Saturday, February 21, 2009

#108-365 For Sale

I've been around a bit but had never up until this moment seen a Convent up for sale before. Had to photograph it, and as I was doing so a local family strolled pass. (Glen Innes Northern New South Wales) so trying to be pleasant I commented, "I have never seen a Convent for sale before" in the larconic manner of most Australian rural Inhabitants the man raised his hat and said "Already Sold (short pause) by a house of Ill Repute in Sydney, they are planning a training College".

As they pulled away I heard his wife saying "you will never get to heaven if you keep on joking like that" and his daughter adding "and we aren't coming down to visit you either"! You just have to love country folks.

Catholic Convent so now confession time, most of my shots are virtually straight out of the camera, but in this one the sky was hopeless - Nothing - Nada - Nil - Zip - Zilch so I added spme cloud that I snapped in the same town the next morning. Would appreciate ANY comment cause it is not something I do often and I need feedback.

I knew I'd blow it but Alibony365 found my deliberate (I wish) mistake and given the following advice for which I am thankful.
Tip 1: Remember to select all areas where white sky peeks through.

Tip 2: At the horizon line, blue skies start to turn pale. Sometimes adding a gradient black-and-white mask to the sky layer lightens the lower edges of the blend.

Still trying to decide if I redo it or just leave it stand, I think it will be redine but not reposted. Thanks.

17 comments:

EstherF said...

The sky looks perfectly natural...you were lucky you has some strong lines in the building and not too much detail in the trees. Sometimes replacing the sky gets to be just too much trouble! I say, go for it as long as it looks natural. I never saw a convent for sale, either. I have heard of a house of ill repute being for sale in Nevada....

mljrbg said...

That story is too funny!! Your sky looks very natural. You did a great job!!

DART said...

I wouldn't have known if you hadn't of said anything---looks great to me! Fun story...and a definite yes to lovin' country folks!

Rachel said...

I think you did a great job and I love the added benefit of your stories. You give every picture even more life.

Debra said...

Gotta love the jokesters, country or otherwise. If you hadn't mentioned that you changed the sky, I wouldn't have known.

klsbear said...

I love the story! Great illustration for this theme. The sky fits perfectly (I need to learn how to do that!) and I like your angle on the shot. That, and the color, make me think of an old-fashioned post card.

365photosin2009 said...

Great story, Ron. Is wit a prerequisite to Australian citizenship?

Chesney said...

I would have never known you changed the sky if you wouldn't have told us. Then again, if you hadn't told us, you probably wouldn't be going to Heaven, and all of us probably wouldn't visit you down there! :) Great picture and even better story!

Clara said...

Good job with the sky, Ron. I go with the group when I say that I don't have too much luck with that. This is such a funny and interesting story. I guess you could make an unusual bed and breakfast out of it.

alibony365 said...

Great story about the convent! The sky looks very natural - with the exception of the two open window spaces on the convent porch!

Just two sky replacement tips.

Tip 1: Remember to select all areas where white sky peeks through.

Tip 2: At the horizon line, blue skies start to turn pale. Sometimes adding a gradient black-and-white mask to the sky layer lightens the lower edges of the blend.

shadowsandhighlights said...

The sky looks great to me! How much do they want for the convent? I've always wanted a summer place.
Nice capture!

Debbie said...

Sky looks good to me, the building is very nice. Where have all the nice ladies gone?

Tracy said...

Like Dart, I wouldn't have known that you added the sky.

Great photo for the theme, and great story to go with it. Sounds like a really nice day.

~Val said...

I think you did a great job with the sky replacement - if you hadn't confessed, I would be none the wiser.

Thanks for sharing the cute story that goes with this photo.

Linda said...

The sky looks great, and great story, too.

jo said...

Now that's a truly unusual subject! And your story is a hoot!

lottaspyssel said...

Great story and your clouds look natural!