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Cooking Classes Over

Cooks Gone

It has been a very busy day, and I have been trying very hard to get this image ready for you. I will speak more of that later.

Today’s image is one that I took a couple of times, though from different angles.  The first time I got too much noise because I didn’t take my tripod.  The second time I did, and I was able to get a much better image.

It is so nice to see a classroom that is almost complete – I hope that makes sense.  Most of the classrooms in this school are empty, everything has been removed, and  blackboards were replaced with white boards awhile ago.  They have now been covered with so much graffiti that you can’t tell what they are or were.  At least with this room, you can tell it was a Home Economics room.

The processing has been done a little differently.  The image started as a HDR processed with Photomatix Pro.  I didn’t do some of the layers that I normally do.  I did add quite a bit of detail as I wanted to draw out the edges and the grime that’s there.  I have added some blur, but only around the edges.  I wanted the middle bits to be clear.

I then darkened the image, and added some lightness to the stoves and the floor at the front.  I wanted to make the lighting more dramatic.  If you look at the original image it is very light, and quite nice, but that isn’t the message I wanted the image to have.  I wanted it to look uncared for.

I desaturated it a little because I didn’t want the pink drawers and bench tops to be distracting.  I also decided to add some photo filters, which is not something I normally do.  I added sepia and orange.  I thought it would help take the starkness away.  I believe it worked.

I haven’t done the Black and White or Sepia versions of this today.  I have been doing it quite a bit, and today I thought you could have just the one.  I hope you don’t mind.

This afternoon I ran my last class for the year.  It was a portrait class and I think it went well.  It is always hard to know.  I feel like I am in a total state of disarray and my mind is always trying to think of what I missed.  It’s rather strange.  I was saying to my husband that I don’t like it, but I think as my confidence grows I will start to like it.  My daughters were the models and they did a pretty good job and I think they enjoyed themselves.

Early morning tomorrow, up at 4 to go into the city for more sunrise photos, so I better get a move on and get ready for an early night.

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  1. I think this is one of my favorite reworks – the differences are startling.
    As a side note: I wish Home Ec was still required in school…we’ve raised 2 generations who can’t do the Basics for themselves in this country…

    November 17, 2012
    • I agree about Home Ec– I’ve been sewing since I was 5, and when I took Home Ec (in 1977), I clearly knew a lot more about sewing than the teacher! And today, I know many people who own sewing machines, but still ask me to hem their jeans.

      November 18, 2012
      • YOu might that is laziness more than because they don’t know how to do it. I have a machine, but I get a friend to do it for me. She likes sewing and is better at it than me. They still have to do food tech here. Not much, but a semester or two. Thanks Colormusing.

        November 18, 2012
    • Thank you Marie, I am finding that I am toning down a lot of what I was doing and being more subtle, well I hope I am. It is still a requirement here, the kids still have to do it in the first couple of years of school, only for a semester, but better than nothing.

      November 18, 2012
  2. mkriegh #

    Nice photo edit. I have been doing lots of low light photography lately (goes with the time of year up here, or down there from your perspective I imagine). Initially I ramped up the ISO and hand held and got some interesting results, but I have to say, once I made a commitment to my tripod the results were better and more versatile. Keep on posting, I really enjoy your blog.

    November 17, 2012
    • I think sometimes you just have to make that commitment to the tripod, and even though it be annoying to use, in the end it is always worth it. I like low light stuff, I tried to get onto your blog but it wouldn’t let me, will try again soon. Thank you, I am glad you enjoy it, I do like it when people do.

      November 18, 2012
  3. Love the sepia look… it or you made all the difference in the world… :D

    November 17, 2012
    • The photofilters added a really nice touch, thanks Keli. :)

      November 18, 2012
  4. Oh, that is where the school ghosts cook dinner. Definitely the sepia captures the room, mood, and era.

    November 18, 2012
    • Oh yes, the ghosts, what a great way to think of it. Thank you so much Alice.

      November 18, 2012
  5. petit4chocolatier #

    Thank you for your hard work on this. This is one of my favorites. I really love the sepia. Brings so much into the picture.

    November 18, 2012
    • I really like it too petit, I had been debating about it for a while, took me a while to work out what to do, but I am happy with the result, and of course, when others say they like it too, even better. Thanks

      November 18, 2012
  6. Pat #

    Remarkable edit.

    November 18, 2012
  7. Excellent use of the Photo Filters, Leanne, and thanks so for darkening that awful ‘salmon pink’! (Ugh, what a terrible color for a Home Econ kitchen…or any kitchen!)

    It’s so sad, after reading garden’s comment, that Home Econ is no longer required! I have a firm belief that every student, male or female, should learn to cook decently…it builds character, and makes for, ultimately, a healthier lifestyle!

    Anyway, an absolutely extra-fine job on this image…happy shooting in the morning!

    November 18, 2012
    • Thank you so much 1000, yes that salmon pink is revolting. haha.
      They still do it here, in the first couple of years of high school, either 1 or 2 semesters. So they still think it is important here.

      November 18, 2012
      • Good, because it is so very necessary…I was talking w/my doctor’s nurse (divorced & working full-time) on Friday–her 16 yr old son does much of the cooking, and is especially kind to his 12 yr old sister by making her breakfast every morning…isn’t that great?

        November 19, 2012
      • It is great, I wish my girls would do more cooking, they know how, but choose not to.

        November 21, 2012
  8. Your photos are so atmospheric, there’s something alive about them. Great work!!

    November 18, 2012
    • Thank you, that is so nice of you to say, it is something I have been working very hard on.

      November 18, 2012
  9. Very nice re-work from the original HDR.

    November 18, 2012
  10. saymber #

    Two words Leanne: SEPIA ROCKS! Great job with the edit.

    November 18, 2012
    • Thank you saymber, it is a great photofilter.

      November 18, 2012
  11. Stunning edit, Leanne. And a fascinating composition.

    November 18, 2012
  12. This image “talks volumes”! Great work!

    November 18, 2012
  13. Wow, you really have a talent for making potentially uninteresting places very intriguing. Great images, I really need to try Photomatix.

    November 18, 2012
    • That is also a really nice thing to say, thank you so much. I love being able to do it too, well attempt to. Yes, do try it, they have a trial version, I love it.

      November 18, 2012
  14. ag #

    Looks like I may have gotten lost in the ether again — or commented somewhere else by mistake. Just wanted to say what an amazing transformation the reworked image is. Hardly looks like the same place!

    November 18, 2012
    • That happens sometime ag, I don’t understand why, so sorry you comment was lost. Thank you so much. I really like the possibilities that are open when you do this sort of thing.

      November 18, 2012
  15. I wouldn’t have know the subjects for these photos were the same… amazing :)

    November 18, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, that is such a nice thing to say. Really, I love that. :)

      November 18, 2012
  16. Great. Love the dark version. Good luck with the sunrise photos!

    November 19, 2012
    • Thank you Cardinal, I think it looks so much better as well. I hope you saw the sunrise shots.

      November 21, 2012
  17. Thanks! Reading your tips is like understanding how a magic trick is done and finding that the tip is magic as well.

    November 19, 2012
    • Mmm, don’t quite know what to make of that. I do these posts more for myself, I am still figuring out stuff.

      November 21, 2012
      • Haha, sorry, I meant that it’s nice to know there is as much magic in the nitty gritty of the picture taking as in the pictures. It’s nice :)

        November 21, 2012
      • That’s okay, I understand how words can get misunderstood. I like that now, I think we forget sometimes how important the “nitty gritty” of taking a picture can be, there can be a lot more to it. Thanks myselves33 for explaining that, I really appreciate it. :)

        November 23, 2012
  18. lmarea3070 #

    Thanks for the brief tutorial. My next project needs some drama so I just may use this coloring technique.

    November 20, 2012
    • I like the colouring technique, I hope you have fun with it. Thank you

      November 21, 2012
  19. very nice colors and atmosphere

    November 20, 2012
  20. I think it was edited really nice, with the dim and dark colors.. I can’t imagine it being cooler b&w or sepia :)

    November 22, 2012
    • Thank you, I think sometimes you just have to go with the colour.

      November 23, 2012
  21. It’s amazing what you did to that shot, love it!

    November 22, 2012
    • Thank you gleaningthenuggets, I love doing them.

      November 23, 2012

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