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Back to the Mallee today.  Do you remember the swing set from a very weeks back, in a post called Child’s Play.  I said I would try and get back to photograph that swing set, and part of the reason for getting all the images of the inside of the shop and the house in Woomelang were because I said I would do that swing set again.

I took this image as I was leaving.  I really liked the cloth that was hanging from the makeshift clothesline.  The swing set is still there.  I decided that I wanted to try and make that cloth that is just hanging there the story.  I have no idea what it is, but it has been hanging for a long time.  There was no colour in it and I suspect that if you touched it, it would probably be really stiff.

Let me show you the original image as well.  I don’t know if it helps you understand where I was coming from.

I don’t really know what to say about this image.  I remember when I took it, I thought it was going to be great.  I have thought about it a lot, but every time I looked at it in the directory, well, I just left it and found something else to do.  I decided today to finally process it.

Should I have left the image in the directory and forgotten about it?  Possibly.  Sometimes the idea in your head just doesn’t match up with the end result, this is one of those times.  It didn’t work out the way I imagined.  Nothing ever does, but most of the time, it is better, but not this time.  It happens, I can’t be too disappointed, I think as long as I recognise that that was the problem how can I be?

I am not going to do the method with this one, I think you should be able to tell what I have done.  It isn’t an image I will come back to or want to do again.

Photomatix tutorial yesterday, well, I am happy to say that the responses to my first tutorial have been really encouraging and I think I will definitely do more.  I haven’t had any negative feedback so that is great.  In fact, I have been told by Photomatix that they thought the way I did it was great and want to put a link to it on their Resources Page, so I can’t express how happy I am about that.  We are also working out what the coupon code will be for those of you who would like to purchase it, so hopefully will have that ready for you in the next day or so.

59 Comments
  1. Fantastic. From a normal garden to a creepy deserted one.

    August 14, 2012
    • Thank you, I was quite disappointed with this, so it wonderful to get some positive feedback, you are wonderful. 🙂

      August 14, 2012
      • I like it 🙂

        August 14, 2012
      • I’m glad 🙂

        August 14, 2012
      • I love it! Very apocalyptic, and really sets off the emotional impulses of seeing such and eerily abandoned scene. Quite impressive that it comes from such a friendly everyday backyard photo. Thanks for the inspiration.

        August 15, 2012
  2. I think this is an excellent use of processing. I agree – the original photo isnt very impressive, but the end result is amazing. You’ve given me some great ideas here, I think I shall have to head out with my camera again today 🙂

    August 14, 2012
    • Thank Siobhan, I am so glad you have been inspired to go out and take photos. I really aren’t sure about the end result. Thanks again. 🙂

      August 14, 2012
  3. I like what you’ve done with it – it has a surreal, forlorn atmosphere, with a touch of the sinister. Nice!

    August 14, 2012
    • Thank you Nellie, I like your description, maybe I should look at it again.

      August 14, 2012
  4. I like the processing. The attention to the hanging cloth works for the image. I agree, not all my processed images are revealed to the world but I do learn from each of them. Thanks for putting this one out even though you were not happy with it.

    August 14, 2012
    • I think it is good to show the good and the bad, well not the very bad, but they make the great ones really stand out, haha. There are still lots that I don’t show. Thanks Rocket.

      August 14, 2012
  5. Little Brown Tomato #

    I like the dark feeling of this photo. You’ve given alot to study and absorb… the swing set, the clothespins, the cloth, the shed in the background, the tree in the middle. So much speaking in this photo – beckoning to be studied.
    OH and I’m SO looking forward to that Photomatix coupon! Can’t wait! 🙂

    August 14, 2012
    • Thank you Brown Tomato, I am glad you liked the feelings in the image, you described it well.
      I hope you won’t have to wait too long for the coupon. Fingers crossed. 🙂

      August 14, 2012
      • Little Brown Tomato #

        Yay! 🙂

        August 14, 2012
  6. A haunting scene to be sure

    August 14, 2012
    • In my mind that is what it is, I’m happy to hear that you see that. Thanks

      August 14, 2012
  7. You know what I like better than the swingset (which I loved the first time you shot it)?
    The clothespins on the line, and the old whatever-it-used-to-be hanging there… Very cool…
    I’m so happy the tutorial is working out well, and that Photomatix is promoting it! You go, girl! 😀

    August 14, 2012
    • I really liked the pegs as well, though I wish I had got them in focus, though they are good for leading your eye in. It was such a rickety old line.
      I am hoping the tutorial will lead to me to other things as well. I really enjoyed planning it and doing it so can’t wait to do another one. Great about Photomatix, I was so excited. Who would’ve thought that they would like how I did it, they said they hadn’t seen one done like that before, so even better. Thank you Marie, I love how encouraging and supportive you. 🙂

      August 15, 2012
  8. Congrats on working with Photomatix. 🙂

    August 14, 2012
    • Thanks John, hopefully it will be good. 🙂

      August 15, 2012
  9. I really love this kind of photos. These dark, creepy, mysterious ones. You have given me some inspiration to shoot some photos to day.
    Love your blog, keep it up!

    August 14, 2012
    • That’s what I like to hear, it is great to inspire others, I hope you have a time shooting. Thanks and I’ll do my best to keep it up.

      August 15, 2012
  10. hutchphotography2020 #

    I really like the way you used darkness and depth to bring attention to the cloth and the swing set. The clothespins give the shot a wonderful starting point to get you into it. The original shot had no visual concept…sort of all over the place. The finished shot is extremely well done and much more interesting.

    August 14, 2012
    • Thank you Hutch, I think you have described exactly why I didn’t want to do the original shot. I love bringing the darkness to the images, it amazes me sometimes, what you can do.

      August 15, 2012
  11. The contrast in the black and white is fabulous.

    August 15, 2012
    • The green grass was getting brighter and brighter, I tried do desaturate a little, but ended up doing it all, I think it worked better, great to know that you thought that as well. Thanks Robyn.

      August 15, 2012
  12. oneowner #

    I like the mysterious look to an ordinary, average scene that I think many photographers would overlook. Well done.

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you, I guess the look did change totally.

      August 15, 2012
  13. Well, the use of the clothespins is brilliant. From there, you can’t lose! I am amazed that you thought of that perspective. Now, that’s creativity that can’t be taught. 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • I am always looking for things, like fences, roads, or clotheslines to lead your eye into the image. Thank you George, your comments are always encouraging.

      August 15, 2012
  14. the b&w works for me. the clothe looks almost like a crucifix…well done!

    August 15, 2012
    • Interesting description, thanks.

      August 15, 2012
  15. My comment echoes the others. The yard in the original image looked sad and abandoned. Courtesy of your “doomsday” processing techniques, I was waiting for zombies to emerge from the bushes to eat my brain 😉

    August 15, 2012
    • I love the way you think zombies might pop out, my daughter thinks the same, LOL. I hadn’t thought of it like that. Thanks EllaDee.

      August 15, 2012
  16. You are too hard on yourself!!!! My only concern is with the copyright in the middle, it is kinda of hard to concentrate on your piece of art…maybe lowering it a tiny bit?

    August 15, 2012
    • The watermark is a pain, but I feel a necessary one, sorry. I try and lighten it as much as possible, but then it becomes pointless having it. Thanks Laurie.

      August 15, 2012
  17. Even as I love the hints of color in some of your other photographs, the almost metallic element in this image has a transportive quality — passing from the present to a place deep in memory, leading one to ask: how does one photograph a memory? This comes close.

    Inspiring, as always. And I hope you don’t mind that I blogged about your work — you really have re-energized my photo-taking and photo-making.

    August 15, 2012
    • I saw your post on the reader and I did wonder about it, but I read it and I have to say thank you, what you wrote was so nice.
      I love what you have said about this image, it is an interesting interpretation, I think it is wonderful. Thank you.

      August 15, 2012
  18. you’ve created a wonderfully dramatic image here – great stuff Leanne!

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you Sheila, I am so glad you like what I did.

      August 15, 2012
  19. I’ve felt the same way at times but sometimes all it takes is that second look or creative application. I like it, you’ve made it much more interesting than the original.

    August 15, 2012
    • I think you are right, maybe I should leave it for a week and then go back to it. Great to hear you think it is more interesting now, thanks.

      August 15, 2012
  20. FRom bland to eery and wonderful. Thankyou

    August 15, 2012
    • No, thank you, that is great to hear.

      August 15, 2012
  21. This has such a fantastic horror movie feel to it…tragic, creepy, and gorgeous all in one. LOVE it!!!

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I like that idea of theatre, or a sense of drama. Brilliant comment.

      August 15, 2012
  22. Liz #

    Really pleased for you re: the photomatix feedback! Regarding today’s post I’m glad (that’s not the right word but words aren’t coming easily today) I’m not the only person who conceptualises one thing only to have something else materialise. I think its wonderful that generally the results are better than you envisaged – mine generally aren’t especially when I try things like cake decoration – actually perhaps you should photograph my attempts at gingerbread houses they tend to look rather run down and slightly sinister….

    August 15, 2012
    • I will come and photograph them Liz, but only if we can eat them afterwards, haha. 🙂
      It is a tough one, I always had that trouble with drawing, it never turned out how I thought it would, makes me think this is the right art form for me, because I am so amazed at the images sometimes. I was so happy with the Photomatix feedback, really has spurred me to keep doing more.
      Thanks Liz

      August 15, 2012
  23. I really like your style of post-processing. You always make something dark & awesome out of something standard…

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you, I am so glad you like what I’ve been doing, that is always great to hear.

      August 16, 2012
  24. phrenzel #

    Atmosphere so thick and rich, you can cut it with a knife, superb

    August 16, 2012
    • Nice description, thank you.

      August 16, 2012
  25. You took a mere ‘snapshot’, Leanne, and turned it into Art! Beautiful, what you’ve done!

    August 16, 2012
    • I try 1000, it is a lot of fun, and it is really driving my work right now. Thank you.

      August 16, 2012
  26. This looks like a book cover to a thriller/horror novel lol! Really cool looking 🙂

    August 17, 2012
    • I hadn’t thought of that Amanda, interesting idea. Thanks 🙂

      August 17, 2012
  27. I really like what you’ve done to the image. I like the abandoned feel to it, and I really like the use of negative space to bring out the clothespins in the foreground.

    I don’t know if it would add anything, but it might be worth experimenting putting just a touch of color back into the cloth to draw the eye even more. Since it doesn’t have much color in the original, I guess this would require a little creative manipulation. But it’s great the way it is. I definitely like the choice of black/white for this image.

    August 17, 2012
    • Thanks, I wasn’t totally sure about it, but people seem to like it.

      I tried to do what you suggested, but there was no colour in the image in the original and any colour I put in it just looked abnormal so I got rid of it. I think the reason it has no colour is because it was either white or it has been hanging there so long it has faded to white. I wouldn’t rework this image because there were too many other problems with it as well. Nice idea, and gives me ideas for other stuff, so I have to be happy with that.
      Thanks

      August 17, 2012

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