The Tomb of Pedagogy
When we moved from the dungeon of the gym at Hall Summit Elementary, we entered the only classroom building—two stories with hallways on both floors bisecting the school. The place was over-stimulating for a shutterbug. Every time I would settle on something to photo, something further down the way would grab my attention. While Dave was setting up in one room, I succumbed to just exploring, leaving all my gear on the bottom floor save for one strapless camera & lens. Many of the doors were fused shut with rust or permanently closed by someone driving metal wedges between the door and frame. One of these was the room pictured above that I wanted desperately to enter with its lone dusty school desk in the vacant area. Of course, I could have crow-barred it open or busted out the window but I try to just go with the grain with these places, sticking to the motto of “take only photos, leave only footprints.” Instead, I decided to shoot through the foggy & stained plexiglas. All the gunk on the window was giving the AF fits since I was trying to get focus on the desk and floor. Switching to MF helped sort things somewhat. In the end, I took it for the sake of just documenting over the photogenic. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across it in the set. Not the technically best of the shoot, but one of my favorites with all its imperfections.
As for processing, this is pretty much straight out the camera. In Lightroom, I used the toning section for the sepia and grabbed an adjustment brush with an exposure bump to lighten the desktop a tad. Lightroom’s exposure brushes are pretty much the dead even equivalent to burn & dodge tools in PS.