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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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