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SkatePark

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.

Method

  • 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.

Photomatix Pro

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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.

50 Comments
  1. AiM #

    Pretty sure I’ve seen this in a horror movie 😛

    Great!

    August 15, 2012
    • It certainly has that look, well that was what I was aiming for. 🙂 Thanks AIM

      August 16, 2012
  2. Nice treatment.. I first thought this was a picture from Chernobyl!

    August 15, 2012
    • Wow, that is a massive compliment, my work is definitely inspired by what happened there. Thank you so much.

      August 16, 2012
  3. A great night shot, Leanne 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • Thanks, but it was actually a morning shot and I’ve made it look that way, but you saying that makes me think I did a great job transforming it, thank you so much.

      August 16, 2012
      • Ah, yes, I misread the post — how embarrassing! But it makes the end result even more impressive 🙂

        August 16, 2012
      • Easy mistake to make, don’t feel bad. I misread things all the time, hahaha. 🙂

        August 16, 2012
  4. Love the post-production of your photos. Keep ’em coming Leanne. Can’t wait for the next one.

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I am really enjoying what I’m doing and think there might be a lot more to come.

      August 16, 2012
  5. Debbie de Juan nee Keating #

    I love the structure detail on the sides of the ramps. Miss the graffiti that is also there, though, and I would like to see it lightened up just a little…perhaps reduce the vignetting a tad. I like the photo very much. So enjoy seeing your photos everyday!

    August 15, 2012
    • When I first read your comment and saw what you said about the graffiti, I thought what graffiti, I looked at the original and could see it, but I don’t think it is worth changing what I did. The graffiti disappeared almost as soon as I started processing it. We all like different things, but I happen to quite like this the way it is, thanks for your thoughts.

      August 16, 2012
  6. I like it!
    Our skateparks are much cleaner than the bridges and overpasses…the kids don’t want to lose the parks, so they ‘decorate’ other structures….

    August 15, 2012
    • I hadn’t thought of that, but it makes sense. I did notice that some of the graffiti had been cleaned off. So glad you like it, thanks Marie.

      August 16, 2012
  7. Wow awesome job!

    August 16, 2012
  8. Really enjoy viewing what you’ve done here, Leanne…it is only missing a skateboard!

    August 16, 2012
    • I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you, I think it will be the start of some stuff.

      August 16, 2012
  9. Really well done, Leanne! Now it looks really spooky!

    August 16, 2012
    • That is a description I find I am looking for now, I find the scenes a little creepy as well. Thank you.

      August 16, 2012
  10. I think it’s too funny you were bummed it was so clean! LOL!

    August 16, 2012
  11. Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. For more details view this post http://paulsmusing2.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/versatile-blogger-award/ and post the image award on your blog. Have a great day.

    August 16, 2012
    • Aren’t you wonderful Paul, thank you do much for this honour.

      August 16, 2012
  12. Love it – I don’t think the lack of graffiti detracts from it at all. It’s somehow even more abandoned seeming without.

    August 16, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, I am glad you said that, and I like how it can add to the image, if that makes sense.

      August 16, 2012
  13. Great shot Leanne.
    Very haunting and full of drama, love the treatment you gave it. The original looks quite bland compared to what you finished up with.
    Dave

    August 16, 2012
    • Thank you Dave, I love that used the word drama, that is exactly what I have been trying to do, add drama into my images. Thanks again.

      August 16, 2012
      • You are very welcome Leanne.
        Looks like you managed to achieve everything you set out to do.
        Dave

        August 25, 2012
  14. Jack Brewis #

    Beautiful colour Leanne, a really stunning photo

    August 16, 2012
    • Thank you Jack, that is great to hear.

      August 16, 2012
  15. Reblogged this on MothersHeart.

    August 16, 2012
  16. Drama, that’s a good word to describe what you do. This one is stunning.

    August 16, 2012
    • Thanks Marsha, I think it is too. Thank you, always good to hear that you like my work. 🙂

      August 16, 2012
  17. Hey Leanne…me again! 😉 I just wrote my first ‘Blomage’ to you 🙂 Would love it if you could have a squizz! Pleeeeaase keep up the good work!!!

    http://thisisferg.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/a-blomage-episode-1-leanne-cole/

    August 16, 2012
    • I did have a squizz, and I feel so honoured and amazed, I can’t believe what you were saying about my work. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but I also feel slightly overwhelmed, thank you so much. 🙂 I left you a comment.

      August 16, 2012
  18. Your post work is great. The final product has such a sense of gloom and despair over it compared to the original. Well done to see what the picture would become. I am new to editing my photos, most of what i’ve done is the basic developing in lightroom, so it’s nice to have you state how you made this effect. great work, and thanks for the info, I appreciate a good straightforward lesson

    August 16, 2012
    • I am glad you are finding my blog useful. I hope you learn a lot from it as well. Also great to know you like what I did to my image, thank you.

      August 16, 2012
  19. You are more than a photographer. I love the way you show us what is, then how you see it. You’re giving me so many ideas. I always seem to stop short in my post processing. Don’t know what I’m afraid of. The way you manipulate reality, you are a true artist.

    August 16, 2012
    • As long as you don’t ruin your original image, you should just go for it. It isn’t like working on a painting, if you ruin it, then you can just back. Experiment and see what you come up with. Thank you for those lovely words.

      August 16, 2012
  20. Jim #

    Nice post-production work. Not sure I would have seen the final image from the initial. Nice vision from shot to final.

    August 16, 2012
    • I think I saw the final image before I shot it. I have an idea of what I want and then I try to find the place that will help me get it. Thank you Jim.

      August 17, 2012
  21. Amazing outcome, I love how it looks- eeriely beautiful 🙂

    August 17, 2012
    • Thank you, glad you liked what I did. 🙂

      August 17, 2012
  22. Absolutely love this photo. I love the mood that it has. Magnificent

    August 17, 2012
    • It has been great the response to this image, I am hoping to do more, and I think getting reponses like yours is so encouraging, I really appreciate it, thank you.

      August 17, 2012
  23. I like how this photo is nice and dark – puts a really eerie spin on things. Nice take on the subject.

    August 18, 2012
    • I have been trying to get eerie spin and I enjoy making it happen. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

      August 19, 2012
  24. Cool. Brooding and elegant.

    August 20, 2012
    • Thank you Aileen, glad you like it.

      August 22, 2012

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