Homestead Part 2

As an update to yesterday’s post, here’s the color version of the same composition I converted to B&W and posted yesterday. Check out how neatly manicured and well kept these grounds are! Amazing and envious (my personal preferences)…

 

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Barns 20140302 062 (Edit-2)


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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.

 

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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:

 

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Barns 20140302 110 (Edit)

 


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One Snowy Drive in to Work

When it snowed last week, I decided to make it a leisurely drive in to the office and took along my camera. There have been several barns I’ve wanted to capture and with a dusting of snow, what better time to see what I could do.

Perhaps you remember this first barn just about a mile north of my house. I’ve posted images of it in the past, but those were when the barn was barely visible through the fog that results from the nearby Boulder Creek stream-bed:


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Snowy Morning 20131018 009

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Snowy Morning 20131018 015


The next stop was about a mile north and west where there are these two other barns.

The first one is someone’s backyard “shed”. I have envisioned something like this image every time I pass by it:


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Snowy Morning 20131018 031


The second one is about 200 yards further west and north across the street. I have to admit, I got a good laugh at myself (as several passers-by did too) as in my eagerness to get the right composition for this shot, I stepped around and quickly found myself flat on my bum in the drainage ditch! Camera and ego are fine, but it was a quick reminder on how slippery snow-covered grassy areas are!


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Snowy Morning 20131018 053

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Snowy Morning 20131018 062


The finally, the Bus Stop and the Flag Barn in Niwot were a must this snowy morning, given the conditions, lighting and rising steam/fog flowing over the landscape:


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Snowy Morning 20131018 082

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Snowy Morning 20131018 134


Then later on my drive home, I remembered it was going to be a full moon, so I stopped at one of my favorite little nearby farms and captured this image:


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Full Moon Rising 20131018 005

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Full Moon Rising 20131018 016


All on a snowy day’s drive in to the office last week. Not a bad haul for a brief period of shooting to and from work.

Tell me what you think…


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