Weld County Barn

Now stop before you even start with the “too cartoonish” or “over HDR’d” right here, right now. :)

I went out barn-hunting this past Sunday afternoon, following some good recommendations to “drive north” on County Road 7 here in Weld County. And WOW, there are quite a few amazing barns along this route.

This image just looked so very cool as soon as I opened all three bracketed images in Photomatix Pro 5, I just clicked save, as is, no further processing. I used to generate images like this using my iPhone and very, VERY cool app called #Painteruesque. I didn’t know this could be done in HDR software.

 

Barns 20140302 146_7_8 HDR

Barns 20140302 146_7_8 HDR

 

Yes, the HDR effect is over the top, but the lighting, colors, texture, composition, EVERYTHING about this image I like. So put aside your feelings about HDR imagery and just look at this image. Tell me what you think about the image and not just that you despise this amount of HDR processing. (It really wasn’t that much HDR post-processing at all)

For those of you interested in how this image appears when run through my “normal workflow” (aka, non-HDR workflow) here’s the 0EV image processed in LR4 with a touch of #NikCollection’s #ColorEfexPro:

 

Barns 20140302 146 (Edit)

Barns 20140302 146 (Edit)

 

One thing I love to do with select HDR images is to run them through #NikCollection’s #SilverEfexPro. Here’s what I got with a slightly different composition of the top image:

 

Barns 20140302 143_4_5 HDR (SEP Edit)

Barns 20140302 143_4_5 HDR (SEP Edit)

 

And as eDDie mentioned when I posted this article onto Facebook, here’s the barn across the street (to the left from the composition above), but only from straight on. This too was the RAW image processed in #Lightroom4 and #NikCollection’s #ColorEfecPro:

 

Barns 20140302 110 (Edit)

Barns 20140302 110 (Edit)

 


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