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School Bench

Time for another photo from the school.  I went through the images this morning and I decided on one that I could play around with and do some different stuff.  I wonder if you will be able to figure it out.

This was done as a HDR image with Photomatix Pro.  I think it was with 4 images.  I have started noticing some things happening with the HDR processing, which perhaps has always happened, but I am only just starting to notice.  I need to keep an eye on it more.  I keep getting areas which are grey and sort of washed out.  I will have to keep trying stuff to see if I can stop it from happening.

I had to change some things on it.  It was very crooked when I first took it.  Actually, you wouldn’t believe how often my shots are crooked, I just don’t seem to be able to make them straight when I am shooting.  I always get it wrong.

When I straightened the image I was going to lose the bottom of the bench.  I had to make up the right bottom corner.  It is great being able to do that.  I wonder if you have been able to see what else I did.

I did some of the other processing, like blurring, but I really tried to make it softer.  I have been toning down some of the processing that I have been doing.  I have been trying some new stuff and not being so heavy.

I saw some work this morning and it got me thinking about the work always being in colour.

How could I not have a go at making the image black and white.  I quite like it, I don’t know what you think.  I would like to try doing more black and white.

Did you work out what I did?

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50 Comments
  1. Well I do see at least 3 items added or subtracted 🙂 Personally I have never been a Huge fan of B/W unless in portraits and lots of grain, but thats just me 😉

    October 13, 2012
    • You are right, I wanted some more rubbish in the image, I wasn’t totally sure about doing it, it is the first time I have really done it. It is one thing to put it in, but it also has to look like it was always there, interesting process.
      Hey, I don’t mind you not liking B/W, it is all personal taste. I think some people are too obsessive about it, but hey that’s me. I think it can be good, but it has to be in context. Thanks Rick. 🙂

      October 13, 2012
  2. superbe ambiance

    October 13, 2012
  3. poetrycurator #

    Congrats on the award!

    October 13, 2012
  4. poppytump #

    I do like the effect you are getting with the HDR and Photomatix Pro [ not that I know anything about them I’m still on PSE 7 ! ] You have made an ‘ordinary’ shot into something quite different and it takes on a new dimension . I like that . Gives us all in idea of what might be possible . TY Leanne.

    October 13, 2012
    • What a lovely thing to say poppytump, I really appreciate that. I do really enjoy the processing and learning all the different possibilities. Thank you.

      October 13, 2012
  5. Liz #

    I have gone through stages of taking lots of black and white photos but I’ve always returned to colour. I think I generally just prefer coloured images with occasional exceptions. I do like yours though.

    October 13, 2012
    • I’ve done the same. When I was shooting film, I would take almost all black and white, actually when I first got a SLR that is all I did shoot with. Now I like the option of either or, and like you, nearly always choose colour. Thanks.

      October 13, 2012
  6. I love black and white much more than color. Gives the image a totally different perspective

    October 13, 2012
    • Thanks Lucy, there are certainly differences, and everyone seems to like some B/W.

      October 14, 2012
  7. Great job!

    October 13, 2012
  8. Good one!!!

    October 13, 2012
  9. hutchphotography2020 #

    Cool beans. I really like that black and white, Leanne.

    October 13, 2012
    • That’s great Hutch, thank you.

      October 14, 2012
  10. For this particular image, I think I prefer the colour.

    October 13, 2012
    • That’s okay Colline, it is all personal preference, just glad you like one of them.

      October 14, 2012
  11. I guess it depends on the feeling & mood you want out of the image. In this case – the lone bench with that background gives it an eerie feel (to me). Halloweenish…

    October 14, 2012
    • I seem to be getting good at that look RoSy, I am going for abandoned, but I think it works for that too, same look I hope. Thank you.

      October 14, 2012
  12. I like the B/W…
    My first thought when I saw the opening image was, “How sad, to leave that carved bench behind…” Then I realized it was your watermark. Clever girl 😉

    October 14, 2012
    • I have been playing with some stuff, hence the watermark. I am still figuring stuff out, but I like being able to put it somewhere appropriate. Maybe it won’t annoy people so much. Thanks Marie.

      October 14, 2012
  13. The change in the feeling of the picture from color to black and white is sharply different Leanne. I like the feeling of the colored picture the best – again you’ve managed to bring forth something eery for me lol. Many of your pictures would be great covers for spooky stories. I mean that as a compliment – I enjoy that genre of photography and literature.

    October 14, 2012
    • That is great to hear saymber. I enjoy doing these images and as I learn more, the more I am able to do what I what. I am loving where the images are going. Thank you.

      October 14, 2012
  14. I have to say, I really like the B&W image – it’s straightforward and there’s a foreboding atmosphere to it. But the colour’s great as well – in this I love the little details, including the red of the dustpan – they’re like clues to a puzzle.

    October 14, 2012
    • I put the dustpan in and my daughter asked me if it was symbolic, she said the area needs to be cleaned up, so you put that there for cleaning. Haha, and I couldn’t believe you pointed it out. Thank you Richard. I like both, and don’t really have a preference for one or the other.

      October 14, 2012
  15. Certain images done in HDR really make a spectacular display. I love the feel of the photo. You did an excellent job. I love the B&W too. 🙂

    October 14, 2012
    • They can Angelia, certainly, I tend to do all my images, but lately I have been looking at some and not doing it. It can be beautiful though. Thank you, glad you like the image.

      October 14, 2012
  16. I think the composition is rather good …your processing gives it a bit of punch…especially on the b/w image …..

    October 14, 2012
    • Thank you so much, that is great to hear. It is good when the composition is good to start with.

      October 14, 2012
  17. That’s great! I’ll have to try Photomatix for HDR sometime. Photoshops HDR processing leaves so much to be desired.

    October 14, 2012
    • Yes, it does, if you decide to purchase Photomatix, don’t forget there is a coupon code under software so you can get a discount. I love Photomatix, I am slowly starting to really understand how it works, it is good to play in. Thank you Lorrin.

      October 14, 2012
  18. I have no idea how you did this! I love your dramatic, eerie pictures… would love to know your process! I definitely love the black and white… it adds a lot of character! Awesome post as usual!!!! ❤ ❤

    October 14, 2012
    • I have to admit Anne, that have a good image to start with helps. I just play and try different things. I don’t have a formula, though there are often things I try for each image. Most images like this start with being a HDR, but HDR done as naturally as possible. Thank you so much Anne.

      October 14, 2012
  19. Leanne,….congrats on the award. thank you always for the frank, honest discussions of your work. so much to be learned.

    Gary

    October 15, 2012
    • Thank you Gary, that is a lovely thing to say, I am glad you like what I write.

      October 15, 2012
  20. Wonderfully executed, Leanne, with the added gift of learning new things! Really love the B/W image…some shots just don’t take it very well, but this one manages to be enhanced by the conversion…it’s something to be proud of, and if my walls weren’t already so full of my own stuff, I’d ask permission to print, then hang it! Kudos here, for experimenting!

    October 15, 2012
    • Thank you 1000, I am really enjoying the experimenting. I am learning so many new things. I didn’t know if the B/W would work, but it seemed like a good idea to try it, and it seems to have been fairly popular which is nice. I know what you mean about full walls, a friend of mine asked me the other day if I had considered producing a book, do you think people would be interested in that? Looking for ideas that will stop me from having to go and get a job.

      October 15, 2012
      • Another Thousand Words #

        I’ve always wanted to do a coffee table book! Instead, last summer, I made two video slide shows: “Walls of Genova” and “Doors of Italy” and put them up on YouTube. A lot cheaper than publishing…think I’ll put up “Doors” tomorrow!

        October 16, 2012
      • I must take a look. I have to admit, my friend thought of the book as a way of selling some work, to help me support my photography habit.

        October 17, 2012
  21. I do like the black-white version. I wonder how it would look in a sepia tone–a monochrome of the color of the bench? In my mind it seems like it would work out well.

    I also like the added bits. Very convincing. I never would have known they weren’t there originally.

    October 15, 2012
    • I don’t know, I hadn’t really thought of it, I just changed it to B/W to see if it would work in that. There are so many possibilities, maybe one Friday I will try it out.
      Thank you, about the added bits, I was hoping to make them look like they were already there, there just wasn’t enough junk lying around.

      October 15, 2012
  22. I like the black & white as well, and sometimes seeing what you do I feel like when I’m watching a magician… how did she do those tricks… straightening the image, adding in things 🙂

    October 17, 2012
    • I hadn’t thought of it like that. Someone today was saying I should run some classes on editing on google+, would be interesting, do you think it would take the magic out it for people? Thanks EllaDee.

      October 17, 2012
      • It’s not my way, I like the trick/illusion component of a magic act and the how would ruin it for me, but some people really like to know the techniques… if they want to pay you to show them, I say do it 🙂

        October 17, 2012
      • Thanks I can understand that. It is a thought, I have to think more about it. 🙂

        October 17, 2012
  23. Love this!

    November 3, 2012

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