Peanuts mural in the children’s ward of an abandoned hospital

Peanuts mural in the children's ward of an abandoned hospital -- by Joe Reifer

Peanuts mural in the children's ward of an abandoned hospital -- by Joe Reifer

A Peanuts cartoon mural in the children’s ward of an abandoned military hospital. Unlike the smaller murals in individual rooms, this larger play area piece shows the whole gang including Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Woodstock. Those familiar with exploring abandoned buildings will notice the telltale signs of scrappers tearing out the ceiling tiles to search for metal to salvage.

Technical note: The dynamic range was much too wide to capture this scene in one shot. The image above is comprised of 3 long exposures on a tripod, blended together manually on layer masks in Photoshop. If I hadn’t told you this information, would you have noticed? Hopefully you were too busy looking at the content and wondering how this space looked in the past.

6 thoughts on “Peanuts mural in the children’s ward of an abandoned hospital

  1. I noticed that the mural was rather bright. But this could happen. I was not suspecting that blending was involved.

    • Hey Dave – My goal is to have the image look just like a photograph, but with a wider dynamic range. There are no halos or other software byproducts. Really what I’ve done here is just a step beyond dodging and burning. The clowns aren’t going to lose their lunch in my pictures. :)

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