Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Pentax
Location: Shelby, MI
Date: May 30, 2007
Galleries: Landscape, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2007
|This was my attempt at making a less than ideally lit subject into a worthwhile composition. I came across this little gem while out hunting for a subject in the Religion challenge - I thought I might be able to pass this off as a church but in the end I chose to enter the Science challenge instead. I really dug this image, though - it was one of those shots that right when you get it framed up in camera, you know you're gonna like it when you get home - so I figured I'd enter it in this month's Free Study.
Anyway, this was shot with my 'go to' lens for landscape - namely, my Sigma 10-20. The obvious lens distortion here lent well to an otherworldly, or fairytale-ish, scenario so I took the processing in that direction. (Man, if I had known the effect this lens had on small buildings like this, I could have come up with a killer Dr. Seuss image!) I did a fair bit of dodging & burning on the schoolhouse (and, unfortunately, it shows...) to bring down the hot highlights on the side & bring up the dark front. I really want to come back & catch this building at sunrise, but I s'pose I'll have to wait awhile now.
Other PP included mixing different colorizations of the shot, hue & sat adjustments, selective color, levels & curves.
Thanks for all the great comments & votes!
I'm sure a lot of people were bugged by the power lines shadow on the building, but I wasn't sure if I could get rid of them legally ( I obviously cloned out the actual lines...). It seems silly looking back, but at the time I didn't want to risk a DQ on an image I really liked.
Here's my alternate edit:
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