Closed in Class
Today is a day for experimentation, and not much can get in the way of me and my photography, well, maybe Yum Cha for lunch, but nothing else. I got up early this morning to work on my post for you. I am going to experiment with WordPress to see if I can write it now and have it published later on today. One experiment.
I never take much notice of how long it takes me to process my images, but being on a deadline today, I knew I had to be quick, but it still took me 3 hours to do this image. I find that surprising when I think about what I did to it, or how it doesn’t seem like I did much.
The image was, as all of the school ones have been, a HDR image which was processed in Photomatix Pro. From there I have added detail, blur, some more blur, I have highlighted some parts and tried to hide other parts. I had to decide what I wanted the focus of the image to be. Did I want the broken glass, the graffiti, the walls, or the shape of the hallway. I am not sure I still know. I think it is the shape of the hallway. I want your eye to follow the central wall, down the curve. I like the shape of this building.
One of the main problems I had with this image was that the original was quite dark to start with. I didn’t want to lighten it too much. The end image is a lot darker still, but that helps with that abandoned feel. I don’t know why, but there seems to be some unwritten rule that abandoned equals dark. I might have to test that theory some day. I did add a little warmth to the final image. I thought it would help give it that feeling that it was a nice place once, if school can ever be described that way.
As I have been doing a lot the last few days, I have processed this one in Silver Efex. There are so many presets to try, and I am loving the different moods you can get with this software. I have lost some detail, but I think the mood is still there. Once again, you have the option of seeing the image in black and white, as I have done with quite a few of the school images.
Once again, I would love to hear which you prefer. Right now I don’t know which is my favourite. I find the black and white one a little stark, and like the warmth of the sepia, though, I also like the colour version, the darkness of it.
So back to today. I am off soon for my yum cha lunch. I thought I might take my Nikon with me to the city, well to lunch, but with the Holga lens I bought on it, and try experimenting with that. It would be fun to take some photos along Southbank with it. I haven’t really played with it.
Hopefully when this is actually published for you to read, I will be arriving at Point Lonsdale to record some late afternoon shots. I am taking the Canons with me today to try out in a landscape setting. Though, I am planning on using the 600D more. I want to see how it performs in that situation.
So as I said, a day of experimentation. I love days like this, the whole day is about photography. Did you notice the watermark? I was trying out some new stuff. No idea about tomorrow, it is going to be a mystery. What images will I show you? What images worked.