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Report to the Office on Arrival

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It’s Saturday and it has been hot and dusty here, well it was at the BMX racing.  It was a relief to come home.  BMX is quite different to other cycling events I have photographed.

Back to school today.  This is the front door and this door leads to the office.  Most students would rarely use this entrance, except when they were late and needed a note, or if they had to leave early, that kind of thing.

To process this, a HDR image was first created with Photomatix Pro, then I did some simple layers. I only added one blur layer, then masked most of it away.  I added some warmth and did some darkening with the gradient tool.  I’m afraid that I really didn’t do as much as I usually do.  I’m a bit worn out, so I hope you don’t mind.

There are quite a few BMX photos to go through yet.  I’m wondering how they’re going to be.  It’s always really hard taking photos when there’s a bright sun.  I might put some up for you tomorrow.

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  1. In Germany it is cold and the trees have no leaves more. Have a nice saturday with BMX.

    November 24, 2012
    • It sounds wonderful Susanne, I like it when it is cold. I hope you had a good weekend as well.

      November 28, 2012
  2. a bit ‘triste’, in that you succeeded

    November 24, 2012
  3. Who knows I may use this image for inspiration to write a story, just exactly or different from the one you just gave it a like. Thanks BTW

    November 24, 2012
    • That sounds interesting let me know if you do. Thanks to you too.

      November 28, 2012
      • I will let you know

        November 28, 2012
  4. Very beautiful. I love your work and wish I could do things like this :-) Hope you have a good weekend.

    November 24, 2012
    • Of course you can do things like this, just takes time. I did have a good weekend, hope you did too, thanks. :)

      November 28, 2012
  5. Very nice. Good work

    November 24, 2012
  6. Great depth to the shot! :D

    November 24, 2012
  7. BMX is very popular around here…can’t wait to see a few of your shots!
    Stay cool out there!

    November 24, 2012
    • I didn’t realise how popular it was here until recently. I hope you saw the shots, the second day was so much better. Thanks Marie,

      November 28, 2012
  8. Enjoy that bright sun, be glad you have it! Clouds and 31F just now. :)

    November 24, 2012
    • No, I don’t like the bright sun, it is too hot and it burns so much. We have lost our ozone layer, and that makes it so horrible. I would love what you have. Hahaha.

      November 28, 2012
  9. Lovely photo. It looks like a rough area with the graffiti and broken window. My office is in downtown and we get hit with graffiti, but fortunately we rarely get broken windows.

    BMX is fun to watch and challenging to photograph.

    November 25, 2012
    • It isn’t in a great area. though I suspect the same thing would happen anywhere, I don’t know why kids think it is cool to destroy things.
      I really enjoyed watching and photographing the BMX, it is different.

      November 28, 2012
  10. Wonderful what you made happen here, Leanne…so much more of the abandoned feeling…and the emphasis by lightening the graffiti makes for even more sense of loss. The building itself seems to be sturdily built and not that old, so I’m wondering why the School Board (?) gave up on this place.

    November 25, 2012
    • Thank you 1000, I was worried that I didn’t give it enough care. I am glad you liked what I did, that means a lot. It is a sturdy building, probably built 60′s or 70′s. They combined a couple of schools and this one was closed. Crazy really. They did that where we are, they combined two schools, closed one, and now the one that is left is bursting at the seams. Really doesn’t make sense.

      November 28, 2012
  11. Hello, Leanne!

    Thank you so much for visiting my photo blog “Reflected Glory – My Adventures in Photography.” ( http://myphotoreflections.wordpress.com ). Whenever I receive a visit from true artists like yourself, I ask for real critique. I have a passion for photography, but I am a rank amateur and need all the help I can get, as well as the encouragement that comes from getting comments that help me grow. I love your photo-art. I will be back as often as time allows, and I have subscribed to your beautiful site. I do offer prints (I have a lot of chutzpah!) of my works for sale on Fine Art America and on Red Bubble.

    Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you when you have time. BTW, your comments can be public or private. My e-mail is calhounpaula@ymail.com

    I wish you enough. . .
    Paula Tohline Calhoun

    November 25, 2012
    • Hi Paula, I am not really comfortable giving people critiques like that, I do offer it as a service, it is different when people are paying you, but I am uncomfortable just going to peoples blogs and doing it. Sorry. I am glad you like my work and I hope you learn a lot here. If you are selling your work then you must be doing well. Thanks

      November 28, 2012
  12. That forboding sky works very nicely with the command of “Report to the office!”

    November 25, 2012
    • Thanks David, I thought it helped to add to the atmosphere.

      November 28, 2012
  13. Nice sense of foreboding. Great shot.

    November 25, 2012
  14. Great edit!

    November 25, 2012
  15. You keep encouraging me to learn layers ! Think it’s my winter project. Trade you hot dry and dusty with cold, bitter and windy

    November 25, 2012
    • Thank you, it is nice to read comments like that. Layers are great and not really crazy, I don’t even think about them now.
      Oh yes, please lets trade it is going to be 38 here tomorrow, which 100.4F, I don’t like that.

      November 28, 2012
  16. You got some danger and drama into that photo … it became very intriguing. I’m drawn into this photo. Really like it.

    November 25, 2012
    • Thank you viveka, that is great, it is a comment to read.

      November 28, 2012
  17. My son has hopefully left his tagging behind as now he does spectacular pieces on canvas lol

    I have an award waiting at my place for you when you have time
    Eunice

    November 25, 2012
    • That is great to hear, sounds like you are proud of his work.
      Thanks for the nomination, I’ve left you a comment.

      November 28, 2012
      • :)

        November 28, 2012
      • we did not know each other for 31 years so yeas I am so proud to see with him meeting me his heart is opening and only joy is being exhaled FINALLY :)

        November 28, 2012
  18. Great image!

    November 26, 2012
  19. Strong image!
    Another Thousand Words is onto something – a few social facts can pack a wallop, re fine art photography, and a few are all you need.
    My completely unsolicited guess: forced consolidation with a neighboring district. So: a tale of social class. The community can’t afford even the maintenence costs to preserve the building for other uses. Significantly, it also can’t afford to tear the school down,
    Residents of middle-class-and-up areas don’t tolerate public hazards such as state abandonment of huge institutional structures. There had to be a fight over this. That you have documented the aftermath lends a new level of meaning to the series.
    Of course that was just a guess. But every school closing has a story.

    Um, at least they do here. I think your national govt provides much more equitable public education than does America’a.. So, if my comment seems to apply only to the States, well……never mind , then (:
    Thanks for the pix – great, as usual !

    November 26, 2012
    • Thanks Claire. Our education system is run differently here, it is run by the state, though your guess of consolidation is pretty spot on. I think they then closed the school with no idea of what to do next, and the school has now been so trashed that it would be cheaper to demolish it. I have heard that a week or so after I took the photos there was a fire there. I don’t know how much damage it did.
      I have no idea what the plans are for it, there is a primary school across the road that has been closed for many years, and it is still there. Our state government is useless, and so is our federal govt.

      November 28, 2012
  20. Love the processing done to this image

    November 27, 2012
  21. I’ve read that you use blur layers several times now. Could you explain that a bit more? And how you do it? I am assuming you use the blurs in the filter menu, like gaussian blur, etc.

    December 3, 2012
    • Yes I do, I add one layer of blur and then a mask, reveal the image underneath and then do it again. Just have to be careful how strong the blue layers are. I hope that helps.

      December 9, 2012

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