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Still at the house. One of the first things we noticed was the front door and horse shoe nailed on it.

Can you see the horse shoe, it is nailed upside down, all the luck has run out of this house.  No one will ever live here again.  I don’t know if you could ever use it for anything again.  Can buildings like this ever find life again?  It is a shame, in some respects that they are just left to rot.  Though, it is good for me, I love that it has been left, bet you couldn’t have guessed that.

This is a HDR image, you will understand why it worked best as a HDR when you see the original, well the first image in the bracketed shots, the one that is supposed to be the correct exposure, let me just put it here  now.

Hopefully the reason for wanting to do a HDR is fairly obvious now.  One of the things that HDR’s are really good for is when you have a lot of light and a lot of dark.  It was too hard to get a correct exposure when the indoor of the cottage was so dark, and it was bright outside.

I have processed this image in pretty much the same way.  The point of focus had to be that bench inside.  I wanted your eye to land nicely on that.  Though the door is important, I think the inside is needed to bring you into the cottage past the door.

Teaching

On another note I had another meeting today at Living & Learning Nillumbik with Karyn and decisions were made.  I will be teaching some classes in Eltham, so I am so excited at that.  I will be doing 4, one off classes.  They will be practical, and people will be taking photos in them.  They will be similar to my field trips, but there will be more theory, or rather more technical information.

My first class will be on the 25th of August and it will be about photographing Architecture.  The second class will be on landscape with a trip to a inner city farm.  The third class will be in the classroom and we will look at photographing still life images.  The final class in November will be portraits, and we are going to explore taking photos inside and then how to take photos outside.

I was so happy that Karyn liked my ideas and can’t wait to get started.  If you are interested in any of the classes with me then you can book at Living & Learning Nillumbik.

I have had to change a couple of dates for field trips, but I hope that won’t upset anyone.

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  1. Love your work like always!

    July 17, 2012
    • Thank you, glad it is keeping up to expectations.

      July 17, 2012
  2. jus awesome again

    July 17, 2012
  3. Great picture!

    July 17, 2012
  4. Ed #

    Now that is a great shot! :-)

    July 17, 2012
    • Thank you Ed, I love it that you think so. :) Brilliant

      July 17, 2012
  5. All I can do is echo what the others have already said…that shot is a real prize.

    July 17, 2012
    • Thanks Marie. maybe I should try entering it in a competition. :)

      July 17, 2012
  6. Great photo and very cool to see one of the originals; perfect example where the dynamic range of the camera needs some help with HDR! thanks for sharing, Ron

    July 17, 2012
    • Thanks Ron, you are right, it is the perfect example of when it is good. I must admit I do them all the time no matter what, but for me it is just the first step, the first step in many.

      July 17, 2012
  7. This is a great shot! I love what you did from the original to the finished product. Very nice!

    July 17, 2012
    • Thank you, and thanks for letting me know what you think. Great to hear from you.

      July 18, 2012
  8. Cher #

    Congratulations Leanne! My dream is to teach photography someday:-)

    July 17, 2012
    • Thank you Cher, hopefully it will go well. I hope I know enough. Fingers crossed

      July 18, 2012
  9. aytacgok #

    Reblogged this on 10th Village.

    July 17, 2012
  10. Wonderful processing! I see a big pile of firewood in that structure. Better take the horse shoe off though.

    July 17, 2012
    • Thanks John, I think I might leave it, haha, It would be interesting to go in a few years to see how it is fairing.

      July 18, 2012
  11. Great work. I rarely see an image where HDR is used properly like it is used here. Thanks for sharing it.

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you, what a wonderful compliment. It really was necessary for this one.

      July 18, 2012
  12. Hello ! I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award http://liviamihaelafirinca.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/sunshine-blogger-award/
    Have a great day!

    July 18, 2012
  13. Great work once again!
    I can only aspire to doing work close to what you are doing

    July 18, 2012
    • Thanks Paul, what a lovely thing to say. Of course you can do work like this, maybe not exactly but do your own thing and do it really well.

      July 18, 2012
  14. Super-super job with this image, Leanne!!! Abandonment came to mind immediately, then visions of vermin doing their ‘vermin thing’…!

    Wishing you all the best with the four seminars (she says with great envy in her tone of voice)!

    July 18, 2012
    • I am very pleased to say I saw no vermin, probably because it is winter. Thanks.
      Thanks for that, I hope it does go well, I really hope I can teach. I guess I will soon find out. What are you envious about? Why couldn’t you teach?

      July 18, 2012
      • Though I am a very patient person, I find teaching difficult due to

        July 18, 2012
      • Sorry about that…”due to attempting to explain the creative process. During a lecture session years ago, I looked at the blank faces and decided “No, not for me to do, ever”.

        July 18, 2012
      • That is fair enough. I hope I don’t get that reaction, though, hopefully they will be too busy doing stuff.

        July 18, 2012
  15. Tricia's Blogs #

    Seeing your before and after on this one is just incredible. What you did with the wood is really impressive. And good luck on your classes!

    July 18, 2012
    • I think I cheated a little, the hdr was done with 4 images, but still I don’t know how well it would have turned out if I had only the single image, I might not have even tried. Thanks Tricia, I am looking forward to the classes.

      July 18, 2012
  16. I love the photos and work you produce after playing with it, so I have given you the Sunshine Blogger Award

    http://kattermonran.com/2012/07/17/sunshine-blogger-award/

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you so much, I have written something on your blog.

      July 18, 2012
  17. Beautiful photo, Leanne…love the effect…even though it is derelict, you have given it a certain timeless dignity.

    July 18, 2012
    • Thanks Scott, I like your description, I hadn’t thought of that.

      July 18, 2012
      • You’re very welcome. :)

        July 18, 2012
  18. How you’ve taken the first image to the second is my favourite (so far) ever of this series. You’ve given it the dignity of history and a story, tied in with the wrong way horseshoe :) Excellent news about the classes – those lucky photogrpahy students :)

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, it can be a really interesting process. Wow, your favourite so far, that is great. Yeah, I hope the classes are, I am excited and nervous. :)

      July 18, 2012
  19. Great, great image – it’s funny the first thing I noticed was that the horseshoe was upside down. That just about sums it up. :)

    July 18, 2012
    • The horseshoe does doesn’t it, It was almost the first discussion we had on the house. Thanks Richard.

      July 18, 2012
  20. HDR sure is an awesome tool if used correctly.. Very nice shot..

    July 18, 2012
    • I hope that means you think I used it correctly? Though I use HDR all the time, though I hope you can’t really tell most of the time. Thank you.

      July 18, 2012
      • Oh definitely..I also use it all the time for my landscapes and urbex shots, and try where possible to keep it as subtle as possible, while still reaping the benefits of it..

        July 19, 2012
  21. Love it! Old houses make such fantastic photography subjects – and how symbolic is that upside down horseshoe!

    July 18, 2012
    • Yes, the horseshoe really says it all doesn’t it? I agree, old houses are fantastic, and the more derelict the better. Thank you Laura

      July 18, 2012
  22. I have been very much enjoying your post processing techniques. Thanks for sharing!

    July 18, 2012
  23. Hi Leanne, Congratulations on initiating some photography classes. An opportunity to apply your fabulous skills which I’m sure you will find both rewarding and challenging. This is a great photo. You are finding some magical places to show us.

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you John, I hope so, I have taught before but only children, so this will be a new challenge and I hope it will be rewarding. I was very lucky on my last trip and I still have plenty of shots. I hope you don’t get bored. :)

      July 18, 2012
      • Bored…… don’t be daft…….. your work is always interesting…… often beautiful…… and always skillful.

        July 19, 2012
  24. Another feather in your cap! Congrats!!!

    July 18, 2012
  25. Love these HDR studies on forgotten and neglected areas. I am reminded of a photo essay done in 3d about ten years ago of the “behind-the-scenes” areas at Ellis Island, the portions of the buildings that have still never been restored and are therefore off-limits to the general public. Seeing a place with so much history still bearing the corrosive stamp of time and decay was fascinating. Nice work.

    July 18, 2012
    • Thanks Michael, that photo essay on Ellis Island sounds really fascinating. I love things like that. It must have made an impression on you if you are still thinking of it now. I want to see it now.

      July 18, 2012
  26. We’ve watched our old homestead in Oklahoma fall down over the years. When no one lives there the house ceases to live. It dies without company, without people living and breathing and sharing their dreams inside it. The next to the last time we were there cows were going in and resting for a while. The next time the floor was too unstable even for the cows. Thanks for the photos that remind me of things I never experienced other than through talk around the kitchen table.

    July 18, 2012
    • You are so right. It really amazes me how quickly a house deteriorates when no one no longer lives in it. I am told it is because the house doesn’t get heated anymore and the moisture doesn’t leave, I don’t know, but I like your description better. I hope you have been taking photos of your homestead. Thank you.

      July 18, 2012
      • We have, but not with great cameras. We do have a piece of siding from the house where old fruit crates were used and the nails to hold the tar paper on for weather proofing. It’s hanging up well preserved.

        July 19, 2012
  27. Extremely brilliant. Love the focus on the bench in the room.

    July 18, 2012
    • Thanks Bob, thought it would make a good point to lead you to.

      July 18, 2012
      • It surely did, and with a strong impact. Fabulous creativity and the “eye” for it.

        July 19, 2012
  28. Great picture. Best of luck on your classes!!!

    July 18, 2012
  29. This post was so interesting. I know I like HDR photography, but I’m not sure why I like the look so much. You explained it so it made sense to me. Beautiful picture and thoughts.

    Elisa

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you Elisa, I like HDR, though I think there is a lot of HDR out there that is overdone, but maybe that is because it isn’t my taste. I am glad you learned something from my post.

      July 18, 2012
  30. Brilliant photo! The HDR really brought out the details on the photo, and yes I can see that it is starting to rot. It is pretty sad, but I think you gave it some life by capturing and sharing it for everyone to admire.

    July 18, 2012
    • I think that HDR was necessary, it would have been a lot harder to it otherwise. It is great also to capture it so it will never be forgotten, not while I have the photos that is. Thanks Gracie.

      July 18, 2012
  31. Nice shot!!

    July 18, 2012
  32. You take beautiful photos! The editing you do on them really lets them shine. Many times, you see people over-edit their photos and it takes away from the beauty. You, my friend, have your editing down to a T. Looks great!

    July 18, 2012
    • Thank you, I am so glad you like my editing. I am really happy with what I am doing, though I know it doesn’t appeal to everyone. Thanks again.

      July 18, 2012
  33. Ana Martin #

    Wow! I love this one. What a great work. Amazing textures and atmosphere!

    July 18, 2012
    • Doors are always poplular, haha. Great to hear that you love it, makes me very happy, thanks Ana

      July 18, 2012
  34. “Can buildings like this ever find life again?” … I think so, as parts of new houses. Reclaiming this fine wood as part of a new or remodeled home would be a good way to put the soul of the old building back into the lives of new people. Perhaps somewhere to hang that horseshoe right side up. :)

    July 19, 2012
    • It is a nice idea, though I don’t see it happening, there are other houses, new ones that are being abandoned as well. I think when a house had no electricity, no plumbing and no where near anyone else, then there isn’t much hope. It is sad, but now it can become a photographers destination, and it will find new life and a new purpose. :)

      July 19, 2012
  35. Dude, is awesome how it ends after seeing the picture unedited
    Great work !!

    July 19, 2012
    • Thank you, I am getting better at doing these, still a lot to learn, but great to hear comments like this, thanks.

      July 19, 2012
  36. WOW. I am happy to see the original image. It’s astounding to me that you could end up with that perfectly exposed and composed final image. For the very first time, I understand the real value of HDR. Thanks so much! I love the result here.

    July 19, 2012
    • I think HDR was an essential start in this one. It is a great thing, though often over-used, meaning some process too far, I have a lot of those myself, when I look back, some of my shots from a few months back, well I can’t believe how bad they are. Thanks George.

      July 19, 2012
  37. Well done.

    July 19, 2012
  38. Stunning photo!

    July 19, 2012
  39. Beautiful.

    July 21, 2012
  40. WOW! You were able to get a lot out of that original door picture! Really great colors and shadows!

    July 21, 2012
    • I think that because it was a HDR helped a lot. Great to know you liked it Amanda, thank you.

      July 23, 2012

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