[photo] spooky house

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008.

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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Have always wanted to take a night shot of this house. Was
    watching a movie at the cinema round the corner the other night
    and happened to have camera and tripod in the car, so afterwards
    stopped off on the way home.

    I wanted to make it feel a little spooky. Not sure how I went
    with that, and also not sure about the composition. I know it's
    dead centre. There is a street sign just out of the right side
    of shot, and a street light on the left.

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_03_14&img=photos/2008_03_14/img_6334_fin.jpg

    If you're interested, this is the shot straight of camera.
    Horrible yellow street light nearby:

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_03_14&img=photos/2008_03_14/img_6334_orig.jpg

    I also tried it B&W, and with a poor attempt at adding grain:

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_03_14&img=photos/2008_03_14/img_6334_bw.jpg
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_03_14&img=photos/2008_03_14/img_6334_grain.jpg

    Any other suggestions?
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008
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    JimKramer Guest

    First re-shoot it. Closer with a wider angle so that it "looms" over
    you.

    Take your flash with you and using it hand held and manually
    triggered, illuminate the house from several points to get rid of the
    street light colors. Play with the ISO and the aperture to get the
    time you need for a quick walk around.

    Try cloning the windows back in the lower story, the plywood really
    detracts.

    Have fun.
    Jim
     
    JimKramer, Mar 16, 2008
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    Ali Guest

    What a charismatic house. Why is it boarded up?
     
    Ali, Mar 16, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    go the grainy B&W, & photoshop some lightning?
     
    Doug Jewell, Mar 16, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thanks Jim. Good advice. I thought that first shot was looming
    a bit - taken at 17mm. I can go wider with 10-22 lens :)
    Really? I liked the ply, made it clear there's noone at home.
    Oh, you can count on that :)
    Thanks again.
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thanks Doug! I kind of liked the grainy one, but my PP skills
    need some tuning. Hadn't thought of lightning! I had tried to
    add some fog. Let's just say that one ended up on the cutting
    room floor.
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    No idea really. It's been like that for quite some time.
    Surrounded by newer houses and a commercial area, pub, movies,
    shops etc. I suspect it was bought by a developer waiting for
    the right time or approval to knock down and redevelop. Shame.
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008
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    ____ Guest

    Maybe its on a historical registry somewhere, maybe the owner wants to
    find a buyer willing to move it before he/she develops the property. Or
    maybe the owner is just needs enough cash to renovate.
     
    ____, Mar 16, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    yep give me an email mesamine at gmail com and ill send you a plugin
    for CS3

    r
     
    Rob., Mar 16, 2008
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    JimKramer Guest

    Quick and Dirty, but you get the idea...
    http://www.jlkramer.net/Pictures/Troy/TroysHouse.htm
    Working from your original, duplicated it three times and adjusted the
    top, middle and bottom. Distorted the perspective and blackened the
    edges.

    Jim
     
    JimKramer, Mar 16, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Ooh, cool. I get the idea. Thanks!
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 16, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I like the blackened windows. The plywood did bother me, not so much in
    the grainy version though because then it looked old too.
     
    Paul Furman, Mar 16, 2008
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  13. I liked the plywood. It has something to say.


    I really hate to see old homes like that. If I had the time and money
    and it was located is a reasonable location, I would truly love to have it.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Mar 16, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    Bitch to heat in the winter. Trust me on this one.
     
    Pudentame, Mar 17, 2008
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    MJW Guest

    No suggestions from me ( i'm not that good), but I really like the
    finished shot Troy. To see the original, then the finished, great work!
    Like the OP's said, its a pity about the boards ( would've been great to
    see a big old door & bottom windows), but what can you do?

    --
     
    MJW, Mar 17, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Thank MJ. Looks to me like they've had to add them coz kids
    would have thrown rocks etc and broken the bottom windows. I am
    not good enough to be able to clone in the bottom windows :)
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 17, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    They are, but fortunately our Winters are pretty mild here in
    Brisbane :)
     
    Troy Piggins, Mar 17, 2008
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  18. Hey what are you doing taking photos of my house??

    Don't you know about the privacy laws huh huh??
     
    Michael Brown, Mar 17, 2008
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    RobertJM Guest

    Here's my effort, just mostly messed about with the Shadow/Highlights and a
    few others I've forgot about..
    http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5996/spookyhouseto1.jpg
     
    RobertJM, Mar 17, 2008
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    Troy Piggins, Mar 17, 2008
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