Sophia Schade  

Boynton House by Sophia Schade

February 2021 - Boynton House

February 2021 - Sophia Schade


About the Image(s)

I took this photo with my iPhone 10 on September 20th, 2020 at 12:26PM ISO32, 1/30sec f1.8 4MM.
I took it so I can submit it in our club competition for February, theme abundant buildings. Boynton House sits abandoned in a remote coroner of one of my favorite places for wildlife, Donnelley Wildlife Management area, part of the ACE Basin in S.C. The house was once the main house for a vast rice plantation and now the wooden house is falling apart.
I did the following processing.
1) used TopazDenoiseA1 and
2) Topaz Studio 2
3) Lightroom - used the transform tool to straighten the photo
4) used a filter to make it look older
5) used the brush to make the chair darker
If possible, I would like to get some feedback on what I can do to improve the image before it is due on Feb 7th.

12 comments posted

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia you captured the feeling of the abandoned house with the faded wallpaper, peeling paint and plant growing through the broken window and dead leaves on the floor. I like how you reduced the noise in the photo and brought out the warmth of the browns and greens during the post-editing process. When you straightened the photo, you cropped off the upper left corner of the window. I personally like having the entire window in the photo, see attached edit of original photo. I only straighten the photo a little to keep the window frame in the photo.   Posted: 02/02/2021 08:56:57
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Thorro, I agree 100% need to fix it. Again, thank you for your positive feedback and your comments.

  Posted: 02/05/2021 19:51:51
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Thorro, I did make the adjustments that you and Steve suggested. I will post if the photo made the cut during tomorrow's competition! Again, thank you for all your help!
  Posted: 02/08/2021 10:32:54

Jeffrey Pawlan   Jeffrey Pawlan
I think you did a very good job of editing this picture. I would not have thought of it as nature, but plants are nature.
  Posted: 02/07/2021 12:55:35
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Jeffrey, Thank you for your feedback. I am assuming that this group is open for us to get feedback on any of our photos. Thorro please let me know if I should have not posted this photo .
  Posted: 02/08/2021 10:35:49

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Sophia, sorry I missed the deadline to offer any suggestions before your submission date. I Thorro got to the main points. The only suggestion that comes to mind would be to bright down the intensity of light coming through the window. But in doing so, I wouldn't want the overall image to get darker. The reason I would suggest this is because I see the chair as the central subject and would try to focus on it. Outside of that, I love the image. I love the colors and textures you captured. There is an oil painting quality to it that I find immersive and highly narrative.   Posted: 02/07/2021 22:38:43
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Steve, Great feedback and I totally agree with you and I did make those changes before I submitted the image..   Posted: 02/08/2021 10:31:22

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
I agree with all the comments above. But the energy I see is the interplay between the living plants invading the window and the old chair inside. The crop that I think magnifies this conflict maintains the wonderful textures of the walls and the chair, although the outside plants are invading their space.   Posted: 02/08/2021 10:37:19
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
WOW! Very creative. I would never had thought to crop it this much. I like it! It is a total different type of a feeling. If this photos doesn't get a ribbon as I had original submitted , next time I will submit it with your crop and see what comes out of it! Thank you so much for your feedback! Very cool crop.   Posted: 02/08/2021 10:41:58
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Stan I also like how you cropped Sophia's photo. This really puts the focus on the plants invading the room and the old chair. A very creative adjustment to the look and feel of the photo.   Posted: 02/08/2021 11:59:31

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia's update on her photo:
Hello everyone as I promised a quick update with my photo. It took Honorable Mention. Thank you all for your suggestion. The judge did suggest that it will be stronger if it was B&W. She also said that the angle of how the photo was taken was fabulous.   Posted: 02/10/2021 05:26:01

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Hi Sophia,
I think Thorro got to the main points. The original photo is very creative. In my opinion the cropped version is the best.   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:23:15


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