For the last couple of months, well, since I took those photos in the early morning of the city and got the idea of the empty city, I have been toying with some ideas. Today, I finally got around to photographing one of them.
I went down to the local skate park and took some photos. I needed it to be empty so I went down early this morning. I thought a school day would be better than the weekend. I was so happy to find that no one was around. Though, having said, I haven’t been to this one before and I was a little disappointed with how clean it was. It was a very clean skate park with no graffiti.
An empty skate park, I thought might be eerie. I know whenever you see a doomsday movie, it is an image that they show, playgrounds with no children. Something about that swing swinging and no one is there to swing on it.
I tried to darken the image far more than it was and bring out more detail in the concrete. I wanted the holes and cracks to show up more. I tried to photograph it with that water in it. I thought it would help with the abandoned idea.
You can see the original image there on the left. You can see how smooth and lovely the concrete was.
- Photomatix Pro – 4 images
- Image opened in camera raw to do adjustments
- detail on the concrete exaggerated with Topaz Adjust
- Images layered, masks applied and more layering.
- A new layer with blur then mask added to the skate area
- Another blur layer added, but softer, and fine details masked.
- Desaturise the image
- Image opened in Topaz Adjust to add a slightly warmer tone and vignetting applied.
- Finally gradient used to block the brightness of the sky.
That was pretty much it.
For the first time to photograph and process something like this, I am pretty happy, but I can see I need to do more. Will have to hunt out more places in Melbourne to go.
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It is back to the theatre tonight, they are doing the third act and I am looking forward to seeing it.