Even though I have a fairly intensive photo post already up today, I have another one for you this evening. If I had planned better, I would have been able to make that earlier post my Photo Friday offering, but I didn’t.
What I did do was risk bodily harm to capture a few photos of a forgotten football field.
The elementary school where I work used to be a high school before becoming a junior high and finally it’s current incarnation as an elementary school. Every day for the last few months, I’ve wished I had my camera with me so I could walk out to the former football field and snap a few pictures of the abandoned stands and leaning goal post. I didn’t do it until this evening, though.
There are several reasons for that, chief among them is that I always feel a bit foolish carrying my camera around – like I’m pretending to be a photographer or playing at it. So I was reluctant to break out my BGC in front of my colleagues.
The other big reason for not doing it is that I rarely leave work before 6:00. After having been there since 7:00 in the morning. At the end of the day, I’m tired and the last thing I want to do is tromp through high grass, worrying about a misstep or a reptilian friend (we had a snake in one of the computer labs a couple of weeks ago) or poison oak or a hidden antbed.
Good thing I don’t plan ahead because I totally had to suck it up and do it tonight.
(I didn’t go exploring the territories under the stands. Lord knows what is in there but given the state of the surroundings, I didn’t want to explore in my flippy floppies)
I wonder who left this set of pads to rot among the wild blackberry vines and poison oak. I wonder why they were left…and why in all the clean-ups that surely happen they’ve been allowed to remain – a reminder of former glory? Of dreams deferred?
The bottom of the stands are covered in this wild blackberry vines. I’m a bit surprised that they haven’t scaled further up the steps. From my experience of trying to eradicate them from our front yard, I know just how far those vines will spread, how long their reach.
For those last few shots, I should have been flat on my belly to get them, but I could see the poison oak (that’s the blurred green leaf in the back) and the mounds and mounds of ant beds. I hadn’t seen whether they were fire ants or just regular ants but regardless, I wasn’t ready for my first bite of the year. As it was, when I drove home, my feet were on fire and I was terrified that was because I had found an antbed or the accidentally stepped in poison oak. *sigh*
And just about then, the clouds got even darker as I looked up at the busted field light. With my camera in my hand, I decided getting drenched wasn’t really the best of plans and made for the truck.
Can you tell that I love playing around with post-processing? Most of the time I just make adjustments to exposure and contrast, play with the whites, blacks, shadows, and highlights before calling it good. Sometimes, though, I want to attempt to create a different feeling with my photos. (all of this on a school night! Geez!) This batch of photos was edited in Lightroom, using presets from David du Chemin (Toxic Warmth Heavy & Contrasty Mid-Tone Lift) and Dave Delnea (HighlightWarming_Look3) along with adjustments to contrast and exposure. I wanted that aged, warm look to the photos.
(That’s not an affiliate link by the way – I’m not that organized yet. I just like the presets)
How much editing do you do to your photos? And what programs do you like to use?
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And now it’s time for our Photo Friday link-up!
Last week’s most viewed link came from Kelly at Swimming in Sunshine! What BEAUTIFUL photos she shared with us! If you missed them last week, go take a look at them now. You won’t be sorry!
And the last link added was from Stella at Purfylle…also a bird photo 😉
Thank you to everyone who participates and who leaves some love on the posts. I so appreciate your support of each other!
…and now for this week’s link-up!