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Published 4 years ago with 24 Comments

Abandoned Church on the Island of Adak, Alaska

A photo I took on a recent trip to Adak, AK. The decaying remains of this church sit overlooking the small town of Adak, located in the distant Aleutian Islands.

 

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  • alizure
    +7

    That would make a GREAT black sabbath album cover!

    • axk
      +2

      Hahaha, I didn't even think of that! Awesome! \m/

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  • dmt
    +4

    I actually lived on Adak when I was very young (we're talking a few months old here). I wonder if I've been here.

    • axk
      +4

      Oh wow! That's incredible. My dad was actually born on the island, which was part of the reason for the trip. I bet you've been to the church, or at least in the surrounding area! I'll put together an album of a few more shots that I managed to get while I was there, it would be really cool if you recognize any of the places that are still standing!

      • dmt
        +4

        That would be fantastic! I would have been born there as well, but my mother was too pregnant to fly. But I spent the first couple years of my life there. Pooping, sleeping, and eating un-fresh veggies with VERY fresh fish. Well, as much as babies do, anyway.

  • shannondoah
    +4

    Do you think this church dates back to the time when Alaska was a part of Russia?

    • axk
      +4

      That would be awesome! Unfortunately, as far as I know, it was constructed while the U.S. military was occupying the island during World War II...but I'm not 100% on that. I'll have to look it up!

    • ilyas
      +3

      That would be pretty cool.

  • Csellite
    +3

    What a great shot. So gloomy and mysterious.

    • axk
      +2

      Thank you! :) The sky was really dark the entire time (well, as dark as the land of the Midnight Sun could be). I think we got about 3 minutes of blue sky on the last day I was there, and it was overcast like this the rest of the time.

  • Appaloosa
    +2

    It's a nice pic. If you have Lightroom, I'd brighten that up a tad, throw in some contrast, sharpen it up and do it in Black and White....there is enough good graytones in this to get that building to pop out of that spooky environment.

    • axk
      +3

      Thanks for the feedback!

      I am indeed using Lightroom. I've been trying to find a style that I like for quite some time, and have lately been gravitating towards this dark film simulation thing that's exhibited in this particular shot. I made a black and white preset that I really like, but I ended up liking the underexposed/dark color version a little better personally. I'll try brightening it up a bit and see how it looks. :)

  • Laura
    +2

    Love the atmosphere of the picture. Love this!

    • axk
      +4

      Thanks Laura! :)

      I have a few more from the trip, I'll probably put an album together once I've touched them up/color corrected them a bit. Adak is an amazing place that's full of history, and most of the buildings are in similar states of disrepair after being exposed to such harsh weather.

      • Laura
        +3

        Looking forward to seeing the album. Little towns with lots of history make beautiful photographs and stories.

  • freedomgarden
    +2

    Very nice picture.

    How were the fish? Bears?

    • axk
      +3

      Thanks! I was actually only there to take pictures and record some wind sound effects for work, so we didn't see many animals besides bald eagles and small birds. Apparently the salmon run is only a month or so away...we just barely missed it!

      And as far as I know, there aren't any large predators on the island. There are caribou on the southern part of Adak, but that whole area is a combination of wildlife reserve and hunting ground, so we didn't end up going down that way. Maybe next time I head out there I'll try to hike in that direction!

  • callmefish
    +1

    Very cool! Is this 'un-retouched'? If so, awesome! If filters, still awesome!

    • axk
      +2

      Thank you! Glad you like the shot.

      This is color-corrected in Adobe Lightroom. I spent an hour or three one day playing with all the parameters of my photos and came up with this sort of film simulation thing here...it basically just underexposes the photo, clips the darkest tones, and shifts some of the colors around to make them stand out from each other slightly.

      • callmefish
        +2

        Coolness. And thank you for not giving it the over-used false-HDR effect ;)

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