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Challenge: Abandoned Buildings (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: Tobyhanna PA
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Aperture: f 4.0
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2005


Place: 238 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.1833
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.0638
Avg (non-participants): 5.3659
Views since voting: 1055
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 311
Comments: 8
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08/04/2006 11:30:59 AM
This is a nice photo of an old building. I'd say your score reflects that.

But it's a pretty straight-on shot, with minimal visual interpretation. There's nothing breathtaking about it, and your score also reflects that.

Finally, when I first saw it, I thought "oh, a nice cottage in the woods." And that conveyed emotions of happiness. Whereas your title indicates you were going for abandonment. That stronger emotion needs a photo that grabs you or jangles your nerves.

There are two or three things you could try differently here to better convey abandonment. Two mean reshooting it, and the last means reprocessing it.

All of these are aimed at conveying stronger emotions.

1) Try a different angle. Low down along one wall, looking up diagonally. Looking down the length of the porch. Stepping back some and almost losing the outline in the trees. Those are just my ideas sitting here at my desk. Go try them out and try out anything else that strikes your fancy. Digital's wonderful for allowing you to play around.

Here's an example of something that'd be much less interesting straight-on:
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2) Try different lighting arrangements. Even with the sun, you can vary it. For example, you could put the sun directly behind the chimney, which would darken the details, enhancing the dreariness. Or you could shoot from the inside looking out, like this pic:
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I don't necessarily mean focus only on the window, but do you see how the brightness outside contrasts with the dim, emotionally draining interior?

3) Try this in B&W. I find that to convey negative emotions, esp. sadness, abadonment, despair, etc., B&W is terrific. Depending on the angle of the shot, you might be able to get a feeling of the trees looming over the house.

Look at this one, for example:
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Those are just some ideas. Basically, they come down to trying angles, lighting, and post-processing beyond the typical "stand in front and shoot it" thing.

Message edited by author 2006-08-04 13:57:05.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2005 11:28:35 PM
04/17/2005 02:55:33 PM
You used the lighting to good advantage on this one.
04/15/2005 11:09:22 PM
Very nice. I think you have an excellant composition with this. The trees in front aren't so strong that they detract from the building. Your overall color is very good and so is the contrast.
04/14/2005 10:29:14 AM
Wow this is neat...It actually looks like ahouse. I love how you captured the grass and trees basicaslly over-growing the house. Its a very nice shot
04/14/2005 09:17:59 AM
It really concise with the title. Good shot.
04/13/2005 10:49:17 PM
Nice use of the reddish weeds in the foreground.
04/13/2005 12:10:11 AM
Nice pic -- love the overgrowth aspect -- perhaps a more interesting angle would be nice here. . otherwise nice.

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