Deborah Milburn  

The abandoned School House by Deborah Milburn

September 2020 - The abandoned School House

September 2020 - Deborah Milburn


About the Image(s)

My friend and I were photographing east of Colorado Springs. It is prairie land. We were shooting in late afternoon. The storm clouds were moving in. This is an abandoned school house we found. I never understood why it was so far from everything, but it was very interesting. As the storm was getting closer, we decided to pack up. No sooner than we finished and were in the car, the clouds opened for heavy rain.

I shot at f22 for 30 seconds. By leaving the shutter open, I was able to catch the lighting. I processed in lightroom and photoshop. Finishing touches were added in Topaz.

6 comments posted

Kathy Brand   Kathy Brand
Catching the lighting is a bonus for this photo. I like the composition and blurry sky caused by the long exposure. However, I would lighten up the building in post processing as it looks like a very interesting building with lots of texture and might balance the lighting on the right end.   Posted: 09/17/2020 17:34:01

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
Thanks for the comments and insight.   Posted: 09/17/2020 17:36:09

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Nice catch with the lightening. I like how you have lightened the building, and the sky and foreground seem to be well-exposed and processed. You might consider taking a slice of the image on the right side where the lightening strike comes down and moving it a little closer toward the middle of the image? My eye wants that part of the image to be a little nearer the building, if this makes sense. Wonderful capture. A lightening strike is still on my bucket list!   Posted: 09/22/2020 07:44:25
Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
Great suggestion. Thanks   Posted: 09/24/2020 09:09:34

Steve Jacobs   Steve Jacobs
Good catch.. I like the way the lighting keeps my eye in the frame and the tension it creates. For me I like the texture of the building, but it appears a little to light for my eye and on my screen.   Posted: 09/22/2020 10:58:39
Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
Thanks - I always appreciate another view.   Posted: 09/24/2020 09:10:03


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