Linda Vista Hospital

Title – Linda Vista Hospital

Photographer – Neil Kremer


This hospital is over 100 years old has been closed since the 80s. Since closing it’s been rented as a set for many movies, TV shows and photo shoots. Linda Vista is finally scheduled for demolition in 2013. A new federally subsidized, low income housing project for seniors will be erected in it’s place. The people of Boyle Heights are unhappy about it because like many low income neighborhoods in America, they are the dumping ground for these projects. The property owners get their new business partially funded for free and within a short time, their will be another under-staffed, under-developed, under-maintained eyesore in the area.

If you’re in Los Angeles and get a chance to walk through before demolition next July, I strongly suggest it.


Technical Processing.

8mm Fisheye lens

5 Exposure HDR using Photomatix with some source files masked in where Photomatix let me down. (-2 to +2)

2 Single source files were also tone-mapped and masked into certain areas.

A double RAW conversion was used for added detail and grit. (top layer is a low saturation very high contrast layer, blended in luminosity mode.)

The chair, lights and light stands were masked and then drama was added to the shapes and sizes using Puppet-WARP and Liquify.

The floor, closet doors and walls were individually masked and several adjustment layers were added such as curves, selective color, shadows and saturation.

Spot lights were added using a 50% gray layer and then a single hit with a white paint brush. (you can then move the spot light with your selection tool.

A 50% gray layer was overlayed and then extensive dodging and burning was used for light contrast.

Selective detailing was used during the entire process in LAB mode.  Unsharp Mask is used on the LIGHT channel only.

An overlayed copy layer with a heavy Gaussian blur was added to the chair and lights for some glow.

A high pass filter was used selectively on the areas of interest.

Final layer of 50% gray in COLOR mode at 10% opacity to desaturate because I’m heavy handed with color saturation.

Vignette added.


Neil Kremer is a commercial photographer living in Los Angeles.  He’s been using HDR as a processing tool since 2010 and spends a great deal of time photographing Southern California for fine art and commercial purposes. He uses many of his HDR images as backgrounds for portrait composite images that are used for commercial purposes.

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