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Bag Left at School

As I said, I went back to the abandoned school last Saturday.  This time I took my tripod and got much better images of the darker areas.  It was good to get some images that weren’t so noisy.  We went around much of the same places and I took more photos.  I also got more photos of some classrooms.  Though today’s photo is one of the last ones I took.  I saw this as we were leaving.

This school bag was just left lying there, books hanging out.  The school mustn’t have been closed all that long, either that or the bag has been left recently.  I don’t know.  It seemed very appropriate and almost too good to believe.  Though having said that, really the thing that would have made it even better would have been if the bag was a better colour.  Oh well, can’t have everything.

I did process this image as a HDR image in Photomatix Pro to begin with.  It was with 5 images.  After that I started playing and a lot of what I was doing didn’t seem to make much sense.  So really, I haven’t done a lot to it.  I wanted the bag to be the main focal point and tried a few things.  I don’t know if they really worked.  The bag just wasn’t interesting enough to me.

The other problem I had was that patch of bright green grass.  It was too bright and took too much away from the bag.  I tried a few things, but in the end I de-saturated the image quite a bit, and then added a bit of warmth to help give it that brown colour.  It isn’t great when you work on an image and just can’t seem to get the effect you want.  Unfortunately it happens.

There are still many many more images, thankfully, and I am pretty sure the rest will be far more interesting, well I hope they will be.

I did go to the market this morning in St Andrew and I did take my camera.  It was fun taking a few shots, though that is all I took.  I took my camera with the battery pack and my new lens, the 24 to 70mm, and it is rather large.  It wasn’t good, I mean it was good for taking photos, but everyone noticed it too much and it got way too much attention.  People always think I am a professional photographer, I’m not really.  I will do a post on the market tomorrow.  Can I just say, it is a great market and I know we will certainly be back.

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  1. Cool find! You’re right, though – that bag doesn’t look like it sat in that spot all winter…

    September 22, 2012
    • No, it doesn’t. I think compared to what has happened inside, it is a recent addition.

      September 22, 2012
  2. I think I like the choice of desaturating the color and add warmness to the picture. The effect gives the mood of old or deserted place. I am not sure that what you really intended but the old school or places like that should be. It appears it was cropped a bit to bring the bags nearer to the lower right corner. It too pulls the eyes to the objects first.

    September 22, 2012
    • Thank you YellowCable, I did crop it for that reason. I was trying to make the place look abandoned, I hope I achieved that.

      September 23, 2012
      • You did. I have a picture that I took similar approach but not for the purpose of making it look abandoned. I was after making it look like it was from the past. Similar.

        September 23, 2012
      • Yes very similar themes.

        September 23, 2012
  3. The school looks like it hasn’t been closed very long. Note the decorative bush around the tree, it looks rather well groomed yet? I think your photography is pro grade Leanne.

    September 22, 2012
    • I’m not sure John, though that plant is an Agapantha and I suspect it would always look like nice. I am pretty sure it only happened in the last year or two. It will be demolished soon I think.

      September 23, 2012
  4. What a story one could tell on this photo. Love too that the colour is almost gone – adds to the sense of abandonment.

    September 22, 2012
    • Thank you Colline, that is what I was hoping for. I find colour can be too distracting and can give too much life, it is nice to have gone, but not all of it.

      September 23, 2012
  5. Supremely creepy shot, Leanne. I love everything about it.

    September 23, 2012
  6. Love what you’ve done here, Leanne! I agree the bag has not been there that long, but you can change the color somewhat by lassoing it, lightening it, and using a different color brush in a low opacity…that might be one way to try.

    Overall, though, this image is a beauty, one to be proud of!

    September 23, 2012
    • I did try some of that 1000, but the black was too strong. In the end I had to deal with it as it was. Thanks, I don’t know about it myself, I like others I have done from this series a lot more, so will see what happens.

      September 23, 2012
  7. saymber #

    A flash of a thought went through my mind as I looked at the edited version of the picture…blurry children going to and from school in the distance. I don’t know why but I see this a lot when I look at your pictures Leanne lol.

    September 23, 2012
    • Thank you saymber, the ghosts of school kids past, huh, what a great thing to say, thank you so much.

      September 23, 2012
      • saymber #

        I know, the ghosts again lol. Your photos, when you edit them, they take on a very gothic feel. A story is waiting to be told when you look at them.

        September 24, 2012
      • Thank you, I love that.

        September 25, 2012
  8. ag #

    Pretty spectacular transformation Leanne. Seems like you’re capable of photographing any old thing in the worst lighting conditions and turning it into something special — a twenty-first century alchemist!

    September 23, 2012
    • I would like to think I was that good, but I think I still have a lot to learn, though thank you for thinking I could. haha. Thanks ag

      September 23, 2012
  9. Claire O'Brien #

    The bag is a mystery. Hmm…I wonder if unauthorized education has been going on.

    September 23, 2012
    • I have no idea Claire, I suspect it was taken from one kid and left there.

      September 23, 2012
  10. AB #

    Cool stuff. Your processing is kind of neat! I followed you on Facebook :)

    September 25, 2012
    • Did you, I didn’t see you, what is your name? Thank you so much AB, that is nice of you to say.

      September 25, 2012
      • AB #

        It might come under likes by other pages – Andrew B Photography :)

        September 26, 2012
      • Maybe. :)

        September 26, 2012

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