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Highland School by Bob Patrick

August 2019 - Highland School

About the Image(s)

Highland School, in Douglas County, Washington, is a commonly photographed landmark in that area. The building was constructed about 1905. In the 1940's the use was converted to a community hall, and in the early 1960's it was retired. Today, the building is an "art object" for the spray paint crowd. This image was captured July 15, this year in the early afternoon. D2x converted to Lifepixel Super Color IR, Nikkor 24-85 at 24mm, F8 1/1250 ISO 400. Raw file tweaked some in PS5.1. Cloned in a window to a blank wall in upper left. Some cropping. Not sure if I had the white balance close to correct or not.

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8 comments posted

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
This is an interesting shot. I wonder why it is so dark for 3 p.m. I feel there is something in the dark areas, but I can't tell what it is. I would lighten it enough to have some texture or some idea of what is there. Another possibility might be to crop to a square and eliminate the very left portion. You may not like those suggestions, but they are what I would try.   Posted: 08/09/2019 17:11:20
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
The intent was to show the vastness of the neighborhood compared to the building. I still don't really control IR. The high contrast between the interior and outside is deliberate.   Posted: 08/14/2019 20:12:21

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
The shapes of the building are fascinating and create an eerie mood. Another angle might be more effective - The bright areas in the background draw my eye, as though I'm supposed to look at something through the frames made by the building. Was there any graffiti artwork that would add to photographs of this structure?   Posted: 08/14/2019 05:13:56
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
The interior has had decades of neglect and abuse. This shot had a different motive than to expose the graffiti.   Posted: 08/14/2019 20:17:55
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Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Those are definitely two very different photos. :)   Posted: 08/15/2019 01:14:09

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I can get the idea why you took this and what you are trying to put across with the image, but I don't think the outside is strong enough to hold the heaviness of the burnt wood, so each unbalance each other and make a negative image. Sorry just don't think this one works in IR.   Posted: 08/15/2019 10:11:39

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Interesting picture with many vertical and diagonal lines in the foreground and the horizontal line in the background. This also has beautiful cloud images. The hole in the middle is thought-provoking and indicates decay and abandonment. I like this photo.   Posted: 08/15/2019 10:43:26

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I am also not sure that this needs to be an IR image, and I do not think there is enough sizable interest for me on the outside area. It does work for me as an abstract though I would crop it to use the interest in the silhouettes. It may work as a B&W too. Thanks for experimenting. Maybe Blake Rudis can provide some helpful insights to IR photography and processing.   Posted: 08/19/2019 16:58:44
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