimpse fo as you zoom north on the 407. I have yet to find the time to see how one might negotiate access. Their buildings that front along 9th Line seem to be going concerns.
     
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    Well Mike outed me

    I have been shooting in a scrap yard for about 7 years , until I got caught on a Sunday morning two years ago, the place is right behind my old shop with no fence.
    Took me a year to get up the guts to go back , I took into the management a few really nice prints and basically got their permission to walk around their yard and collect as much metal objects as I wanted. These I took up north to a daylight studio as well a skylight studio in my shop, I have been shooting these objects on table top now for a couple of years.
    I also sent a framed print to a very large metal crushing operation in Ontario , they are willing to let me walk around anytime I want and I plan to do this over the next couple of years. They also will allow me to place objects in the crusher, I can think of a few on this site so if I invite you to meet me be careful.
    To date I have around 1500 image that I use as source for my solarization work and next I plan to make some small silver edition prints .
    I do not condone breaking into the yards , one reason its illegal, two big dogs.
    I have moved from handholding medium format to tripod 4x5 and will continue this way for the next couple of years. If I ever do get access to the crusher I think I will move to 8x0 with some lighting.
    I have photographed in the Car Graveyard that Mike speaks of , very interesting place, but unfortunately the crusty old owner passed away a year ago and I think the whole property will be sold .
    This man placed every car/truck side by side and the growth around each car makes it look like a huge jungle land parking lot. He did not pile one on the other like most junk yards, kind of like giving a resting place for these vehicles.
     

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    Dropped my terminally-ill Subaru off at Cooksville last week. It's not quite what you imagine, Mike. They strip/crush/recycle cars. Parts harvesting is where the money is, followed by bulk scrapping of what's left. There's not really a sprawling vista of rusting hulks.It was very un-photogenic, trust me. That sort of yard, where it still exists, will be very rural.
     
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