Picture of the old high school/middle school

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    This is the school where my dad went to high school at and then it was turned into the middle school which is where I went to. Now it sits empty.

    CC welcome. I took it that way on purpose. Not sure if it adds interest or confusion. I also did an edit on it to give it an aged look. Let me know what you think.

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    Neat picture and I like the color one best myself.

    not sure if the angle is a bit to imactful (I know that may not be a word) or if just a little less tilt would have been better?

    Anyhow-nice color and pretty clear shot.
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    I like the edited version for the look of it but I don't think I'm fond of the angle.

    I'd take some more shots...maybe from all different angles to see what works out best to capture this abandoned school. Maybe some from so lower to the ground angles looking up at the school or from the side like you did here but w/o the severe tilt.

    The old school is a very good subject though!
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    Hmm. Interesting building! I like the color version best of these two.

    I do agree with others; it's a bit too much tilt; it seems to make the building look shorter, rather than taller, as I think you might have been aiming for. It makes me feel like I should reach out and grab it, before it slides off the "table". The snipped off corner (upper right) detracts from the symmetry of the composition, too. I think Jen is right; take it from a lower angle and see if that doesn't make it look taller?

    It's a very interesting structure. I wonder if it has concrete stairs, and/or a fancy scrolled facing on the entry side? Maybe the date it was built? These are good. Show me more!
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    Hmm. Interesting building! I like the color version best of these two.

    I do agree with others; it's a bit too much tilt; it seems to make the building look shorter, rather than taller, as I think you might have been aiming for. It makes me feel like I should reach out and grab it, before it slides off the "table". The snipped off corner (upper right) detracts from the symmetry of the composition, too. I think Jen is right; take it from a lower angle and see if that doesn't make it look taller?

    It's a very interesting structure. I wonder if it has concrete stairs, and/or a fancy scrolled facing on the entry side? Maybe the date it was built? These are good. Show me more!

    I will go back and take more angles. It has a huge smokestack that students through the years have painted their graduating year. I'll take one of that too. Thanks for all the advice. I'll be posting more pics of that building.
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    My advice is this......(hope it helps )

    If you shoot digitally take tons of shots. You're not paying for film so go crazy with the camera!!!

    If you only shoot that one building in a whole day's then take a couple hundred! Go ahead and fill up your card and then dump it on the PC when you get home.

    Shoot the subject of the day from every angle there is. Get close and shoot it looking up at...take it from far away...take it from the side...take it from the front, the back, etc etc Take it with the camera vertically and then horizontally. Snap Snap Snap!!

    Take it standing up on something from a higher vantage point. Go crazy and lay on the grass and shoot the subject looking up at it from the ground!!!

    On Sundays when I go out shooting with my sister ---we may only hit a few cool places in the day but I'll come home with 600...800 pictures. A bunch will be junk but when I take that many I end up with a lot of great ones too!

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    My advice is this......(hope it helps )

    If you shoot digitally take tons of shots. You're not paying for film so go crazy with the camera!!!

    If you only shoot that one building in a whole day's then take a couple hundred! Go ahead and fill up your card and then dump it on the PC when you get home.

    Shoot the subject of the day from every angle there is. Get close and shoot it looking up at...take it from far away...take it from the side...take it from the front, the back, etc etc Take it with the camera vertically and then horizontally. Snap Snap Snap!!

    Take it standing up on something from a higher vantage point. Go crazy and lay on the grass and shoot the subject looking up at it from the ground!!!

    On Sundays when I go out shooting with my sister ---we may only hit a few cool places in the day but I'll come home with 600...800 pictures. A bunch will be junk but when I take that many I end up with a lot of great ones too!

    Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!!

    I shoot AT LEAST 100 pictures EVERY DAY (make that 300, since I've upgraded to a 1 Gig CF card) ... and I keep maybe 10 - 15 of them. The more you shoot, the better the odds of "accidentally" getting a few good ones. After a while, you know before you shoot, which ones are likely to be good ... but like the lady said, "If you're shooting digital" ... there is no point in being conservative about quantity. More practice = better pictures."
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    Now this is the kind of CC I'm talking about.

    This is so helpful. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    I actually asked my oldest if she and the 2yr old wanted to go with me to the school so I could take lots of pictures of it. Of course, in her 12 yr old way, looked at me like i had lost my mind. lol

    I have a gig of memory on my camera too, so i will be posting tomorrow if the weather holds out.

    thank you again.

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    No problem
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    I can identify with the subject, but I don't care for the tilt.

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