Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  


The Oldest SchoolHouse by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

June 2021 - The Oldest SchoolHouse

June 2021 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

Original

June 2021 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

Original 2

About the Image(s)

The Oldest SchoolHouse does exist as you see it, but since I was kind of lazy to drive 35 miles to go get a full picture, I decided that it was faster and more convenient to try and create it from my available files; besides, it gave me a chance to do some manipulating… Much to my surprise and with full cooperation by Photoshop, I first stitched two images that were never intended to be stitched. I did not want my wife in the picture, so I Content-Aware her out. Since the result was poor, it led me to borrow the window and below it, from a third picture. With the help of Layer>New>Layer Via Copy and Free Transform, I managed to fit all in place. Again with the help of Free Transform, I straightened the building and there you have it… If you have never seen the Oldest School House, come and visit the Oldest City of St. Augustine, Florida and you’ll be sure to fall in love with it. If you like, feel free to give me a call and perhaps we can meet.


12 comments posted




Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I really like the way you put this together but it must've taken you a long time to do. I am bothered by the upper left-hand corner was the mysterious hanging roof, however. I don't know if you can eliminate this using content aware or not. I really like the coloration of the old schoolhouse. My only comment would be to perhaps lighten it just a bit and maybe advance the detail to bring out more of the grain in the old wood. The little girl walking by does add a lot of character to an old schoolhouse.   Posted: 06/02/2021 09:31:25
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you Al and I agree with your observations.
I did try to brighten it, but it was creating too much blue tones.
Yes, both left and right top corners could use more work, but it may be better to drive the 35 miles and get a cleaner and more current image.   Posted: 06/04/2021 10:50:54



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the treatment of the wood though perhaps the upper left where the chain is could be a little lighter. You did a great job in putting this together. The only thing that bothers me is the upper left side where the blue pipe or something is. Good work though.   Posted: 06/05/2021 12:54:01
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes Marti and Mike. I was so glad to be able to put the twi images together, that I did go to the left top corner. Yes, much more can be dome, but just let me say: 'It is an old building'.   Posted: 06/09/2021 18:01:36



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I like the treatment of the wood though perhaps the upper left where the chain is could be a little lighter. You did a great job in putting this together. The only thing that bothers me is the upper left side where the blue pipe or something is. Good work though.   Posted: 06/05/2021 12:54:02



Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Bravo, Joe! You did a fine job of "assembling" all of the different elements of the originals into a final image. One thing I'm not sure of: was the picture of the window with the wreath taken from a third, unseen here, original? Nice work with the various textures. I know perspective is involved here, but does the building base sag down somewhat? If you hold a straight edge up to the picture, it looks like there is a bit of a bulge along where it meets the side walk. Is the girl a family member? It might be an interesting experiment to set this same image up the next time you are in St Augustine and compare the two results.   Posted: 06/06/2021 12:42:14
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes Jerry, perhaps I did not make myself clear, but I tried to explain that the window and wreath came from a third picture. The bulge was created by the stitching. I suppose I should have put a line to it. Yes, the child is my granddaughter.   Posted: 06/09/2021 17:58:26



Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Pretty amazing Joe! I guess it could only be done because you had other images to pull from. Just WOW! is all I can say.   Posted: 06/07/2021 12:02:39



Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Great work. My comment reflects what Marti noticed. It looks like a roof is protruding in mid-air off to the left of the chimney. I'm sure you can fix that.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:26:50



Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you for all your comments. It was a bit challenging and fun to do.   Posted: 06/09/2021 18:05:03



Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
(Groups 59 & 72)
Joe, just visiting from sports group 59, Marti commented on one of my images there so am visiting his group. I visit St Augustine to shoot at the Alligator Farm almost every year and have seen the old school several times but never photographed it.. Your image technique to blend the images is very cool. I did not notice the problem with the roof until I read some of the comments. Well done. Bruce Benson Groups 59 sports and 72 Nature.   Posted: 06/09/2021 18:17:06
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Thank you Bruce for your interest and for taking the time to share.   Posted: 06/09/2021 20:27:08



 

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