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Fairytale Schoolhouse
Fairytale Schoolhouse

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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
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/350
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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Place: 25 out of 617
Avg (all users): 6.6705
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.6765
Avg (non-participants): 6.6486
Views since voting: 1598
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 173
Comments: 16
Favorites: 6 (view)

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06/11/2007 02:06:30 AM
26 out'v 613 = 587 butts kicked by shawn!!!!!!!! ..
congratulations on an awesome photograph ... i love your style .. :):)
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06/08/2007 02:20:41 AM
twenty fifth is a storming result out of this many entries. it's a great capture of a very lovely scene with a really characterful building. well done :)
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06/08/2007 12:22:45 AM
A super charmer of an image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 05:34:16 PM
Love it except for the ?wires - or whatever that is on the side of the schoolhouse. Fun colors, perspective and lights on the grass.
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06/07/2007 03:05:29 PM
love the lighting on the grass and school building - well composed and interesting shot
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06/05/2007 04:46:00 PM
Pretty forground, nice subject, great framing. Nice!
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06/04/2007 09:31:55 PM
Very different. I like how your eyes start at the bottom of the image & go right up to the school house. I think this would have been better without the frame but great picture.
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06/04/2007 03:26:19 PM
perfect! 10 Love it !
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06/04/2007 09:26:46 AM
Fairytale is right...between the perspective of the schoolhouse and the very cool light this could be the set of a modern "Alice in Wonderland" or something of the like. Very beautiful photo!
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06/03/2007 10:49:05 PM
Excellent composition and color. This is simply well done. 8
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06/03/2007 12:28:12 PM
wonderful shot.....back to bump your score, was one of my favorites in the challenge
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06/02/2007 02:19:03 PM
This is so pretty! The grass is gorgeous. You have the perfect angle. Bumping to a 9!
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06/01/2007 08:15:38 PM
Very quaint...I like the placement within the image. 7
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06/01/2007 06:26:35 PM
I like the distorted angle making it cartoon-like. Great compositon!
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06/01/2007 05:11:20 PM
very sweet.
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06/01/2007 12:44:34 AM
I like the processing here. You did a great job. Good Luck
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